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Invitation to Hell (1984)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 24 May 1984
A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club.

Director:

Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Matt Winslow
Joanna Cassidy ... Patricia 'Pat' Winslow
Susan Lucci ... Jessica Jones
Joe Regalbuto ... Tom Peterson
Kevin McCarthy ... Mr. Thompson
Patty McCormack ... Mary Peterson (as Patricia McCormack)
Bill Erwin ... Walt Henderson
Soleil Moon Frye ... Chrissy Winslow
Barret Oliver ... Robbie Winslow
Nicholas Worth ... Sheriff
Virginia Vincent ... Grace Henderson
Greg Monaghan Greg Monaghan ... Pete
Lois Hamilton ... Miss Winter
Cal Bartlett ... Stepson
Anne Marie McEvoy Anne Marie McEvoy ... Janie (as Annemarie McEvoy)
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Storyline

A scientist and his family move to a new town. He meets the local celebrity the beautiful who runs the local health club to which everyone is a member and makes him suspicious. Intrigued he investigates further and uncovers a terrifying plot. Written by beerbohm

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Horror Master Wes Craven turns a family's lifelong dream into their worst nightmare. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Invitation to Hell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Moonlight Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The set for the residential interior was constructed on a sound stage in/at the Culver City Studios on Washington Boulevard (the old Selznick Studio of "Gone With The Wind" fame). Production offices, also, were located at the studio. The interior living room stage set required a turn around for the scenario effects script requirement (with wind and bricks flying from and through the walls). On the same sound stage, the health club set was erected with three thicknesses of plaster wall board covering the wooden stage flooring set footprint, required for the controlled fire effects when Susan Lucci introduces her "hellish" character's charms! The translucent vacuum formed panels, used in the set wall panels, actually started melting from the intense heat radiated from the gas-line-pipes which were positioned to create the aisle of fire Susan Lucci walked through. The fire sequence required several re-takes causing the plastic material melting. Viewing the sequence, you can see the vacuum formed 4" deep pyramid pattern-plastic design sag on camera. Susan Lucci's costume and hair was singed and scorched from the intense heat. See more »

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When Tom is at the office talking to the vet, he is wearing a blue shirt and black tie, but when he drives to the vet's office, he is wearing a checkered shirt and black tie yet it is supposed to be the same day. See more »

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A Good Story That Can Be Understood In Different Levels
22 June 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the scientist and family man Matt Winslow (Robert Urich) finally accepts the invitation to work the Micro-Digitech Corporation in a space suit project, he moves with his beloved wife Patricia (Joanna Cassidy) and their son Robbie (Barret Oliver) and daughter Chrissy (Soleil Moon Frye) to a huge modern house in the corporation compound. They meet their friend Tom Peterson (Joe Regalbuto) and his family completely adapted to the new lifestyle, and Tom invites the Winslow family to join the Steaming Springs Country Club. Tom tries to seduce Matt telling him that every member of the club has a meteoric professional ascension in Micro-Digitech, but Matt is not tempted with the offer. Later he is introduced to the director of the club, Jessica Jones (Susan Lucci) that befriends Patricia and convinces her to join the club with her children. Matt feels the changing in the behavior of his family and decides to investigate the club, finding an evil secret about Jessica and the members.

In the 80's, when I saw "Invitation to Hell", I liked this movie that partially recalls "The Stepford Wives", with people changing the behavior in a suburban compound. I have just seen it today, and I found a great metaphoric message against the big corporations, when people literally sell their souls to the devil to climb positions and earn higher salaries. I am not sure whether the author intended to give this interpretation to the story, but I believe it fits perfectly. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Convite Para o Inferno" ("Invitation to Hell")


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