You know, there is a saying that there are no original ideas anymore. Sure, that is basically true. Things get rehashed and almost everything put out nowadays is at least inspired in some way by something else the creator saw. That said, it’s easy to believe that perhaps when the Hardcore Henry creators erroneously claim that their film is the “First ever action POV feature film” (even using that exact phrase to raise over $250k) perhaps it is just that: an error.
After all, you have to dig several pages back on Google before you find the actual first film to fit that description, indie horror film Hotel Inferno. Hotel Inferno, for those unaware, is a horror/action film from late in 2013 (being released about a year before the above pictured Indiegogo campaign wrapped up, much less production began) about a hitman named Frank Zimosa contracted to kill a couple of people at a hotel. However, things are not as they appear at first and the hired gun soon finds himself in the fight for his life against hordes of goons and supernatural foes as his employer turns against him. Frank has to do what he does best to make it out alive. Check out the trailer!
The movie is from indie studio Necrostorm and is clearly inspired to look like a first person video game, even drawing obvious visual cues from games like Golden Eye and Doom. It was released in December of 2013.
Giving the benefit of the doubt, I assumed that perhaps the creators of Hardcore Henry simply had not heard of Hotel Inferno. So, I messaged them. And they replied. And their reply, to be frank, was rather contradictory.
Problem. Whether a film is good is a matter of opinion and opinion is relative. A film can only really be judged on quality based on whether it was successful. Hotel Inferno was. It has a very loyal indie horror fanbase, as do all the films put out by Necrostorm. However, while I agree that whether a film came first should be second to quality, that then calls into question a marketing campaign based around screaming “We’re first! Look at how original we are!” to raise a quarter million dollars, all the while knowing that those statements are false. So, is it first or isn’t it? Did you lie or were you mistaken? Either way, the fact remains that you used a false claim to BARELY scrape by your crowdfunding goal.
Want to see the ACTUAL “First ever action POV feature film”? Go support indie horror and true pioneers and pick up a copy of Hotel Inferno HERE!
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I’ll just leave this here…
Yeah, that’s another POV film. But their specific claim is action POV. Hotel Inferno is a horror/action film shot in POV for the entire movie.
My review of Hotel Inferno
“Please watch my video, I need views, I say my opinion over there”
This is a comment for all of your kind
Why do I have to read this kind of comment over and over, on every damned movie website?
Persons who post videos on Youtube, all with no discernible talent, trying to put themself on the map.
We don’t need your awkward face to understand if a movie is good or not, my brain is enough for that.
If you’d been a talented director or something, that would have been different,but you are not.
So please youtubers, stop spamming your guano on every damned magazine. That would be great
[…] Now, a little point to address. Many film fans out there might consider Hotel Inferno as nothing more than a rip-off of this year’s Hardcore Henry. In fact, the opposite is true. This wouldn’t be such a big thing – come on, how many movies rip-off other movies? – were it not for the fact that the makers of Hardcore Henry touted their movie as “the first-ever action POV film” in order to screw people out of donating to their crowdfund. Naughty naughty. (Further details can be read here.) […]