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Hell's Half Acre

USA 2023
produced by
Michael Rickert, Robert Izquierdo, Jennie Devries, John Mayer, John Patrick Tomasek for Distant Star Pictures
directed by John Patrick Tomasek
starring Quinn Nehr, Brynn Beveridge, James Matthew Fuller, Omar Vega jr, Amanda Buhs, Ariana Tomasek, Kristi Alsip, Walt Sloan, Anthony Pape, Gary Soumar, Lillian Lamour, Brian Barber, Tony Lee Gratz, Harold Dennis, Kalika Rose, Marc Edwards Pytlewicz, Brandon Wall, Alana De Sá, Lexi Gibson, William Jefferson jr, Deaton Gabbard, Crosby Des Grosseilliers
written by John Patrick Tomasek, music by Ramesh Kumar Kannan, songs by Vore, special effects makeup by Zach Elston

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Marcus (Quinn Nehr) is the host of a YouTube channel dedicated to urban exploration - so basically what they do is breaking into historic yet abandoned buildings and livestream their discoveries, this way also telling the history of whatever place they're at. Thing is, the channel isn't really kicking into gear, a team of copycat explorers (Brandon Wall, Alana De Sá, Lexi Gibson, William Jefferson jr) is eating away on their market share, and Marcus's family is in debt. So reluctantly he gives in to his girlfriend Jessie's (Bryn Beveridge) idea to next explore an abandoned high security prison that's supposed to be haunted, and not just by anybody but by two serialkillers (Anthony Pape, Gary Soumar), who led a brutal prison riot back in the day. Of course, Marcus doesn't believe in ghosts and finds the mission slightly sensationalistic, but then again it might get the channel the much-needed viewership. So Marcus, Jessie and their team (James Matthew Fuller, Omar Vega jr, Amanda Buhs) break into the prison, set up their stuff, and at first ... nothing, other than running into a trio of weirdly out-of-time ghosthunters (Tony Lee Gratz, Harold Dennis, Kalika Rose). But then one of the group (Omar Vega jr) loses his way, ends up on the place's electric chair and is electrocuted, with the others watching helplessly on their monitor. They decide to abandon the place, but the prison is more of a maze than they could have imagined, they have no cellphone service - and the ghosts of the serialkillers from yesteryear prove to be very active within the prison wall, and they do what they do best: serial killing ...


I won't lie to you, not everything in this movie makes perfect sense in this movie, as with a combination of ghosts, cannibalistic serialkillers and time loops, the film's a bit all over the place, but at the same time it's also a fun genre ride, with all the scares in all the right places, plenty of pretty gruesome bits, and a nice handling of suspense and atmosphere. And while the script may have its holes, it's greatly structured to never lose the audience's attention. And of course, a solid cast playing relatable characters also helps to make this one very entertaining piece of horror.


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