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Hell [Blu-ray]

Stipe Erceg , Michael Kranz , Tim Fehlbaum  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Stipe Erceg, Michael Kranz, Hannah Herzsprung
  • Directors: Tim Fehlbaum
  • Format: Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084NZERO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It was once the source of life, light and warmth. But now the sun has turned the entire world into baked and barren wasteland. Forests are scorched. Animal carcasses line the roads. Even the nights are dazzling bright. Marie, her little sister Leonie and Phillip are heading for the mountains in a car with covered windows. Rumor has it there is still water there. Along the way they run into Tom, a first-rate mechanic that becomes indispensible. But can they trust him? Tension grows in the small group. As if things weren´t bad enough, they are lured into an ambush. Their real battle for survival begins...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WE HAVE NO LIVESTOCK... August 25, 2012
Format:DVD
The year is 2016. Solar activity has produced a hot bright sun (In German Hell is "bright.") There has been no crops for 3 years. Society has fallen apart and humans survive in bands seeking out food, water, and gas.

The plot involves three people, then four traveling down the road following the birds toward what may be water. At this point the production reminded me of "The Road" a rather boring scenario waiting for things to happen. They find themselves in a stew as the film becomes "Wrong Turn." They become captured by religious people who "have no livestock" but need to survive. The girls will make good wives.

The movie takes place in a gunless society. It is hard to fathom society has fallen that far in such a short period of time, but I just went with it. Fans of Nina's "99 Luft Balloons" will be happy to know her CD survives the apocalypse which BTW the title I bought this film under. The dual meaning of Hell=Bright doesn't translate and I guess "Bright" wouldn't bring out the horror.

The film doesn't make it as a slasher or horror film. It is a weak sci-fi thriller, perhaps attempting to be too realistic to be entertaining. It leaves itself open for a sequel, although outside of Leonie (Lisa Vicari) who reminded me of a young Jennifer Lawrence, I didn't relate to them.

PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Attempted sex/rape. Hannah Herzsprung briefly running around in panties. "R" rating? Seriously?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great post-apocalyptic story September 26, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
With no opportunities to rent this film, besides iTunes, I decided to purchase the film on the strength of the trailer. These days I seem to be a good judge of what I will like based on a trailer.

Hell is a post-apocalyptic film set in the near future 2016. Solar flares have caused mass overheating of our planet laying waste to the environment. With no way to sustain plant or animal life and with natural water supplies all but gone; people will now do anything to survive.

Visually the movie sells the idea the earth is burnt out and desolate. The acting is good, albeit this american version defaults to an over-dubbed english soundtrack. I suggest watching it with subtitles.
For a film like this simplicity is important. All our characters need to do is survive. There are a few little twists and turns that keep it interesting.
Overall a fan of films like this will be more than entertained. And I'm happy to add this film to my collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, If Not Great, Post-Apocalyptic Thriller September 26, 2012
Format:DVD
The year is 2016. Because of the increasing solar activity, the earth's temperature has become higher by 10 degrees Celsius. The land has dried up and crops have perished. Modern civilization has collapsed and the earth has become an uninhabitable place for humans. Few survivors keep travelling under the scorching sun, looking for water. Two young sisters Marie and Leonie are among them, travelling with a man named Phillip driving around in a dust-covered car.

Executive-produced by Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day" and "2012"), the low-budget post-apocalyptic thriller begins with an interesting premise, but without developing the sci-fi theme, "Hell" quickly shifts into a familiar formula about the travelers and their predicaments in the backwoods. In short, you have seen this in "The Road" or other horror films.

Tim Fehlbaum's direction is slick once action gets started, but details of this catastrophic disaster remain vague at best. The cinematography of the bleak landscape soaked in overflowing light is impressive enough to live up with the film's double-meaning title ("Hell" means in German "bright"), but the effects of the sunshine such as heat and UV exposure are not fully made use of to enhance the film's drama and suspense .

But the real problem of "Hell" is that the characters are not really interesting, including the sisters Marie and Leonie. Why are they travelling alone? Why does she have a CD of Nena's "99 Luftballons"? The film wastes every chance to flesh them out. When the two male characters are less memorable, why should we care? "Zombieland" did it much better.

This is not to say "Hell" is a terrible film, but as a survival thriller or a H.G. Wells-like modern-day fable "Hell" leaves much to be desired, lacking its own voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hell (Bright) (Tim Fehlbaum, 2011)

Hell reminded me a great deal of another, even lower-budget, German film for no real reason I can put my finger on, Jens Wolf's Noctem. While this one has more plot, better acting, and an even bleaker outlook on life, while I was watching it, my mind kept stealing back to Wolf's 2003 effort, which I found quite good given its lack of professional talent both in front of and behind the camera; "a labor of love" is, at least when I use it, often a synonym for "unrepentantly amateur", but Wolf transcended that and came up with something, if not deathless, quite watchable and a good deal of fun. I got that same vibe from Fehlbaum (Nicht Meine Hochzeit)'s second feature, though I rush to add that with both of these films I'm using the word "fun" in a rather loose sense.

Fehlbaum's movie gives us a makeshift family--Tom (Unknown's Stipe Erceg), Marie (The Reader's Hannah Herzsprung), and Leonie (Hanni and Nanni's Lisa Vicari)--living in a post-apocalyptic world where the Earth is moving, ever so slowly, closer to the sun. Being outside without being fully covered is almost instant death. There is no darkness, as we know it, just periods of less light. Tom and co. are making do the way most survivors in this world presumably do--a nomadic existence in a station wagon that contains their earthly possessions, raiding abandoned gas stations for fuel, trying to get to a fabled compound in the mountains where, supposedly, they can settle down. The film's first confrontation comes at an abandoned fuel station, where another drifter, Phillip (Home for the Weekend's Lars Eidinger), attempts to make off with some of their stuff, and instead ends up coming along for the ride.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic torture. Save your ends!
I really didn't like this @ all; everything was slow & dragged out. This storyline has been done to death & I didn't get the ending. You'll be asking yourself, is that it? Read more
Published 8 days ago by DeniseJ Holder
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
It's the Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets the Adams Family, except it is very slow moving and not nearly as funny.
Published 10 days ago by Calamity Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Service and product were excellent.
Published 27 days ago by Paul D. Lynch
3.0 out of 5 stars Sun-Bleached PostApocalypse Road Trip SF, German w/ English Subtitles
In German, with English subtitles. Extended stretches of the film have little or no dialog, so the subtitle thing may not be as big an issue. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Voiceover Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought it would be
After reading the Netflix blurb I really wasn't expecting much. And I figured that having to read subtitles wouldn't help things much either. But I was wrong. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ronald L. Dorazio
4.0 out of 5 stars Great "End of the World" Thriller
If you enjoy apocalyptic movies, then this movie is for you. I first saw it on Netflix and liked it so much decided to buy the blu ray. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mister Luna
2.0 out of 5 stars slow moving mild horror flick
Wish it moved at a somewhat faster pace, there's potential for this movie, but it takes too long to get going. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JM
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent premise, only fairly executed
They had a good idea: people slowly roasting alive as the sun heats up the earth, and water dries up. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brad Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars boring movie hell
could have been more action low budget film movie is clear but the acting is poor boring movie wish they would stop making boring movie
Published 18 months ago by seetheartsoftly
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
5/5 I loved this movie. There is a moment where one of the character's loses respect for another character for being a coward, and that in particular stuck with me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mkhan195
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