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Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 27 May 2016 (USA)
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An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Amy Allen ... Herself
Cristala Allen ... Herself
Gina Allen ... Herself
... Himself (as William Francesco Allen)
Jennifer Baca ... Herself
Alessandra Burenin ... Herself
Vera Cheiffo ... Herself
... Himself
Phillipe Coquet ... Himself
Radhia Gleis ... Herself
Julian Goldstein ... Himself
Michel Gomez ... Himself
Greg Gorey ... Himself
Murti Hower ... Himself
Chris Johnston ... Himself
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An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,730, 3 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,905, 5 June 2016
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At the very beginning of the documentary, as Will Allen narrates about his younger life and wanting to know all things spiritual, a stack of books is shown. The book on top is titled "A Handbook of Concepts for Living" and it was published in 1981, by Campus Crusade for Christ International, an evangelical Christian ministry. See more »

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Chris Johnston: There's this social interplay that happens between highly codependent people and pathological narcissists. Who is going to give a person who needs constant adoration and attention, who is going to give that to them, ceaselessly? Somebody who relies on him as the source of their self-esteem. And they'll say, "You seem like a normal, rational, intelligent human being. How did this happen to you?"... It's what we do every time we come into a religion. We take on their beliefs as truth. You will do...
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Closing song written and performed by _Cabot Budlong_ former member for 20 years. Abused, still surviving... See more »

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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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It's So Easy!
Written by Buddy Holly & Norman Petty
Performed by The Buddhafield
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Thank you
12 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

This movie of the beginning of something beautiful that turns in to something ugly, personifies so many cults, how they come to be, and how hard it is to try to free yourself from all that you've been taught.

I want to say thank you, so much thank you, to Will Allen, and all the wonderful people who are in this film, for showing your hearts and souls and what you've been through.

I cried throughout the film, and in the end I was bawling my heart out.

Having been interested in cults and also having a short (a year only) stint in one myself, I've read so many books, and watched so many documentaries and movies and clips of ex-cult-members, this one was truly the best.

To all of you, thank you from the depths of my heart.

Marianne


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