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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.


BatI love prosthetic effects, stop-motion animation and gore, but most of all I love a good story! I adore B-movies and exploitation films in many of their guises and also have a soft spot for creature features. I review a wide range of media including movies, TV series, books and videogames. I'm a massive fan of author Hunter S. Thompson and I enjoy various genre of videogames with Kingdom Hearts and Harvest Moon two of my all time favs. Currently playing: Silent Hill

  82 Responses to “Win THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM on Blu-Ray In Our Competition”

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Simply classic and a career best performance from Jack Nicholson

  2. 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.

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

  4. The House on haunted hill very good story

  5. 13 ghosts directed by steve beck, a gripping film that keeps you watching

  6. The Ugly – an underrated, stylish psycho-thriller with flashes of horror

  7. 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!

  8. The Day of the Triffids starts in a hospital can that count as the first horror film I watched and read the book

  9. 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.

  10. The House on Haunted Hill is a the one for me. The original is best, but the remake is a guilty pleasure.

  11. In a hospital, as I work in a hospital and could see it happening

  12. Coma. A super thriller set in a hospital with plenty of tense moments and thrilling scenes.

  13. The Dream Team – always makes me smile.

  14. Has to be One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest – great story, script, performances.

  15. i think One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is probably the best.

  16. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, simply the best story line and acting ever!!

  17. Yeah I agree with the others, it has to be One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Great story, great characters, great actors.

  18. Shutter island is a fantastic film as its unpredictable and your hanging on until the end

  19. im the same one flew over the cuckoos nest great acting

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

  21. Sucker Punch, even though it got slated I personally think it has an interesting concept.

  22. 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

  23. Hospital, more so if deserted, loads of rooms, too many places for things to pop out of!

  24. The Amicus Asylum film, it was one of my fave films growing up.


  26. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of Jack Nicholsons finest rols. Excellent film.

  27. Carry On Doctor – very funny film.

  28. 12 monkeys – it’s a classic and so clever. It stands the test of time and Brad Pitt is amazing in it

  29. In A Glass Cage – A very disturbing film!

  30. Britania Hospital a very black comedy and pokes fun at the NHS.

  31. Shutter Island it is brilliant and has such a twist to it that it keeps you guessing right through i loved it

  32. Mine is also One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I recommend reading the book too.

  33. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for me as well I do love 12 Monkeys though

  34. 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.

  35. shutter island

  36. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or Patch Adams

  37. Sucker Punch – it does what it says on the tin!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. The remake of House on Haunted Hill. That was cracking

  41. One flew over the cuckoos nest has to be number 1. A great film.

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

  43. ‘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

  44. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

  45. The House on haunted hill was very scary and good

  46. One flew over the cuckoo’s nest – classic film with great performances!

  47. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.very creepy film

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. Girl, Interupted. amazing film

  51. Sucker Punch was quite surreal, but I liked it.

  52. Hospital Massacre because it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

  53. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was brilliant and thought-provoking. Casting Jack Nicholson as the lead was absolutely genius.

  54. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest, still a classic

  55. shutter island because it keeps you gripped throughout

  56. The Devils – Ken Russell

  57. 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.

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

  59. Horror Hospital

  60. Grave encounters – the first film that really scared me in a long time

  61. 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!

  62. Has to be One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jack Nicholson at his best.

  63. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, brill all round acting

  64. 12 monkeys because of the very intricate storyline.

  65. Halloween 2 the original version, huge fan of the Halloween franchise.

  66. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest it’s so funny but makes a point a the same time

  67. The house on the haunted hill

  68. Has to be One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, one of my all time favourites. Jack Nicholsons acting was outstanding

  69. Gothika was a good film!

  70. The Jacket was really enjoyable, with some cool twists along the way

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

  72. girl interupted – ok so not horror but v good 😀

  73. 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.

  74. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next – cause Jack Nicholson is just brilliant!

  75. Hellbound, Hellraiser 2 , scared the bejebus out of me.

  76. One flew over the cuckoos nest – saw it when it first came out – outstanding performances

  77. The House on Haunted Hill greta film

  78. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – I know that a lot of people have said that, but that is simply because it is the best

  79. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

  80. Girl Interrupted as it is hilarious or maybe In Dreams as it freaks me out

  81. The Day of the Triffids

  82. The House on haunted hill was very scary and good

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