Movie Review: HELL NIGHT (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Combo Pack

HELL NIGHT was directed by Tom DeSimone from a screenplay by Randy Feldman and stars Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy, Jimmy Sturtevant and Jenny Neumann.

SCREAM AND YOU’RE DEAD! 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.

Hell Night follows Marti (Linda Blair), Jeff (Peter Barton), Seth (Vincent Van Patten) and Denise (Suki Goodwin) who are dared to spend the night in Garth Manor where a madman murdered his entire family a little over a decade ago. There’s also rumors that a killer still dwells within the walls of the old mansion but the group ignores the warnings and breaks into the old house and their night begins. The partying and pranks don’t last long for these unwanted guests to find out first hand that the rumors are true and one by one they begin dying violently at the hands of this mysterious killer and only one of them is able to escape Garth Manor and live to tell about this terrifying nightmare. Marti is the final girl who goes through hell to ultimately make it out alive.

Okay, I loved everything about this old 1981 horror movie that’s a mixture of slasher and old school monster movie. I went to a few frat parties back in the day and thankfully none of them turned out like this. I really liked the old gothic look that made up Garth Manor and there were a lot of props to go along with it – like candles, trap doors, hidden rooms and more. Speaking of candles, there are so many burning candles in this movie and it really helped to set the eerie vibe from the beginning to end. The lighting was perfect and the cinematography was also very impressive. The killer in the movie looked like something from an old Hammer or Universal horror movie and the makeup used to create its unique look was well done. There were also some murders going on courtesy of this maniac (s) so there’s a healthy body count and some cool practical effects to go with it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the fantastic all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits, so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the cover. Each disc also features its own individual artwork – the Bluray matches the new artwork and the DVD matches the original artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. The movie is featured in Scream Factory’s all-new 4K scan but there are some noticeable lines and grain throughout the watch. The mono track is just right. With that said, this is still a beautiful upgrade by Scream Factory and they’ve included a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie explaining this.

Bottom line is, Hell Night was another first time watch for me and it was a fantastic experience for this horror fan. The story was interesting and the cast did a great job with their characters. I’m familiar with Linda Blair and she delivered a great performance like she does in all of her movies but I ended up recognizing some of her co-stars from other projects and I thought that was pretty cool since I went into this not knowing anything about it. Director Tom DeSimone did a really good job telling this interesting story and bringing it to life on screen. The movie itself ended up playing like an old school monster movie that kind of reminded me of those wonderful old Hammer and Universal horror classics. Hell Night features a creepy cool monster that’s slowly revealed as the movie plays out so the suspense builds as the body count rises. Hell Night will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on January 2nd and is a must have. I had a freaking blast watching this 1981 horror classic!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special features: Good Stuff! There’s hours of amazing extras that include lots of new interviews with some of the cast and crew, some audio commentary, the original theatrical trailer, two TV spots and and image gellery.

Blu-ray Disc

  • NEW 4K Scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print
  • NEW Interview – Linda Blair: The Beauty of Horror (35:21)
  • NEW Interview – Peter Barton: Facing Fear (20:50)
  • NEW Interview – Vincent Van Patten and Suki Goodwin in Conversation (26:53)
  • NEW Interview – Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann in Conversation (23:01)
  • Audio Commentary with Linda Blair, Tom DeSimone, Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:56)
  • TV spots (01:05)

Blu-ray Disc Exclusives:

  • NEW Interview – Hell Nights with Tom DeSimone (26:57)
  • NEW Interview – Producing Hell Night with Bruce Cohn Curtis (14:10)
  • NEW Interview – Writing Hell with Randolph Feldman (25:51)
  • NEW – Anatomy of the Death Scenes with Tom DeSimone, Randolph Feldman, Make-up artist Pam Peitzman, Art Director Steven G. Legler and Special Effects artist John Eggert (21:43)
  • NEW – On Location at the Kimberly Crest House with Tom De Simone (06:48)
  • NEW – Gothic Design in Hell Night with Steven G. Legler (22:50)
  • Original Radio spot (00:32)
  • Photo Gallery featuring rare, never-before-seen stills  (08:31)

DVD Disc

  • NEW 4K Scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print
  • NEW Interview – Linda Blair: The Beauty of Horror (35:21)
  • NEW Interview – Peter Barton: Facing Fear (20:50)
  • NEW Interview – Vincent Van Patten and Suki Goodwin in Conversation (26:53)
  • NEW Interview – Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann in Conversation (23:01)
  • Audio Commentary with Linda Blair, Tom DeSimone, Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:56)
  • TV spots (01:05)

 

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