Win THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM on Blu-Ray In Our Competition


To celebrate the release of THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM on Blu-Ray in the UK from 7th September 2015, we’ve two copies to give away courtesy of Mr Bongo Films.

A young man named Joseph (Jan Nowicki) visits a dilapidated Sanatorium to see his father Jakob (Tadeusz Konrad). On his arrival, a sinister doctor informs him that his father had stopped breathing but hasn’t died yet, perhaps due to Joseph’s arrival which may have halted time in the sanatorium. Joseph undertakes a strange journey through the many rooms of the sanatorium, each of which conjures worlds composed of his memories, dreams and nightmares. Adapted from a collection of short stories by Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, The Hourglass Sanatorium dispenses with traditional narrative, fashioning an audiovisual mosaic that blurs the line between reality and fantasy.

As in The Saragossa Manuscript, Wojciech Has fashions a cinematic universe composed with byzantine sets, hallucinatory images and a gallery of grotesque characters. However his magical-realist vision of pre-WW2 Poland is tinged with the sober consciousness of the violence that would follow and the recreation of Joseph s childhood in a Jewish ghetto, foreshadowing the Holocaust.

Full frame-by-frame restoration and fully remastered soundtrack, funded by the Polish Arts council. Restored version of Has’ psychedelic masterpiece.

For your chance to win The Hourglass Sanatorium on Blu-Ray, simply comment below telling us which movie set in a hospital, sanatorium or asylum is your favourite and why.

The competition will close at 11.59pm GMT on Friday 18th September 2015 and two valid comments will be chosen and notified by email.

• This promotion is open to UK residents only.
• Entrants must be aged 15 years or older
• One entry per household
• The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into
• There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner
• 2 winners will each win 1x The Hourglass Sanatorium on Blu-Ray
• The Editor’s decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

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  1. Girl Interrupted, great film starring Angelina Jolie & Winona Ryder, i love the fact that it was relating to the writers experiences in a psychiatric hospital.

  2. The Ward by John Carpenter. I can watch it over and over again. But do love the hospital (and similar) – based horror films. 🙂

  3. Gothika
    All the cast are amazing, the storyline incredible and the soundtrack even better, watch it over and over, one of those films that never get boring!

  4. was going to say “session 9” (flawed but very effective), but amicus’ “asylum” popped into my head and i really do love that film. herbert lom’s murderous marionette ftw.

  5. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – an incredible performance from Nicholson, and I also enjoyed the theatre version with Christian Slater

  6. 12 Monkeys because of the complicated storyline,it leaves you thinking is he just crazy and imaginating it all or is he really on a secret mission.It is a film that you have to watch more than once

  7. The Frighteners – the combination of comedy and horror are well entwined in this little classic. Michael J Fox’s deceased “posse” are a scream, sometimes in both ways! Well worth watching every now and again.

  8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is my second fave all time movie behind Shawshank but it doesn’t count as horror? I enjoyed 2013’s ‘Sanitarium’ for outright scares.

  9. Asylum (1972) (known as The House of Crazies in usa) it is 4 stories in one “movie”- all scary- and stars many famous british actors and actresses- Sylvia Syms, Peter Cushing, Richard Todd, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom (he was always spooky no matter the movie lol) Robert Powell among many other familiar names. Based in a mental institution a doctor has to interviews 4 patients and hear their different stories- 1- Frozen Fear- the revenge of a murdered wife (a voodoo type story) 2-The Weird Tailor, a tailor who makes a suit with some “highly unusual qualities”- it brings a mannequin to life 3-Lucy Comes to Stay- a woman who questions her sanity when it seems that her brother is conspiring against her & 4- Mannikins of Horror a man who builds tiny toy robots with lifelike human heads (and organic insides) and their creator “wills them to come alive”- all creepy scary stories in their own right built into one main movie for the inhabitants of the Asylum.

  10. Asylum, the Amicus anthology horror! The weirdest of any horror anthology, with killers including an evil satanic suit and an army of homonculus robots.

  11. ‘Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell’ a really creepy Sanatorium which feels evil and corrupt from the word go and a terrific ending to Hammer’s Franchise which contains a wonderful ‘Funerary’ tone to the whole thing, feeling like the end of an era

  12. Grave Encounters (abandoned mental hospital) because it was genuinely creepy (especially given the well-worn ‘found footage’ style) and is, often, unfairly overlooked. Also, I watched it a few days after I did a ‘zombie shoot’ at, you guessed it, an abandoned hospital, so I know what it feels like to be somewhere like that after dark!

  13. One flew over the cuckoo nest – Jack Nicholson in one of his best performances looked like he was in the right place, as loopy as a box of frogs. He really is a great actor.

  14. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape as unlike many asylum/hospital settings, it isn’t cheap,tacky horror. Its well acted, well presented and portrays real events, that could be anyones life.

  15. Halloween 2. It carried on straight after the events in the first film and it was fun watching Michael stalk the hospital floors

  16. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The characters are memorable, as are certain scenes e.g. the electric shock therapy and there are multiple emotional suckerpunches. It’s one of those films that after watching, you feel like personally checking into a retreat!

  17. session number nine, because it proved that David caruso was capable of more than just taking off glasses and moving off screen.

  18. Identity – you don’t know that it’s based in a hospital until the very end when you realise that the murders were taking place in a schizophrenics mind as he was killing off all of his different personalities.

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