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In 1985, Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual group. A recent film school graduate, Allen began to chronicle the group's activities that centered on their leader, a mysterious individual they called The Teacher, or Michel. Over time, the group's dark side began to surface, until finally, a shocking allegation against The Teacher tore the group apart - all in front of Allen's camera. This incredible archive of video footage became the basis for "Holy Hell". Now, for the first time since he left the group, Allen turns the camera on himself and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past and the unbelievable deceit they experienced.

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Based on 11 Holy Hell reviews, Holy Hell gets an average review score of 66.
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variety.comDVD
As a longtime member of the Buddhafield cult, filmmaker Will Allen manages to capture the group's allure and eventual disillusionment from within.
133d ago
B+/A+
theplaylist.netVOD
While “Holy Hell” only offers answers about this particular group and the experiences of these individuals, it’s a riveting piece of work, a look into a tightly-controlled and p...
133d ago
B/A+
www.avclub.comDVD
With Holy Hell, a cult survivor shares 22 years of footage from the inside.
133d ago
80/100
www.villagevoice.comCinema
There's reason for skepticism when you hear that a new documentary plays like a thriller.
133d ago
70/100
www.thewrap.comVOD
Filmmaker Will Allen had unfettered access as a member of Los Angeles’ 1980s Buddhafield cult, but his documentary only scratches the surface.
133d ago
70/100
www.nytimes.comDVD
Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance.
133d ago
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