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Hell Night (1981)

Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier.

Director:

Tom DeSimone (as Tom De Simone)

Writer:

Randy Feldman (as Randolph Feldman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Linda Blair ... Marti
Vincent Van Patten ... Seth
Peter Barton ... Jeff
Kevin Brophy Kevin Brophy ... Peter
Jenny Neumann Jenny Neumann ... May
Suki Goodwin ... Denise
Jimmy Sturtevant ... Scott
Hal Ralston Hal Ralston ... Older Cop
Carey Fox Carey Fox ... Younger Cop (as Cary Fox)
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Driver (as Ronald Gans)
Gloria Heilman Gloria Heilman ... Party Girl
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Storyline

Before being able to join Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity and its sister sorority, four pledges must spend the night in Garth Manor, twelve years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Some, however, say that one member of the Garth family survived, and still resides somewhere in the now-deserted mansion. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Pray for day!

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche infernal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though there were several shots of actors running from the front of the house to the front gates, the distance between the two is actually one mile. See more »

Goofs

Jeff Staggs's occupation is mis-spelt in the end credits as "Construction coodinator." See more »

Quotes

Peter Bennett: [Explaining why they shouldn't try climbing over the high fence] They'd be likely to cut their nuts off.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was uncut, early video versions suffered a brief 1 second edit by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a body being punctured by spikes from an iron fence. The cut was waived in 2002. See more »

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Soundtracks

Theme from 'Hell Night'
Sung by Leza Miller
Music by Dan Wyman
Lyrics by Bob Walters (as Bob Walter)
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Talking in terms of 80's slashers...this is a good film!
10 November 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Linda Blair, everybody's favorite head-tolling girl, stars as an extremely cute college girl named Marti. Together with 3 other students, she's locked overnight in a haunted mansion as some sort of fraternity initiation rite. The house used to be inhabited by a family of weirdoes (figures…) and the deformed son is believed to still dwell around in the tunnels underneath the mansion's basement. While the other fraternity members are playing pranks to increase the eeriness, the real killer comes to interfere…

Of course, you can't really refer to this 'Hell Night' as being a good film. It's an 80's slasher, produced in-between two 'Halloween'-films. The only reason of this film's existence is to raise more money, so you can't be too demanding for plots, logic or credibility. In it's own specific category, this is a more than decent film. I can name you over a thousand similar films that are worse but only a few that are better. It's amazing what a competent director (Tom DeSimone – specialized in 'Women Behind Bars'-flicks) and a devoted cast (Linda Blair!!) can achieve. There are quite a few suspenseful sequences in Hell Night and the gore is not exploited for once. The settings are decent but sometimes underexposed, which is a bit of a shame. Overall, this a lot more tolerable than the average flick in which teens are slaughtered by the dozen.


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