Hellbound Train

1930

Crime / Drama / Fantasy

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 2 / 10

The first Gist film is also their longest and most ambitious.

Recently, the Criterion Channel (available with a Roku, Amazon Fire or no most gaming systems) posted a bunch of early black cinema films...including three by the Eloyce Gist and James Gist. The Gist's three films were designed to be shown in churches and revival meetings and have a very strong moralistic message to them. In "Hellbound Train", it's all about the evils of jazz music and dancing. And, like most films of the genre, its production values and acting are pretty pathetic when seen today.

The film begins with a guy dressed up in a devil costume climbing aboard a train and driving it off. Soon you see lots of folks cavorting about in a dance joint...and soon you see the demon jumping about because he's so happy that these folks are ruining their souls. Next, this devil is out to enjoy watching a man ruin himself and his family through drink. And then...the worst of all...you see folks listening to Jazz!! In fact, one lady dances while enjoying jazz and she nearly dies until some do-gooders play a hymn to bring her back from the brink of death....or not. There's more...but I think you get the gist of it (get it,...'gist'??).

Subtle this movie is NOT and when seen today, it seems pretty silly....though perhaps not back in the 1930s. The acting is way over the top, the inclusion of the happy demon reveling as folks destroy themselves unintentionally funny and the whole thing seems very dated...even for 1930. After all, the Gist's films of the 1930s were all silent...long after everyone else in America had switched to sound.

Reviewed by boblipton 3 / 10

Not Fun To Watch

To write about this as if it is a movie is a grave mistake. Produced at a time when many revival shows were still using magic lanterns, thinking of it as a movie produces a list of of its flaws. Its antiquated use of animated text, its poor camerawork, its ridiculous devil in a cloth costume repeatedly hopping up and down, rejoicing, the frequent cuts to hurtling trains as its sole Academician-style metaphor, make my agnostic 21st-Century brain go "Yeah, you've said this six times."

Of course, I am not the intended audience for this. I have no sense of faith, no belief in its primitive, dance-hating sense of morality. I believe in neither Heaven nor Hell, so it seems simply mean-spirited and bizarre to me, lumping gamblers with murderers, drunkards with cheaters, and so forth.

What is clear is that the audience for this .... well, let's call it a movie anyway, for want of a better word.... the audience for this movie is the sort of Christian revival meeting that once took place quite often in this nation. If we take the attitudes of the people who made this as typical, there is no hope of Heaven in this movie, just fear of Hell; no right way of living, just an endless list of wrong ways; no G*d of Love, just one looking to hand you over to the Devil to be tortured endlessly, once you slip and get on that Hellbound Train.

Reviewed by iquine 4 / 10

Force Feeding

(Flash Review)

This was the first film in a collection of films celebrating the 'early pioneers' of African American cinema. So major respect goes to the people who had the ambition to make a film in 1930 under who knows what limitations or hurdles. The film itself is showcasing an assortment of things one should not do to avoid being a sinner as I imagine church audiences were the target. Such things as drinking, cheating, stealing, violence and then also listening to jazz music; odd. So whenever they show someone doing something wrong a personified little devil appears and is excitedly jumping around. The film itself is very choppy with editing and the camera is often shaky. It cuts to the chase but is more a PSA than a narrative film.

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