Holy Hell

Holy Hell

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An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

2016100 minsUSAWhitewater Films, WRA Productions, Very Special Projects, CNN Films
Documentary
Director:
Will Allen
Cast:
Will Allen

Streaming (1 Providers)

Holy Hell | Reviews

75%36 reviews

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An uneven blend of news program, suspense narrative and toward the end, somewhat saccharine self-help exercise.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Holy Hell should have dug a lot deeper and told its story with a lot more finesse. What happened?

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Allen structures the revelations well, with a slow build that mimics a naïve member’s immersion into the sect.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

(The) film is far more compelling as an artifact than it is as a narrative.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The film leaves you wanting to know much more than its offhand footage and scant 100 minutes can provide.

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BBC

BBC

Holy Hell has a flaw, and it’s that the movie buys into the idea that the Buddhafield was a mixture of the good and the bad.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Even by cult documentary standards, this one finds absurd depths in the peddling of enlightenment.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Part expose, part catharsis and all disturbing...

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Variety

Variety

One of the decade’s strangest and most unsettling documentaries, especially given its as-yet-unwritten ending.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

Will Allen’s sunny gut-punch cult exposé Holy Hell plays like a thriller... but Allen never cheats in the interest of suspense.

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Holy Hell | Release Details

Holy Hell is available to stream in New Zealand now on DocPlay.