18 June 2024
Hell Night (1981)
102 min.
Directed by Tom DeSimone.
With Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodman.
The Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity fires up its annual initiation ceremony whereby pledges become full active members...by completing a night's stayover in creepy old Garth Manor.

To heighten the pledges' fear, the Manor boasts a real history of family slaughter: a series of gruesome murders were committed by Raymond Garth who offed nearly his entire family and then killed himself.

But what likable, attractive pledges Barton & Blair don't know as they enter the Manor: someone or something hideous still lives inside and will kill any intruders without hesitation!

This pleasing slasher has spunk, and is well-served by innocents Blair (The Exorcist) and Barton (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter); overall, contains some authentic scares and builds to a suitably intense finale.

A memorable final shot.

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