Hell Night is about some sort of random fraternity initiation where pledges have to spend the night in a mansion where some dude killed his whole family and himself. Basically, there are only two couples staying there, but other members of the fraternity are lurking around the house, setting up various pranks to scare the overnighters.
Some of my favorite things about 80s horror movies are the outfits and the ridiculous dialogue. As I watch, I can only imagine the kind of thought that went into dreaming up these one-liners.
"There's a dead chick in my bed! The whole world's gone mad!"
Also always surprising to me is the "normal" size of the "sexy" actresses, especially as compared to the veritable skeletons traipsing about today's horror flicks.
Not an exposed bone in sight....
There are some pretty entertaining deaths in Hell Night, with everything from beheadings to full head twists (an Exorcist nod, maybe?). There are some genuinely creepy scenes, especially those in the "tunnels" beneath the house. I'm a New Yorker, so EW RATS! There are some super strong gorky dudes skulking around and they want all those pesky college students dead.
You would suspect that this is a case of the most recognizable actor/actress survives the night, and I would say your gut instinct is probably right. However, we do get treated to some decent acting from Ms. Blair, along with those blood curdling screams that made her so damn famous in the Exorcist days. I did so love the final iconic shot of a sweaty and disheveled Linda Blair emerging from the house at dawn, victorious, at least for now. Hell Night is far from the best slasher of the 80s, but it embodies so much that we loved about that decade of horror flicks -- corny special effects, delightful over-acting, hilarious dialogue and nonsensical back stories.