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Hells Gate ( Umberto Lenzi, 1991 )

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Posted 12th May 2009 at 11:06 AM by Pete
Updated 16th June 2009 at 12:21 PM by Pete

A team of archeologists venture into some deep caves to look for their friend who has disappeared while trying to break the world isolation record. Once inside they stumble across an old crypt with a strange Latin inscription on the wall. It tells them that in 1291 seven monks were executed for heresy will rise from their graves 700 hundred years later and seek out and kill seven heretic's. Unfortunately for the group it is now 1991;exactly 700 hundred years later!! At first they are not worried as its the 90's and things are different than they were in 1291 but that doesn't matter to the monks ( lead by Franco regular Paul Muller ) who want to kill them anyway.

Hells Gate is another Italian made for tv horror and is just as dull and boring as the others. The script is weak, the cast are dull ( even the lovely Barbara Cupisti from Stagefight and Giacomo Rossi Stuart are poor ) the music is cheap and the special effects are ok ( one of the murders is clearly modeled on the axe murder from Friday the 13th ) but the worst thing of all is that Lenzi uses the exact same ending as the one in Nightmare City!!

Absolute Garbage AVIOD!!

The only dvd so far ( i think ) is the Dutch release from EC Entertainment ( that has a picture of a semi naked woman being menaced on the cover ! ). But its not a good one im afraid; It comes with a crappy video transfer in Italian with optional english sub's. The only extra is a Lenzi bio and filmography.
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    Philleh's Avatar
    Would you trade this old bean? I'm morbidly curious!

    And slightly masochistic! ha.
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    Posted 12th May 2009 at 11:55 AM by Philleh Philleh is offline
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    Pete's Avatar
    Sorry mate i'm keeping hold of my EC discs.
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    Posted 12th May 2009 at 12:01 PM by Pete Pete is offline
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    bizarre_eye@Cult Labs's Avatar
    I have to agree with you here loops, absolute garbage!

    I too have the EC disc and what gets me is that the cover art has nothing to do with the film... in fact it is probably better than the film!
    I also have (most) of the EC discs, plus am a bit of a Lenzi completist so would not part with it no matter how shite it is... an it IS!
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    Posted 13th May 2009 at 09:42 PM by bizarre_eye@Cult Labs bizarre_eye@Cult Labs is offline
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