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Happy Hell Night (1992) is a strangely obscure horror film. A deranged
hunchback with ashen skin and large black eyes escapes from his prison
cell to torment a group of promiscous co-eds that are full of sin and
vice. The movie for the most part is old hat but the ancient, moldy
killer is real creepy. He reminded me of a mini Freddy clone, he even
spouts advice after maiming his victims. An old cop (with the help of
his son) tries to put the half pint killing machine back into his cell
before he kills again.
Recommended,if you can find it.
P.S. This movie was shot in eastern Europe (but takes place in the USA).
"Happy Hell Night" is a typical slasher film filled with gore and gratuitous nudity.There are several creepy,suspenseful moments,and the killer Zachary Malius(Charles Cragin)looks really scary.The characters are one-dimensional,the acting is terrible and there are some huge lapses in logic.Still the film is enjoyable to watch and offers some gory deaths including throat slashing,numerous stabbings etc.Overall it's a pretty good slasher,so if you like horror movies give this one a look.Recommended!
First off, let me say.....thank you to Anchor Bay, you guys are
releasing the movies we can no longer find on VHS, so for that, my
thanks. Now, Happy Hell
Night is very typical for the cheese we know and love from the eighties. It concerns a series of murders that happened in a fraternity by a satanic killer, Zachary Malius, played by the ever creepy Charles Cragin. The story then pushes twenty-five years later in the same fraternity house, and the pledges have to, as a hazing, go to the asylum where Malius was confined to, and take a few pics of the killer. As these movies go, Malius escapes and the killings begin. Nothing new as far as the murders go, but an interesting pick-axe to the skull on a very young pre CSI Jorga Fox. From there, it takes a retired detective (Darren McGavin), a priest and two brothers and the girl they fight over to put Malius back in his confines. The acting is typical for the time and very dated, but enjoyable nonetheless. If you can find it, rent it, buy it, whatever, but this movie is highly recommended to those who love the B movies of the eighties and early nineties. A good movie for Friday nights with popcorn and pizza.
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This is a surprisingly great low budget slasher, that's creepy, with a very cool killer and lots of blood!. I wasn't expecting much when i picked this up on DVD, however what i got was a surprisingly great slasher that was quite creepy at times, with decent characters and a very creepy setting, plus the ending was awesome!. Sure some of the dialog was cheesy, and it may have a routine feel at times, however i couldn't help but really enjoy it, and the finale was quite suspenseful, plus it has lots of great bloody death scenes for gore hounds (like me)!. The killer is really cool looking, and the plot is somewhat original, plus all of the characters were very likable!. It has plenty of nudity, to enjoy, and the character development was above average, plus the opening was pretty cool. This is a surprisingly great low budget slasher, that's creepy, with a very cool killer and lots of blood, i highly recommend this one!. The Direction is very good. Brian Owens does a very good job with the low budget with great camera work, creating a lot of creepy atmosphere, using a creepy location, good POV shots of the killer, and keeping the film at a pretty fast pace!. There is tons of blood and gore!. We get bloody stabbings,impaling's,man crucifix-ed upside down,ice pick in the foot,ice pick in the hand, slit throat,very bloody corpses,severed head, severed hand,ice pick in the head and out the mouth,decapitation,ice pick in the eye,tons of severed limbs all over the place, and LOTS of blood!. The Acting is surprisingly good for a slasher film!. Laura Carney is very pretty and is pretty decent here, she was fairly convincing, likable had good chemistry with the 2 leads, and did a pretty decent job overall i rather liked her.Frank John Hughes is very good here as Sonny he had good chemistry with Laura Carney, was likable and gave a solid show. Nick Gregory was somewhat unlikable at first however he turned out to be a decent guy i really liked him. Charles Cragin is fantastic as the killer!, he was extremely creepy, and gave an awesome show. Sam Rockwell and Darren McGavin have small thankless roles and are wasted. rest of the cast do adequate. Overall i highly recommend this one!, give it a shot. ***1/2 out of 5
1991/R-18/84m Darren McGavin, Nick Gregory, Franke Hughes, Laura Carney,
Another frat-house slasher film with more willing pledges accidentally releasing a maniac from his asylum habitat some 25 years after he butchered seven people at the local Church in a pact with the devil or something like that...
Ergo, he returns to the frat house and hacks and slashes his way through airhead co-eds and dumb jocks until two brothers (actual brothers, not just frat brothers) and the girl they're both screwing do their best to stop him.
