When I first saw the trailer of this wonderful independent film, I knew I had to track down a copy. The mysterious, apocalyptic, even cosmic horror feel to it got me captivated immediately. I was lucky to get my hands on a limited bluray release but I think the film will be released on a wider scale later on in 2021.
After seeing the film I can only conclude that I was not disapointed. It itches in just the right places and brings some great storytelling to the table. Which is where independent film can distinguish themselves when done right. Hellbox does just that and more. It obviously takes some inspiration from the Hellraiser saga and manages to bring that vibe brilliantly, whilst keeping it's own uniqueness completely. But even more I got a very Lovecraftian vibe from it. I was often reminded of The Call of Cthulhu with the apocalyptic threat slumbering in the background while the protagonists struggle with their personal demons and try to make sense of the strange occurrences that befall them. The flashback story seqences contribute to that. And I loved the intro sequence with the Knights Templar. It adds greatly to the epic feel of the story.
Ofcourse the movie has it's flaws here and there but overall it's a great independent film that knows exactly how to tell a good horror story. The special effects are minimal but look great and contribute to the 80's horror film feel that the first Hellraiser movies, for instance, brought. The movie seems to have been made back in 2008 and was called 'All That is Hidden' then, but now in 2021, finally gets it's well deserved release.
HELLBOX is a paranoid supernatural thriller about a shadowy conspiracy against humanity that stretches across five centuries. It's told through interweaving storylines in which assorted people (knights from a holy brotherhood, a group of college girls, a suicidal psychiatrist, and a haunted couple with their own dark secrets) see their lives horribly changed when they come into possession of an ancient, mysterious box - Some say it holds a piece of Hell. —producers
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September 07, 2021 at 10:14 AM