When their small plane crashes in a weird little town that appears to be controlled by a Satanic cult, three men try everything they can think of to escape the madness as their townspeople, especially their creepy children. But they find themselves taken captive by them and saved only by a mysterious man who appears to have power over the evil in the town. He tells them that he has brought them to the town for a purpose—to drive out the evil and save the children. Will the men be able to dig deep and find faith in the midst of evil?
Production Quality (1.5 points)
As some production elements are fine while others are definitely not, Bells of Innocence is mostly an average production. Video quality, camera work, and audio quality are fine, even though there are some overused and cheesy sound effects. The soundtrack is average. Sets, locations, and props are pedestrian. There are too many montages and choppy sequences designed to waste time, but by far the worst production element is the use of very stupid and cheap-looking special effects that are supposed to be ‘horror-themed’. They put a huge drag on the movie and make it seem like a joke. In short, it feels like this film was just slapped together for the sake of having a horror plot featuring Chuck Norris.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
As we have mentioned before, horror is extremely difficult to pull off properly. It must be done with the right motives and must never be taken lightly. Bells of Innocence appears to be taking the issue lightly with this very bizarre idea that has a fixation on creepy children. The premise is extremely juvenile and eye-roll-inducing. As the writers try very hard to make this a ‘scary’ horror plot, it only comes off as desperate, wacky, and outright ridiculous. The characters are completely empty and the villains are beyond cheesy. Dialogue only serves the purpose of dumping information on the audience. There are too many leaps in logic and time jumps for there to be any shred of sense or understanding of what is happening. If you were wondering, this is another failed horror effort.
Acting Quality (0 points)
Who knew that there was a movie cast that included David A. R. White, Carey Scott, and Chuck Norris all in one package? This collection of jokers is simply too much, considering the already absurd horror elements present. Everything they do is overly dramatic and cardboard, like usual. There are some other cast members too, but they are mostly irrelevant, like this movie is now.
The White\Scott\Norris collaboration has collectively and independently tried a little bit of everything to sell Christian movies just for the sake of being called Christian. They dabbled into all kinds of different genres to cover the Christian entertainment market with their products. It matters little at this point what their actual return was, because the legacy they left in their profit-seeking wake was a laughingstock and a blight on Christian film. Hopefully, as new film makers are succeeding in the market, we can move past this unfortunate era of movies that produced garbage like Bells of Innocence.
Final Rating: 1.5 out of 10 points