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Holy Hell (2016) Poster

(2016)

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Director Will Allen joined the cult when he was 22, after he was forced to leave home when his mother discovered he was gay.
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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.
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At the very beginning of the documentary, as Will Allen narrates about his younger life and wanting to know all things spiritual, a stack of books is shown. The book on top is titled "A Handbook of Concepts for Living" and it was published in 1981, by Campus Crusade for Christ International, an evangelical Christian ministry.
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The footage of Michel (but by then calling himself Reyji) with his new followers in a Hawaiian beach towards the end of the documentary, was captured by cinematographer Polly Morgan. She accomplished this by hiding in bushes and described it as the single greatest challenge in shooting the documentary.
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