JeruZalem – Israel, USA, 2015 – reviews

JeruZalem

‘On Judgement Day, hell shall inherit the Earth’

JeruZalem is a 2015 Israeli/American supernatural found footage horror feature film written and directed by The PAZ Brothers [Doron and Yoaz Paz (The Golem). The movie stars Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin, Danielle Jadelyn and Tom Graziani.

” … there are three gates to hell. One in the desert, one in the ocean and one in Jerusalem…” Jeremiah 19, talmud

Two young American women on vacation follow a mysterious anthropology student on a trip to Jerusalem. The party is cut short when the trio are caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the three travellers must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them…

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Reviews:

“… the movie’s occasional stabs at political commentary never quite pay off. Nor can the writer-directors, brothers Yoav and Doron Paz, fully sustain the film’s novelty into the second half, when the script reverts to timeless, tired monster-movie tropes.” Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

 … the creepy evocativeness of its superbly utilized setting (the filmmakers reportedly shot on the sly, at times claiming to be working on a documentary), and the well-realized creature designs make it a more than respectable horror effort.” Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

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” …try to tell me that this film doesn’t set out to address Muslim/Christian/Jewish tension in the Middle East. You won’t get that kind of critique in JeruZalem because the Paz brothers are so much more interested in skin-deep jump scares that they fail to develop their characters, both undead and alive.” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

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The crumbling of such a stoic city under Satan’s weight is reason enough for intrigue, and the Paz brothers show enough genre grit to warrant a dance with the devil. You might be left wanting more, but satisfaction still comes in the way of vile bouts of demon-smiting aggression.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

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” … a movie with some innovative quirks, stunning scenery shots of a gorgeous Jerusalem, but fails to exploit the massive amount of potential it had…” Simon Rother, Horror-Movies.ca

“The Paz Brothers have done well to showcase the city and explore its alleyways which has only made me want to visit the place myself. They’ve definitely been able to use their location to their advantage, both as a storytelling plot device and a spooky scene-setter.” HorrorCultFilms.co.uk

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Buy: Amazon.co.uk

 

 

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