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.
Linda Blair (Marti) Vincent Van Patten (Seth) Peter Barton (Jeff Reed) Kevin Brophy (Peter Bennett) Jenny Neumann (May) Suki Goodwin (Denise Dunsmore) Jimmy Sturtevant (Scott) Hal Ralston (Older Cop)
Low budget affair, quite famous but not really anything special. One of the late night, hell way not type films.
"HELL NIGHT is one of the first slashers, and that's why it's remembered.
The genre started in shape like this: sex scenes, 90 mins. of running time, gore, creepy music, cheesy dialogue, and a cliché plot. It didn't bring anything new or set standards but it surely followed the basic rules imposed by Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th.
Decent amount of gore, dark settings, creepy music, scary killer (s), and a good lead character (Linda Blair). The mansion looked very creepy and the correct use of lights made it even creepier.
Linda Blair, one of the most recognized actress in the genre is part of the slashers history. She gave a decent performance, unlike the other characters that were painfully awful.
*SPOILERS* I liked very much the decapitation scene and the final confrontation with the Garth Manion killer. The scene was brilliant (for the genre); and it has been copied by many other movies like this. This one came in the right moment! 1981 was a great year for slashers: Friday the 13th part 2, Halloween 2, My Bloody Valentine's, Happy Birhtday to Me, being the most relevant.
HELLNIGHT has a place in the horror history book for the reasons above. In fact, it's not that bad as some people say. Recommended only for die hard fans of the genre.
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