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Pledge Night (1990)

As a silly frat boy prank, Young Sid is boiled in a tub of acid. Years later he returns to wreak havoc on the new generation of brothers in his old fraternity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Eastland ...
Larry Bonner
Dennis Sullivan ...
Bodine
Craig Derrick ...
Cagle
David Neal Evans ...
Richard Goodman
Robert Lentini ...
Silvera
James Davies ...
Zahn
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J.D.
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Chip
Arthur Lundquist ...
Dan
Steven Christopher Young ...
Rex
Tony Barbieri ...
Tom
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Acid Sid
Joey Belladonna ...
Young Sid
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Wendy
Barbara Summerville ...
Bonner's Mom
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As a silly frat boy prank, Young Sid is boiled in a tub of acid. Years later he returns to wreak havoc on the new generation of brothers in his old fraternity. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Brothers to the end. The very end.

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7 December 1990 (USA)  »

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A Hazing in Hell  »

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[as the pledge leader whips him]
Richard Goodman: Thank you, sir, may I have another, sir?
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A film of two halves.
24 April 2016 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Anthrax were always the most playful of thrash metal's 'big four', so it wasn't a big surprise for me to find that supernatural slasher flick Pledge Night, in which Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna has a blink-and-miss-it cameo, is far from serious. In fact, the first 40 minutes or so comprises almost entirely of juvenile hell week pranks perpetrated on new pledges by the brothers of the Phi-Epsilon fraternity; there's no horror whatsoever! All of this is really quite tedious and not in the least bit amusing, so it's a relief when the blood finally begins to flow, no matter how cheesy it all happens to be.

The fun really starts when Phi-Epsilon brother Dan (Arthur Lundquist) becomes possessed by the spirit of Sid, a fraternity pledge who died twenty years earlier when a hazing prank went horribly wrong. Controlled by the malevolent spirit, Dan kills a bloke sat on the toilet, stabs another in the back with screwdrivers, electrocutes a girl in the bath, rams a food whisk down another's throat, and blows up some poor sap's butt with a cherry bomb. These deaths are relatively gore-free, but the film eventually delivers a few cheap but entertaining splatter effects after Sid emerges from Dan's back, Freddy Krueger style, and goes in search of more victims: we get strangulation with large intestine, an exploding stomach, a 180 degrees head twist, and one victim who is killed by having his head pushed into Sid's gaping stomach wound!

On top of all this incredibly silly horror nonsense, Pledge Night also manages to deliver that other staple of the genre, gratuitous female nudity, serving up a grand total of six pairs of breasts, and a metal thrashing mad soundtrack courtesy of… you guessed it… Anthrax!

3/10 for the woeful hazing antics of the first half; 6/10 for the second, horror-packed half. That's an average of 4.5/10, rounded up to 5 for IMDb.


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