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Invitation to Hell (1984)

Robert Urich , Joanna Cassidy , Wes Craven  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Urich, Joanna Cassidy, Susan Lucci, Joe Regalbuto, Kevin McCarthy
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Richard Rothstein
  • Producers: Frank von Zerneck, Robert M. Sertner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Invitation to Hell" on IMDb

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A powerful and enticing director of the Steaming Springs Country Club brings destruction upon all who fall under her spell.

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An invitation to join a country club turns into an invitation to Hell. Matt Winslow (Robert Urich) and his family move to California where they settle in an affluent community where people enjoy the good life. Matt is persuaded by his wife (Joanna Cassidy) and son to join the exclusive country club. After a private tour of the club with the sexy director, Miss Jones (Susan Lucci), Matt notices disturbing changes in his wife and son and the dark, sinister secrets that lurk within the club.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I find Invitation To Hell to be a strange and wonderful little flick. I remember the first time I watched it. It really sucked me into that cold, detached, materialistic atmosphere very well. Not like that's a place you want to visit other than with escapism.

And even though it was just Tv movie from 1984, the acting was very good (IMO) Even TV flicks from 20 years ago, carry way better acting than anything you'd see of similar ilk these days. I credit Wes Craven for his excellent directing skills and love of true, effective creepiness. Also credit Joanna Cassidy for an excellent turn as the once decent, well mannered wife. Her morph into a superficial, devious and evil sexpot was really believable and effective. Robert Urich as well. To me he was great as the unintimidated, "simple needs" family man...the rock of good surrounded and tempted by sex, money power and superficial acceptance. These are all the selling points of "The Club", headed by Susan Lucci.

i know this all sounds a bit cheesey and in a lot of ways, it is. But with good acting, an ominous "feeling" and atmosphere running through the picture, some good directing, taut little script, the movie comes off most entertaining.

Even Susan Lucci, I think, did a fine job within her hard to believe role. She came off perfectly seductive, tempting and devoid of goodness. I suppose she's meant to represent the devil. In this case, the Devil in early 80's hair and make up and a really hot red dress (among other interesting outfits)

This flick plays as much a morality tale as it does a TV horror film. Again, it does own that somewhat cheesy TV horror flick dressing. But to me, underneath, lies a pretty cool, thought provoking, fun movie that sticks with you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the corniest thing ever January 13, 2010
By M. T.
I enjoyed this movie for several reasons; It made me laugh, it made me nervous, and it blew my mind. There is something about the various characters in this film that are true to people, but obviously much more embelished. So I guess the acting really wasn't that bad.

It has something to say regarding people and the need to feel accepted or belong. That is a about the only thing that makes the story unique and timeless. Other than that a person would be horrified at the cheesy effects and sound on this film, though I liked it for that very reason. The way this movie is done makes you embarassed about the past and at the same time long for those days to be back. I can't imagine this would have required much of a budget. It indludes several familiar faces including Punky Brewster and the kid from the Neverending Story.

I would definately recommend seeing this movie once. At the beginning of this movie you might not know what to expect exactly so I won't spoil it anymore than I have. It might hurt a little at first... and all the way through for that matter. But if your head isn't made of concrete than you should get at least a little something out of this film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive emotional family movie May 14, 2008
Invitation to Hell is an unknown and clearly underrated movie, done with very little budget but yet so strong emotionally. IMO a master piece.

It basically evolves around family bounds and how it feels to see the ones you love becoming strangers to you.

About the score, another great composition from Sylvester Levay (author of AirWolf main theme TV series) very simple and very emotional, that contributes a lot in creating the atmosphere of the movie.

Hope you will enjoy this movie as much as I did.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if just to see Nicholas Worth August 12, 2003
Not the best of Wes Cravens horrors but not the worst.
Simple but enjoyable horror yarn that is crude in budget but still interesting and compelling to watch.
Although one of the secondary characters, the film is most noticable for character actor/muscleman Nicholas Worth who plays the musclebound demonic sherrif guardian to the hell gate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent and Different March 24, 2008
This was not a typical slasher, or supernatural movie of the 80's. Wes Craven does a nice job with the creativity on this one. The story revoloves around a country club in california. The new family joining the club, is eluded into thinking that the "secret" part of the club is only for a select few, who are admired most amoung all the other club members. Susan Lucchi from the "All my children" is in this one, as the evil main characters, who may just be satan him/herself...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Susan Lucci Film May 25, 2005
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Susan Lucci plays a great role as Steaming Springs Country Club's Director. Also in the dvd version in one of the scenes you can definitely see a size chart for offical club wear up to XXL did not see any members with that size mentioned. I highly recommend buying the dvd. The only thing that was missing is the tv trailers and behind the scenes, Surround Sound, Commentary from the cast and crew, and a Closed Captioned Subtitle. The only goof was in the viewscreens of the suite Benign it is supposed to say Being. I wish they made a sequel to the film.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very 84' December 21, 2003
By A Customer
Great movie, definitely has the Wes Craven vibe. Plenty of stuff to laugh at but still totally watchable. Star studded in a great 80's tv/ b-movie way. Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster),Barret Oliver (D.A.R.Y.L.), Jason Presson (Explorers). Susan Lucci rules as the satanic country club chick. If cheesy 80's flicks are up your alley I totally recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
because DVD didn't have my region - Europe
Published 1 month ago by Jarek Czekala
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Of The Hour
Wes Craven is the best of the best. You have to watch this
Published 1 month ago by Margaret F.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! You gotta love Wes Cravens
Susan Lucci....evil little devil...loved it! You gotta love Wes Cravens movies
Published 3 months ago by halospaceboy
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past, a childhood memory
Having finally found the name of this little gem I purchased it straight away and wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dan cowley
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Published 11 months ago by Draconis Blackthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent old movie
this was an old favorite of mine; I remembered watching this on TV when I was younger. you can get it on a bit torrent too..
Published 20 months ago by R. H. R
1.0 out of 5 stars Invitation to Crap
OMG, this was awful. I am a huge fan of low-budget 70's and 80's horror movies (I was born in 65), made for TV movies, etc., so I LOVE the genre, the era, but this was pure crap. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Nanette Wason
4.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied !!
Saw this movie years ago, and never heard any more about it. Upon looking for old scary movies for halloween, This movie came to mind. Noone had heard of it. Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Kathy Metcalf
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Taste of the 80's!
It has been at least 17 or 18 years since I first--and last--saw this movie on TV. Even then, it was truly an inspiring throwback. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by Ryan Freer
3.0 out of 5 stars Fills The Need For Cheeeze!...
Wes Craven is an interesting director. The very same genius behind horror classics like THE HILLS HAVE EYES, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, is also... Read more
Published on August 7, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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