Movie Review: Hell Trip


Movie Review: Hell Trip

“A gorefest for any slasher buff🔪. Jonathan Boynton-Lee delivers 💀bone-chilling performance.”

Directed by 

Patrick Garcia

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

George Garcia
Patrick Garcia


A group of young US tourists vacation in Africa turns into the ultimate nightmare when they arrive at an abandoned lodge isolated in a remote African rural area that holds an ominous and deadly secret.

The Journey ends here

For decades horror and thriller enthusiasts have been spoiled with icon villains and antagonists who have terrified our screens for years. Up until now,  South African’s audiences have had to rely specifically on the international film market for creating these types of characters, that is until now. ACT Films, in partnership with Garcia Films Entertainment, recently saw the premiere release of its first feature film, “Hell Trip” which was selected to screen at last year’s inaugural Comic Con Africa event where the film played to a jam packet crowd. The film was exceptionally well received garnering a standing ovation from audiences and has since been widely praised for its cleaver storyline, fantastic cinematography, and excellent editing. What truly makes the film unique is that the film brilliantly captures the essence of the 1980’s slasher genre creating the first iconic masked villain for South Africa since genres of similar nature, such as Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Nightmare on Elm Street, all of which were international titles.

Hell Trip is set in deepest dark Africa where a group of young American Tourists arrive on vacation. What turns into an unforgettable holiday soon turns into the ultimate nightmare when they arrive at a deserted lodge that holds an ominous and deadly secret. The film explores the very real possibility of the dangerous lurking when traveling to foreign countries and the very real threat thereof. The film stars many well-known local celebrities such as Jay Anstey, Clayton Boyd. Stevel Marc, Jonathan Boyton-Lee and Jade Hubner to mention but a few.

The film has since screened at last year’s HorrorFest in Cape Town and Cine Centre’s in Johannesburg. Hell Trip picked up distribution when it was sold internationally at both AFM “The American Film Market” and at the “Berlin Film Festival”. Patrick Garcia, CEO of ACT Films and the film’s director, producer and writer has since announced a slate of feature films which are set to rollout a number of titles over the coming years. The next feature in the works is the spellbinding thriller entitled, “The Last Sacrament” due for release in October 2019 along with the sci-fi, thriller “The Construct”, which is due for release in 2020. With several more titles in the works, Patrick Garcia doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and has spent years establishing a production pipeline with the US, Europe and Asia. Patrick along with his brother and business partner, George Garcia have establish an international brand of feature titles that will be well established globally. You can expect to hear more from this dynamic duo!

WATCH the Trailer Here:

We were invited to an *Exclusive Hell Trip Screening of a horror movie that doesn’t even have a release date yet! 😎

It was a fun night out & if you know me, you know horror doesn’t scare me, it delights me. I find it very entertaining & take any chance to watch the latest ones out there. Especially in a cinema where I get to watch everyone around me freak out & lose their shit. Lol. Plus this time around the cinema had these dope luxury styled seats that you could just melt into, lean back & enjoy the movie. Patrick & his brother kicked it off with a speech on the journey they took to making this film, you could tell he was really committed to shooting this movie. If that all wasn’t enough, one of the lead actors, Ivan Nedeljkovic was sitting right next to me. Must’ve been such a trip watching himself in this {pun intended}. The movie had good pacing & explorative dialogue coupled with an eerie after tone which is key in horror. Each actor/actress definitely brought their scare factor & game faces. There was even a tender moment of reconnection between the tourists that were sisters, which was impactful especially coloring a tie-in to the future plot of the film. Now for my favorite part of the movie, a scene that practically had me on the edge of my seat.

Jonathan Boynton-Lee delivers bone-chilling performance.

Now I say this because it was like one of those guitar solos that literally gives you goosebumps, where the rocker just rips out in flawless victory. I don’t wanna give too much away, especially given that it’s a twist but Jon really truly brought that role to a whole other level. His speech here gave me the Heebie Jeebies! And it will to you to! Guaranteed!


Jonathan Boynton-Lee is an SA Style award winner, 4 time You Spectacular Award nominee(winning 2015’s Favorite TV presenter and Sexiest Man ), Cosmopolitan’s SA’s sexiest man 2014, and 2015 ANN7 South African of the Year nominee(trendsetting celebrity category).

He is best known as a Top Billing presenter, and has traveled the world and shared the screen with the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Buble, Channing Tatum, Harry Styles, Bruce Willis, Cameron Diaz, Peter Jackson, Emily Blunt, Idris Elba, Kate Upton, and Ana Wintour, to name a few. The former international catalogue and runway model is also an award winning filmmaker and actor.
After winning season 7 of South Africa’s Strictly Come Dancing, he became the first person in the world to win two prime time reality shows!
If you recall, we also got to interview Jon on the red carpet of his other movie, where he was also a lead, 3 Days To Go.

THIS dude right here, has the potential badassery to be the South African version of Jason or Michael Myers. Silent yet severely brutal killers with a seeming preternatural strength to mangle their victims. I hope Patrick heard me & creates that movie next. I’m just hoping this is the start in a long line of SA Horror flicks for me to enjoy.

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9 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Not really a fan of horror movies but one thing I like when we do so, and that is it helps our metabolism go faster. Its thinninggggg! Yahoo HAHA!

  2. vidya says:

    horror is not my genre.. i used to watch when i was younger and still do now once in a blue moon but in general, not something i go looking for.. this one sounds truly horrific (all complimentary)..

  3. I do not like this kind of film but my husband would love it will have to show him this post

  4. Lyosha says:

    Ok, now I am excited to see it! I like a good old horror, your review makes it of my interest. thanks for a nice post and recommendation

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  7. Elizabeth O says:

    absolutely stunning trailer. thanks for writing and sharing your review for the movie. now im eager to watch this. and i must admit that Jonathan is such a fine actor.

  8. Monidipa Dutta says:

    High-concept Hell leans toward stranger-danger slasher horror and amounts to little more than sinister mountain-men hell-bent on killing along the lines of a Wrong Turn movie by way of House of 1000 Corpses.

  9. Claire says:

    Looks like a great review event. I have just watched the trailer and it looks very scary.

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