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Strange things have been occurring at the Martins' residence. Five teenagers have already disappeared while staying there.

Directors:

James W. Riley (as James Riley), Randy Field

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James W. Riley (concept) (as James Riley), Rob Fulop (concept) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Plato ... Kelly
Tracy Matheson Tracy Matheson ... Cindy
Debra Parks Debra Parks ... Lisa
Allison Rhea Allison Rhea ... Ashley (as Alison Rhea)
Christy Ford Christy Ford ... Megan
Joshua Godard Joshua Godard ... Danny (as Josh Goddard)
Jon Rashad Kamal Jon Rashad Kamal ... Victor Martin (as Jon R. Kamal)
Molly Starr Molly Starr ... Sheila Martin
Suzy Cote Suzy Cote ... Sarah Martin
Andras Jones ... Jeff Martin
Giovanni Lemm Giovanni Lemm ... Tony
William Bertrand William Bertrand ... Eddie
William Jones William Jones ... Lt. Simms (as J. Bill Jones)
Arthur Burghardt ... Collins
Heidi Von Brecht Heidi Von Brecht ... Swanson
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Storyline

Strange things have been occurring at the Martins' residence. Five teenagers have already disappeared while staying there. Your job is to find out what is happening and assist the SCAT agents in protecting a group of teenagers who are staying there tonight by trapping anyone with hostile intentions.

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Certificate:

MA-17 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scene of the Crime See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

Just before Hasbro's video game system NEMO was about to be officially launched alongside Night Trap and Sewer Shark (1992) at the start of 1989, the worst happened - Hasbro pulled the plug (citing the high cost of the hardware). Tom Zito, General Manager of Hasbro Interactive's California based unit, then purchased all of the material related to the two abandoned games and founded his own company, called Digital Pictures. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lt. Simms: I'm Commander Simms, of the Sega Control Attack Team. SCAT mission 230. Five teenage girls have disappeared, after spending the night at the old Lakeshore winery house of Mr and Mrs Victor Martin; and their children Jeff and Sarah. Right now another five girls are heading towards the Martins to spend the night. Your mission: to protect the girls from whatever happened to the last ones.
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EASTER EGG: In the original Sega CD version, when the photo tribute of Hasbro's late C.E.O., Stephen D. Hassenfeld appears at the end of the credits, pressing the button commands on the game controller: Up, A, A, A, A, A - will reveal hidden footage. This footage from 1986 shows Hasbro executives playing "Scene of the Crime" (the original title for Night Trap) on their NEMO system. Scrolling text appears over this footage at the bottom of the screen stating: Pawtucket, RI... December, 1986... First demonstration of prototype NEMO system to gathered Hasbro executives... See more »

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In 1995, when the game was released for non-Sega systems such as 3DO, Macintosh, and MS-DOS, all portrayals and references to Sega and related products were removed. For example, "Sega Control Attack Team" was changed to "Special Control Attack Team" and shots of a Sega Genesis controller during the introduction were removed. See more »

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Night Trap Theme
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Piece of history
26 February 2004 | by refinedsugarSee all my reviews

I still remember the rage in the early 90's about violence in video games. You couldn't watch CNN for more than an hour without seeing clips of Night Trap and Mortal Kombat spliced in with some mad ramblings from US senators. It was the first of many arguments to come against what belonged in video games and what didn't. It eventually lead to a ratings system and while mature and outright morally bad games have come and went, Night Trap will forever be remembered as a partner in what created it all. Which in hindsight is pretty funny - the news and all. I didn't get to play Night Trap right away. The only things I knew about it is what the biased news told me and some naive misinformed senators spouted off. Needless to say I wrote it off as pure garbage having not even played it.

It wasn't until years later under the ownership of a brand new 3DO system did I get to experience the self-proclaimed redefining moment in video game history. Here we were in a time when FMV-based games were all the rage. Some people were tooting it as the future. Real actors, real sets, an overall sense of "real" and Night Trap had spawned it all. It had spawned an entirely new genre -- the FMV based game. To think if it hadn't been for some senators flapping their gums Night Trap would have failed and the genre would have never been born.

But what about Night Trap itself?

For me it was a fun, cheesy game that one can't look back on without a smile. Gaming wise it wasn't much. The story on display wasn't that great and it didn't carry nary a characteristic of any of the most popular and influential games of all time, but you had fun watching and playing it and most importantly it worked for what it was. It wasn't overly seriously, they played it for camp in parts and unlike what the television told you the "violence" was pretty tame. For it's time and place Night Trap was a ball and for those who experienced it you will never forget that feeling the game gave you.

Now time has moved on, the FMV video game genre is dead and Night Trap is old news, but no one has forgotten it. The world continues to debate what belongs in video games and video game producers continue to push the boundaries, but whatever comes our way in the future Night Trap has paved the way and has been forever immortalized.


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