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Hell's Paradise is an action/horror web series created by Shining Cat Productions between the years of 2011 and 2014. It was created in the infancy of the production company, and the principal cast and crew members were in the 8th grade at the time of the production of the first episode.The show is set and shot on Maui, and follows a group of boys in their early teens as they navigate a zombie apocalypse. Each episode is approximately 10 minutes long.The first episode was originally made as a project for a media class, which explains the lack of profanity in it compared to the others. It was aired at its creator's middle school's morning broadcast, which caused a mild fiasco given the violent nature of the work. A total of three episodes were produced, the final one ending on a cliffhanger, then giving an explanation for the end of the series.

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It is available in its entirety for free on YouTube.Episode OneEpisode TwoEpisode Three


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  • Aborted Arc:A lot was planned for the further series, but the creators ended it after three installments.
  • Analogy Backfire: While talking by the campfire, Keane reassures Jarid that they'll make it out alive because their story is crazy enough for Hollywood to make a movie about, and what movie kills off the main characters? Jarid proceeds to list several popular movies where the main characters die.
  • Badass Bookworm: Implied with Jarid. He kills a zombie with a backpack full of books.
  • Berserk Button: Don't suggest going to the beach to Jarid. Or kill Keane's best friend.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Keane's nightmare has no lead in or warning. We just cut from our protagonists walking away from a burning house and field of dead zombies, to Keane waking up in an office chair, being handed a sword and blue top hat, and being told to go save his friend. He then pulls a rabbit out of said top hat. It only gets weirder from there.
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  • Black Dude Dies First: Quinton is the first main character to die onscreen.
  • Boom, Headshot!: This being a zombie based series, it tends to happen every so often.
  • Brick Joke: In the end of episode one, Jarid hits a Zombie with his backpack before being tackled by a different one. In the second episode, Keane notices that that particular zombie has its neck broken.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Two characters run into a burning house. neither heat nor smoke seem to pose much of a problem. Both come out perfectly fine.
  • Determinator: Keane and Brandon. Keane gets up from being nearly blown up and immediately runs into a burning building to save his friend. He only stops when a pile of debris falls on him. Brandon runs in to get him out without hesitation. Both of them shake it off and keep fighting.
  • Fire of Comfort: Keane and Jarid sit next to one after the former wakes up from a series of nightmares.
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  • Eaten Alive: Quinton tries to abandon the group, taking their guns with him. It doesn't work out well for him.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Jarid gores a zombie in the stomach with a shovel, the camera cuts to the zombies point of view. Probably just an artistic choice given how violent the rest of the show is.
  • Heroic BSoD: Discussed and mildly zigzagged. Keane has a nightmare after Elijah's death, then wakes up to talk to Jarid. They point out that other than that, everyone is taking the zombie apocalypse really well. Keane wonders if this makes them sociopaths.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Brandon shoots a zombie off of Keane. It takes him a few tries, but both Keane and the zombie are about a quarter mile away at this point, and he still manages to hit it square in the chest. With a normal handgun. One handed. At night.
  • Improvised Weapon: Jarid hits a Zombie with his backpack, which is full of books. Its neck is broken. The shovel, machete and two by four used by Keane, Garret and Isaac also count.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Murder of zombies. Just go with it.
  • Killed Offscreen: Elijah's death is only implied. We're told hes still in the house, then it explodes.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Reef is introduced at the end of the last episode.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: A garage full of propane explodes behind Keane in the first episode. His back is burnt a bit, and he coughs up some blood, but later gets up, apparently completely unharmed.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Elijah is killed at the end of the first episode. He was introduced, got a short action scene, and was never seen again. He barely even got a line.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Keane's hair is burnt off when a garage a few feet behind him explodes. The same explosion that kills one of his friends. He doesn't take it well.
  • We Need a Distraction: In the third episode, a character acts as a diversion to lead a hoard of zombies away.
  • What Could Have Been: The end credits of the third and final episode give a short description of the planned direction of the unmade series.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The setting of the show. Not exactly an apocalypse as the extent of it is unknown, and they live on an isolated island, but it still counts.
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