AMERICAN HELL - The Short Film & Feature Film

"A family's worse fears are realized when their apartment is invaded in the middle of the night. While neither their lives nor their valuables are threatened, their would-be attackers provide a grim glimpse at how alone and helpless the family is when their entire hallway of neighbors did nothing to help them."

DIRECTOR Robert Bryce Milburn PRODUCER Robert Bryce Milburn CINEMATOGRAPHER Trevor Metscher WRITER Nicholas Begnaud EDITOR Robert Bryce Milburn COLORIST Ben Watts PRODUCTION DESIGNER Robert Bryce Milburn HAIR AND MAKE-UP Renonda Anderson STARRING Hannah Fierman, Mark Ashworth, Joshua Mikel, Lesley E. Warren, Lane Miller, and John Kap

You will be able to find the full list of cast and crew members online at American Hell's IMDB page

American Hell is an unapologetic kick in the ass for societies practices in vanity and narcissism. A short you have to see that will leave you speechless yet satisfied.
— Horror Movies Uncut Review (2014)
Trevor Metscher’s lensing is kinetic and inspired, while Robert Bryce Milburn’s production design gives the film a believably lived in yet constantly unsettling feeling. The entire team deserves kudos for assembling a film that looks and feels like the psychological mind fuck that it is...
— The Independent Critic Review (2014)
Concept Art By Kevin Zeigler.

Concept Art By Kevin Zeigler.



"After a nation finds themselves glued to live national broadcasts of uncensored terrorism, Television networks begin battling over their integrity versus ratings to show more." 

American Hell is a thriller / suspense that partially delves into the ethics of journalism in reporting news versus inspiring public demand to push the envelope and see more. With themes touching on Paddy Chayefsky’s Network (1976) while employing a subtle supernatural setting to that of Taylor Hackford’s The Devil’s Advocate (1997), this story tackles themes of America’s dangerous and fascinating obsession with violence.

One central plot and backbone to the multi-protagonist design is that of Cambion Group, a wild four-man crew of terrorists who inspire allusions of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Their events are filmed by themselves and sent out live to any network bold enough to broadcast. They act as the deeply troubled and violently unpredictable central groups in such films as Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971), Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting (1996) or Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects (2005). Whether conscious to their actions, what’s clear is that they act as the catalyst to a revolution no one asked for. Through these acts of violence and affairs, they also bring transparency to corruption and punish the wicked, dividing those who see them as a cause of necessary reform and those who see violence as violence.

Within the first act, three of the wider plots are introduced with their own cast of characters: Cambion Group strives to inspire society to tear itself apart and start from scratch under the guidance of their enigmatic employer who sees himself as Lucifer, God and a simple man with a vision depending on the day; the television network executives fight over sponsorship with integrity versus competition while the ambitious young producers in the making fight for the controversy and work to develop Cambion as reality programming; lastly, the slow arm of law takes longer to categorize the threat for the right department while one idealistic junior agent takes it upon himself to investigate, crossing the fine line between respecting American liberties and his duty to protect people from the sadistic minds behind this.

Overall, “American Hell” shows us the apocalypse of America and succeeds. The premise is clever, combining substance with very real world issues that can be related to by almost everyone in today’s media-driven society. The cast is real, with raw emotion and fear present throughout. The tone and logic create for an uneasy, scary world with high stakes and the conclusion to the conflict is intense, intriguing and full of mystery that will leave everyone guessing. “American Hell” conceals a clever plot and storyline behind some major social commentary. This script takes on a unique turn and is the full-on definition of a psychological and supernatural thriller that can be successfully received and related to by audiences across America.
— Bankable Script (2014)
It’s an ambitious, smart, and exciting story.
— Slamdance (2014)
American Hell asks some profound questions: What if random mass killings were captured on camera? And what if those videos were played live through the news? The film touches on how technology is a necessary evil, capable of exploiting radical ideology, and also the desperate nature of the 24-hour news cycle. The central conflict is compelling as the main characters race the clock before the next attack, with each one growing in scale and magnitude. These stakes keep the viewer engaged, especially when the attacks begin to focus on the law enforcement trying to stop them.
— The Black List (2014)

The feature film screenplay is currently open for potential investors and/or production companies to collaborate with and bring to life. If interested in reading the feature film screenplay, please email a request to "American Hell" is registered under the WGAe and all things related are copyrighted through the U.S. Copyright Office under Robert Bryce Milburn (2013-Present). The feature film was written by Nicholas Begnaud and created by Robert Bryce Milburn.