This film starts with an incredible piece of atmospheric film editing where it tells you that there are three gates of hell on earth.  We then cut to America where a trip is being planned to Tel Aviv.  Three friends are travelling over to the middle east and one of them Sarah is given smart glasses to record and document the trip by her Dad.  This is of course dead handy as the events which unfold are conveniently shown from her point of view.

Yes, we are in found footage territory again and I cringed after the clever pre-credits montage as the cheesy family/home stuff popped up on screen.  However as soon as the three of them get to Jerusalem, the film kicks into gear and turns almost into a smaller budget version of Cloverfield (and not in a bad way).

With the holy city used as a backdrop, we are given a fresh take on a found footage horror complete with thankfully some good acting.  All three main leads are likeable as well as local lad Omar who they meet up with at their hostel.  I’m not going to say too much about the creatures but they are well done and pretty scary.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect as the film to me was an unknown quantity and the cheesy home life stuff was a bit grating.  Thankfully, it’s only a few moments and I am so glad I stuck with it as JeruZalem is a real find.  I hope the directors The Paz Brothers go on to big things as I reckon they’re very talented and the final shot of the film is simply brilliant.

Really, really worth checking out as it’s atmospheric, nasty when it has to be as you can’t beat a good Biblical horror picture.

  • Starring Yael Grobglas  Yon Tumarkin  Danielle Jadelyn  Tom Graziani
  • Directors The Paz Brothers
  • Distributor Matchbox Films