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Movie: Hell's Gate (2011)

Mark the date. You can't stop what's coming.

Hell's Gate or 11-11-11 (2011) is a horror movie written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV).

Synopsis: Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs) is a successful dark thriller novelist who's constantly haunted by the tragic death of his wife Sarah and son David. As random happenings begin to unfold in his life, he discovers a pattern in which all of them are related to the number 11:11. One day, his estranged brother Samuel (Michael Landes) calls him about their dying father and Joseph travels to Barcelona, only to find himself entangled in a series tale of faith, superstition, and demons.

Sadly, this movie is a huge letdown. We spend a good 45 minutes
patiently watching and enthusiastically believing that the strange supernatural clues in the movie will eventually reveal something really awesome about 11-11-11.

But, what we really get is a long-winded movie mucking around with dark shadows, eerie music, boring conversations, some cheap jump-scares, and [spoiler] some idiot-looking creatures in costumes! Basically, this so-called horror movie is devoid of horror of any sorts.

And the biggest "horror" is the ending. If the director really believes this sort of twist ending works fine, he ought to be re-educated about how to direct a horror movie. I'd rather watch M. Night Shyamalan's movies, seriously.

If you don't believe me, read this. "Hampered by a garbled mashup of Christianity, occult beliefs and numerology, Bousman's screenplay never gains momentum, due to its episodic structure, clichéd plot developments and consistently stiff, generic performances. No attempt is made to mine the deep vein of Christian belief in Spain, a setting that's tossed off with little regard for visual or narrative potential. Bousman opts for playing it cool with the overheated script, bathing dimly lit scenes in chilly blue tones while leveraging distinctly low-grade visual effects for most of the horror elements, but evincing few other stylistic distinctions. Whether surrounded by superstition or just the victim of urban legend, 11-11-11 is likely to prove equally as uneventful as Bousman's unremarkable film." [via]

Okay, don't watch. 'Nuff said.


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