Directed by: Jag Mundhra
Actors: Hy Pyke, Gregory Scott Cummins, Katina Garner
Also known as: Death Mask, The Damning, La nuit d’Halloween, La maschera della morte, Hack-O-Lantern
Description: A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.
Originally filmed as DEATH MASK, then released to video as HACK-O-LANTERN, then re-released to video once more, 1988’s HALLOWEEN NIGHT has since become an underground cult favorite, with copies of the rare title reaching the illustrious $100 mark on eBay whenever one comes-a-callin’. The film – the second American venture from late Indian filmmaker Jag Mundhra – finds a gravely-voiced farmer (the great Hy Pyke, whom you can see fully nude in Dolemite, thank you) as the leader of a local Satanic cult, who attempts to mold his grandson Tommy (Gregory Scott Cummins) in his own evil image. Wonderfully bad heavy metal tunes, more than the occasional flash of skin, the frequent slash of skin, and other low-budget charms highlight this, a seasonal must-have.
Halloween Night is one of those movies that can be very confusing. Some parts are understandable, others leave you thinking. I think that is why I like it. I LOVE low budget 80’s style horror movies. Even if you don’t like horror, rent it just to see Tommy! He is HOT:) He is also a good actor. I recommend this movie to all.