Invitation to Hell
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Susan Lucci....evil little devil...loved it! You gotta love Wes Cravens moviesPublished 18 months ago by halospaceboy
Having finally found the name of this little gem I purchased it straight away and wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by dan cowley
A scientist receives a promotion for his work on a thermal space suit that will be used for the exploration of Mars. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Draconis Blackthorne
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 on February 4, 2013 by R. H. R
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 morePublished on August 9, 2011 by Nanette Wason
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 morePublished on October 17, 2009 by Kathy Metcalf
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