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The Burning Hell (1974)

 |  Documentary, Horror  |  1974 (USA)
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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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20,000 degrees fahrenheit and not a drop of water





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Followed by The Believer's Heaven (1977) See more »

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It was hell, all right.
10 October 2005 | by (down south) – See all my reviews

I can only assume Ron Ormond made these religious films at the end of his career to atone for all the horrid B-flicks he inflicted upon moviegoers in the '50s. That is understandable. "The Burning Hell" was exhibited mainly in southern Protestant churches, Sunday schools and Christian schools - who then plastered every storefront in town with placards advertising the film ("20,000 Degrees Fahrenheit - and Not a Drop of Water!" One wonders how they came up with that measurement). It was in a "Christian school" that I was subjected to this cinematic Hades, in glorious 16mm. The reaction from our 11th grade class was anything but reverent. There was much for us to titter and chuckle over as we were shushed by the Bob Jones-alumni faculty. The Southern-accented Moses with the fake beard ("Y'all let mah people go")

  • the pasty-white desert dwellers - - the idiot teen bouncing around on

the seat of his motorcycle before crashing it, literally losing his head, and plunging into HAYull - and the silly Satan whose face was painted like the Partridge Family's bus (the tricycle-riding Tom Waits in the "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" video was a more plausible devil) - we couldn't take this seriously at all, despite the teachers acting like this catchpenny film was as much Holy Writ as the leather-bound Bibles they clutched. I'm not about to enter into a theological discussion - I will only say that with the amateur histrionics, Estus Pirkle's incessant preaching, and Ormond's inept-as-ever direction, those who view this film may well enter heaven, for they've already been through "The Burning Hell."

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