After the film “Hell Night” had been on the index for almost 25 years until December 2008, it took another 11 years until UCM.ONE released the HD-scanned and restored film uncut on September 27, 2019 for the first time as a limited mediabook with Blu-Ray and DVD together including a 16-page booklet in Germany, Austria…
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“.
UCM.ONE releases the film “Hell Night” with Linda Blair, known from “The Exorcist“, “Exorcist II: The Heretic“, Grotesque” or “La casa 4 (Witchcraft)” on the label M-Square Classics in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the uncut HD and restored version as a limited media book with Blu-Ray and DVD and a 16 page booklet as well as on VoD-portals.
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.
After further Lancer Brooks films, Tony DeSimone turned to horror films and thrillers at the beginning of the 1980s with “” (alternative German title: “Paranoia – Alleine mit dem Killer“)  and “The Concrete Jungle” . Two more thrillers and four gay movies later DeSimone’s film career ended and he began to work for television. His last direction he took over in 2002 in a episode of the series “She Spies“, a copy of “Charlie’s Angels“.
About Linda Blair:
Linda Blair was born on January 22, 1959 in St. Louis and already stood with barely ten years in front of the camera in three smaller roles until she was selected from 600 candidates for the role of the possessed Regan in the cult horror movie “Exorcist” (1973). Her first leading role directly earned her an Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe, although it later became known that Linda Blair had been doubled in the hardest scenes of “Exorcist” by Eileen Dietz.
Nevertheless she became a world star and was first seen in TV and horror movies. Her horror image was difficult for her to discard and so she repeatedly slipped into the role of the possessed or abused woman, whereby her revealing portrayal did the rest and attracted even more attention. At the beginning of the 1980s, Linda Blair appeared mostly in slasher and exploitation films, including “Hell Night” (1981), “Chained Heat” (1983), the Grindhouse classic “Savage Streets” (1984) and “Savage Island” (1985).
But she also appeared in comedies from time to time and played alongside legend Leslie Nielsen in 1990 in “Repossessed” and 1992 in “Married with Children” Peg Bundy’s cousin Ida Mae, as well as in cult series such as “MacGyver” or “Renegade“. Linda Blair’s film and TV career continues to this day and she can look back on numerous engagements.
Original Title: Hell Night
Director: Tom DeSimone
Screenplay: Randy Feldman
Actor & actresses: Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin, Jimmy Sturtevant, Hal Ralston, Carey Fox, Ron Gans, Gloria, Jean Hasselhoff, Nathan L. Truman
Producer: Bruce Cohn Curtis, Mark L. Rosen, Irwin Yablans
Executive producer: Chuck Russell, Joseph Wolf
Cinematography: Mac Ahlberg
Technical departement: John Buckley, Marty Carrillo, Bradley S. Christian, Robert Fischer, Richard Groetchen, Pat Hall, Robert Harmon, Larry Lapointe, Randy Nolen, Rick Rolnick, Danny Toback, Michael Wilson
Sound: Douglas B. Arnold, Jan Brodin, Jim Cypherd, Michael J. Ford, Roxanne Jones, Michael Minkler, Paul A. Sharpe, Sam F. Shaw, Ken Dufva
Editing: Anthony DiMarco
Visual effects: Lisa Polle
Special effects: John Eggett
Make up: Ken Horn, Pamela Peitzman, Tom Schwartz
Costume Design: Lennie Barin
Costumes and wardrobes: Christopher Gibson, Theresa Nicholls, Jacqueline Saint Anne
Stunts: Kerrie Cullen, Freddie Hice, Steve Holladay, Marcia Holley, Freddie Hice
Casting: Robert J. Howard, Victor J. Kubitschek, Steve Ringel
Music: Dan Wyman
Production companies: BLT Productions, Media Home Entertainment
Produktion of special effects: Court Wizard Special Effects
Year of production: 1981
Lenght: 102 Min
Rating: FSK 18
Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
German: Paranoia, Paranoia – Allein mit dem Killer, Scary Castle (Bootleg title)
French: Une nuit en enfer, Une nuit infernale
Spanish: Noche infernal
Portuguese: Noite Infernal
Russian: Адская ночь
Greek: Μιά νύτα πέτυχε τον Κολάσι
Start USA: 28. August 1981
Filmlabel: M-Square Classics
Mediabook-Start Germany: 27.09.2019
About Vince Van Patten:
Vince Van Patten was born on 17 October 1957 in Bellerose, New York as the youngest child of the famous US television actor Richard Vincent Van Patten and it was his father’s agent who, at the age of nine, brought him in front of the cameras for over thirty commercials, including for major brands such as Colgate. In the early 1970s, his father got a role in the TV series “Arnie,” and the family moved to Los Angeles. Van Patten’s career as a children’s TV star began here and he played in “Bonanza“, “High Chaparral” and “Medical Center“.
Even as he got older, his career did not break off and already at the beginning of the 1970s he could be seen in various feature films, which would not change even towards the end of the decade. The action movie “Survival Run” with Peter Graves in the leading role from 1979 was followed by the musical comedy “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (also 1979) as well as the drama “Yesterday” and Tom DeSimone’s horror movie “Hell Night” (both 1981).
But not only on the big screen, also on the tennis court Patten made a good figure at the end of the 1970s and was honoured 1979 by the ATP as a young player of the year. The highlight of his tennis career in 1981 was his victory over John McEnroe. Overall, he made it to 26th place in the world rankings. All in all, however, his career stagnated in the 1980s, both cinematically and athletically, something that changed at least on screen only in the 1990s, when he first appeared in “Matlock“, then in the action film “Payback” and finally played Dr. Tom Morella in the TV series “Baywatch” (1992 – 1997). Today, Vince Van Patten is best known to poker fans as a commentator on the World Poker Tour, where he took part himself in 2010 and finished 426th.
Chopped up and dismembered – The Slasher Film:
At the end of the 1980s, however, box office profits slowly declined and the scene shifted to VHS until Wes Craven brought the genre back to life with the highly successful “Scream!” series. This was followed by various remakes and reboots of well-known genre representatives from the 1980s such as “Halloween H20” (1998), “Jason X” (2002) or the remake of W. Lustig’s “Maniac” (2012) starring Elijah Wood. Even “Child’s Play” got a remake in 2019. So the genre is stuffed with corpses, but anything but dead.
“Despite the rather stale story Tom DeSimone’s flick from the Stalk’n’Slash series turns out to be quite exciting and atmospherically well done…” (Fear sits next to you)
“Hell Night is quite entertaining and if you like old slashers you should take a look.” (tofunerdpunk.blogspot.com)
“Hell Night manages to create a good amount of tension, which is of course due to the nice location.” (haikosfilmlexikon.de)
“Solid B-strip, that doesn’t fully savor its mixture of “Haunted House” and Slasher in the last consequence…but the viewer will forget this flaw in the second half of the movie, thanks to the creepy atmosphere.” (evil-ed.de)
“All in all, Hell Night is certainly one of the most underrated horror movies released in the 80s. A screening is definitely recommendable…” (unserekleinefilmwelt.de)
Excellent camera work and excellent film music make Hell Night one of the outstanding slashers of the 80s.” (horrorexpress.com)
Equipment and technical data of the media book
First time the movie in the original uncut version, 16-page booklet with original photos and background information | Picture format: Letterbox; DVD: WS 1.85:1 anamorphic; Blu-Ray: WS 1.85:1 & 1080p 23,976 | Total runtime Blu-Ray 98 Min, DVD 102 Min | Sound formats Blu-Ray: German DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0; Sound formats DVD: German DD 2.0, English DD 2.0 | FSK 18