Cult Doc 'Holy Hell' Nabbed by FilmRise for U.S.

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Actor Jared Leto executive produced the documentary that gives a first-person look at a 1980s West Hollywood cult.

U.S. distribution rights to the religious cult documentary Holy Hell have been acquired by FilmRise, the company said Wednesday. 

The film, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, takes a look inside a secretive cult formed in West Hollywood in the 1980s. A former member, Will Allen, directed the doc.

Allen, Alexandra Johnes and ex-cult member Tracey Harnish produced Holy Hell, along with Michael C. Donaldson, Cheryl Sanders, Julian Goldstein and Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto.

“Following its headline-making run at Sundance, we are elated to be bringing this gripping film to audiences come spring,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said in a statement. “Ultimately this is a remarkable film about the human condition, and I am confident that audiences will be engrossed by this captivating story, told by those who lived it.”

Holy Hell will be released theatrically on May 20.