This cheesy 1973 Drive-In film begins with attractive and homely Nurse Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik, Playboy playmate for April 1972) arriving at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr Stephens (Michael Harvey) was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Geraldine Masters (Annabelle Weenick), is not very eager to take on new staff.
Charlotte finds her job extremely difficult as the patients – including lobotomised gentle giant Sam (Bill McGhee), desperate-for-love nymphomaniac Allyson (Betty Chandler), Vietnam vet Sgt. Jaffee (Hugh Feagin), psychotic 6ft 250-pound judge Oliver W. Cameron (Gene Ross) and possessive “mother” Harriet (Camilla Carr) – are allowed to roam free around the hospital and torment and harasses her at every turn.
Charlotte ultimately learns why Dr Masters is so eager to keep outsiders out in a totally deranged climax.
Filmed on the grounds of Westminster College in Tehuacana, Texas, Director S F Brownrigg shot the film in 12 days on a budget of less than $100,000. The UK cinema version was cut to remove a closeup shot of an axe blow to a woman’s body and the film later found itself on the banned list of video nasties.
Nurse Charlotte Beale
Geraldine S. Masters
Annabelle Weenick (Anne MacAdams)
Jane St Claire
Jessie Lee Fulton
Judge Oliver W. Cameron