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Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 27 May 2016 (USA)
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An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

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Will Allen
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Credited cast:
Amy Allen ... Self
Cristala Allen ... Self
Gina Allen ... Self
Will Allen ... Self (as William Francesco Allen)
Jennifer Baca ... Self
Alessandra Burenin ... Self
Vera Cheiffo ... Self
David Christopher ... Self
Phillipe Coquet ... Self
Radhia Gleis ... Self
Julian Goldstein ... Self
Jamie Simone Gomez ... Michel / Andreas / Reyji - Buddhafield cult leader (archive footage)
Greg Gorey ... Self
Murti Hower ... Self
Chris Johnston ... Self
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An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

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Director Will Allen has stated that after he left the cult in 2007, he suffered an existential crisis. After considering making a film out of his experiences with the cult to heal from the trauma, he attended the Sundance Film festival and became inspired after viewing Keep the Lights On (2012) and sought ways to make his film. In the following four years, he worked on and developed the documentary. See more »

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Chris Johnston: There's this social interplay that happens between highly codependent people and pathological narcissists. Who is going to give a person who needs constant adoration and attention, who is going to give that to them, ceaselessly? Somebody who relies on him as the source of their self-esteem. And they'll say, "You seem like a normal, rational, intelligent human being. How did this happen to you?"... It's what we do every time we come into a religion. We take on their beliefs as truth. You will do...
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Closing song written and performed by _Cabot Budlong_ former member for 20 years. Abused, still surviving... See more »

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References Earthquake (1974) See more »

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It's So Easy!
Written by Buddy Holly & Norman Petty
Performed by The Buddhafield
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Pretty weird stuff....
12 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Holy Hell" is a documentary about a very small cult led by a man named Michel. The man who made the film happened to be the videographer for the group...and so he had a huge cache of footage that he could use to make this film. It's his personal journey as well as a history of the group during the years when he was a member.

Using hypnotic techniques and a charming personality, Michel amassed a group of about 200 followers. However, over time, it became obvious that Michel was not quite the man he said he was and ultimately many within the group left...disillusioned and angry. I could say more but don't want to spoil the film.

While this is a small cult, it is unusual because of all the video footage and that makes for a very compelling and interesting film. It's currently available streaming from Netflix and is well made and worth your time.

UPDATE: I watched the film again. This time I found I got a bit more out of it and am updating my score to 9, as it's a GREAT general film about cults and would be great for families or friends struggling with losing people to these groups.


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Release Date:

27 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kulten fra Californien See more »

Filming Locations:

Oahu, Hawaii, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,238, 29 May 2016

Gross USA:

$18,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,051
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