“There is a place where all fictional characters meet. Outside of time, Outside of all logic, This place is known as Hell’s Club.”
Those words precede a ten minute video produced by YouTuber Antonio Maria Da Silva (see above). The editor is known for his movie mashup videos, and Hell’s Club might prove to be his magnum opus.
Hell’s Club imagines a scenario in which innumerable cinematic icons exist within the same nightclub — some looking for a good time, others looking for action. A variety of genres and eras are represented, from Star Wars, to Collateral, to A Night at the Roxbury. While some of the characters appear in minor cameos (such as The Mask, or Pinhead) others have fleshed out roles that add to an overall narrative. At Hell’s Club, Vincent from Collateral and Blade are working security for Al Pacino characters Tony Montana (Scarface) and Carlito Brigante (Carlito’s Way) when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 (The Terminator) arrives.
A vicious — and expertly edited — gunfight ensures, leading to Montana’s escape, but Brigante’s death; John Travolta’s Tony Manero (Saturday Night Fever) looks on somberly as his hero Al Pacino dies right in front of him.
To call this video masterfully edited would not even begin do it justice. Antonio Maria Da Silva does a masterful job of conveying the space and geography of Hell’s Club, as well as the rhythm; every one of the characters’ actions naturally react to the music and event before it, despite footage often separated by decades. As such, you get to see Tom Cruise, Ewan McGregor, and John Travolta have a brief moment with their younger selves — at times it feels downright haunting. Editing tactics like this have been used effectively before, in Hollywood films films like Rambo, and the recent Terminator: Genisys — but never in such a thorough, world-building way.
In recent years, audiences have become remarkably adept at perceiving the blended the lines between popular franchises. This could possibly be attributed to the rise of the use of cinematic universes; while films like Alien Vs. Predator, and Freddy Vs. Jason started off as novelties, it has now become normal to see iconic characters cross paths. Hell’s Club has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the internet, and presents fairly clear evidence that franchise crossovers are more popular than ever, nowadays.
That being said, we’ll just have to wait and see if Hell’s Club gets a sequel of its own.
Source: Antonio Maria Da Silva