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.

Director:

(as Tom De Simone)

Writer:

(as Randolph Feldman)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Five campers are stalked and killed in the mountains after traveling there to examine property they had purchased.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Director: Mark Rosman
Stars: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the party.

Director: Amy Holden Jones
Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella
The Prowler (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

Director: John Quinn
Stars: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey
Pieces (1982)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young co-eds are being cut up by a chainsaw killer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña
Intruder (1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

Director: Scott Spiegel
Stars: Elizabeth Cox, Renée Estevez, Dan Hicks
Terror Train (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero
The Burning (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.

Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Pray for day!

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noche infernal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Jeff Staggs's occupation is mis-spelt in the end credits as "Construction coodinator." See more »

Quotes

Peter Bennett: [Explaining why they shouldn't try climbing over the high fence] They'd be likely to cut their nuts off.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Initiation (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from 'Hell Night'
Sung by Leza Miller
Music by Dan Wyman
Lyrics by Bob Walters (as Bob Walter)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
not bad for a wannabe
27 November 2002 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

At first glance it seems that Hell Night is just cashing in on the success of proven box office draws, that being, Linda Blair's name from the Exorcist and the slasher genre which was doing so well at the time that Hell Night was made. However for a "wannabe" film Hell Night is very well done. The premise of the film is set up nicely and there is enough suspense and cool death scenes to make the film enjoyable. The problem is that after seeing the movie and witnessing the obvious talent behind the camera you realize that Hell Night could have been so much more then it is.

Hell Night has several good things going for it, a creepy mansion, creepy tunnels beneath the house and an eerie killer. All three are under used. The mansion and tunnels are rarely seen. The people in the house don't go exploring and when we finally get to see the tunnels, which are mentioned a few times to wet our appetites, we are quickly ushered out of them. The problem here is the film makers focus on realism. Realisticly if you were told to spend a night in a creepy old house would you explore the place? Probably not, ditto for creepy tunnels, especially if you discover evidence of someone/thing living there. Perhaps with a bit more imagination and/or bigger budget the house and tunnels could have been explored a bit more. As it is they are still a good source of suspense.

Finally we have the killer. The killer is used quite well and is really eerie looking. The problem is that a couple of interesting things are mentioned and shown about him but we don't learn what exactly is going on (you have to see the movie to know what I mean). It does provide for some interesting conversation after the movie is over but I think the film would have been more enjoyable if questions had been answered.

Hell Night is a little slow moving and doesn't keep it's pace going once things start to happen and Linda Blair's acting is atrocious, but that aside Hell Night is a nice addition to the 80's slasher flicks. Good suspense, creepy locations and some nice scares earn Hell Night a 7 out of 10.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Denise? fulcis_beard
Remake? MorbidMorgan
SETH. shaundead-1
Name that film? Because I sure can't efk
Any t and a or nudity in this? agoggans
carpet scene erniedouglas
Discuss Hell Night (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?