Synopsis: A 1930s dinner party descends into carnage, gore and demonic possession.
This is a slightly strange review for me to write because while I have an appreciation for most, if not all of what the film sets out to do, I can’t say that I enjoyed it very much. There are, absolutely some laugh-out-loud moments that landed very well, but unfortunately, I found the central premise wore thin very early on for me. However, I think that was related to how I watched the film, rather than the film itself as I really wanted to like it.
I don’t think there is anything wrong in acknowledging that some films are designed for certain atmospheres and outside of something like a late-night festival crowd some of the spark is lost. Here Comes Hell is an experience that would clearly be elevated by watching with an appreciative crowd, as opposed to watching alone removed from that context.
The film is undoubtedly an incredible achievement. Made for only £20,000 the choice to keep everything in black and white is an excellent decision. While the effects are good (and look mostly practical) taking the colour out means there is less opportunity to see exactly what has been done, leaving the final result all the more impressive.
The cast are clearly having a wonderful time with the material and the often deadpan delivery mixes well with the increasing chaos. Charlie Robb as the dinner party host Victor is a particular highlight for me. There is something great about watching a film where everyone is clearly on board with the final vision and it certainly feels cohesive.
My rating: 3/5 stars – ***/*****