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Holy HellFilmmaker Will Allen documents the time he spent with the Buddhafield, a Los Angeles spiritual group to give us an inside look at the West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.Genre: DocumentaryCountry: United StatesDuration: 100 minQuality: HDRelease: 2016IMDb: 7.1
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Directors of "Holy Hell"Will Allen
Critic Reviews of "Holy Hell"RogerEbert.comMay 28, 2016
"Holy Hell" should have dug a lot deeper and told its story with a lot more finesse. What happened? Maybe, after all these years, Allen was still too close to his subject?The PlaylistMay 28, 2016
With unprecedented access to archival footage and former members of The Buddhafield, it's impossible to look away from Holy Hell.VarietyMay 27, 2016
Like watching a takedown of Hitler by a disillusioned Leni Reifenstahl, what emerges is one of the decade's strangest and most unsettling documentaries, especially given its as-yet-unwritten ending.New York TimesMay 26, 2016
Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance.TheWrapMay 26, 2016
Does a sub-par job probing the psyches of both Buddhafield's leader and its members.Georgia StraightJuly 13, 2016
Even with admitted self-censorship, this intimate and often fascinating footage reveals a megalomaniac who genuinely inspired his early disciples.Movie MezzanineJuly 12, 2016
Allen's gentle compassion for his fellow cult survivors is understandable, but is ultimately unsatisfying. Still, for fans of cult documentaries, Holy Hell is worth it for its insider footage alone.Paste MagazineJune 09, 2016
What begins as a video memoir evolves into a much larger portrait of betrayal, grief and healing.The Young FolksJune 05, 2016
The foundation is there for a good documentary to happen, but the fact that amateurish filmmaking got in the way of the story really does a major disservice to the overall story.One Guy's OpinionJune 01, 2016
Tries to get across the ambiance of a community under the sway of a weirdly magnetic figure, but inevitably it comes up short; nonetheless the taste that it provides is chilling.GuardianMay 27, 2016
An uneven blend of news program, suspense narrative and toward the end, somewhat saccharine self-help exercise.
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