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Hellbent (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Cast

Michael Louden
as Costumed Man
Shaun T. Benjamin
as Police Officer
Jazzmun
as Pepper
Kris Andersson
as Drag Queen
Wren T. Brown
as Police Captain
Blake Davis
as Frat Guy
Baron Rogers
as Jared Reynolds
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Critic Reviews for Hellbent

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15)

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 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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The horror in the film is mediocre at best.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2/4

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 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This isn't a particularly good movie, and it's offensive in the way mid-range low-budget slasher shows usually are. But it works better than some.

September 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Has both novelty and back-to-basics ingenuity in its favor, along with memorable characters and the deft combination of gory shocks and comic relief that's essential to the genre.

September 16, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hellbent

½

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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½

Did taking place amid the gay scene in Hollywood make a difference with this slasher film? No, no it didn't. It spends so much time exercising the gay angle of the film that it forgets to be a slasher. Or entertaining. Pass on it.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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