Hellgate (2011)

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A western businessman, his Thai wife and son experience a horrible accident while visiting Bangkok. In the aftermath, they find there is a shadow world between life and death where endless darkness lies.



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Credited cast:
Warren Mills
Jeff Mathews
Choi Luang
Som Mathews
Nori Satô ...
Ghost in the Hallway (as Nora)
Viyada Umarin ...
Mae Noi
Weeratham Wichairaksakul ...
Rangsan Nitava
Chanin Goldsmith ...
Kyle Matthews
Byron Bishop ...
Dr. Anand
Patrick Frost ...
Dead Soldier
Tavikan Muchman ...
Burned Woman
Watcharapon Kammanid ...
Amused Boy
John Henbest ...
Ajaan Sao (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mae Noi (voice)


The American Jeff Mathews returns to Bangkok with his beloved wife Kyle Matthews and son Som Mathews to visit Kyle's parents. Jeff is a businessman that met Kyle in a business trip and married her. Jeff stops the car in a red light and a pickup crashes his car. Five weeks later, Jeff awakes from the coma and learns that Kyle and Som died in the accident. The nurse Choi Luang treats Jeff carefully but instead of recovering, he has dreadful visions and nightmares with ghosts and demons.. Choi takes Jeff to the aunt of her cousin Mae Noi and she explains that he is experiencing the World of Shadows, where people suffer their last moments over and over in the darkness. Soon Jeff learns that his connection with the World of Shadows is very strong and Maw Noi tells that they need help. They go to the house of Warren Mills and Jeff learns that his soul is trapped in the World of Shadows, and he need to go there to bring his soul back and be one again. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fear lies in the darkness.


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Release Date:

5 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Sombras  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Best horror film at festival Fantasy Horror Award 2011 (Italy). See more »


During the accident in the beginning of the movie, the SUV that hits Jeff's family's car is a Jeep Cherokee. When the camera pulls out it is some other type of SUV. See more »

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incredibly boring
6 March 2015 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I ask myself how on earth did William Hurt get involved in this movie. It has do be one of the worst movies (in general, not just horror) I've seen. I decided to write a review because I was mislead (into watching it) by what I read here.

So the plot tells the story of a man who survives a car accident and gains powers to see the realm of the dead. He will have to understand why this happened to him and what he has to do to get his normal life back.

The story is interesting enough and involves some Thai(?) legends and folklore I didn't know of, but that's about it. The effects were poor, the scary moments (reminescent of Asian horror, but just not half as good) completely failed their mission and (sorry) the poorly chosen cast ruined this movie for me.

I kept remembering Cary Elwes (the main character) in Liar Liar and his goofy, friendly (and a little chubby even) figure just didn't fit the purpose of a horror movie. The guy is just too friendly and happy-go- lucky, I couldn't feel he was in any REAL pain or distress, ever.

And William Hurt as a tattooed (OMG that looked so fake) old surfer? Didn't cut it for me.

The only character that still had a little credibility was Choi (played by the never seen before Ploy Jindachote), but even she had some sad dialogs that are totally not to blame on her, but on the script.

I really can't think of a reason for anyone to want to watch this movie, maybe the landscapes are kind of nice at times and the creatures are not all that badly created, but everything else falls apart in what was a wasted one and a half hour in my life ... Sorry... 3/10.

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