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Back from Hell (1993)

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A priest visits an old friend, who has gone to Hollywood to become a movie star. He finds out that his friend has sold his soul to Satan for stardom and now regrets it. The priest ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Larry DuBois ...
Shawn Scarbrough ...
Father Aaron
Don Ruem ...
Evil Cop / Satan
Chris Heikka ...
Cop shot in head
Matt Hundley ...
Azzagras, High Priest of Satan
Matt Jaissle ...
Maniac with axe
William Jaissle ...
Bearded Zombie


A priest visits an old friend, who has gone to Hollywood to become a movie star. He finds out that his friend has sold his soul to Satan for stardom and now regrets it. The priest determines to help his friend fight the devil and regain his soul. Written by

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This is the Film To Be Played In Hell for All Eternity
5 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must admit that I have seen some bad films in my time (i.e. Manos: Hands of Fate, Werewolf, Zombie Lake, etc.) and am admittedly attracted to such horrid films. (Guess that's what I get for being a MSTie) However, "Back From Hell" has got to be one of the worst attempts at a horror film that I have ever seen. This film has got to be the one that will be playing nightly in Hell for all eternity because it contains all the makings of a bad film (from the cut and paste editing to the garbled, incomprehensible dialog.. you name it and "Back From Hell" has it).

The film starts off with Aaron (Shawn Scarbrough) driving to hear the private confession of long time friend Jack (Larry Dubois) who has sold his soul to the devil to be famous. Jack has fallen afoul of his pact and now the devil has cursed him so that anyone who looks into his eyes tries to kill him. Aaron has trouble believing this at first but then two cops show up for no reason whatsoever and are quickly killed after trying to kill Shawn. Afterwards Satan is summoned to tell Aaron about his plan for world dominance and thus the two wander off aimlessly to save the world. Basically they just drive around doing nothing and end up in the middle of nowhere fighting devil worshipers. The ending isn't that bad considering the rest of the film but it does little to help save the film from its putridity.

I will say that upon seeing this film at Blockbuster for the first time I was interested. I mean, how could you go wrong with a good old movie about Satan returning to power and using dead corpses and other malicious people to do his bidding? Well.. from the very beginning "Back From Hell" just went down the drain and straight back to Hell. To start off with, I could NOT understand a word uttered by Jack or Aaron. I had to turn my volume up to the max just to get the gist of what they're saying - not that there was any noteworthy dialog to hear anyway. Oddly enough, I think there actually was a script at some point during the making of this film but from what I saw it almost seemed as it had been lost or simply destroyed since the actors seemed to be making lines up as they went because there would be awkward intervals in between conversations indicating that they were either reading their lines or that they had forgotten them. Jack especially seemed to give the impression of an incompetent with a fly buzzing around his head. In short, because of the terrible audio and total void of emotion or effort given to any of their lines, this film failed to move me in any way other than out of the room about halfway through.

Aside from that there was the horribly fake gore. I mean.. it was god awful. Usually a bit of gore here and there will save a film but in this case it was so laughably fake that I could not believe my eyes. Nearly every time there was blood and guts the film would show someone's face getting soaked with fake blood that looked to come out of a water gun. In fact I remember a notable scene towards the end when Jack cut someone then sat there with his eyes closed as he got soaked with the blood. It was literally almost as if he was waiting on someone outside the shot to squirt him with it. I mean, for God's sake people don't even fake the punches convincingly!! Needless to say, the film's overuse of scare tactics through gore ultimately cost them as it because all the more obvious throughout the film how fake it all was.

All in all, Back From Hell is not worth your time nor money as you will hate yourself for ever having watched it. Your ears will bleed from straining to hear it. Your eyes will be blurred with tears as you realize that the film drags on forever. Your jaw will drop to the ground in disbelief at the terribly fake skirmishes. This film will ultimately achieve its purpose in the end as it puts you through Hell worse than any other film known to man. So, just be forewarned that if you do choose to watch it, please have a masochistic streak or otherwise you will suffer through hell just like everyone else has that has unfortunately had to endure this piece of garbage.

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