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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.

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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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Pray for day!

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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

In the opening, Peter says that Garth Manor has no modern conveniences such as electricity, yet he is somehow able to run his special effects equipment in the house. See more »

Quotes

Marti: But Seth is bringing back help.
Jeff Reed: Seth isn't coming back.
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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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not bad for a wannabe
27 November 2002 | by Zod-2See all my reviews

At first glance it seems that Hell Night is just cashing in on the success of proven box office draws, that being, Linda Blair's name from the Exorcist and the slasher genre which was doing so well at the time that Hell Night was made. However for a "wannabe" film Hell Night is very well done. The premise of the film is set up nicely and there is enough suspense and cool death scenes to make the film enjoyable. The problem is that after seeing the movie and witnessing the obvious talent behind the camera you realize that Hell Night could have been so much more then it is.

Hell Night has several good things going for it, a creepy mansion, creepy tunnels beneath the house and an eerie killer. All three are under used. The mansion and tunnels are rarely seen. The people in the house don't go exploring and when we finally get to see the tunnels, which are mentioned a few times to wet our appetites, we are quickly ushered out of them. The problem here is the film makers focus on realism. Realisticly if you were told to spend a night in a creepy old house would you explore the place? Probably not, ditto for creepy tunnels, especially if you discover evidence of someone/thing living there. Perhaps with a bit more imagination and/or bigger budget the house and tunnels could have been explored a bit more. As it is they are still a good source of suspense.

Finally we have the killer. The killer is used quite well and is really eerie looking. The problem is that a couple of interesting things are mentioned and shown about him but we don't learn what exactly is going on (you have to see the movie to know what I mean). It does provide for some interesting conversation after the movie is over but I think the film would have been more enjoyable if questions had been answered.

Hell Night is a little slow moving and doesn't keep it's pace going once things start to happen and Linda Blair's acting is atrocious, but that aside Hell Night is a nice addition to the 80's slasher flicks. Good suspense, creepy locations and some nice scares earn Hell Night a 7 out of 10.


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