HELLHOLE (2022) 14 reviews of Polish horror now on Netflix

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Hellhole is a 2022 Polish horror film in which a police officer investigates disappearances at a monastery and discovers a dark truth.

Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski (Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight and its sequel) from a screenplay co-written with Mirella Zaradkiewicz (Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight and its sequel).

The Akson Studio production stars Piotr Zurawski, Olaf Lubaszenko, Sebastian Stankiewicz, Lech Dyblik, Rafal Iwaniuk, Krzysztof Satala, Malwina Dubowska and Zbigniew Walerys.

“Ultimately Hellhole is a monastic nightmare that leans on traditional jump scares throughout before paying off with an artful ending that makes its tight hour and 30-minute runtime hit its full potential. Creepy and mysterious, the story that’s wound up in Hellhole is not predictable by any means. In fact, every time you think you’ve solved one part of the horror, a new one rises up.” 8 out of 10, But Why Tho?

“Packed with dread, gloom, and the machinations of Satan’s faithful here on earth, Hellhole is a wholly rewarding horror film with a healthy respect for the genre’s time-honored, sometimes stomach-turning stylistic tropes.” Decider

Hellhole is a typical horror film that revolves around an ancient dark ritual. In the film, the cross goes upside down, bodies levitate, and a man is reduced to a swarm of flies. Even though Hellhole creates a haunting atmosphere with well-composed shots, it is predictable and not quite engrossing.” Digital Mafia Talkies

Hellhole is a unique film that keeps you hooked for the most part with its creepy storyline but fails to stick the landing. It is worth a watch for its intense buildup and authentic performances, however, the conclusion will leave you feeling underwhelmed.” 2.5 out of 5, The Envoy Web


“Yes, the Polish Netflix horror movie Hellhole does have a very open ending […] Personally, I love bold endings that aren’t preoccupied with tying a nice bow and letting you sleep sound and safe afterwards. The ending of Hellhole is neither nice nor simple. It is good though!” 3 out of 5, Heaven of Horror

“Overall, Hellhole on Netflix is disappointing and not at all frightening […] It’s a familiar concept, but the makers never go deep into the subject to present something astonishing. You’ll be annoyed because of the constant use of background music to create the scary effect and the slow narration.” 1 out of 5, Leisure Byte

“This film is more gore-themed and focuses on bringing out certain topics like an exorcism, which is still practised by many in real life. This film might be a good pick for people, who are interested in the above-mentioned topics, but otherwise, this film barely cuts the benchmark of a horror film.” 6 out of 10, Midgard Times


“The movie might well follow a typical start but by the end. It has gone in a direction you would never have imagined, one that has more horror in it than you could take. The phrase ‘It’s how you leave them’ is paramount for this movie as it brings us one of the most shocking conclusions to any movie this year.” 3 out of 5, Movie Reviews 101

“The creature design looked great, and seeing something like that coming from the depths of hell to tie the film together in its religious themes worked as well. It is a standard religious horror with a bit of twist that isn’t that engaging. Kowalski’s direction was strong in the first half, but the story wasn’t strong enough. It fizzles in the end, even though the creature that comes out of it looks interesting.” 2.5 out of 5, Ready Steady Cut

“The director of the movie, Bartosz M. Kowalski, has done a great job in creating an atmosphere of fear, danger and death. From the very beginning of the movie, the director has tried to capture every aspect of evil in its most raw and real form. The way he has shot each scene is highly impressive and undoubtedly deserves appreciation.” SK Pop

“We get a nice 80s vibe of Poland and there is some tidy mysteriousness to the film with good acting. Hellhole kind of falls down after the first twenty or so minutes with not much horror or originality to shout about apart from one gruesome act by monks but I guess that’s the point…” Which Film

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