Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. ...Hell Night
- Language : English, Spanish
- Director : Tom DeSimone
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 102 minutes
- Actors : Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : No Limits Films
- ASIN : B082CVY32V
- 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.