‘In this hospital, the patients never leave…’
Inoperable is a 2016 American horror feature film directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman from a screenplay co-written with co-producer Jeff Miller (ClownTown; The Burning Dead; Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan). The movie stars Danielle Harris, Jeff Denton, and Katie Keene.
Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the makeup effects, with David H. Greathouse (Syfy Channel’s Face/Off) supervising.
A young woman (Danielle Harris) is in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching that has awakened malevolent forces inside. The woman realizes she is trapped in a time loop and must escape the hospital before the storm passes, or she will be trapped there forever…
Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“It’s limited by its low budget, but lifted greatly by some good performances, especially Harris, who spends most of the movie out of breath in panic. She’s very good. Movies like this look like cheap B-movie fodder, but every once in awhile, a title or two will do something to change that perception. Inoperable is one such film…” That Moment In
“The directing and camerawork are kinetic as hell and make great use of the location and its labyrinthine hallways. And on top of that, the film is a fun mystery to try and unlock. Some might figure out what’s going on long before Danielle Harris’ character does, but as they say, it’s not always about the destination, it’s about the trip.” Arrow in the Head
“Alas, films like this often end in a frustrating, unsatisfying manner, which is particularly true of Inoperable. Nevertheless, it is the ride that matters, not the awkward dismount. Genre fans should be impressed by the extent to which it exceeds expectations. Recommended with surprising enthusiasm…” J.B. Spins
“Danielle Harris seems bored to tears with a script that does nothing for her mediocre acting talents as she receives no support from a cast of D-grade actors that belong nowhere near a film set […] Using standardized characterizations of the freaky religious man, the overbearing mental health nurse or caretaker, and numerous other repetitious elements from other movies, Inoperable is just a mess…” The Movie Sleuth
“Inoperable does what most films cannot; it remains interesting. The film offers lots of action and interaction. As well, a large portion of the plot is kept in mystery. And, viewers will have to pay attention to some of the numbers that pop up, to figure out Amy’s escape route. […] Inoperable will pull most viewers into its convoluted story.” 28 Days Later Analysis
Greater Tampa, Florida
The movie opened on December 1, 2017, in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cleveland and Minneapolis for weeklong runs.
Inoperable was released in the USA by ITN Distribution on DVD and VOD on February 6, 2018.