This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies present a plausible threat. How many have you seen?
A bad experience...
As the plot unravels, you might feel like you’ve seen or read this story before. It’s cliché, it’s painted by the numbers, but it never gets old. It’s about a family moving to a new town to start a new life, only to discover that daddy’s new club is a little eccentric. The reason Invitation to Hell works so well is that it is deeply rooted in family, something we can all relate to.
The story is somewhat disjointed, sometimes surreal, but definitely entertaining, nonetheless, considering it is a TV movie. It’s a mystery that evolves slowly. Ironically, by trying to catch our attention until things get interesting, the introduction reveals too much. It makes the rest of the film rather predictable. We know, from the get go, that a supernatural element is involved.
Dialogue makes and breaks this film. On the negative side, melodrama is almost all there is. On the positive side, the actors are good and the characters credible. In reality, everything good about this film is crammed in the third act. The ending is something right out of the Twilight Zone. This was directed by Wes Craven and it's not one of his best pictures.