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Release Date:
24 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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Horror Master Wes Craven turns a family's lifelong dream into their worst nightmare.
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A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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The best part of the movie is the title; it's all downhill from there. See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Urich ... Matt Winslow

Joanna Cassidy ... Patricia 'Pat' Winslow

Susan Lucci ... Jessica Jones

Joe Regalbuto ... Tom Peterson

Kevin McCarthy ... Mr. Thompson

Patty McCormack ... Mary Peterson (as Patricia McCormack)

Bill Erwin ... Walt Henderson

Soleil Moon Frye ... Chrissy Winslow

Barret Oliver ... Robbie Winslow
Nicholas Worth ... Sheriff
Virginia Vincent ... Grace Henderson
Greg Monaghan ... Pete

Lois Hamilton ... Miss Winter

Cal Bartlett ... Stepson
Anne Marie McEvoy ... Janie (as Annemarie McEvoy)

Bruce Gray ... Larry Ferris
Gino De Mauro ... Jimmy
Jason Presson ... Billy
John Zenda ... Doorman
Billy Beck ... Mover

Michael Berryman ... Valet

Francis von Zerneck ... Newsboy (as Frank von Zerneck Jr.)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Rothstein 

Produced by
Robert M. Sertner .... producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Sylvester Levay 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey 
 
Film Editing by
Ann E. Mills 
Gregory Prange 
 
Art Direction by
Hub Braden 
 
Set Decoration by
Bill Harp 
 
Makeup Department
Les Berns .... key makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Phillips Wylly Sr. .... executive in charge of production
Phillips Wylly Sr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (as John Poer)
Gregory Prange .... second unit director (as Greg Prange)
John N. Whittle .... second assistant director (as John Whittle)
 
Art Department
Jerry Esposito Jr. .... construction coordinator
Petko D. Kadiev .... storyboard artist
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... property master (as Vic Petrotta)
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound (as Dick Church)
Rich Harrison .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Ken Pepiot .... special effects
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Rob King .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde E. Bryan .... assistant camera
Steve Mathis .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Newman .... wardrobe: women
Sanford Slepak .... costume supervisor (as Sandy Slepak)
 
Editorial Department
Bert Glatstein .... assistant editor
Thomas Jarvis .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
John Mick .... music editor
 
Other crew
Tom Brocato .... publicist
Stuart Lippman .... script supervisor
Anthony J. Saenz .... location manager (as Tony Saenz)
 

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96 min
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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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Continuity: When Tom is at the office talking to the vet, he is wearing a blue shirt and black tie, but when he drives to the vet's office, he is wearing a checkered shirt and black tie yet it is supposed to be the same day.See more »
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The best part of the movie is the title; it's all downhill from there., 12 January 2015
Author: Adam Foidart from Winnipeg

As far as horror films go, "Invitation to Hell" is pretty laughable. It seems like the Wes Craven was trying to create something in the likeness of an episode of the "Twilight Zone" but the story is very poorly told to the point of hilarity. The plot is difficult to explain, but it concerns a family that moves to a new town and are enamored with their new neighbors, until it turns out that there's something demonic going on at the local spa. Many plot elements have no payoff or are introduced very badly, leaving the audience scratching their heads. Early in the film we learn that our protagonist is working on a space-suit that can withstand extreme temperature and is meant for space travel. It also has the ability to recognize life-forms and inform the person wearing the suit if it human or not human (using SCIENCE!). When it becomes apparent that something is wrong with the people around him, I figured that this suit must have been created with some nefarious purpose in mind, because why else would it have such specific abilities? Did they anticipate to meet humans on Venus, where the suit is meant to travel to? I would imagine that if they saw ANYTHING moving on that planet, it would be easy to identify it as not being human because you know... humans are from Earth? Logically, the suit must have been made to allow humans to travel to hell! Actually no, it's just a coincidence that we have a suit that can detect non-humans and is able to travel to extreme temperatures. When we have a need to figure out who is a real person and who is an impostor and have to travel to the bowels of hell, just go ahead and borrow that convenient device, it's easy! The poorly written story goes further, with the head villain being given vaguely established powers that are used only when it's most dramatically convenient. The special effects are good for what they are (it's a made for TV movie from 1984) and if you are looking for something to make fun of, you'll have a good time. Otherwise, stay away! (On VHS, April 20, 2012)

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