Bingo Hell Movie
Bingo Hell is a horror-thriller film directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero in 2021, based on a script she co-wrote with Shane McKenzie and Perry Blackshear. The film is the fifth part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse film series, which is an anthology of short stories. Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, and Joshua Caleb Johnson star in the film.
Bingo Hell Release Date
On September 24, 2021, the film premiered at Fantastic Fest. Amazon Studios released the film in the United States on October 1, 2021.
Bingo Hell Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
Adriana Barraza stars as Lupita, a longtime resident of the small town of Oak Springs who enters the movie nosey, stubborn, and a little aggressive, in the hollow satire “Bingo Hell,” which kicks off this year’s quartet of Amazon Prime Video original films under the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” banner. When a hipster coffee shop opens in her area, bringing with it a slew of young people and their Free Little Library boxes, she runs across one of the newcomers (director Gigi Saul Guerrero, in a cameo) who spills coffee all over them, delivering a message.
Lupita refuses to move since her area is being gentrified. She’s a fiery antihero deserving of a great adventure, but “Bingo Hell” merely encases her in a laborious metaphor about earning big money that rapidly loses its wicked wonder. Lupita is refusing to leave because her area is being gentrified. She’s a fiery antihero fit for a great adventure, but “Bingo Hell” merely encases her in a laborious metaphor about earning big money that rapidly loses its wicked wonder.
But the bingo hall is soon purchased and remodeled by Mr. Big (Richard Brake), a sleazy, untrustworthy figure who offers cash rewards significantly greater than in previous days and has furnished the inside of the bingo hall like a goth carnival with a spectacular light display. He’s got a slew of cynical, Faustian deals to collect on, waiting to devour the souls of the victors. “Bingo Hell” follows Lupita as she realizes the wickedness behind this new glitzy venture and tries to persuade her companions to look past the allure of rapid cash.
This is an intriguing premise told by a director who, as in her previous and highly recommended film “Into the Dark: Culture Shock,” has done a good job with the idea of American fantasy curdling into its horrible reality. However, there aren’t enough provocative scenes in this satire (which Guerrero co-wrote with Perry Blackshear and Shane McKenzie) to hold your attention. Although its fundamental concept puts a monster face on a mentality that does drive American ideas of self-worth from the largest city to a community like Oak Springs, there are no great surprises or scares.
Guerrero tries to keep the movie active with a few stylized set-pieces to give the impression that something is happening in the second act’s empty lot. It’s all about dynamic lighting schemes and ludicrous sound effects once it enters the horrific fantasy—characters are thrown in circus-like dreams, and the green slime emanating from hundred-dollar bills sounds unusually squishy, a direct throwback to Larry Clark’s comparable satire “The Stuff.” Even when the plot isn’t trying to scare you, it has a cartoonish edge to it, with quick-cut energy and other clues.
It gives off a bustling, goofy vibe, but it doesn’t get any traction. The goofiness conflicts with the film’s less self-aware cheesiness, particularly a subplot about a troubled kid named Caleb (Joshua Caleb Johnson) whose mother and grandmother are entranced by the bingo game. “Bingo Hell” tries to make an intriguing point about its major theme; all it can muster is a depiction of people’s desperation and entities like Mr. Big’s desire to take advantage of it. Even with Brake’s gummy smile’s poetic, terrible grin, feasting on the aspirations of lovable people confused by materialism, there’s simply too little to fear or consider.
Bingo Hell Cast
- Adriana Barraza as Lupita
- L. Scott Caldwell as Dolores
- Richard Brake as Mr. Big
- Joshua Caleb Johnson as Caleb
- Clayton Landey as Morris
- Jonathan Medina as Eric
- Bertila Damas as Yolanda
- Grover Coulson as Clarence
- Kelly Murtagh as Raquel
- David Jensen as Mario
Bingo Hell Wiki
- Release date: 24, September 2021
- Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero
- Producers: Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, and Raynor Shima
- Production companies: Blumhouse television, Luchagore Production
- Distributer company: Amazon Studios
- Actors: Adrianna Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Joshua Caleb Johnson