Hellhole is a Netflix horror movie directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski, starring Piotr Zurawski, Olaf Lubaszenko and Sebastian Stankiewicz.
In a secluded monastery, the monks run a “sanatorium” for the possessed. Posing as a clergyman, a young policeman infiltrates the monastic life in to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a number of inmates. It turns out, however, that there is no way out of the monastery.
Without being one of the loudly announced releases on Netflix this season, this film sneaks into the catalogue in “under cover” mode, as it is actually better than what we had expected.
Here we have a movie that is carried out quite well, despite the unrealistic premise – somewhat absurd – and that engages the viewer step by step. The story is set exclusively in the monastery, of course reminding us of the novel by Umberto Eco, although on this occasion the story involves more supernatural elements, with exorcisms and such.
The idea is not original, nor is it going to make it to “movie of the year”, nor will it leave a mark in us due to spectacular photography and images. It is an understated production that offers some serious horror genre thrills, which within its frame (budgetary and all) is well carried out, and manages to become a movie that is entertaining and thrilling. Strangely enough, there is no trailer for this movie, so we gather that they are not expecting many views.
Time will tell what the audience thinks of this piece, because as we have seen in the past with, say, RRR, which not many expected would be a hit, and made a splash…. Who knows how this obscure production will be received?
Note though, we are not comparing the two movies here. ‘Hellhole’ is a small production that aims to entertain and offer the good old possession-exorcism chills.
It is easy watching, it entertains without being grandiose, and does not let you down despite bordering the B movie category.
October 26, 2022
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Movie description: In a secluded monastery, the monks run a "sanatorium" for the possessed. Posing as a clergyman, a young policeman infiltrates the monastic life in to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a number of inmates. It turns out, however, that there is no way out of the monastery.
Date published: October 26, 2022
Duration: 88 mins
Author: Elisabeth Plank
Director(s): Bartosz M. Kowalski
Actor(s): Piotr Zurawski, Olaf Lubaszenko, Sebastian Stankiewicz, Lech Dyblik, Rafal Iwaniuk, Krzysztof Satala, Malwina Dubowska, Zbigniew Walerys
‘Hellhole’ is a small production that aims to entertain and offer the good old possession-exorcism chills. It is an understated production that turned out to be better than expected,