Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Half-Way to Hell is an uncompromising look at 20th-century totalitarianism. Narrated by the staunchly anti-communist Quentin Reynolds, the film points out the similarities between Hitler's Nazi regime, Mussolini's fascist dictatorship, and the then-current Soviet regime. Canny distributor Kroger Babb claimed that many of the filmclips were smuggled out of Russia at great risk to the filmmakers. In truth, most of the footage was culled from previously released documentaries, but this doesn't make it any less powerful. Half-Way to Hell was originally released in tandem with the hour-long African documentary Karamoja.