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Hell Night
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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:
Atmospheric Blend of Two Horror Sub-Genres. See more (102 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)
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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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Additional Details

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Future director Frank Darabont had one of his earliest film credits on this movie, as a Production Assistant.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Peter stated to the Frat party that no one has been into Garth Manor since the killings years prior, yet when they enter through the front doors no one is surprised to see a room full of lit candles.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Initiation (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Theme from 'Hell Night'See more »

FAQ

Will there be a remake?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric Blend of Two Horror Sub-Genres., 28 August 2006
Author: drownsoda90 from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Hell Night" is a fun little 1981 horror film from the producer of "Halloween". The plot is as follows - Twelve years ago, a man savagely murdered his wife and three of their deformed and disabled children, leaving only one son as a survivor, then hanging himself in his family mansion. Now, twelve years after the horrible murders, four college pledges for the Alpha Sigma Ro fraternity/sorority are forced to spend the night in Garth manor for their initiation. All seems to be going well, and the upperclassmen play a few tricks on the newcomers to try and scare them. But the jokes become horrifyingly real when the pranksters and the pledges begin to die. Could it be possible that the fourth son of the Garth family is still lurking somewhere on the grounds?

I'd been wanting to see this for quite some time now, and I finally got my hands on the DVD and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Is it clichéd? Sure it is, very much so, actually. The plot (while it isn't as original as it could be) is well paced and entertaining all the way. It blends both the slasher and haunted house horror sub-genres, and it does it with style. Sure, the horror clichés are present, but these clichés don't take the film down. The mansion was large, old, and creepy inside, adding to the classic haunted-house horror film feeling. Not to mention the pledges are dressed in period costumes reflecting the olden days. The acting was decent, not perfect but good enough. Linda Blair of "The Exorcist" is our main leading heroine, and her innocent character of Marti is likable. Peter Barton plays Jeff, and Vincent Van Patten plays the tough surfer dude along with Suki Goodwin as the party girl. All of the actors performed well for the most part, no real complaints there.

There are some memorable scenes in the film, especially the rug scene and the chase in the underground tunnels with Marti and Jeff and the old deformed psychopath. Speaking of the villain, he was actually rather creepy and the makeup effects were decent, although we don't really get to see his face until the finale. There are some creative murder scenes that have surprisingly good special effects considering the time the film was made. But the film's overall atmosphere was the best part if you asked me. It kind of reminded me of a Scooby Doo episode with it's style and story, but much more violent than anything you'd ever see on a cartoon show.

Overall, "Hell Night" is one of the most fun '80s horror films out there. The whole film has a fun, festive tone, and there are some pretty spooky scenes and the atmosphere was perfect in a classic, haunted-house horror kind of way. The atmosphere is killer (literally), there are some scary murders, and Linda Blair is the leading lady! What more can you ask for? Definitely check it out if you are a fan of the genre. 9/10.

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