Hell Hole (1978) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Cirio H. Santiago
Starring: Ingrid Geer, Carry Nicholes, Ken Metcalfe, Vic Ordonez
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Cheezy Flicks
Hell is on a island off the coast of the Philippines where women are captured from around the world and used for the sexual gratification of a group of assassins. Caged like animals! Sexually abused and brutally tortured… escape is their only hope! A terrifyingly gruesome and shocking film!
It is woman in prison time! This is a little movie by the name of Hell Hole, a movie that I have heard a lot of folks talk about over the years. Cheezy Flicks gives us this one, which means it is a budget release. The movie actually comes in a widescreen release, but it doesn’t look good overall. It looks about how a VHS would look if you plugged your VCR up to your HDTV and had it stretch to fit the screen (Mine does that). The film on the other hand wasn’t really something I’d say that I was too crazy about. I’ve seen a million women in prison or at least captured movies and I don’t think I saw a thing in this one that probably isn’t done better in some other woman in prison movie. The movie is also really slow, which is a shame. The film runs over and hour and forty minutes, which I think a nice cutting here and there wouldn’t have hurt things one bit and maybe made things a bit more enjoyable overall. There is a few memorable characters here and there, but I’m not sure it was enough overall to really help Hell Hole overall. There’s some down and dirty stuff and there is some cat fighting, but still, what does it have we haven’t already seen a million times over by now?
I guess Hell Hole is hurt a lot by being so dated. Maybe when it first hit it had more of shocking appeal to it than it has now? It comes across as one of those films you’d at one time have seen in a theater with sticky floors, while you had to stay away from the creepy guy setting in the corner, probably doing questionable things to himself inside his Columbo coat. There does seem to be some confusion over which Hell Hole this is. Apparently a 1985 movie called Hell Hole has the same cover? This is the 1978 Hell Hole (or Hellhole). I don’t know about all the cover stuff, but I do know that there isn’t a whole lot to see here at the end of the day. Maybe it is because I’ve seen soo many of these types of films before and I’m numbed to the concept, but it didn’t do a lot for me. Still, there is a few moments here and there, but that seems to be about it overall for Hell Hole (the 1978 version).