• Charlie Vogelsang

Get The Hell Out (2020) Review

A satirical political horror that's full of gore and cheese? How could you miss out on Get the Hell Out showing at the Chinese Visual Festival as part of Vision Taiwan.

As the directorial debut of Wang I-Fan, Get the Hell Out focuses on a disgraced MP called Ying Ying, played by Megan Lai, who is fired from her job after fighting with journalists and a security guard. Her goal and mission as an MP is to stop a chemical plant that was built on her home. Ultimately, she faces tough opposition and ends up losing her fight against the corrupt politicians.

This is where the whole zombie outbreak comes from in. The chemical plant has actually developed a form of rabies that turns people into rabid zombies that attack other people. At the start of the film we see a bizarre outbreak inside the walls of parliament and ultimately know that things have already kicked off. Naturally, the rest of the film is split between the build up to the outbreak to the utter chaos after the crazy stuff happens.

Throughout the film, members of parliament are actually shown as highly incompetent. The representation of politicians is shown like a bunch of rowdy children who can’t get their own way. Throughout public debates and parliament sessions, they literally physically fight and cause a ruckus for everyone involved. This symbolises the shambolic nature and corruption of parliament that ultimately leads to utter catastrophe.

For an amusing movie that isn’t trying to take itself too seriously, Get the Hell Out is brilliant

It’s hard to simply decide what type of atmosphere Get the Hell Out is going for. On one hand, the film seems like something you’d expect to see in a Grindhouse double feature with another ridiculous film - but there are moments that are taken seriously. The humour is extremely childish with only a few of the laughs fully delivering. It’s definitely very marmite - as some may love it whilst others may hate it.

Sadly, the main character Ying Ying is so unlikeable; in truth, most of them are, so you aren’t bothered about them dying at any time. You do not feel attached to anyone you meet and therefore aren’t invested in what actually happens to them. If this is intentional by the director, then he successfully delivers.

For an amusing movie that isn’t trying to take itself too seriously, Get the Hell Out is brilliant and ingenious at times. However, the first half that focuses on more serious topics does feel disjointed compared to the second. There’s no denying that the latter half of the film is a lot funnier and feels more cohesive with the tone and style.

If you love films such as Planet Terror, Shaun of the Dead or any comedic horror films, then you should definitely check Get the Hell Out. Sure, the first half is a little messy but it becomes thoroughly entertaining as things progress. There are genuinely funny laughs but they come from the unexpected and totally zany moments. If this is the first attempt of a feature film from the director, then we cannot wait to see what he does next.


Watch Get the Hell Out at the Chinese Visual Festival.