The legendary horror and fantasy classic “Hell Night” will once again be released by UCM.ONE in a strictly limited “Mediabook Edition 2020” version with new artwork requested by fans and improved picture & sound (including 6 different audio tracks to choose from), the original VHS version as a bonus and a new menu design with chapter selection on the M-Square Classics label.
One of the leading female actresses in “Hell Night” is Linda Blair, known from “The Exorcist 1“, “The Exorcist 2“, “Grotesque” or “Witchcraft – The Evil Lives“,
After almost 25 years on the index in Germany (which means, that it is not allowed to sell the movie in the uncut version), the indexing of the film “Hell Night” was cancelled in December 2008. Another 11 years later, an uncut version of the film “Hell Night”, also known as “Paranoia” ( or “Paranoia – Alone with the Killer“), was released in HD for the first time in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “Hell Night” was produced by Irwin Yanlans, who was also responsible for the first three films “Halloween“, “Halloween II” and “Halloween III: Season of the Witch“.
As the climax of an entrance examination for the student association “Alpha Sigma Rho”, the four young liaison candidates Marti (Linda Blair), Jeff (Peter Barton), Denise (Suki Goodwin) and Seth (Vincent van Patten) are to spend a night in the well-known, old-fashioned haunted house Garth Manor. Twelve years ago, the landlord is said to have killed his wife, three of his deformed children and finally himself and left his youngest son, the idiot Andrew, alone. Of course, horror stories report that the unfortunate man is still walking through the house, but even the initiators of the entrance examination don’t believe it. But with the tricks they play on the four applicants, they are suddenly surprised by a killer and the test of courage and the initial pleasure quickly become bloody seriousness…
About the director
Tom DeSimone, not to be confused with gangster Thomas “Two-Gun Tommy” DeSimone, was born in 1939 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College, moved to Los Angeles and received his master’s degree in film studies from the University of Southern California. His film career began in the early 1960s with several erotic films, including some gay porn under the pseudonym Lancer Brooks. His movie “The Collection” from 1970 is regarded as the first gay movie with dialogues and plot. Almost two dozen other erotic films followed, including gay vampires, magic books and escaped convicts, until DeSimone directed the comedy “Chatterbox!” in 1977, in which Penelope, a young beautician, finds that her vagina can speak and even sing, which of course leads to some confusion. The bizarre film with Candice Rialson in the leading role is considered a cult today.