‘Demons are real. Reality TV is demonic.’
Halloween Hell is a 2014 American comedy horror film produced by Herb Linsey and written and directed by Ed Hunt (Bloody Birthday, The Brain).
The film stars Eric Roberts (Black Wake; Evil Exhumed, Camp Dread; et al), Sam Aotaki, Evan Bittencourt, Lola Klimenteva, Steve Turner, Elizabeth Peterson, Paul Stanko, Andre L. Walker, Christina Trevizo, Lili Lev.
A pay-per-view reality TV show hosted by a delusional psychopath who believes himself to be Count Dracula (Roberts) is offering six young people (three males, three females) $100,000 each to spend Halloween in the room with a Devil Doll that reportedly contains a demonic presence straight from Hell.
The audience have the option of betting on which horrific outcomes may occur in the room. Of course, things go wrong, as the cursed item awakens the demon during the full moon and the carnage is all captured on camera…
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Unimaginative camera set-ups and blocking mixed with roughshod editing made the film seem like the work of a first-time director. This is not to say the film is a complete travesty. On the contrary, there are quite a few things going for Halloween Hell. There is some decent make-up effects utilized for the demon, passable performances, and even some light bits of political satire…” Andrew Swope, Rock! Shock! Pop!
“It’s hokey, it’s a tad formulaic, it’s at times pretty brutal and gory, it’s blunt in its approach to horror, at the same time it doesn’t take itself too seriously … and all of this works for the movie, making this a fun throwback to yesteryear’s genre cinema, yet with a satirical edge that’s very much rooted in the now.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash
“Halloween Hell is a mixed bag. As bad as the reality game show horror subgenre can be, this is really one of the more tolerable ones out there. I mean even though the pacing is often sluggish and a lot of it looks pretty cheap, you still have Eric Roberts playing Dracula and some pretty juicy gore effects.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum
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