PLEDGE NIGHT (1988) Reviews and overview



‘Brothers to the end… the very end.’

Pledge Night – aka A Hazing in Hell and Death Night – is a 1988 (released 1990) American supernatural slasher horror feature film directed by Paul Ziller (Loch Ness TerrorSwarmed; Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon; Snakehead Terror) from a screenplay written by producer Joyce Snyder. The film is notable for the antagonist, Sid, played in a brief flashback by Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladonna.

The movie stars Todd Eastland, Dennis Sullivan, Craig Derrick, David Neal Evans, Robert Lentini, James Davies, Lawton Paseka, Michael T. Henderson, Arthur Lundquist, Steven Christopher Young, Tony Barbieri, Will Kempe and Cecelia Wilde (Psychos in Love).


In order to become a member of a college fraternity, the applicants have to go through initiation rituals to show their loyalty.

Way back in the 1960s, someone played a nasty trick on the student Sidney Scheider: He had to take a bath in a tub filled with cornflakes and coffee grounds, vinegar and even more disgusting substances. Nothing unusual so far but someone had replaced the water with pure acid. Sidney was seriously wounded and died a horrible death.

This year Acid Sid returns with a vengeance, killing everyone who comes his way. One by one, they are slaughtered…

Blu-ray release:

Vinegar Syndrome released Pledge Night newly restored in 2K from its original 35mm camera negative as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on September 24, 2019.

Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
Newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 35mm original camera negative
“Hell Weeks” – a video interview with director Paul Ziller
“Graduating to Horror” – a video interview with writer/producer Joyce Snyder
“Hazing From Hell” – a video interview with actor Robert Lentini
“The Bad Man” – a video interview with actor Arthur Lundquist
Locations featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles


“It’s refreshing to see a supernatural killer here – particularly as it’s so unexpected, given the movie’s straight-up Porkys-by-numbers first half. And once the facially-disfigured Sid is on the loose, he racks up a fair few killings, some of which are quite well presented, with a fair gore level, although many (such an egg whisk down the throat) are off-screen.” Slasherama

“This time the killings are done by a supernatural psycho named Acid Sid. These and other oddities more than make up for the lazy, amateurish feel to the movie. But the ample amounts of the red stuff and the obvious toilet humor (just look at the VHS cover) gives this one the Beavis and Butthead seal of approval.” The Trashy Horror Charlie Show

pledge night dutch vhs front & back2

Filming locations:

Rutgers University – 7 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey


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