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Hellscreen (2016)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 31 October 2016 (USA)
When an art student is commissioned to create a visage of Hell for a local church he becomes obsessed with the project, using students as unwilling inspiration for his painting.


Nicholas Van Buren


Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (short story "Jigokuhen"), Nicholas Van Buren (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Will Hamilton Will Hamilton ... Adam
Benjamin Ludiker Benjamin Ludiker ... Gabe
Mariah Lee Squires Mariah Lee Squires ... Christine
Chip Wood Chip Wood ... Pastor Ben
Addison Williams Addison Williams ... The Phantom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Casey Nicole Caplin Casey Nicole Caplin ... Hipster Girl
Tomas Correa Tomas Correa ... Tomas
Jack Delap Jack Delap ... Professor Delap
Sara Falaro Sara Falaro ... Sara
Tasha Newell Tasha Newell ... Tasha
Alexandra Paige Ransier Alexandra Paige Ransier ... Alex
Jason Salazar Jason Salazar ... Josh
Matthew Sythandone Matthew Sythandone ... Surprised Student
Adrianna Taffel Adrianna Taffel ... Scoffing Student
Patrick Tolden Patrick Tolden ... Classroom Student


Adapted from the short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this modern horror story takes place in Seattle where an Art student at Cornish College of the Arts named Adam is commissioned by a local church to create a mural of Hell. The mural takes its toll on Adam and he begins to obsess over it, spending long periods of time staring into the blank canvas. Tormented by inner and outer demons he resorts to abducting students with the help of an accomplice named Gabe. Together they devise a system of kidnapping students, torturing them to capture the true essence of agony and fear. Written by Nicholas Van Buren

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Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

31 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA


Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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Color (HD)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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All of the victims play themselves in the film. As the first audiences are from Cornish many recognize these individuals giving an extra layer of unease to the first screenings. See more »

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The definition of mediocrity
19 October 2017 | by r-58833See all my reviews

This film made me want to stop watching movies. During the opening sequence I thought; "alright, this could be cool" I was immediately proved wrong the instant any actual footage was shown as the title sequence was a series of paintings done by actual artists. Also the actors actually age backwards. As the lead somehow magically grew green hair and reversed an obvious haircut. Essentially if this film was pitched to any production studio, the meeting would essentially go like this; "I shot a ten minute short that was decent, but I wanted to make it 56 minutes so I recorded myself shitting into a bucket and pouring it on my head." I don't know what is more horrifying, the film itself, or the fact that this is what film school produces nowadays.

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