Film: Hell Night

"Pray for day!"

A Slasher Movie from the year 1981.

The film centers around a four of new Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity kids, who in a part of initiation ceremony are locked up in the abandoned Garth Manor. Supposedly, the former owner of the place killed his family and hung himself several years ago, and his remaining heir is still hiding within the manor walls. Unfortunately for our cast, someone is lurking within the place.

This film contains the examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Denise keeps calling Seth "Wes", much to his annoyance.
  • Alliterative Name: Denise Dunsmore, the naughtier female newbie of the Alpha Sigma Rho.
  • Ankle Drag: The killer captures May by her leg (through a tunnel that she was warned about earlier), and she is dragged underground and gets her head chopped off as she she screams helplessly.
  • Big Bad: The killer within Garth Manor. Make that killers.
  • Cassandra Truth: Due to his fraternity's excessive partying and pranks, the cops won't believe Seth when he tries to tell them what happened at Garth Manor. He then steals a confiscated shotgun from them, and rushes back.
  • Closed Circle: Closing the gates to the Garth Manor is part of the initation.
  • Covers Always Lie: Cover of one DVD version depicts Linda Blair's character as a menacing figure with yellow eyes, which isn't the case as she is the protagonist.
  • Cue the Sun: The film ends just after the sunrise.
  • Dangerous Windows: As Marti climbs down a wall, the killer tries to grab her through a window.
  • Dressed to Plunder: Scott, Peter's accomplice in scaring the new Alpha Sigma Rho members, is dressed as a pirate dor the festivities for the celebration, complete with a fake Pirate Parrot on his shoulder.
  • Driven to Suicide: According to Peter's story, Raymond Garth hung himself after killing most of his family prior to the events of the film.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: As Marti and Jeff as they ponder about things and think they're safe, the killer slowly rises from a trap door beneath the carpet behind them.
  • Final Girl: Marti is the only person to survive the both killers.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Marti offs the remaining killer by driving towards the broken gate, impaling the guy.
  • Masquerade Ball: The film begins with the Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity having a costume party.
  • Mirror Scare: Peter tries to pull this off to Denise by displaying trick imagery on the mirror that she's using, but it fails as she ignores it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While the nudity for this kind of film is non-existent, Denise makes up for it by appearing in lingerie in every other scene.
  • Neck Snap: Preparing for a scare to the new Alpha Sigma Rho members, Scott hears a strange sound in the roof of Garth Manor. He goes to investigate, finds the source, and gets his head twisted around his neck.
  • Never Recycle a Building: The Garth Manor has been abandoned for 12 years, making it suitable for Alpha Sigma Rho's initiation ritual.
  • Not Quite Dead: Seth struggles the killer as he returns to the grounds with a shotgun, and shoots him. The killer rises once more, and Seth shoots him once more.
  • Slashed Throat: After returning from the bathroom, Seth finds Denise's corpse with her throat cut on their bed.
  • Outside Ride: Marti finds out that she has an unwarranted passenger onher car as she tries to make an escape from the Garth Manor.
  • The Reveal: There are two (likely related) killers prowling the Garth Manor grounds.
  • Shoot Out the Lock: Averted. Seth tries to break the lock to the gate of Garth Manor by shooting it with the gun that Peter gave him, but finds out that it is filled with blanks.
  • Sinister Scythe: Peter, thinking that he is eluding the danger, gets a scythe-blade struck on his chest.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Seth, once he gets together with Denise, wears only boxers he tries to have sex with her.
  • Wrench Wench: Marti, who has worked in her father's garage during high school. Her expertise in cars come handy when she has to get the car that Seth used to get back in to the Garth manor into working order.