Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'N' Roll

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Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'N' Roll
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Directed by
  • Erik Hollander
  • Eric Holmberg
Produced by
  • Erik Hollander
  • Eric Holmberg
Written by
  • Eric Holmberg
  • Mark Holmberg
  • Steve Isaac
  • W. Roy McIndoes
  • Robert Waliszewski
Cinematography Erik Hollander
Edited by
  • Erik Hollander
  • James Gelet
  • Angela Potthoff
Production
company
American Portrait Films
Distributed by Art of The Covenant (1989, USA, VHS)
Release date
Running time
185 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'N' Roll is a 1989 Christian documentary film produced and directed by Eric Holmberg, founder of Reel to Real Ministries and The Apologetics Group. Holmberg also produced and directed its sequel, Hell's Bells 2 - The Power and Spirit of Popular Music (2004).[1]

Overview[edit]

The film examines the relationship of rock music to sex, violence, suicide, drug use, rebellion, miscegenation, the occult, and other activities considered immoral by biblical theology.[2] The film portrays various lyrics and visual imagery in rock music and rock stars as evidence that it is satanic or anti-Christian. It also alleges that perceived hidden messages and satanic backmasking exist in several examples of popular songs and music culture. The music in the documentary is music produced prior to the 1990s.

Reception[edit]

Christian Film Guide referred to the film as a "classic documentary on rock music and its roots and influences." [3] Pitchfork Media also reviewed the film, saying that they did see where the film had aged since it was filmed and had multiple factual errors, but that it also "introduced thousands of viewers to Venom, Mercyful Fate, and Diamanda Galas--artists your standard youth group would never have heard otherwise."[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. "For Whom Hell's Bells Toll". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Kotarba, Joseph A (2013). Baby Boomer Rock 'n' Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 51. ISBN 0810884836. 
  3. ^ staff. "Hell’s Bells: The Dangers of Rock N’ Roll (1989)". Christian Film Guide. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. "For Whom Hell's Bells Toll". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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