The Bottom Line
- Excellent direction
- Good cast
- Quick pace
- Script needs punching up
- Weak antagonists
- Starring Hannah Herzsprung, Stipe Erceg, Lisa Vicari, Lars Eidinger, Angela Winkler
- Directed by Tim Fehlbaum
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
Guide Review - 'Hell' DVD Review
Against this backdrop, 20-something Marie has begun a relationship with Phillip, if for no other reason than he has a working car and is willing to take her and her young sister Leonie with him in search for water in the mountains. Along the way, they pick up Tom, a mechanic who proves useful with his knowledge of cars, but can they truly trust him? Before they have a chance to figure that out, the group is attacked by an unknown foe, a clan of survivalists with dark plans for their prey.
Despite what is probably a modest budget, Hell is slick feature that, along with films like We Are the Night, could perhaps reinvigorate the historic German horror scene. The film's glaringly bright lighting and orange-yellow-white color palate make for a visceral viewing experience that effectively conveys the "hellish" scorched earth setting. Director Tim Fehlbaum shows a great flair for gritty action, even if the action sequences themselves aren't memorably designed.
The script is a bit more problematic, with a storyline that could use some fattening up -- including relationships that are only halfway flushed out and villains that come off as halfhearted and borderline pathetic. Still, the cast delivers, and despite what you've heard, Hell is a pretty entertaining destination.
No special features.