Hell Night (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]
|Runtime||1 hour and 41 minutes|
101 Films presents haunted house hazing horror Hell Night (1981), released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and title 020 on the 101 Films Black Label. Directed by Tom DeSimone (Reform School Girls, Angel III: The Final Chapter), this slasher classic benefits from a talented young cast including Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Vincent Van Patten (Rock ‘N’ Roll High School), Peter Barton (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) and Kevin Brophy (The Seduction).
As an initiation rite into Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity, four pledges must spend a night in Garth Manor, twelve years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Two of the pledges, Marti and Jeff ignore the rumors that the now-deserted mansion is haunted by a crazed killer, until one by one, members of their group mysteriously disappear. Could this be a part of a fraternity prank ... or is a demented former tenant seeking revenge? When this seemingly innocent night turns deadly, these college students will do anything to survive Hell Night.
- Transfer from a 4K scan of the best surviving archival 35mm film print with minor SD inserts to replace missing footage
- Limited edition booklet: Includes The Scare Blair Bunch: Hell Night, Linda Blair and the Rise of the American Sorority Slasher by Andrew Graves and Haunted Houses on Film by Barry Forshaw
- Linda Blair: The Beauty of Horror
- Hell Nights with Tom DeSimone
- Peter Barton: Facing Fear
- Producing Hell with Bruce Cohn Curtis
- Writing Hell with Randy Feldman
- Vincent Van Patten and Suki Goodwin in conversation
- Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann in conversation
- Gothic Design in Hell Night
- Anatomy of the Death Scenes
- On Location at Kimberly Crest
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Radio Spot
- Photo Gallery
- Package Dimensions : 17.4 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm; 170 Grams
- Media Format : Closed-captioned
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Studio : 101 Films
- ASIN : B095GL6PT5
- Number of discs : 1
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It should be noted though that the acting carries this movie through and there are some genuinely brilliant creepy scenes set up carefully by the director Tom DeSimone who will probably be best remembered for this softcore adult movies from the 1970s. One of the producers is Chuck Russell who would go on to have a very successful career in Hollywood in producing and directing.
The only problem with the movie is that at times it is slow. Any slasher movie that runs over the 90 min mark and alarm bells should be ringing, some of the great ones have and suffered a little from this. It's not enough to damage the movie but filler scenes never help.
If you're getting Hell Night then this is the edition to get, Region 1, great picture, postcard inside and commentary including Blair herself.
Hell Night is a largely forgotten member of the original slasher movie cycle from 1980-81. Unlike much of its brethren, it's a moderate affair in both violence and production. It's cheap and it's surprisingly cheerful, with humour and well-drawn characters (for this type of film, at least) pitting their wits against a crazy killer who "haunts" the reportedly abandoned mansion house where they're to stay one night in order to gain entry to the best Fraternity/Sorority on campus.
Naturally, nothing goes as planned and teens start finding themselves beheaded, impaled, stabbed and snapped like twigs until Linda Blair's sensible final girl is the only one left to battle the deformed psychopath who wants her as a ceiling decoration.
These days, a film this plodding wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of any success, it's simply too much of a slow-burn affair that the Saw generation would gawk at in disbelief that it takes almost half an hour for someone to die.
However, the gothic, Hammer-feel to things works wonders with the minimalistic plotting. Candles, secret passages and period costumes only magnify the sense of hopelessness that surrounds the stranded teenagers as their numbers dwindle.
If you like Hallowee, Terror Train, Prom Night, Happy Bithday to Me, My Bloody Valentine and their ilk (let's exclude the remakes), then this is a worthy addition to your collection.