Shock Corridor (1963)

USA, 1963
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Samuel Fuller. The film was initially banned in the UK and not released there until 1970.

Plot Summary

A newspaper reporter is admitted to a mental hospital to investigate a murder but finds his own sanity under threat.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Samuel Fuller
© MCMLXIII by F&F Productions, Inc.
Produced by: Samuel Fuller
Written by: Samuel Fuller
Director of Photography: Stanley Cortez
Hallucination Scenes Photography: Samuel Fuller *
Film Editor: Jerome Thoms
Music by: Paul Dunlap
Recording Supervisor: Phil Mitchel
Costumer: Einar H. Bourman
Make-up Supervision: Dan Greenway
Special Effects: Charles Duncan
Art Director: Eugene Lourie

Peter Breck (Johnny Barrett)
Constance Towers (Cathy)
Gene Evans (Boden)
James Best (Stuart)
Hari Rhodes (Trent)
Larry Tucker (Pagliacci)
Paul Dubov (Dr Menkin)
Chuck Roberson (Wilkes)
Neyle Morrow (psycho)
John Matthews (Dr Cristo)
William Zuckert (Swanee)
John Craig (Lloyd)
Philip Ahn (Dr. Fong)
Frank Gerstle (police lieutenant)
Rachel Romen [singing nymphomaniac]
Barbara Perry
Marlene Manners
Linda Randolph [dance teacher]
Lucille Curtis
Jeanette Dana

Alternative Titles

Corredor sin retorno – Spain
Il corridoio della paura – Italy
The Long Corridor
Paixões Que Alucinam
– Brazil

See also
Asylum (1997)

Extracts included in
American Grindhouse (2010)
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007)
Hollywood Mavericks (1990)
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller (2002)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Play It Around Sam (2003)
The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996)



Kine Weekly vol.633 no.3264 (2 May 1970)
The horrific experiences in the mental hospital are too sad and melodramatic to qualify as proper entertainment and the direction, script and cast never manage to get away from the impression that it is all acting. – from a review by Graham Clarke

Today’s Cinema no.9802 (8 May 1970)
[T]his is one of those intensely personal creations that display both the advantages and the disadvantages of having one mind at work. At times it is disciplined and powerful; at other times naively melodramatic with lines of dialogue that are ludicrously trite. […] Harrowing and disturbing in the main part but occasionally mirth-provoking at the wrong moments. – from a review (The new films: Going from sex to insanity) by Marjorie Bilbow



  • Kine Weekly vol.633 no.3264 (2 May 1970) p.25 – credits, review (by Graham Clarke)
  • Today’s Cinema no.9802 (8 May 1970) p.9 – credits, review (The new films: Going from sex to insanity by Marjorie Bilbow)


  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.434 – credits