Hell (2011 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Tim Fehlbaum
Produced by Gabriele Walther
Thomas Wöbke
Written by Tim Fehlbaum
Oliver Kahl
Thomas Woebke
Starring Hannah Herzsprung
Music by Lorenz Dangel
Cinematography Markus Förderer
Tim Fehlbaum
Edited by Andreas Menn
Caligari Film und Fernsehproduktions GmbH
Vega Film AG
SevenPictures Film
Release dates
  • 22 September 2011 (2011-09-22)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Hell is a 2011 German-Swiss post-apocalyptic film directed by Tim Fehlbaum in his directorial debut.[1][2]


The film tells the story of a group of survivors in post-apocalyptic Germany in the year 2016, when solar flares have destroyed the earth's atmosphere and temperatures have risen by 10°C. Marie, her little sister Leonie, and Phillip head for the mountains, where rumor has it that water can still be found.



Hell opened in September 2011 in Germany.[3] On 10 July 2012, it was released on video-on-demand, and on 21 August 2012, it was released on DVD.[4]


Jay Weissberg of Variety described it as "a tightly crafted post-apocalyptic survival tale that makes up in conviction what it lacks in originality."[5] Karsten Kastelan of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "And while this Swiss-German co-production's straightforward storytelling and white-knuckle suspense are commendable, its success will in large part depend on how much agony and human deceit audiences are willing to take."[6] Paul Mount of Starburst rated it 7/10 stars and wrote that though it lacks originality, it is a "stark and powerful film".[7] Dan Geary of Total Film rated it 1/5 stars and criticized the cinematography.[8] Mike Ferraro of Bloody Disgusting rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "Hell does a great job of creating atmosphere and suspense. Sure, most of these things we have seen before, but the performances here really help guide it through the clichés in a captivating fashion."[9] Scott Weinberg of Fearnet wrote, "what Hell lacks in originality, it makes up for in gritty intensity, strong performances, and a visual presentation that’s both a workout for the eyeballs, but also strangely beautiful to look at."[10] Gerard Iribe rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it "a very decent picture" that should have had more science fiction elements.[11] David Johnson of DVD Verdict called it "slick and tense in moments" but ultimately too derivative.[12]


The film won the award for Best Film at Fantasporto.[13] At the German Academy Awards, it won the award for Best Film Music[14] and was nominated for Best Film.[15] At Sitges Film Festival, it won Best Cinematography and Special Mention.[16]


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 125. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ "Hell". berlinale. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  3. ^ Moore, Debi (2011-08-24). "Trailer for Tim Fehlbaum's Hell Now Has Subtitles". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  4. ^ Barton, Steve (2012-06-27). "New Trailer That's as Hot as Hell". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ Weissberg, Jay (2011-08-24). "Review: 'Hell'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ Kastelan, Karsten (2011-07-05). "Hell: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  7. ^ Mount, Paul (2012-07-27). "Blu-ray Review: HELL". Starburst. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  8. ^ Geary, Dan (2012-07-26). "Hell (2011)". Total Film. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  9. ^ Ferraro, Mike (2012-09-06). "Hell". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  10. ^ Weinberg, Scott (2012-08-20). "FEARnet Movie Review: 'Hell'". Fearnet. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  11. ^ Iribe, Gerard (2012-08-18). "Hell". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  12. ^ Johnson, David (2012-09-15). "Hell". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Fantasporto 2012 Awards". fantasporto. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  14. ^ Meza, Ed (2012-04-27). "‘Stopped on Track’ wins best pic at German awards". Variety. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  15. ^ Meza, Ed (2012-03-23). "Petzold’s ‘Barbara’ leads German Lola noms". Variety. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  16. ^ Brown, Todd (2011-10-15). "Complete Sitges Awards Announced". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 

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