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Hell Night
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Writer:
Randy Feldman (written by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Pray for day!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
not bad for a wannabe See more (103 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Linda Blair ... Marti Gaines

Vincent Van Patten ... Seth

Peter Barton ... Jeff Reed
Kevin Brophy ... Peter Bennett
Jenny Neumann ... May West
Suki Goodwin ... Denise Dunsmore
Jimmy Sturtevant ... Scott
Hal Ralston ... Older Cop
Carey Fox ... Younger Cop (as Cary Fox)
Ron Gans ... Driver (as Ronald Gans)
Gloria Heilman ... Party Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Hasselhoff ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom DeSimone  (as Tom De Simone)
 
Writing credits
Randy Feldman (written by) (as Randolph Feldman)

Produced by
Bruce Cohn Curtis .... producer
Mark L. Rosen .... producer
Chuck Russell .... executive producer
Joseph Wolf .... executive producer
Irwin Yablans .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dan Wyman 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco  (as Tony Di Marco)
 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
 
Art Direction by
Steven Legler  (as Steven G. Legler)
 
Costume Design by
Lennie Barin 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Horn .... special makeup effects artist (as Kenneth Horn)
Pamela Peitzman .... makeup artist (as Pam Peitzman)
Tom Schwartz .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Ross Bush .... first assistant director
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director
Harry Haskell .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Kerry Alexander .... carpenter
Loma Lee Brookbank .... property master
David B. Clark .... art department assistant (as David Clark)
David Daniels .... art department assistant
Charlie Edwards .... carpenter
Mike Fredrickson .... lead carpenter
Robyn Jill Harwood .... art department assistant
George Herthel .... art department assistant
Mary Hicks .... scenic painter
Jeff Knight .... assistant art director
Lee Lazarow .... set dresser
Robert Long .... carpenter
Mark Luine .... art department assistant
Steve Meyer .... carpenter
Elliot Nachbar .... carpenter
Peitro Palladini .... scenic painter
David Pentacost .... carpenter
Richard Portillo .... carpenter
Mark Pritchard .... carpenter
Guy Ring .... carpenter
Reggie Rook .... carpenter
Brian Shelton .... carpenter
Bob Siegert .... carpenter
Richard Singletary .... art department assistant
Michael Speaker .... scenic painter
Jeff Staggs .... construction coordinator
Mark Tarnawsky .... art department assistant
Peter Tkacheff .... carpenter
Robert Ulrich .... assistant property master (as Robert Ulrich Jr.)
Steve Walsh .... carpenter
Chris Woodward .... carpenter
John R. Woodward .... carpenter (as John Woodward)
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Douglas Arnold)
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Jim Cypherd .... recording engineer
Michael J. Ford .... sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... assistant sound editor (as Roxanne R. Jones)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharp)
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects editor (as Sam Shaw)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Eggett .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Marcia Holley .... stunts (as Marsha Holley)
Freddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Buckley .... second electrician
Marty Carrillo .... electrician
Bradley S. Christian .... grip
Robert Fischer .... best boy grip (as Robert M. Fischer)
Richard Groetchen .... best boy electric
Pat Hall .... grip/driver (as Patrick Hall)
Robert Harmon .... still photographer
Larry Lapointe .... gaffer (as Larry LaPointe)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Rick Rolnick .... best boy electric
Danny Toback .... key grip (as Dan Toback)
Michael Wilson .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Robert J. Howard .... location casting
Victor J. Kubitschek .... extras casting
Steve Ringel .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christopher Gibson .... wardrobe assistant
Theresa Nicholls .... assistant costume designer
Jacqueline Saint Anne .... key costumer (as Jaqueline Cummins)
 
Editorial Department
Warren Chadwick .... assistant editor
James Peichocki .... apprentice editor
Allan Schultz .... assistant editor (as Alan Schultz)
 
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (as Ken Karman)
Bob Walters .... music coordinator (as Bob Walter)
 
Transportation Department
Barry Schneier .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Frank Darabont .... production assistant
Steven Henderson .... production assistant
Barbara Javitz .... production coordinator
Carol Krupa .... production assistant
Amy Rabins .... production auditor
Sheryl Roberts .... production secretary
Kevin Rock .... production assistant
Daniel Schott .... assistant to producers
Dale Tate .... title designer
Jenny Townsend .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Future director Frank Darabont had one of his earliest film credits on this movie, as a Production Assistant.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Marti:But Seth is bringing back help.
Jeff Reed:Seth isn't coming back.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saturday Morning Mystery (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Theme from 'Hell Night'See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
not bad for a wannabe, 27 November 2002
Author: Dennis G. Barnes (Zod-2) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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.

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