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Night of the Demons (1988)

Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

Director:

Kevin Tenney (as Kevin S. Tenney)

Writer:

Joe Augustyn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Havins ... Stooge
Allison Barron Allison Barron ... Helen
Alvin Alexis Alvin Alexis ... Rodger
Harold Ayer Harold Ayer ... Old Man
Billy Gallo ... Sal (as William Gallo)
Cathy Podewell ... Judy
Karen Ericson ... Judy's Mother
Lance Fenton Lance Fenton ... Jay
Donnie Jeffcoat ... Billy (as Donnie Jeffcoat Jr.)
Linnea Quigley ... Suzanne
James W. Quinn James W. Quinn ... Clerk #1 / Demon Voices
Clark Jarrett ... Clerk #2
Amelia Kinkade ... Angela (as Mimi Kinkade)
Jill Terashita ... Frannie
Philip Tanzini Philip Tanzini ... Max
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Storyline

On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House", rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the place. While starting the party, the teens gather around a big mirror to perform a seance...BIG MISTAKE. They awaken some evil force and find themselves trapped and taken over one by one. Now it's a battle for who can survive and cross over the stream before going to hell.... Written by Crystal <davidz_drummer_chic@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But You'll have a hell of a time.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween Party See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,109,904
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When we first see Angela (in the convenience store) she is wearing cross earrings. Later in the movie when she is dancing with Stooge (and she has become possessed), her cross earrings are upside down. A popular sign of "the devil". See more »

Goofs

In Italian version at the beginning of the movie the characters talk about a party for "Carnevale", while later in the movie when they're going inside Hull House, they talk about "Halloween" or "Ognisanti". See more »

Quotes

Frannie: [they've just arrived at Hull House] This place used to be a funeral parlor, wasn't it?
Max: Yes. The biggest one of four counties.
Judy Cassidy: A funeral parlor way our here?
Max: Sure, its nice and cozy right next to the old cemetery. And rumor has it that Old Man Hull really loved his clientele. I mean in a carnal sense.
Jay Jansen: That doesn't surprise me. I once saw a portrait of Mrs. Hull.
Frannie: I've heard stories about this place ever since I was a kid. The Hull Family met a pretty gruesome end, didn't they?
Max: Sure did. As a ...
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Alternate Versions

An "Unrated" version is available on videocassette and DVD in the United States. The following scenes included in the unrated version were cut from the theatrical release to earn an MPAA rating of "R" rather than an "X":
  • The scene in which Angela bites off Stooge's tongue is a few seconds longer with a little bit more blood.
  • When Suzanne gouges out Jay's eyes, the shot lingers slightly longer, exposing more gore.
  • The close up shot of the razor blade ripping from the old man's throat is slightly extended with more gore. Additional scenes, cut from the R-rated version for content or running time, include:
  • In the convenience store scene at the beginning of the unrated version, Linnea Quigley's character asks the two male clerks if they have "Sour Balls". In the R rated version, she simply walks past them, and out of the store.
  • In the unrated version, the party scene is a little longer with more exposition.
  • There are substantially more shots of Angela floating through the hallway.
  • For reasons still unknown, the giant demon head that appears over Hull House at the end of the film has animated glowing red eyes in the unrated version, but does not in the R-rated theatrical cut.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
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Performed by Dennis Michael Tenney
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly fun AUTHENTICALLY SCARY horror movie
7 March 2006 | by czarnobogSee all my reviews

This movie took me by surprise. The opening credit sequence features nicely done animation. After that, we're plunged into a semi-cheesy production, betraying its low budget. The characters, typical American teens, are introduced slowly, with more personal detail than is usually found in movies like this. By the time the shlitz hits the fan, we know each one of the characters, and either like or hate them according to their distinct personalities. It's a slow uphill set-up, kind of like the ride up a slope of a really tall roller coaster. Thankfully, once the action kicks in, it's full blown old school HORROR! Steve Johnson's make-up effects are awesome. Equal in quality to much bigger budgeted films. And the scares are jolting. Kevin Tenney delivers his best movie ever, with heart-stopping surprises and creepy suspenseful set-ups. The tongue-in-cheek, sometimes cheesy, humor marks this film as pure 80s horror, as opposed to the sullen tone of earlier genre fare like "Night of the Living Dead" or "Hills Have Eyes." But for true horror fans, this one is worth checking out. Play it as the first entry on a double bill with the 1999 remake of "House on the Haunted Hill." The set-up and character dynamics are so similar that you really have to wonder what film they were actually remaking?


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