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Invitation to Hell (1984)

A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club.

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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 »

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Production Co:

Moonlight Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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

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Decent Made For TV Horror
5 July 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Better than the typical made-for-TV movie, INVITATION TO HELL is blessed with excellent casting (Urich, Lucci, Cassidy, McCarthy, pre-Murphy Brown Joe Regalbuto, Soleil Moon-Frye) and a high concept update to the familiar Faustian plot. Urich is likable as always and Lucci is particularly fetching and devilishly over the top in the mother of all femme fatale roles. Definitely a product of the 80s from Lucci's occasionally too big hair to the synth-heavy soundtrack to the pre-internet boxy computers. Kind of a hybrid version of STEPFORD WIVES and THEY LIVE, the movie commits early to its apocalyptic Miltonesque vision and horror fans will likely not have many complaints until the soppy, maudlin denouement. 7/10


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