Invitation to Hell (1984)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller


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A family moves to a suburban town only to be coerced into joining a suspicious club.

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5 July 2003 | secragt
7
| Decent Made For TV Horror
Better than the typical made-for-TV movie, INVITATION TO HELL is blessed with excellent casting (Urich, Lucci, Cassidy, McCarthy, pre-Murphy Brown Joe Regalbuto, Soleil Moon-Frye) and a high concept update to the familiar Faustian plot. Urich is likable as always and Lucci is particularly fetching and devilishly over the top in the mother of all femme fatale roles. Definitely a product of the 80s from Lucci's occasionally too big hair to the synth-heavy soundtrack to the pre-internet boxy computers. Kind of a hybrid version of STEPFORD WIVES and THEY LIVE, the movie commits early to its apocalyptic Miltonesque vision and horror fans will likely not have many complaints until the soppy, maudlin denouement. 7/10

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The NASA astronaut space suit costume that Robert Urich was to wear at the climax of the "inferno Hell" sequence became a major-critical problem initiated with the film's production scheduling. The production designer took the task of getting an astronaut space suit wardrobe-package since the film costumer was not hired. Braden contacted the costume designer Patricia Norris at MGM Studios in Culver City. Norris had been involved in the 1968 feature film "2001: A Space Odyssey." MGM Wardrobe had the only collection of 'NASA astronaut space suits' in the Hollywood galaxy. The MGM NASA astronaut space suit costume was not complete. The shoulder-back-pack assembly package was missing; had to be designed; constructed - which contained the battery operated motorized cooling fan unit required to keep the actor from over-heating while wearing the astronaut space suit for filming sequences. The effects house filmed a sequence of Bob Urich wearing his NASA space suit protecting him from the intense heat, falling - descending into Hell's inferno; this sequence was scheduled as a miniature shot. The effects house did not have the capacity to provide the miniature space suit-doll-character. Production designer-Braden purchased an 8 inch military G-I-Joe plastic toy doll. Purchasing fabric material matching the space suit's material finish, the designer gave the toy doll to his mother who made patterns and sewed together the miniature space suit to fit the GI Joe doll. Braden carved the back pack, (gloves and boots), from balsa wood matching the NASA space suit's back pack unit built by the construction coordinator Jerry Esposito. A small white plastic ball was detailed to match the space suit helmet. The miniature doll was delivered to the Hollywood effects house. The Hollywood Effects filming team proceeded to mount the miniature doll to a steel rod attached to the doll's belly button. The doll was spun in blue screen process, with the camera tracked (backing) away from the spinning miniature space-suit-doll; this sequence was matted over another filmed background plate providing the illusion of Urich in his NASA space suit sailing down into Jessica Jones' hell-hole subterranean inferno environment.


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Tom Winslow removes his helmet, messing up his hair. A second later, his hair is neat again.

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