Written and Edited By Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Tom DeSimone
Producer: Irwin Yablans, Bruce Cohn Curtis
Screenwriter: Randy Feldman
Date Released: August 28, 1981
Linda Blair as Marti Gaines
Peter Barton as Jeff Reed
Vincent Van Patten as Seth
Suki Goodwin as Denise Dunsmore
Kevin Brophy as Peter Bennett
Jimmy Sturtevant as Scott
Jenny Neumann as May West
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
12 years ago, Raymond Garth murdered his family and then committed suicide. In order to be granted access to a fraternity, four new pledges must spend one-night in Garth Manor. At the time of the murders, only three bodies were found, but the myth is that Raymond’s son, Andrew Garth still resides in the mansion. When strange events start happening, the group realizes that the Garth’s story may not be a myth after all.
The Gore Factor
There are few scenes with any significant blood or gore aspects. The attack scenes in Hell Night (1981) involve quick scenes of blood oozing from the person. The scenes involving gore does get the message across to the viewer but overall, Hell Night incorporates very little special effects and prosthetic work.
The Grave Review
Hell Night (1981) incorporated some classic environments which were nice to see again and were a reminder of old Victorian-style mansions. For example, in the mansion where the pledges stay, there are ample Gothic candlelight’s and decor. This traditional horror themed mansion made the environment pleasant to view.
However, the film as a whole was slow paced and not engaging. Although the story line was clear, there were very little events that helped to progress the film. Notwithstanding these issues with the film, it was nice to see actress, Linda Blair, play the main protagonist in Hell Night.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Hell Night (1981), one and one-half graves out of five graves.
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