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Invitation to Hell (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.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invitación al infierno 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

A preliminary production asset of "story-boarding" a script by a visual lay-out graphic illustrator is rare - in a television movie or for a series program property; a luxury few producers budget nor schedule. Because of ABC's focus developing this MOW property for Susan Lucci, the producers (Robert Sertner and Frank von Zerneck) immediately hired the Russian film script illustrator Petko Kadiev; illustrating the script gave the producer's a visual presentation story-book to dazzle the network suits; an analysis of camera shots providing a visual tangible bible for both the director and the cinema-photographer. These film shot lay-outs provided the optical effects a complete analysis of their work to be performed. The Hollywood Effects house previously had provided the film-optical effects for all of the British produced James Bond films in their London based unit. The American owned effects company had established their Hollywood based facility in the heart of Hollywood, located in a huge warehouse-stage facility (near the Samuel Goldwyn Studio, located off Santa Monica Boulevard). The Petko Kadiev storyboard script sequence was handed over to the optical-effects team which determined the shot-sequence required by the script's dictated shot set-ups. Bob Urick performed all of his work, dressed in the NASA astronaut space suit during filming. He was not doubled by another actor nor by a stunt double. Staff-plastic-skin hard-wall flats, built on the Culver City production stage, were transferred to the Hollywood Effects stage for additional filming requirements, utilizing both first and second effect team photography units. This "Jessica Jones' hell inferno" two day optical effects filming sequence was the final filming of the MOW project. See more »

Goofs

Tom Winslow removes his helmet, messing up his hair. A second later, his hair is neat again. See more »

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When everyone is strongarming you to have fun...
1 October 2001 | by dee4jSee all my reviews

Ignore negative comments on this film: from the very start when an unsuspecting motorist runs over Lucci and she nukes him, you know who the bad guys are! An interesting investigation of the evil that lurks amid materialist splendor: don't you WANT the biggest, best, most expensive of everything??? You can HAVE it...for a price!! (Note:SCI-FI special-effects highlight the ending...)


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