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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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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

The scene where Jeff (Peter Barton) is thrown down a flight of stairs and hurts his leg didn't require much acting on Barton's part; he actually did hurt himself, and his limping was due to the fact that he was really in pain from his injury. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

May West: Jesus. You know if you guys spent half the time studying instead of setting up these stunts, we'd all be graduating with honors.
[walks away]
Scott: What a little twat. We should have left her behind.
Peter Bennett: Why? Her behind is the best part. We should have kept her behind and left the rest of her.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: Hell Night (1981) (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from 'Hell Night'
Sung by Leza Miller
Music by Dan Wyman
Lyrics by Bob Walters (as Bob Walter)
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Surprisingly good with a great ending
11 September 2003 | by rm.bentleySee all my reviews

Overlooked this one when it was released but after seeing the DVD on sale and reading some positive comments on this site decided to part with my cash. Was I disappointed? No. Once you get past the cheesy opening with its gloriously B-movie style credits it turns into one of the more interesting stalk and slash films of the 80's. The set up is simple - 4 frat pledges have to spend the night in a mansion with a sinister past and a killer on the loose... who will survive? Do we care? Well yes, these kids are surprisingly likeable and, by cleverly putting them in pre-20th Century fancy dress in a candle lit house, removes them from the contemporary teen horror genre. The killings are pretty conventional – decapitation etc.– but the film then builds up to a tense and exciting final 30 minutes with a few surprises and a brilliantly staged ending. I'm probably over-praising this film somewhat but my expectations were low and my rewards were a decent 6.5/10!


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