Indican Pictures announced this past week that writer/director Ryan LaPlante’s totally insane, hilarious, offensive and very inappropriate grindhouse bloodbath, Holy Hell!, will be making its DVD debut on Dec. 25.
This genre gem — produced on a micro budget by LaPlante’s Rogues Gallery Productions — worked the festival circuit for two solid years beginning in the summer of 2015, wracking up Best Picture laurels at such venues as the Action on Film International Film Festival (AOF), Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, the FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival and more.
Reviews were terrific, festival fans raved about Holy Hell!, but at some point the film had to find a wider audience … enter Indican Pictures. They took the film out on a very limited theatrical break in July in order to generated additional buzz! And now the DVD release that genre fans have been waiting for is “gift wrapped” for Christmas!
For the record, the ARR works out to 158 days.
Father Augustus Bane (played by LaPlante — a professional “voice talent” by trade with such credits as Jerry and the Raiders, Odd Squad, Extreme Babysitting, etc.) is a bottom-of-the-barrel preacher who ministers those way, way, way down on their luck. It is during one of these home intervention sessions with the Bonner family — it seems that the daughter, Amy Bonner (Alysa King — Berkshire County (aka: Tormented), Dead Rivalry, Lady Psycho Killer), is drinking too much, swearing too much and flaunting her “assets” for all to see — that the evil MacFarlane clan elects to stage an ultra-violent home “intervention” of their own and torture and then murder everyone in the place.
Now that would be the end of the film, but thankfully Father Bane survived the carnage as did, as luck would have it, one of his parishioners. This would be the alluring Amy, the young woman who drinks too much, swears too much and is whacked-out sexually.
It’s a hell of team, a trigger-happy preacher and the only surviving family member of the Bonner massacre, Amy. Together, they set out to bring the MacFarlanes — lead by Dokes (Michael Rawley) and ably assisted by his demented children, “Sissy” (Shane Patrick McClurg), the blood-sucking Trisha (Rachel Ann Little) and Buddy (Reece Presley) — to divine justice!
Once the retribution begins — a faith-based pistol as Bane’s messenger of vengeance — and Dokes learns that two of his beloved children have been dispatch by the good preacher all bets are off! El Diablo (Austin Schaefer), a killer even crazier than Dokes and his clan, is summoned to rid the world of Father Bane and his only disciple, Amy.
It is all out war; a bloodbath of epic proportions! Does good prevail? Christmas Day and the DVD debut of Holy Hell! holds the answer for those summoned to the call of Father Bane!