Critics Consensus

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



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Average Rating: 2.9/5

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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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Critic Reviews for Hellbent

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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.

    Oct 14, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The horror in the film is mediocre at best.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 16, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Paul Etheredge-Ouzts doesn't know how to create anything resembling suspense.

    Sep 16, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Hellbent

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

Super Reviewer

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

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

Super Reviewer

Same old slasher, only with gay victims.

William Goss
William Goss

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