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Happy Hell Night
Happy Hell Night
Actors: Larry Robinson, Lisa Nichols, Sam Rockwell, Irfan Mensur, Charles Cragin
Director: Brian Owens
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2004     1hr 27min

No Description Available. Genre: Horror Rating: UN Release Date: 5-DEC-2006 Media Type: DVD

     
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Actors: Larry Robinson, Lisa Nichols, Sam Rockwell, Irfan Mensur, Charles Cragin
Director: Brian Owens
Creators: Brian Owens, Armand Leo, Curtis Petersen, Janez Dolenc, Jeffrey Gross, Michael Fitzpatrick, Ron Petersen
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/03/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Left me far from Happy as Hell on this Night
D. Wilson | NY by way of Cali | 10/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Now I'm no expert on the subject(never quite made it to college myself), but what the (happy)Hell is so damn cool about fraternities? And even if there are reasons that make them worthwhile... how far would you be willing to go to get into one? More basic initiations can consist of forced alcohol consumption, induced vomiting, sleep deprivation, road trips, public humiliation, paddling and other forms of bodily harm(which for some of my Amazon friends may just be another Saturday night LOL!), and the increasingly popular "eat-digested-corn-out-of-your-own-excrement" test. Happy Hell Night tells the tale of an initiation that far and away exceeds the list above-- using Satanic rituals to raise a demon into the body of a recently deceased priest-- uh fella's, I think I'll just join the Chess Club instead thanks! No surprises here, as things go horribly wrong for the pledges involved and they are mutillated and partially devoured by the demon; the police show up and lock the abomination away... flash forward twenty-five years in the future and to another batch of eager men willing to do whatever it takes to become the newest members of Phi Delta Kappa. This years initiation seems simple enough, break into the local mental institiution and take a picture of the man/myth that committed the murders all those years ago. Again things go wrong, and the demon is set free once more. Happy Hell Night is a frustrating viewing experience, it sports some excellent moments(the first 5 minutes are absolute horror gold!) but can never really capitalize on them because of odd shifts in direction and feel throughout the film(not to mention the absurd... a demon locked away by the police-- yeah right!). It features a truly creepy antagonist in the scrawny, pale, bald priest with completely black eyes, BUT then the director decides to make him talk after every kill(a'la Freddy Krueger) and all tension is intantly dropped. The film also attempts to balance a serious religious/supernatural tilt with that of a campy blood and boobs slasher-- again, failure. The acting and gore are solid though, and the film does have it's moments; although the finale is complete garbage(and even steals a scene from Halloween shot-for-shot) with all reasoning thrown out the window. Basically, if you love slasher films and are scraping the bottom of the barrel for fresh options... this is more then worth a watch. For all others, Happy Hell Night may leave you feeling like you yourself have been the target of a college initiation hazing gone wrong. Tread carefully(2.5 stars)."
What do you expect?
Steven M. Hurst | NW Ohio | 09/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I think I am the only one here who actually likes this film. Yes, it is crap. But, like with so many horror films, it is artful crap. Bad movies are sometimes better than mainstream flicks. I really liked it. If you have the same mindset as me (looking to be entertained, not enthralled) then you may enjoy this."
Scary as Hell
Dayna Newman | Tampa | 01/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have to disagree with the masses on this one.
Happy Hell Night is basically your usual Slasher fare ,it's from 1990 but still has the 80's mentality and formula that we as slasher fans have come to love and basically expect.
but what sets it apart from other slashers is the killer priest "this is not a spoiler" who freaked me out and scared me SO bad I was petrified for weeks..
and I don't scare easily ~!!
There are some very good kills in this movie.. although the story gets bogged down a bit I still watch this on a cold dark night with all the lights off and every time I watch it the first time I see the Killer Priest "Zachery Malius" I get freaked and creeped out to the max.Not only is he visually disturbing but his voice will send chills down your spine.I find him to be one of if not the scariest character I have seen in any slasher movie.
Plus it has some HOT men in it for us ladies..and for the men pretty naked chicks..I hate it when I hear people say oh it was the same old thing "kids getting drunk having sex and getting butchered"..UM YEAH~! Isnt that what a mindless slasher flick is all about ? Lighten up and enjoy the ride ..
Turn off the lights and watch it ..I DARE YOU
"
LIFELESS RETREAD
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/01/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"HAPPY HELL NIGHT takes you places you've been before and there's nothing really remarkable about this 1992 release. A top billed Darren McGavin has little do in the movie and that's a shame since McGavin starred in the superior NIGHT STALKER series. Sam Rockwell also has a small role as the younger McGavin who opened up a portal of hell when he was a college student and released a deadly spirit priest. The director tried some Freddy Krueger joke gimmicks but they fall flatter than the proverbial pancake. The movie's plot jumps around so much it never makes coherent sense, leaving HAPPY HELL NIGHT just another entry in the countless teen slasher flicks and not that imaginative of one."