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Gehenna: Where Death Lives - Film Review

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by Carisma (subscribe)
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Published December 4th 2016
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Gehenna: Where Death Lives is the latest film by Japanese writer, producer, and special effects make-up artist Hiroshi Katagiri. Set on the US-owned island of Saipan, the film tells the story of a real estate development company, as they search for a location for their new 5-star resort. As they tour beautiful beaches and grassy hillsides, they come across an old WWII bunker. Upon entering, each member of the group is forced to overcome their fears, and confront the shocking secrets of their past, culminating in an unexpected and climactic ending.

Gehenna Film
Image from Gehenna Film Gallery.

This film is different and unique, in that it doesn't have the fast-paced thrilling moments that other horror films have. Instead, it leaves subtle clues throughout the film, and only in the final moments is the true storyline revealed. The cast performances were amazing, and the different personality types of each character made for interesting personal interactions, as each character slowly realises that there can be fates worse than death.

Image by Gehenna Film Gallery.

While I quite liked this film, as it was more psychological thriller than horror, the only critique I would make is that there is not enough background history on the characters, meaning that the personal challenges they faced in the bunker did not always make sense immediately. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable film, which truly kept me guessing until the end. I'd recommend this film for any adult that likes films that are a combination of horror, thriller, and mystery. For screening times and more information, head to

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