To All A Good Night
Cast: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile
The most notable thing about this 80s slasher movie is
that it was directed
by an actor from the infamous movie Last House On The Left.
Aside from that, there is absolutely nothing of interest here that
justify a rental from even the least discriminating slasher fans.
2 years ago during Christmas vacation at the Calvin
For Girls, a horrible accident occurred. As the result of a inane
initiation stunt, a pledge falls from the second story of the sorority
house and dies. There's no mention of what happened to the other girls,
nor is there any explanation why they were initiating a pledge several
months after the start of school, and during vacation time.
Present day, and it's Christmas vacation time, with most
of the students
leaving the campus to go home. We meet the sorority's spoiled rich
who are staying for the holiday and have plans to have a weekend party
with some visiting boys. Mrs. Calvin (suspect #1) is supposedly away
the weekend. Housemother Mrs. Jensen (suspect #2) will be staying, but
the girls plan to drug her nightly warm milk so she won't disturb them.
Hanging around the campus are the dimwitted, garden shears-carrying
Ralph (suspect #3), and Mrs. Jensen's hypochondriac friend Mrs. Ranzoni
(suspect #4), who keeps saying she's gonna die, gonna die, etc.
After giving their housemother the drugged milk, and
waiting for her
to go to bed, the boys (suspects #5,6,7, and 8) have their pilot
#9) land their privately charted airplane on the convenient airstrip
happens to be next to the campus. The boys and girls, excited to see
other, decide to get down and really party! by....sitting in
living room and singing while one boy plays his guitar????
Sensing that the audience is getting bored, they send in
who is dressed in a Santa Claus costume. His first killings involves
of the sorority girls (who we haven't seen before) and her boyfriend,
has only had a few seconds of screen time before. Her footage consists
of her taking off her clothes in the darkness for about thirty seconds.
Then she goes outside and immediately is killed by Santa. Her boyfriend
is then killed a few seconds later. Ummm...okay.... Or maybe the order
when they got killed was the other way around - I forget. I wonder how
the actor and actress felt like when they read in the script that their
characters just pretty much walk on camera and get killed.
For the next half hour or so, we pretty much get this
dumb chat, kill. Sex, dumb chat, kill. Sex, dumb chat, kill.... All of
this is filmed either in natural darkness that's so dark it's hard to
what's happening, or using a "day-for-night" filter that makes things
as dark. The killings here and in the entire movie usually amount to a
few drops of blood. Some of the more spectacular killings actually take
place offscreen, as if the director was afraid to show anything
None of the characters had any personality, or anything interesting to
say. And there is one full-frontal nude scene with an actress with such
an unappealing body, it's hard to watch - you'll feel like you're
your sister naked.
Eventually, an interesting thing that usually doesn't
happen in slasher
movies appears - they discover there is a murderer! That morning, they
find the body of Ralph the gardener! (Gasp! And we were so sure he was
the one, with his creepy speeches and carrying those garden tools! Who
knew...?) The police are called, and they promise to patrol the area.
where are all those missing people who were killed the other night?
the exact conversation that puts an end to that question: "Where are
others?" "Who cares?"
I'm sure you can imagine what happens that night,
despite the police
in the area. So I won't get into anything else that happens, except the
ending. As you probably know, in slasher movies there is usually a
ending. And there's one here, except it is so ludicrous, so
that it made me groan out loud. No, it's not even bad in a funny way to
make the movie worth renting.
Listen: if you want a Christmas slasher movie that takes
place on a
university campus, then I suggest that you rent the 1975 Black
It uses the university setting to great effect, showing it darkened and
frozen by the cold and snow. There's suspense, horror, and an
ending. However, if you are looking for a killer Santa Claus movie,
I would suggest you rent Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
- it shows all the "best bits" from part one, so you don't have to rent
the previous one. You'll see a great number of people killed by the
old man, gore, nudity, and sleaze. Plus, there are a lot of
funny scenes and other kinds of camp. With both of those movies having
an excellent chance of being in your local video store, there is then
reason to rent To All A Good Night, for it is devoid of
horror, good plot twists, good gore, good nudity, and sleaze. And it's
boring and slow to boot.
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See also: Sorority House
Massacre, Terror House, Voodoo