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Hell Night (1981)

Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier.

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Tom DeSimone (as Tom De Simone)

Writer:

Randy Feldman (as Randolph Feldman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Linda Blair ... Marti
Vincent Van Patten ... Seth
Peter Barton ... Jeff
Kevin Brophy Kevin Brophy ... Peter
Jenny Neumann Jenny Neumann ... May
Suki Goodwin ... Denise
Jimmy Sturtevant ... Scott
Hal Ralston Hal Ralston ... Older Cop
Carey Fox Carey Fox ... Younger Cop (as Cary Fox)
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Driver (as Ronald Gans)
Gloria Heilman Gloria Heilman ... Party Girl
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Storyline

Before being able to join Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity and its sister sorority, four pledges must spend the night in Garth Manor, twelve years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Some, however, say that one member of the Garth family survived, and still resides somewhere in the now-deserted mansion. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Pray for day!

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche infernal See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Future director Frank Darabont had one of his earliest film credits on this movie, as a Production Assistant. See more »

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In the long final shot of the movie the leg of the supposedly dead villain on the car visibly twitches during the push-in on Marti. See more »

Quotes

Scott: Now the fun begins.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was uncut, early video versions suffered a brief 1 second edit by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a body being punctured by spikes from an iron fence. The cut was waived in 2002. See more »

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Soundtracks

Theme from 'Hell Night'
Sung by Leza Miller
Music by Dan Wyman
Lyrics by Bob Walters (as Bob Walter)
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Underrated gem of a horror movie
20 November 2007 | by dorotka24See all my reviews

I saw the late night, television version of this movie as a child of 10 and was absolutely terrified. Back then it was perhaps my favorite horror film and I can remember recording it off TV on my Beta VCR.

So naturally I thought when I tried the unedited, theatrical version as an adult, that the scares and tension would be gone, only to be replaced by B-movie cheese. Boy was I wrong! Hell Night, much like Friday the 13th and Halloween, is a horror movie that has, for me, stood the test of time.

From the creepy setting to the scary villains, and horny, screaming college kids, this one has it all. The acting and characterizations were competent and believable (for a horror movie), with fine performances from all involved.

Many of the typical horror clichés and dumb moves by the characters to serve the plot and score more victims were absent here. In fact, most of the characters didn't even realize a psychopath was on the loose until late in the film, when it was really too late.

The setting was really milked for all it was worth by the director, with scenes not only throughout the creepy mansion, but a number of them below the house and within the extensive grounds. Some of the blue lighting in the outside sets really lent a spooky, almost supernatural ambiance to several scenes.

I can't think of too many flaws here. Some gore hounds have complained about a lack of blood and guts. Did they see the same movie as me? I recall plenty of violent murders. The camera did not linger on them overly, but neither did it quick-cut away instantly like so many films of today. Some of the dialog was cheesy, but I don't have much of a problem with that if the story is good and the characters reactions to their dire predicament are believable.

Overall, I found this to be a highly enjoyable, terrifying film experience. Certainly one of the most underrated horror movies.


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