‘Don’t ring the bell’
The Bell Keeper is a 2023 American horror film about a group of friends who travel to a secluded campsite to film a documentary. What they find is something much more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
Directed by actor and filmmaker Colton Tran (Snow Falls; Sorry, Charlie; Spook; Raising Kayn) from a screenplay written by Joe Davison and Luke Genton. Produced by Artisha Mann Cooper, Jonathan J. Cooper, Chad Oliver, Nick Theurer, Kurt Van Fossen, and Kevin Weisberg.
The Artman Cooper Productions-Bungalow Media movie stars Randy Couture, Kathleen Kenny, Reid Miller, Chaz Bono, Bonnie Aarons, Mike Manning, Capri-Antoine Vaillancourt, Daniel Dasent, Alexis B. Santiago, Kali Marsh, Bailey Castle, Nick Theurer and Michael Cervantes.
A group of friends travel to a haunted campsite with a mysterious bell. According to legend, if you ring the bell at midnight, a murderer will appear. This group’s plan to debunk the myth goes awry as they discover that the truth is stranger – and far more frightening – than fiction…
In the US, The Bell Keeper was released theatrically in select locations and on VOD by Screen Media on October 13, 2023. A DVD release follows on December 5, 2023.
In the UK the movie will be released on DVD by Screen Media on December 4, 2023.
“The concept of the documentary becomes null and void halfway through and our protagonist changes, and not in a satisfying, seamless way. It simply leaves a lot to be desired. And while it doesn’t leave any holes to be patched narratively, it makes you mourn for what excitement the concept could have been and the deep emotional impact that a character so tragic as Hank could have had.” 1 out of 4 stars, Film Festival Today
“Despite its many flaws, The Bell Keeper offers an enjoyable horror ride for undemanding genre fans. There are enough thrills and twists in the second half to make it worth recommending to slasher junkies. Just don’t expect it to completely change up the formula like The Cabin in the Woods did.” 6 out of 10, Film Threat
” …the premise is compelling, but it’s the film’s execution or lack thereof, that puts it in a downward spiral with no hopes of resurrection. Aside from our two protagonists, who do their best, the rest of the cast comprises of good-looking but ultimately disposable characters who we are supposed to care about but actually cheer when Hank butchers them.” ★ The Irish Critic
“Like many slashers, The Bell Keeper’s best moments are nearly all the death scenes. Using mostly practical effects (and the odd use of CGI), the deaths are brutal and violent, and usually with lots of blood. My only complaint is that there’s not enough of them. The Bell Keeper also pokes fun at the slasher genre a little bit.” ★★★ Nerdly
“The Bell Keeper is a very stupid movie, with a little too much bad dialogue, and a story that didn’t hold up to scrutiny. It was however, also darn entertaining, after I had switched off my brain, I did find this enjoyable and fun to watch. I am always going to be up for some demonic deadite-style possession.” 7 out of 10, The Rotting Zombie
“The effects, while not overly bloody, the kills tend to be just off camera and then we see the aftermath, are primarily practical effects. CGI is used for some shots involving a spell and a couple of actual hellspawned-looking demons […] While it’s no classic, The Bell Keeper is an enjoyable way to spend ninety minutes…” ★★★ Voices from the Balcony
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