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Hellbent (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 21

Hellbent is proof that gay slasher films can be just as tedious and mediocre as straight ones.

33

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 10

Hellbent is proof that gay slasher films can be just as tedious and mediocre as straight ones.

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Capturing the essence of the Halloween Carnival, 'Hellbent' follows four young men through a night where flamboyant costumes, beautiful people, drugs, music, dancing and sex are everywhere. Authentic footage from the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival lets filmgoers experience the most exciting night of the year.

Sep 12, 2006

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A genre cheapie from its digital-video camerawork to its Casiotone soundtrack to its bland, buff cast, the movie is a cultural watershed in a dry gulch.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The horror in the film is mediocre at best.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A loyal gay audience may appreciate the novelty, but horror fans can find junk like this lining the shelves of any video store.

September 23, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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The film goes through the motions familiar from mainstream slasher movies, but without an underlying logic motivating the action, the film becomes an exercise in blood-spattered boredom.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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By the time Etheredge-Ouzts uncorks the Suspiria-meets-Un Chant d'Amour climax, the film has snowballed enough subtext for five Robin Wood dissertations

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Homo-erotic themes aside, this is otherwise a stock scary movie which rates out as an above-average example of the genre.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

It's not deep and it's not unique, but HellBent approaches an oft-abused sub-genre with just enough originality and creativity to warrant some praise.

October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Elevates the conversation along its own parameters.

October 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Etheredge-Ouzts coasts on the idea that combining homosexuality with homicide is revolutionary.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

The only thing 'HellBent' proves is that in a slasher movie, homosexual victims can be as dumb as heterosexual ones. This is progress?

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel with its narrative, but for horror fans, it's smarter than the norm and delivers a crafty little twist to the conventions of the genre.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

A refreshingly straight-up genre flick with lots of blood and a few nice scares along the way.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Etheredge-Ouzts can't scare us, because the plot is so random, with no suspects, no hint of why the killer is slicing off peoples' heads and no indication the police have noticed the mounting pile of bodies.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The guys have more character development than your typical sliced-meat-to-be victims usually get... but it falls short of being that campy kind of fun.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Etheredge-Ouzts stages the stalkings and slashings effectively enough, but too much of the movie is devoted to suspenseless cruising.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

[A] handsomely styled horror picture, which also makes a good-faith effort to differentiate among the victims-to-be before it starts picking them off.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Etheridge-Outzts doesn't tweak the well-worn slasher formula enough, or generate any real scares, to make his film anything more than just a gay spin on a gore-splattered exploitation film.

September 16, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Hellbent

A surprisingly effective slasher flick - the meagre budget often shows, but Hellbent has been made with a fair amount of conviction and has some very effective moments. The usual trapping and clichés of the genre are in evidence but there's some nicely skewed sequences. The 'First Gay Slasher' badge doesn't really add to much in and of itself except add a bit of novelty value, but there's a genius use of a character's disability in the final showdown and the leads are affable. It's also very funny in parts and nicely paced. Decent.
June 1, 2009
danieljparsons

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Same old slasher, only with gay victims.
November 9, 2006
wbgoose13

Super Reviewer

Interesting setting and characters. Terrible plot and serial killer. So a serial killer that stalks this group of gay friends and killing them one by one... No motivation what so ever. It's a melodramatic slasher with some gay twists.
May 4, 2012
Sylvester Kuo

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