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Bingo Hell

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thoughtful horror-comedy has blood, gore, language.

Movie NR 2021 85 minutes
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This is an engaging horror-comedy that's as entertaining as it is thoughtful. Bingo Hell shows that with a strong story, something deeper to communicate, and excellent acting, a movie's relatively low budget means nothing. (If only other horror moviemakers would take note of this.) Centered primarily on fully-developed and diverse senior citizen characters who are trying to make sense of the gentrification rapidly taking over their once gritty but tightknit community, Bingo Hell makes pointed commentary on accepting change, gentrification, greed, and addiction, among other things. Led by feisty abuela Lupita, these seniors, while certainly prone to being cranky and cantankerous, aren't the helpless, doddering stereotypes often conveyed in movies and TV, and it's refreshing to see seniors take the lead roles in a horror movie as opposed to the twentysomethings playing teenagers that are such a standard of typical horror fare.

Yes, there's a decent amount of blood, gore, and gross-out moments, as this is a horror movie, after all, but unlike so many other horror movies, it isn't used as a way to supersede weak story or overwhelm everything else going on. The story comes first. But not only that, the characters also matter, and they're not mere fodder for bloody death. It's funny without being smug, bloody without being gory, thoughtful without being preachy. It's probably not for all horror movie fans, but Bingo Hell does offer as much brain and heart as it does blood and guts.

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