Invitation to Hell

1 h 31 min198413+
Horror master Wes Craven directs this story about a family that moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club.
Wes Craven
Robert UrichJoanna CassidySusan Lucci
Science FictionSuspenseHorror
English [CC]
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Joe Regalbuto
Robert M. Sertner
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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D. KovacsReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is an effing brilliant film.
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I’m sick of the poor reviews by people who didn’t know what they were getting into.

While most would say that the scariest thing in this film is Susan Lucci wilth big hair and caked-on makeup...If you can see through the cheese, this film is a theological masterpiece, showing what is truly satanic and how to overcome it.

Greed, envy, power, pride, selfishness, superficiality, lust, materialism, cruelty — these are the bedrock of Satan’s country club. And the only way to overcome them is by self-emptying love, which sacrifices itself in the ultimate act of protective service — hence, the descent into hell of Robert Urich in the cheesy spacesuit. The result? Resurrection to new life, for all creation. Those who are barred from new life are only barred from it through their free choice.

This would be a great remake. I found it profoundly satisfying.
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Valerie AllensworthReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
All 80’s all the time
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I love 80’s cheesy scary movies ie: ‘Halloween 3’, ‘Chopping mall’, ‘Invaders fro Space’ and now ‘Invitation to Hell’. I want to see the zipper on the monsters suit, so to speak, and the monster here is Erica (Susan Lucci) from ‘All my children’. From the cheesy soundtrack to the Over-the-top-happy suburban family, this movie tips the hat to ‘ Stepford wives’, ‘Body Snatchers’ and a plethora of other classic horror movies of similar ilk. While it may not be a cinematic masterpiece it still delivers in full 80’s style and aroma. Don’t throw out the old pastel furniture just yet, it’s about to come back in style.
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Denise H.Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Devil Went Down to DigiTech...
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I saw this when I was little and a Sat night retro station would show 80’s movie of the week things. I remember it to this day so I was stoked to see it on Prime.
Susan Lucci was so so evil! Like oozing evil. It was like they took a soap character and filled her with the Devil. She was awesome.
What I had remembered most was the suit that detects evil or human presences...and that it was like all those other 80’s tech things—the glasses from They Live, the sensors from Prince of Darkness. What always seemed scary about this movie was our tech was sadly, ridiculously insanely outgunned by whatever ‘evil’ was present. This movie very creatively juxtaposed tech with metaphysics and 80’s fX to create an incredibly scary experience. In retrospect, the typical 80’s tropes of laser light shows, and theatrically blowing smoke and wind made for a fair amount of cheese. However, it was used judiciously and wasn’t so overbearing as to be distracting. I also liked the overexposed shots of what ‘Hell’ or whatever, would look like. It added a layer of scare as well as creating more creepy atmosphere. That was done quite well.
Obvs Susan Lucci is the antagonist of the piece...and I’m not giving that away as a spoiler since in the first 3 minutes of the film, she’s run down and pops back up faster than Jason, then incinerates a guy and his car with nary a hair out of place (thanks SuperEvilHold Aquanet).
This movie is full of big names...even the supporting cast is all big names who’ve been in tons of movies. It was worth a watch just to see Punky Brewster shred and viciously beat her stuffed bunny to death with what appeared to be a crowbar—for being ‘bad.’ Seriously evil people...
It seems the big evil lives at the country club(not surprisingly like irl) and after swearing allegiance to the evil, Susan takes new cult—I mean club members to the Sauna of Evil where they’re given a full body steam, loofah and oh yea, filled with evil. Now we know what goes on at those Elizabeth Arden Red Door Places.
So it falls to the hero dad to save his family from the clutches of the Sauna of Doom.
This is a memorable film because of the big name actors, oddly watchable screenplay, and well-devised cinematography. It was brilliant to be able to take common things from the 80’s and gather them in such a way as to be unique and interesting. I def recommend giving this a view(one quibble that the sound quality is kinda bad and needs a rework for today’s standards). Enjoyable bit of 80’s horror.
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JJ Dyn O Mite!Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not half-baked-- maybe 3/4 baked?
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Very good production values for an otherwise cheezy made-for-TV movie. There's really only one or two flimsy scenes. Everything else is really surprisingly good. The use of big tech as an allegory is perhaps 10x more relevant today than in 1984. Picture quality is good but appears to be telecine'd. There is just a slight amount of pulldown judder, but I think this adds to the TV movie feel.
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MoviemanKevReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Craven for a fun TV film? look no further
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Above average made for TV film, while it has the constraints that you'd assume of an 80s tv horror film the fun derived from it is more than enough to make up for said limitations.
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LEOReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed !!!
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I am impressed by how great this movie is. After watching it I still thought about it days after so I came back to write this review. It's creepy and clever. Myterious and HOT. I love it
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The Reluctant BearReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it!
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Classically cheesy tv horror movie, with Susan Lucci and the rest of the cast gnawing on scenery. Love it!
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reviewerReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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