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Invitation to Hell (1984)

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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Patricia 'Pat' Winslow
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Tom Peterson
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Mr. Thompson
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Mary Peterson (as Patricia McCormack)
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Walt Henderson
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Sheriff
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Miss Winter
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Stepson
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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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24 May 1984 (USA)  »

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Invitación al infierno  »

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The NASA astronaut space suit costume that Robert Urick was to wear at the climax of the "inferno Hell" sequence became a major-critical problem initiated with the film's production scheduling. The production designer took the task of getting an astronaut space suit wardrobe-package since the film costumer was not hired. Braden contacted the costume designer Patricia Norris at MGM Studios in Culver City. Norris had been involved in the 1968 feature film "2001: A Space Odyssey." MGM Wardrobe had the only collection of 'NASA astronaut space suits' in the Hollywood galaxy. The MGM NASA astronaut space suit costume was not complete. The shoulder-back-pack assembly package was missing; had to be designed; constructed - which contained the battery operated motorized cooling fan unit required to keep the actor from over-heating while wearing the astronaut space suit for filming sequences. The effects house filmed a sequence of Bob Urick wearing his NASA space suit protecting him from the intense heat, falling - descending into Hell's inferno; this sequence was scheduled as a miniature shot. The effects house did not have the capacity to provide the miniature space suit-doll-character. Production designer-Braden purchased an 8 inch military G-I-Joe plastic toy doll. Purchasing fabric material matching the space suit's material finish, the designer gave the toy doll to his mother who made patterns and sewed together the miniature space suit to fit the GI Joe doll. Braden carved the back pack, (gloves and boots), from balsa wood matching the NASA space suit's back pack unit built by the construction coordinator Jerry Esposito. A small white plastic ball was detailed to match the space suit helmet. The miniature doll was delivered to the Hollywood effects house. The Hollywood Effects filming team proceeded to mount the miniature doll to a steel rod attached to the doll's belly button. The doll was spun in blue screen process, with the camera tracked (backing) away from the spinning miniature space-suit-doll; this sequence was matted over another filmed background plate providing the illusion of Urick in his NASA space suit sailing down into Jessica Jones' hell-hole subterranean inferno environment. See more »

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Tom Winslow removes his helmet, messing up his hair. A second later, his hair is neat again. See more »

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Very clever premise for a made-for-tv horror tale!
5 July 2002 | by (America) – See all my reviews

Scientist is developing a space suit that will allow astronauts to withstand the extremely high temperatures on Mercury, and ends up using it to enter Hell itself! Nifty scene comes early in the film when a guest in the scientist's house walks within range of the suit while it is turned on and it detects a non-human lifeform.


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