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Hellgate (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 5 November 2011 (USA)
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.


John Penney


John Penney




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Warren Mills
Cary Elwes ... Jeff Mathews
Ploy Jindachote Ploy Jindachote ... Choi Luang
Paula Taylor Paula Taylor ... Som Mathews
Nori Satô Nori Satô ... Ghost in the Hallway (as Nora)
Viyada Umarin Viyada Umarin ... Mae Noi
Weeratham Wichairaksakul Weeratham Wichairaksakul ... Rangsan Nitava
Chanin Goldsmith Chanin Goldsmith ... Kyle Matthews
Byron Bishop Byron Bishop ... Dr. Anand
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ... Dead Soldier
Tavikan Muchman Tavikan Muchman ... Burned Woman
Watcharapon Kammanid Watcharapon Kammanid ... Amused Boy
Bharispol Dtangpaiboo Bharispol Dtangpaiboo ... Slashed Man
Supaporn Kongnok Supaporn Kongnok ... Housegirl #1
Runranok Poungmalee Runranok Poungmalee ... Housegirl #2


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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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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More an adventure tale than horror!
16 February 2013 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

The title is a little misleading since it would give the impression we have to do with a horror movie.And that is not the case. The original title Shadows makes much more sense.Shadows is more a science fiction with supernatural elements.Knowing this beforehand will save you some disappointment.Since overall Shadows is not scary.It does deal with ghosts and does have some creepy elements.But these are far from frightening.The acting by Cary Elwes and William Hurt is sufficient but it is obvious that Hurt is not giving his best.It's nice to see a USA/Thailand co production like this.I hope we will see more of this if only they would think of better plots that make much more use of the locale and the mysticism.This films is hard to recommend.It's a decent film.But that is all there is.There is nothing that really stands out that would make it worth your time.One to watch on a rainy Sunday.

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5 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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