The fine folks at Midnight Releasing have produced some true gems recently, including BLOOD WIDOW, SCAVENGER KILLERS, and SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM. These have been great movies, and I have enjoyed each one. They continue this stretch of excellence with HELL FIRE, an outrageous and ingenious film from director Marc Fratto. I think this is my favorite film the company has released thus far, and I would even go so far as to say it’s one of the best.
If you are not familiar with HELL FIRE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Midnight Releasing:
They just wanted an easy score…instead, they got the hostage from Hell!
This film centers on a group of prostitutes who turn to a violent home invasion for the sake of making a big cash score. Unbeknownst to them, one of the hostages is the son of the Devil himself, and all Hell is about to break loose…
There are so many things about this film that make it so awesome. And while it’s not an overly complex movie, there are several aspects about it that will make you want to watch more than once. I am already gearing up to give it a second look, just so I can enjoy it once more.
HELL FIRE is shot very well, and it looks great onscreen. I’m not sure what the budget was, but I don’t think it was much. The filmmakers do an excellent job of utilizing the budget they do have, and the result is great looking film that entertains.
The acting is top notch as well. J. Scott Green portrays the Antichrist with a perfect combination of wit and Charles Manson-like cool. The ladies who portray the prostitutes are talented and beautiful, and each brings their character to life with spunk and sparks. I am impressed with the whole cast, as I couldn’t find a single weak link in its entirety. This talented group is a big part of what makes the film so much fun.
The special effects in HELL FIRE make other low budget films look shameful. There’s plenty of bloodshed and gore to staunch even the pickiest of gorehounds, and it is all very well done. The demon effects are great, and even the effects and gore from the fight scenes are impressive.
My sole complaint about the movie is a minor one; the sound quality is kinda bad in certain parts. Just slightly so, but enough for me to notice.
Otherwise, HELL FIRE is a huge win for me. I recommend it to anyone looking for a hellishly violent good time. Chocked full of dark humor, over the top violence, and crazy characters, this movie will take you on the ride of your life. It is available now in a variety of formats.