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7 Movies Like Hellhole You Must See

October 27, 2022

Netflix Polish horror film Hellhole, originally titled Ostatnia Wieczerza, is about a police officer named Marek who, disguised as a monk, breaks into a remote monastery to investigate the disappearance of girls in the area. However, when he searches the sanatorium for possessed people, he uncovers dark secrets of the place and himself. Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski, the film is set in Poland in 1987 and is a great example of how classic themes can be used in a contemporary setting.

The film is unusual in its approach, eschewing the constant jump scares and telling a multi-layered story about the forces of good and evil. It’s fascinating to see how the narrative and setting are reminiscent of so many films in the genre, yet have a fresh take on the premise. If you love those kind of movies that show a sense of realism while presenting concepts like religious cults, we’ve rounded up a few movies for you. You can watch most of these movies similar to ‘Hellhole’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

7. The Ninth Gate (1999)

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Based on the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Ninth Gate is a neo-noir horror thriller directed by Roman Polanski. The film is about Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a rare book dealer who is hired by a mysterious person to find the last two copies of an ancient book that describes how to summon the devil. But as he embarks on this journey, he becomes involved in dark and paranormal circumstances.

The story portrays Dean Corso’s lack of belief in supernatural elements very well. Much like Marek in Hellhole, Dean does not believe in paranormal activity, but slowly begins to do so out of sheer fear. In addition, the two characters have a similar moral compass, so that the viewer root for them. Overall, both films portray the characters’ journey in a compelling way.

6. Sinister (2012)

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Directed by Scott Derrickson, Sinister is a film about crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) who moves his family into a home where horrific murders have taken place. He soon discovers a series of terrifying video clips, and things only get darker. The story was inspired by a nightmare co-writer C. Robert Cargill had after watching The Ring. Aside from the similarities between Ellison’s and Marek’s core personalities, both films share a semblance of obscurity while portraying evil forces. In both cases, the audience is left in the dark about what’s real and what’s not until the very end.

5. Angel Heart (1987)

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Angel Heart is a psychological thriller horror film based on the 1978 novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. The story revolves around Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) and a private investigator named Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke), who is hired by the former to track down a musician named Johnny Favorite. But things take a dark turn, and Harry realizes that by taking on this case he is putting himself in grave danger.

Although Marek is part of the militia in Hellhole and Harry is a private investigator, their duties are somewhat similar. In fact, their characters also have some similarities, including their naivety, their inability to see the big picture, and the consequences that result. These traits make men feel like outsiders, but things don’t necessarily go as expected. It is this inversion of expectations that surprises the viewer and enhances their experience.

4. The Wailing (2016)

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The Korean horror film The Wailing, originally titled Gokseong, is about police officer Jong-goo (Kwak Do-won) who investigates a mysterious outbreak of disease in the village after a Japanese stranger enters the village. The film mixes genres like mystery, zombie thriller and horror pretty seamlessly. Although The Wailing’s depiction of so-called evil apparitions is unusual, it shares some similarities with Hellhole. Both films have a brisk pacing that captivates the viewer from beginning to end.

3. The Exorcist (1973)

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Based on the 1971 novel and screenplay of the same name by author William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist is one of the cult classics of the horror genre. The film describes the unusual occurrences surrounding Regan (Linda Blair), who begins to behave strangely after playing with a Ouija board because a demonic being takes possession of her. The film is groundbreaking for its portrayal of concepts like demons, possession, exorcism and more.

We see a strong influence of the above tropes in Hellhole, but the story reverses the way they are portrayed and perceived by the characters in the film. For example, the exorcism scene directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski is very similar to that in The Exorcist. But later we learn the truth behind the seemingly supernatural ritual. Elements like these make the first film similar yet different from the second.

2. The Omen (1976)

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‘The Omen’ is another timeless film that laid the foundation for modern horror films like ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘Insidious.’ Written by David Seltzer, the story follows Robert who adopts an orphan after his wife suffers a stillbirth. But as the child grows older, strange events begin to occur, leading to a sneaky discovery. With Hellhole, director Bartosz M. Kowalski takes his hat off to Das Omen and its creators. Kowalski describes several sequences that are similar to those in The Omen, but adds his own twist to them.

1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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Roman Polanski’s Rosemary Baby is perhaps one of the early depictions of religious sects and occult practices. The film is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin and is about a couple who move into a new apartment. When the wife Rosemary becomes pregnant, she begins to have a presence around her feeling and having disturbing dreams. This leads her to believe that her neighbors may have sinister intentions about her baby.

Hellhole also seems to pay homage to this film, particularly with its portrayal of the religious sect calling itself the Brotherhood. It’s fascinating how similar the overarching themes of these films are, yet the stories are unique in their own way. The style and pacing of the narrative in both films immerse the viewer in the world they have created and never take their eyes off the screen for a second.