Friday, July 21, 2023

Hail To Hell (2023) NYAFF 2023

Two bullied girls decide that they are going to commit suicide until they see that their tormentor is living a happy life in Seoul. Deciding to get revenge before they die the pair  go to Seoul where they find their target not part of a Christian group. However things are not as they seem...

Black comedy about bullying, society and religion is going to work for some people and not others. The film has a very dark sensibility to it which may result in you sitting stone faced wondering why its supposed to be funny. Additionally many of the jokes are the sort to make you smile instead of laugh from the belly. You very much have to be on this film's wave length.

The big problem for me is even with the dark tone, the film goes kind of black with its portrait of the cult and what it is doing. It's not that I have a problem with it's look at the cult, rather the shift that takes place while we are there really belongs in another film. Tonally and thematically that part of the film should have been elsewhere.

While wonderfully not your typical film, I'm still not certain being different is enough to make you like the film. Somewhere about an hour in a kind of disconnected from the film.

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