Hell Night

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Overview

This plodding, derivative slasher opus -- a surprise box-office hit -- stars Exorcist vet Linda Blair as one of a quartet of sorority and fraternity pledges required to spend the title evening of their initiation inside the spooky Garth Manor. The mansion was the site of a gruesome multiple murder, wherein the owner killed his wife and three of his four deformed children before taking his own life. After the four pledges bed down for the night mainly with each other, though Blair is called upon for the standard ...
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Overview

This plodding, derivative slasher opus -- a surprise box-office hit -- stars Exorcist vet Linda Blair as one of a quartet of sorority and fraternity pledges required to spend the title evening of their initiation inside the spooky Garth Manor. The mansion was the site of a gruesome multiple murder, wherein the owner killed his wife and three of his four deformed children before taking his own life. After the four pledges bed down for the night mainly with each other, though Blair is called upon for the standard "virginal heroine" role here, mischievous upperclassmen descend into the house, intending to scare them out of their wits...but something even more repulsive than a pack of drunken frat-boys beats them to it. It comes as no surprise that Garth's fourth child -- apparently the most monstrous of the bunch -- is still roaming the premises, and doesn't take kindly to strangers. An early foray onto exploitation turf for director Tom de Simone, this film has a fairly stylish look, though mired by underlit photography and silly performances. Blair is appealing, but her role is sadly underwritten.
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Editorial Reviews

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This intriguing mix of slasher movie conventions and haunted house atmospherics is uneven but offers some unique elements for the patient viewer. Hell Night has a slight edge over many of the other films from the early-'80s slasher film cycle because Randolph Feldman's script boasts a unique "old dark house" setting with an interesting backstory. Tom DeSimone's stylish direction milks this haunted house atmosphere for all it's worth and he crafts a few effective shock sequences toward the end of the story. Unfortunately, his pacing is much too slack and the film never regains the tension it builds during its first half-hour. Its second half also lacks the twists that would make the film's finale as interesting as its setup. Linda Blair and Peter Barton make appealing protagonists and Vincent Van Patten gives the film some much-needed humor as Seth but the script's rudimentary characterizations don't give them much to work with. Ultimately, Hell Night is probably too inconsistent for most viewers but horror completists might enjoy its flashes of inspiration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • UPC: 013131085235
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Collector's Edition
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Blair Marti
Vincent Van Patten Seth
Peter Barton Jeff
Kevin Brophy Peter
Jenny Neumann May
Suki Goodwin Denise
Jimmy Sturtevant Scott
Carey Fox Younger Cop
Ronald Gans Driver
Technical Credits
Tom de Simone Director
Mac Ahlberg Cinematographer
Lennie Barin Costumes/Costume Designer
John Ross Bush Asst. Director
Bruce Cohn Curtis Producer
Anthony DiMarco Editor
Randolph Feldman Screenwriter
Michael Fottrell Production Manager
Ken Horn Makeup Special Effects
Steven G. Legler Art Director
Tony di Marco Editor
Chuck Russell Executive Producer
Tom Schwartz Makeup Special Effects
Joseph Wolf Executive Producer
Dan Wyman Score Composer
Irwin Yablans Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll pray for day during ''Hell Night''.

    Not for the MTV/microwave/fast food generation as far as instant horror thrills. This movie has a classic slow build that goes on almost too long (it borders on filler footage) but it's worth the wait at the end of the movie. An exciting ending. You could have picked all the actors out of a hat save one. Linda Blair does a great job in this movie that is good for what it is. A low budget fright flick. Your girlfriend, or the one you want to be, will have to grab you hand at the end but you may have to wake her up after the first hour.

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