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It’ll test your tolerance of bad movies,
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This review is from: Hellgate [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I’d been meaning to see this movie for a while now but was always put off by the extremely negative reviews, it’s even currently rated as low as 2.8 on Imdb! But then I noticed Arrow were due to give it the Special Edition blu-ray treatment and I thought the film must have some redeeming qualities for them to bother. So I decided to pre-order and give this one a go hoping to be pleasantly surprised with a decent film... but I wasn’t. In fact I feel this was a real missed opportunity as the set-up of the story of a beautiful ghostly hitchiker seducing and luring drivers to their deaths was a strong enough premise to work with, but the whole thing descends into a hilariously bad wreck of a film! Acting, dialogue and attempts at humour were just embarrassing. The humour was funny for not being funny and therein lies the entertainment appeal. I watched on just to see how consistently awful things remained. Had the movie stuck with a more serious tone, eased up on the cheesiness and develop a better script a semi-decent film may have been born. That’s not to say the movie was totally without its merits. The actual ghost town of ’Hellgate’ was creepy and atmospherically created I felt, and there’s a bit of moderate gore and all the female cast bare some flesh on various occasions. So it has that sleaze appeal and the so-bad-it’s-good vibe going for it.
As for the picture quality of the blu-ray I found it pretty nice to look at, not exactly pristine, but very good. This dual format release is limited to only 1000 copies and as it’s the only blu-ray release of the film currently they may not be around for long. Though you may find very few reviews telling you to rush out and purchase this film, it’s a nice little collectors item that’s reasonably priced at the moment. But blind buyers beware!