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What the Hell? A Hell Night Remake?!





Yay for PG-13ification!I sure am glad I turned down that lifetime subscription to Entertainment Weekly. The magazine shot out some news recently that is sure to infuriate horror fans but most likely guarantee a huge box office success just like we saw with the new Prom Night (review).

Having grown up in a small video store, I have a number of VHS covers stuck in the back of my mind. One of the most memorable belonged to Tom DeSimone's 1981 horror pic Hell Night. Look to the left, and you'll probably remember passing it too back in the '80s. The film starred Linda Blair and a group of college coeds who must stay in a haunted mansion to be accepted into their respective sorority and fraternity. But all does not go well as the home's owner is still alive and ready to kill all who trespass!

Sure, it may not have been a real classic ... but look at the synopsis. Does that really fit into the PG-13 world? Nope. So, does this mean we'll be getting a nice R-rated update to the flick? Hell no!

Sony Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper told Entertainment Weekly something we're sure all horror fans want to hear, "If you are going to make a movie for a bunch of kids, you have to make it PG-13. You try not to make a movie for an audience that is older than your protagonist.”

Thanks Prom Night! And thanks to Fangoria for posting that great quote.

- Syxx

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Terminal's picture

Hell Night is dead!
Hitler is dead.
Elvis is still alive and kicking.


Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 7:57am.
thedudeabides's picture

Horror is Dead!


Submitted by thedudeabides on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 7:20am.
RingoJ's picture

They could call it "Night of the Living Jump Scares"


Submitted by RingoJ on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 10:07pm.

Yay, another remake that isn't really a remake?


Submitted by Kryten Syxx on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 8:04pm.
Terminal's picture

"Homecoming Night" seems like the most possible choice. Safe. Marketable, etc.


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 7:55pm.

"Heck Night"

"Homecoming Night"

"We just made a shit load of profit night"


Submitted by Kryten Syxx on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 7:12pm.
Terminal's picture

And since it's PG-13, now, it probably won't even be named "Hell Night." It will probably be something sanitary to attract the teens, and go on its own direction.


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 7:08pm.
Terminal's picture

"OK so what does that quote mean? That audiences were smarter back then and would go see R rated Horror, but now we have to dumb and water things down for kids?"

It means according to them, we can't break the bubble our children are in, and we can't force a rating that would force young adults from coming to see it, since some theaters still enforce not allowing minors into R Rated movies. It's just one big three fold excuse to make it PG-13 and make more money.


Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 7:06pm.
Sirand's picture

I recently sat in on a Fangoria lecture about "the future of horror" with a panel of studio executives. There was one ditzy exec from Sony who spewed shit like this the entire time - I wanted to drop-kick her in the face.

Is it any wonder why the churn out the worst shit of any studio?


Submitted by Sirand on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 6:58pm.
moderator What a douche.
Debi Moore's picture

What a douche.


Submitted by Debi Moore on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 6:04pm.
Spaceshark's picture

It means Clint Culpepper is still pissed for having the name Clint Culpepper.


Submitted by Spaceshark on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 5:31pm.
Rob's picture

"If you are going to make a movie for a bunch of kids, you have to make it PG-13. You try not to make a movie for an audience that is older than your protagonist.”

But if it follows the original, the protagonists are college students, which means they're at least 18 years old, hence, R Rating. Great contradiction there.


Submitted by Rob on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 5:25pm.
moderator OK so what does that quote
Steve Barton's picture

OK so what does that quote mean? That audiences were smarter back then and would go see R rated Horror, but now we have to dumb and water things down for kids?


Submitted by Steve Barton on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 5:04pm.

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