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Invitation to Hell (1984)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  24 May 1984 (USA)
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A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club.

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Matt Winslow
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Janie (as Annemarie McEvoy)
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A scientist and his family move to a new town. He meets the local celebrity the beautiful who runs the local health club to which everyone is a member and makes him suspicious. Intrigued he investigates further and uncovers a terrifying plot. Written by beerbohm

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Horror Master Wes Craven turns a family's lifelong dream into their worst nightmare.


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The set for the residential interior was constructed on a sound stage in/at the Culver City Studios on Washington Boulevard (the old Selznick Studio of "Gone With The Wind" fame). Production offices, also, were located at the studio. The interior living room stage set required a turn around for the scenario effects script requirement (with wind and bricks flying from and through the walls). On the same sound stage, the health club set was erected with three thicknesses of plaster wall board covering the wooden stage flooring set footprint, required for the controlled fire effects when Susan Lucci introduces her "hellish" character's charms! The translucent vacuum formed panels, used in the set wall panels, actually started melting from the intense heat radiated from the gas-line-pipes which were positioned to create the aisle of fire Susan Lucci walked through. The fire sequence required several re-takes causing the plastic material melting. Viewing the sequence, you can see the vacuum formed 4" deep pyramid pattern-plastic design sag on camera. Susan Lucci's costume and hair was singed and scorched from the intense heat. See more »

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don't join Steaming Springs, the spa with the gate to Hell!
10 September 2008 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

In the opening scene, a chauffeur is distracted by two women in bikinis and runs over Susan Lucci's character Jessica. She pops back up and fries him.

A family with a young boy and girl move to a new neighborhood. The father has developed a sensor of some kind which his new employer wants for a Venusian spacesuit. The suit can already withstand blasts of flame, as well as shoot lasers and flames. His old fraternity buddy recommended him for the job.

The fraternity buddy gets initiated with his family into a local "club," called Steaming Springs, run by Jessica. They, and practically all the other characters want the new family to join too, but the father is very resistant. He grows more resistant the more insistent and strange the others become. People who belong exhibit sometimes strange behavior, like a boy at a sleepover who is found watching violent stuff on TV late at night, and who becomes hostile when it is shut off.

Not surprisingly, the spa contains a gate to hell, the door code of which starts off with 666.

It's a somewhat entertaining movie with lots of familiar character actors in it. Despite being directed by Wes Craven, there wasn't anything about it that really bore his hand, to my eye.


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