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The Burning Hell (1974)

Pastor Estus W. Pirkle preaches about hell, where all non-Christians will suffer eternal torment. He's also visited by two self-professed "Christians" who don't believe in hell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Robbins ...
The Rich Man
Tim Ormond ...
The Wayward Christian
Robert G. Lee ...
Himself (as Dr R.G. Lee)
Jack Hyles ...
Himself (Guest Preacher) (as Dr Jack Hyles)
Bob Gray ...
Himself (Guest Preacher) (as Dr Bob Gray)
Terence Hendricks ...
Lazarus (as Clarence Hendricks)
Don Green ...
Carl Lackey ...
Vaughn Denton ...
Mike Fine ...
Earl Farley ...
Billy Kent ...
Buddy Mullinax ...
Maurice Banks ...
The Killer
Viola Walden


Pastor Estus W. Pirkle preaches about hell, where all non-Christians will suffer eternal torment. He's also visited by two self-professed "Christians" who don't believe in hell.

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This film was mainly shown in churches and religious schools using 16mm prints. During the initial distribution period, the areas where the film was booked would be saturated with advertising. Word-of-mouth usually limited the engagements to no more than one or two showings. See more »


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Who Would Want to Worship This Thing?
9 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Burning Hell is another evangelical laughfest courtesy of Rev. Estus Pirkle and the Ormand family. Having warned the movie going public of communism in their previous outing, they now set out to illustrate the dangers of hell and damnation. Once again mixing badly acted vignettes with scenes of Rev. Pirkle preaching to his congregation, The Burning Hell is just as much of a camp classic as If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horsemen Do.

The film depicts damnation by means of biblical stories and a case study of two liberal Christian bikers, one of whom dies in an accident. Between depictions of people burning in hell, Pirkle expounds on horrible it is to burn in hell, focusing on such edifying themes as the temperature in hell, the presence of worms, and which biblical figures we can expect to meet in hell. Rather than filling us with fear of the Lord, however, the film ultimately produces questions such as "Why does Moses have a southern accent?" and "Who would want to worship something as sadistic as the god Pirkle depicts?"

The depictions of hell are ham-handed and at times downright bizarre. Satan, for example, comes across as a psychedelic version of the Riddler, while the dialogue of the damned is just stilted. A prison guard who thinks everyone is John the Baptist is a particular highlight. An ending which suggests it may all have been a dream lends a particularly corny aspect to the film. Another highlight is the scene where Rev. Pirkle, using a board with numbers on it, confuses a million with a billion.

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