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Nothing Can Prepare You for the Trailer to ‘Journey to Hell’

Christian movies suffer from many problems, but a major one is definitely funding. Even if you’ve got a solid script, a talented cast and an experienced crew, getting a movie together is an expensive project. That’s why most low budget films opt for something simple — quiet, homespun dramas that can be shot on minimal locations. And most low budget films are full of cowards. Because if you’re gonna make a movie, you’ve really gotta go for it. Who cares about the budget? Budgets are for wimps. People want spectacle, and that’s what you’ve gotta give ’em, whether or not you can afford it. That’s a lesson clearly understood by the people behind Journey to Hell. 

Don’t have a budget to fully recreate John Bunyan’s classic vision of the infernal kingdom ruled by Satan himself? No problem. Can’t CGI realistic demons to populate this sinister empire? Who cares. Need thousands of extras for a big crowd scene? We’ll figure it out in post. Need someone to play Hitler? Oh, uh. OK.

In all seriousness, Journey to Hell‘s problems start well before the line item budget. This sort of “scare the hell out of you” energy has been deployed by so-called hell houses and fire-n-brimstone preachers for decades, and you can ask the people who were traumatized by that energy just how effective it was for them. The public has an idea that “hell” is just a mean fairy tale Christians tell each other to scare others into church. A trailer like this only reinforces that notion.

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