Not as bad as it could be considering how little known it is; Darren McGavin is hardly in it and most of the murder victims are without any indentity - just kids having sex and dying. The killer offers the best distraction, delivering kitsch one-liners with every murder and talking like E.T.! Switch your mind off, sit back and enjoy - if you can...
i was really entertained by this movie
it got scares and some one-liner jokes by the killer
which cracked my jaw from laughing,but then again,the movie
got a nice horror story which is (in summary:2 guys trying
take a picture of a prisoner(who happened to be a devil-worshipper
wearing a priest costume) in an old asylum,and guess what happened
,of course, all hell breaking loose :)end summary
the cast did well here,the gore and blood were not enough though for my taste (im bald too )however ,genre fans will really enjoy this movie
A promising concept, is let down by its stringy narrative and so-so
execution. I've never even heard of "Happy Hell Night" before and this
early nineties, offbeat campus low-budget slasher is something that
wouldn't have felt out of placed in the 80s. Tacky, gory and sleazy,
but something just seemed to be missing or should I say something felt
out of place. I couldn't shake the feeling that it could have been much
In 1963 seven members of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity were found brutally mutilated inside Winfield Mausoleum. The accuser priest Zachary Malius was put away in the local State Asylum. Twenty five years later, a hazing prank goes wrong when some guys accidentally release Zachary from his cell and heads back to Winfield College to continue the butchery.
The killer is suitably creepy and genuinely unnerving in appearance, but when he opened his mouth to spout out an amusing quip (ala Freddy Krugger style). It simply killed the mood. "No " this, "no " that. Done in a scratchy tone. No, please stop talking. Sadly this is too distracting (including its loopy tone), as it does bestow a nasty, atmospheric ambiance with some striking imagery especially with the sequences of the killer lurking in the shadows and of course when he's stuck in his cell. Even then odd surreal images crop up too, involving a Jesus statue in a church and the setting has a Gothic touch. The darkly twisted, but untapped story takes awhile before hitting its strides, with the usual campus lounging and dramas. But when it kicks off the slaughter, buckets of blood flows (very cheap jolts), sex and nudity escalates (sometimes kinky) and stupidity is ensured. Some passages during the stalk and slash stages, just seem to jump around in a rather jaded manner. Not making much sense with little in the way of cohesion. The music does create some chills with its foreboding cues.
The cast attached features some names; Darren McGavin, Sam Rockwell, Jorja Fox (from the TV show "C.S.I") and Ted Clark. But these folks have nothing more than minor roles. The rest of the performances are extra-ordinary some rather bad in their amateurishly buoyant deliveries. Crude dialogues come out of their mouths with a real joke-like emphasis.
Nothing special, but kind of fun over-the-top, b-grade shocker.
Happy Hell Night came at an age where the slasher movie was dying, giving out its last breath before vanishing for a few years and only re-emerging in hollow mockeries like the Scream pictures (I like them as comedy thrillers but they ain't horror) or sporadically entertaining losers like Venom or The Pool. I thus watched it with great hopes that it would prove a dignified entry into the tail end of slash cinema and my hopes were repaid considerably. In fact, I was enjoying it so much ten minutes in that I started on a bottle of wine and I now can't recall all of the movies details, but enough to write this comment. The films biggest asset is a really creepy killer. He looks and sounds truly demonic and the film is utterly gripping whenever he's around. The killing is more than acceptable, perhaps not particularly inventive but with plenty of good honest bloody stabbing, slicing and cutting. The kills are often tense too because of the freaky killer. The plotting and pacing are just above average for this kind of film. Times had clearly changed since mindless Eighties slasher heaven, so the killer gets a good back story, the film has a few locations instead of just one, and the script and acting are slightly more convincing than usual. There is some unwelcome generic teen obnoxiousness, but not enough to derail the movie, and there is some fun gratuitous nudity. All in all this is a fresh, fun and satisfying mindless slasher, one of the last good'uns before the genre pretty much went down the toilet
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It's Halloween night and hell night at the local frat house. Two pledges have bad luck by having the assignment of going to the insane asylum and taking a picture of a notorious killer named Zachary Maluis (Cragin). 25 years earlier, Malius slaughtered a group of people on Halloween night. Of course these pin heads accidentally let him loose and he follows them straight to the frat house so he can start slaughtering co-eds. The Plot is pretty dull in this one and unfortunately the acting isn't much better. Darrin McGavin is slumming in a few scenes. The gore spilled isn't anything to get excited about, but what does work is the creepy as hell killer Zachary Maluis. With his ghost like appearance and black demonic eyes Maluis will have your attention while on screen and is one creepy image. This is the only thing that lifts this film up a little bit. Unsettling and frightening, this killer deserved to be in a better horror film.
"Happy Hell Night" came out at a time when the slasher craze had well
and truly died, as the same ideas were being recycled over and over
again, and this one is no different, here we have a killer priest who
escapes from a mental hospital after 25 years for murdering a group of
college students and surprise surprise, he sets out to do it again to a
new group of college kids.
Happy Hell Night is an OK effort and I actually liked it more than I thought I would, once the first half hour is over and the killer priest starts killing, it actually starts livening up and there are some touches in the gore department, but I could have done without the stupid cheesy one liners from the killer, as it would have made him a whole lot creepier, and the supernatural element was done rather well and it does set it apart from the other slasher fodder that came out during this point.
All in all "Happy Hell Night" is an okay movie once it gets going although it does take quite a while and the cast weren't very interesting but they do get killed which is a bonus, and this movie may just be another run of the mill early 90's slasher, but it's still OK.
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