Watch: Official Trailer for Inside Look at a Cult Documentary 'Holy Hell'

April 26, 2016
Source: YouTube

Holy Hell

"We wanted something different…" Are you ready for this? FilmRise Releasing has debuted the first trailer for a documentary called Holy Hell, from director Will Allen, profiling twenty years inside a religious cult called The Buddhafield. The doc premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year to much acclaim as it truly does include over twenty years of footage, since Allen joined the cult fresh out of school and became their official videographer. I saw the doc at Sundance and it's one of the most definitive inside looks at how a cult works, featuring interviews with many ex-members and so much remarkable footage. If you're at all curious, or intrigued, or baffled by any of this, I highly recommend catching this doc when it open this May.

Here's the first official trailer for Will Allen's doc Holy Hell, direct from FilmRise's YouTube:

In 1985, Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual group. A recent film school graduate, Allen began to chronicle the group’s activities that centered on their leader, a mysterious individual they called The Teacher, or Michel. Over time, the group's dark side began to surface, until finally, a shocking allegation against The Teacher tore the group apart – all in front of Allen's camera… Now, for the first time since he left the group, Allen turns the camera on himself and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past and the unbelievable deceit they experienced. Holy Hell is directed by filmmaker Will Allen, who remained anonymous while producing this doc. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. FilmRise will release Holy Hell in theaters starting on May 27th. So?

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  • Americans do cults so well. Having known some folk who've joined various religious jokes over the years, there has to be some real emptiness in thereto get sucked into that insanity, so I always find the documentaries quite fascinating.
  • cuckoozey
    Certainly looks interesting...glad the trailer didn't give away too much.
  • Powerfully interesting subject. Astounding filmmaking. I'm in.
  • shiboleth
    Religion is a strange thing. Real zombie of history. But it shows one obvious and hardly realizable thing: its future depends on loosing any concept, idea or believe in some divine creature. Which this trailer, as many other things, clearly states ...
    After GOING CLEAR...I can pass on seeing any more of these types.




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