Hellbound (film)

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Promotional film poster
Directed byAaron Norris
Produced byDean Raphael Ferrandini
Anthony Ridio
Written byIan Rabin & Anthony Ridio and Brent V. Friedman (Story)
Galen Thompson and Brent V. Friedman (Screenplay)
StarringChuck Norris
Calvin Levels
Christopher Neame
Sheree J. Wilson
David Robb
Music byGeorge S. Clinton
CinematographyJoão Fernandes
Edited byMichael J. Duthie
Peter S. Elliot
The Cannon Group
Cannon Films
Anthony Ridio Productions
Globus Pictures
Distributed byCannon Films
Motion Picture Company of Australia Limited
Warner Home Video
Release date
  • January 21, 1994 (1994-01-21)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hellbound is a 1994 supernatural thriller film starring Chuck Norris, Calvin Levels and Christopher Neame. It was directed by Aaron Norris and written by Ian Rabin, Anthony Ridio and Brent Friedman. It was the final film made by Cannon Films.


Frank Shatter (Chuck Norris) and Calvin Jackson (Calvin Levels) are two Chicago Police detectives sent to investigate the brutal murder of a rabbi. As the investigation begins, Shatter and Jackson are summoned to Israel for questioning. Upon arrival, they realize that they are, in fact, pursuing a supernatural being – Satan's emissary, Prosatanos – who tried to wrest control of the world from God during the crusades. Prosatanos, however, was stopped by King Richard who trapped him in a subterranean tomb. During this encounter with King Richard, the source of Prosatanos' power – his scepter – was shattered into nine pieces which were subsequently sent to nine holy places around the world. These pieces remained safe until the end of the 20th century when Prosatanos was inadvertently freed from the tomb by two unsuspecting grave robbers. Prosatanos eventually collects all nine pieces of his scepter. Detectives Shatter and Jackson must now fight him to save the world.


  • Chuck Norris as Sgt. Frank Shatter
  • Calvin Levels as Detective Calvin Jackson
  • Christopher Neame as Professor Malcolm Lockley \ Prosatanos
  • Sheree J. Wilson as Leslie Hawkins
  • David Robb as Richard I of England
  • Cherie Franklin as Captain Hull
  • Jack Adalist as Reinhard Krieger
  • Ezere Atar as Bezi
  • Jack Messinger as Mahoney
  • Elki Jackobs as Mort
  • Nico Nitai as Friar
  • Ori Levy as Rabbi Mordechai Shindler
  • Tim Grayem as Bonehead
  • Yoseph Peled as Holy Man


The film was shot entirely in Israel, between May and August 1992. In particular, the second part of the movie was filmed in Jerusalem.

The film's shooting title was originally Cold to the Touch.


The film was met with mixed reviews.

Eoin Friel from "The Action Elite" scored the film two out of five and stated: "Overall, Hellbound is pretty lame, but on a purely guilty pleasure level it’s worth checking out. Just mute it when the sidekick is on screen."[1]

Charles Tatum from "eFilm Critic" gave the film only one star and wrote: "This film is badly written, badly acted, and badly directed. It does not work as action, cop drama, or even horror. It just shows that the now defunct Cannon Studios was willing to throw their money into anything, no matter how badly it was planned."[2]

On Rotten Tomatoes, Hellbound currently holds 33% of audience score.[3]

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  1. ^ Friel, Eoin. "Hellbound (1994) Review". The Action Elite. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  2. ^ Tatum, Charles. "Hellbound". eFilm Critic. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Hellbound (1994)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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