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      Bingo Hell

      2021 1 hr. 25 min. Horror Comedy List
      66% 38 Reviews Tomatometer 29% 50+ Ratings Audience Score When a sinister figure threatens the residents of a low-income community, a feisty senior citizen tries to stop him in Bingo Hell, a wickedly original horror movie with a fiendishly funny twist. After 60-something neighborhood activist Lupita (Adriana Barraza) discovers that her beloved local bingo hall has been taken over by a mysterious businessman named Mr. Big (Richard Brake), she rallies her elderly friends to fight back against the enigmatic entrepreneur. But when her longtime neighbors begin turning up dead under grisly circumstances, Lupita suddenly discovers that gentrification is the least of her problems. Something terrifying has made itself at home in the quiet barrio of Oak Springs, and with each new cry of "Bingo!" another victim falls prey to its diabolical presence. As the cash prizes increase and the body count steadily rises, Lupita must face the frightening realization that this game is truly winner-takes-all. Read More Read Less

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      Critics Consensus

      Although its card is far from full, Bingo Hell delivers moderately effective socially conscious horror while suggesting greater things for director Gigi Saul Guerrero.

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      Jeff M When you scroll through the title on your streaming service of choice and a title like BINGO HELL pops up, well, you don't ask any questions. You just grab the popcorn, shut off the phone and start the show. Unfortunately this movie is neither scary enough to be a good horror movie nor cheesy enough to be a good satire of horror movies. It's also not bad enough to be a guilty pleasure. Despite a game performance by Oscar nominee Barraza, who seems to be channeling the feisty spirit of Rita Moreno throughout, there isn't much to recommend here beyond the initial promising concept. The first three-quarters is actually borderline boring with very little going on - lots of exposition but not a lot of pay off. With the exception of Barraza, the other performances aren't particularly strong although Brake's villainous Mr. Big made me think of Julian Beck's Kane in POLTERGEIST II from time to time. Only the ending embraces the absurdity of what's going on although it's arguably way too over the top and jarring compared to what's come before it. In the end, there's nothing scarier here than what you would find in a normal bingo hall. But it's nice to see so many senior citizens finding roles. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Gustavo R A dying community is suffering from both old age, low income and gentrification. That's when the bingo hall gets taken over by an evil man. Not if bad ass abuelita Adriana Barraza has something to say about it. Cool horror comedy movie from Blumhouse productions. Didn't get a lot of love from rotten tomatoes but I found it entertaining 🍿🍿🍿🍿/5 on Prime Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Steve D A film with this premise should have been some fun. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/09/23 Full Review Audience Member gosh; i've attempted to watch this one twice & both times i eventually stopped watching it altogether - whether it was boredom or dislike, it's hard to tell. i really like the premise & there's a few gnarly scenes worth watching, but overall i just didn't care. i actually have no idea how it ends, so maybe it got better. wasn't for me. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member 1 out of 5 stars. Bingo Hell is one horror comedy film that is about a stereotypical elderly who complains about everything and hate that her small town is changing with new faces and being modern. When her old bingo hall gets bought out by a shady guy and modernizes bingo with a cache for the winners. These get bloody when body counts rises and she is trying to figure it out. The humor is dumb. The script and direction is annoying and stupid. It lacks the thrills and scares. Gives more gross deaths than thrills. The acting is forgettable and annoying. The cast is tedious. Its one forgettable film. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/27/22 Full Review adam n A heartfelt horror/comedy with a great balance of gruesomeness and character connection. The residents of a small, impoverished, American town are struggling to remember who they once were in a community who has forgotten its true identity. Seduced by a nefarious newcomer, this Faustian story will test the moral fibre of this tribe presenting them with a fight for the very soul of their town. This struck a note of sincerity based on the authenticity of the well developed characters and the exploration of the every day problems of the real people in America. This has all the ingredients to be a cult horror B-grade classic. A simple yet effectively executed message about people being tested and self-discovery in a light hearted comedy/horror context. Fun yet significant. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Alexandra Heller-Nicholas AWFJ.org Gigi Saul Guerrero makes smart, emotionally intelligent horror films that are simultaneously a lot of fun; in Bingo Hell, she lets you have your popcorn thrills without sacrificing her desire to really say something. Oct 12, 2021 Full Review Katie Rife AV Club A sometimes clunky but always bold blend of social satire and delirious style. Rated: B- Oct 9, 2021 Full Review Nick Allen RogerEbert.com There's far too little to fear, or think about. Rated: 2/4 Oct 1, 2021 Full Review Jordy Sirkin Jordy Reviews It The film brings more humor and wackiness to the Blumhouse anthology, unlike previous installments. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some disturbingly fun gags along the way. Feb 22, 2023 Full Review Laura Hiros Rincón de cine A surprise to see Barraza enjoy this role so much, and for you the opportunity of healthy and spooky entertainment. “[Full Review in Spanish]” Rated: 3/5 Aug 31, 2022 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies It’s hard to let some of the nagging issues slide, but it does have some alluring traits and clever filmmaking touches that show why Guerrero is considered by many to be a young talent to keep your eye on. Rated: 2.5/5 Aug 17, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When a sinister figure threatens the residents of a low-income community, a feisty senior citizen tries to stop him in Bingo Hell, a wickedly original horror movie with a fiendishly funny twist. After 60-something neighborhood activist Lupita (Adriana Barraza) discovers that her beloved local bingo hall has been taken over by a mysterious businessman named Mr. Big (Richard Brake), she rallies her elderly friends to fight back against the enigmatic entrepreneur. But when her longtime neighbors begin turning up dead under grisly circumstances, Lupita suddenly discovers that gentrification is the least of her problems. Something terrifying has made itself at home in the quiet barrio of Oak Springs, and with each new cry of "Bingo!" another victim falls prey to its diabolical presence. As the cash prizes increase and the body count steadily rises, Lupita must face the frightening realization that this game is truly winner-takes-all.
      Director
      Gigi Saul Guerrero
      Executive Producer
      Jason Blum, Lisa Bruce, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Raynor Shimabukuro, Raynor Shima, Lauren Downey
      Screenwriter
      Shane McKenzie, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Perry Blackshear
      Production Co
      Amazon Studios, LuchaGore Production, Blumhouse Television
      Genre
      Horror, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 1, 2021
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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