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1 November 1985 (USA) See more »
Ghouls just want to have fun!
Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lee Montgomery ... Phil Grenville

Shari Belafonte ... Melissa Cavender (as Shari Belafonte-Harper)

LeVar Burton ... Vinnie Davis

Peter DeLuise ... Mitch Crandall

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Mary Masterson
Jonna Lee ... Sandy Matthews

Jonelle Allen ... Lucinda Cavender

Kevin McCarthy ... Judge Crandall

Cindy Morgan ... Vicky Jensen

Dick Van Patten ... Martin Grenville

Mark Blankfield ... The Ghoul

Hank Garrett ... Sgt. Thompson
Sheila Larken ... Janet Greenville

Dennis Redfield ... Lester Mitchell

Kurtwood Smith ... Captain Warren Jensen

Wolfman Jack ... Radio D.J. (voice)
Bill DeLand ... Man in Police Station

Joe Gieb ... Elf

Vachik Mangassarian ... Opera Singer
Mickey Morton ... Vernon Nestor
Laura Owens ... Mother
Adam Myman ... Son
Jennifer Shockey ... Tammy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig Reed ... Army Ranger

Rebecca Both ... Beehive Dancer / Halloween Party (uncredited)

Macaulay Culkin ... Halloween Kid (uncredited)
Tony Henderson ... Paperboy (uncredited)
Oliver Holler ... Zombie (uncredited)

Ted King ... Death (uncredited)

Larry Ludwig ... Milkman (uncredited)
Scott L. Treger ... Frankenstein Rick (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Bender 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Bleich  (as Bill Bleich)

Produced by
Jill Mullikin-Bates .... producer
Sharon Sawyer .... executive producer (as Sharon L. Sawyer)
Ervin Zavada .... producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
Rexford L. Metz 
Film Editing by
David A. Simmons 
Production Design by
Charles L. Hughes 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Haley 
Costume Design by
Ron Heilman 
Makeup Department
Silvia Abascal .... key hair stylist
Jeff Dawn .... makeup artist
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist
Mike Smithson .... fabrication
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hal Klein .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Cohen .... assistant director
Fred Gerber .... first assistant director
Maggie Parker .... second assistant director
Art Department
William Cruse .... set designer
Frank Irving .... property master
Stephen Storer .... set designer
Van C. Unger .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Martin Raymond Bolger .... sound (as Martin R. Bolger)
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Thomas R. Burman .... special effects makeup
Jack Monroe .... special effects
Larry Odien .... special mechanical effects assistant
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Hofstein .... camera operator
Jack Johnson .... key grip
Lee Redmond .... assistant camera
Ken Spencer .... gaffer (as Kenneth L. Spencer)
Ron Veto .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Susan Glicksman .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Flores .... costumes supervisor
John S. Perry .... key costumer
Julie Weiss .... costume consultant
Llandys Williams .... costumes supervisor
Location Management
Don Garrison .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Bocci .... music supervisor
Al Bunetta .... music supervisor
Dan Einstein .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Edward Baken .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Myrna Gawryn .... choreographer
Roshani Engineer Nash .... script supervisor

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94 min
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Did You Know?

Ted King's TV debut.See more »
Continuity: When Melissa is playing a game of Hangman with Mary on the high school blackboard, the two Ns on "Ghouls just want to have fun" are already filled out. When Mary loses the game and Melissa fills in the missing letters, she fills in the N on "want", despite the fact that both Ns were previously filled in and that the N in "fun" is still filled in.See more »
Judge Crandall:Nothing to say to your sweet old dad?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A great Halloween Movie, 6 November 2003
Author: obiemookie from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I am a huge horror movie fan...and normally "Made for TV Movies" based on Halloween or horror usually stink (either because of lack of money, lack of real scares and/or gore...lack of plot...etc)...The Midnight Hour, on the other hand, is a great little Made for TV Horror movie!

I remember seeing this film when it first aired in 1985...and just falling in love with it. At that point, I had just discovered "Dawn of the Dead", and was really into the whole "Dead coming back to life" type of movie...and this one really hits the mark. Admittedly, it's tame compared to movies released with an R rating...but it's an incredible movie that both kids and adults can enjoy! And, it's VERY creepy in parts...especially when the two leads are driving through the town square, which has become inhabited by the living dead.

After seeing it the first time in 85, I watched for it every year afterwards...only seeing it rarely. Kind of a disappointment that it wasn't on a lot...but it did make it more special when it WAS on. How happy was I when, about 5 years ago, I found a VHS copy of it in the local video store! I bought a copy, and now get to watch it whenever I want ( Halloween anyway).

Let's face it...this movie can probably be seen as kind of cheesy in that it was made in the 80's...we really didn't know how to dress back then! But it has great music (especially the song "How Soon is Now" by The Smiths. Its inclusion happens at a very cool part of the movie), some really good scares...and is a pretty cool movie to watch after coming home from trick or treating on Halloween! If you're looking for a movie where people get ripped apart, swear a lot, show nudity...this isn't going to be the one for you. But if you'd like a fun movie, that is creepy, and has a good story (well, aside from the whole werewolf thing...THAT kind of throws me every time I watch it)...then pick up this one!

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