I’m trying, I really am. I said I’d try to watch and review some horror movies for Halloween, and see if I couldn’t find something that was either genuinely scary, or which managed to be good despite not being scary. Turning up the classics of the classic horror slasher films hasn’t proven terribly easy. But when I saw that Hulu was offering Hell Night for viewing, I thought it might prove a worthy entry. It’s from 1981, about the mid-point of the slasher movie hey-day. It stars Linda Blair, best known for her role as Regan in The Exorcist. And of course, it’s set on Hell Night (also known as Devil’s Night or Mischief Night), a day of pranks (ranging from minor stunts to serious vandalism depending on the jerkiness of the perpetrator) “celebrated” by juvenile and fraternity delinquents on October 30th, so it’s essentially a Halloween-themed horror movie. It seemed like a reasonable bet.
Unfortunately, that’s really all it has to recommend it. Continue reading