Hell Night (1981)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  28 August 1981 (USA)
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.


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Complete credited cast:
Kevin Brophy ...
Jenny Neumann ...
Suki Goodwin ...
Jimmy Sturtevant ...
Hal Ralston ...
Older Cop
Carey Fox ...
Younger Cop (as Cary Fox)
Ron Gans ...
Driver (as Ronald Gans)
Gloria Heilman ...
Party Girl


Before being able to join Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity and its sister sorority, four pledges must spend the night in Garth Manor, twelve years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Some, however, say that one member of the Garth family survived, and still resides somewhere in the now-deserted mansion. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Did You Know?


The scene where Jeff (Peter Barton) is thrown down a flight of stairs and hurts his leg didn't require much acting on Barton's part; he actually did hurt himself, and his limping was due to the fact that he was really in pain from his injury. See more »


In the opening, Peter says that Garth Manor has no modern conveniences such as electricity, yet he is somehow able to run his special effects equipment in the house. See more »


Marti: But Seth is bringing back help.
Jeff Reed: Seth isn't coming back.
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Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »


Theme from 'Hell Night'
Sung by Leza Miller
Music by Dan Wyman
Lyrics by Bob Walters (as Bob Walter)
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9 July 2000 | by (Sandy, OR) – See all my reviews

I love slasher films and this is one of my favorites....it seems one of the biggest complaints about 'Hell Night' is the lack of blood. Am I the only one here who remembers two other horror classics that have little bloodshed....'Halloween' and 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' and before you disagree....watch them again. And notice that all the times that Leatherface smacks heads with the hammer and carves bodies with his chainsaw- very little blood hits the ground.....even 'Prom Night' shows black screen when someone is getting hacked up with an axe... And not all slasher films have to have the 'guess who the killer is' theme....in 'Halloween' we knew it was Michael Meyers and 'Chain Saw Massacre' we knew it was Leatherface and his family.... Back to 'Hell Night'...I thought everybody gave really good performances throughout...Linda Blair and Vincet Van Patten standout the most. I enjoyed the background story about the house's history...the house itself was an excellent setting. Character interaction was interesting...it didn't seem like pointless time filler. The killers were alot more scary than most of the slasher villains...plus the fact that they didn't get a lot of screen time which added to the suspense. A very under-rated slasher film. 'Hell Night' and almost any slasher film post 1979 are called 'Halloween' rip-offs...but, remember 'Black Christmas' came out years before 'Halloween'

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