Sticking with a standard formula, made queer, the movie opens night before Halloween as two young gay men engage in 'pre-marital sex' in their car on a secluded road. During this a half-naked, muscular, sickle-wielding man wearing a Devil's mask savagely decapitates them.
The rest of movie follows four queer guys as they set out for a big Halloween street carnival in West Hollywood. The guys are likeable and are modeled after the common types of characters found in slasher flicks: the good and clean hero, the innocent virgin, the sex-fiend, the 'bitch.'
The central character is Eddie who, works in the offices of the department though he did not complete his police academy training. Wearing his dad's old police uniform, he is joined by his roommates: Chaz, the butch, bisexual one, dressed as a cocksure cowboy; Toby, a macho male model who decides to play against type this year, done up uncharacteristically in drag; and plain Joey, who's hoping to impress a local jock dressed as a ‘sex slave.' These characters revisit a lot of the clich\és and turn them on their heads. They are fleshed out much more than the average slasher character, and throughout the movie they are made real and sympathetic, if not always likeable.
Crossing the woods, our would-be heroes decide to moon a man lurking in the shadows. As the killer reveals his frightening and pitted curved scythe our cast bolts for it, reaching the supposed safety of the carnival. Unfortunately, they remain unaware of the presence of the lurking killer who's chosen them for his prey. Each character has his own fatal flaw, and that is what the killer exploits.
This film describes itself as the first 'gay' slasher film (though more accurately it is the first all gay male slasher film that received a theatrical release).
Virtually every character is gay or bisexual, and there are several scenes involving men kissing or acting sexual together. The cast is mostly stunningly attractive and the actor who portrays the Devil is an Abercrombie & Fitch model.
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This movie is the movie I have been waiting for all my life. I have been a Horror fan all my life and still am. It is a Fun, Scary, Sexy, and Well Done. This flick has several hot men and Gore. It seemd to star porn star looking men but this is nowhere near being a porn. It is a Real movie. It looks like Halloween meets Friday the 13th only all the cruising/getting fresh scenes are with fun gay men. It has Texas Terri (a punk legend from back in the old days) and Nick Name from Nick Name and the Normals a Queer punk band from SF. The stars in this movie are all similar to people we all know and whether you love em or hate them they all have great parts in this film. I am extremely impressed by Paul Etheredge-Ouzts for making the movie I always wanted to see. Thank You so much and I hope you keep them cuming. Queer Horror has always needed to be at this level. Go see it and Buy it when it cums out. I don't want to give it away but all I will say is a bunch of guys go to a HOT punk Halloween party and the Killer follows them there. The rest is up to you to see.
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By: Mideon Werewolf ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Great movie with awesome hunky killer. Great special effects and killings
By: Glenn ( email@example.com )
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the movie plays by all the rules of the slasher movie, the smart one, the dumb, one, the over sexed one ect. but it does have some nice twist and turns to it, but most importnat its a films for us gay horror fans, complete with a ready made ending for part 2. i got my copy from Blockbuster (Brighton England)you can get it from Amazon.com for
By: badboybynight ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Man, this film was good. It did something that other slasher movies have failed to do, make me root for someone, other than the main character, to live.
It didn't waste any time on trying to give a half-assed motivation for the killer, like so many other slashers movies do, which made the killer all the more scary - and way hotter. 'Devil Daddy,' as one of the guys called him, has topped Freddy Krueger on my list of favorite boogy-men.
On the down-side the film still falls victim to some of the flaws of all slaher flicks; it tries, but fails, to build up suspense, and relies mainly on making the audience jump for its thrills.
But it redeems itself - the scene where the killer licks out the hero's glass eye was pure cinimatic history.
I demand a sequel! Preferably with more blood, and maybe even 'Devil Daddy' getting an equily sexy and violent bitch - er - I mean boyfriend.
By: Steven ( email@example.com )
This movie was the typical slasher film but flooded with gays. I really enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't like is that a motive for the killer is not given. Overall a pretty nice film though.
By: notmichaeljfox ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Finally, it is great to see an all gay/bi cast in a horror flick. But the plot relies too heavily on tired plotlines and often-used scencarios. Basically this film is a direct-to-video flick that somehow managed to make it to the cinemas first.
By: Adamlvnv ( email@example.com )
Horror movies whether they are gay or straight have one purpose and that is to entertain and 'Hellbent' does just that in many different ways. From the scare tactics, comic relief, music, sexuality and even a bit of romance (yes, romance)it is bound to satisfy your queer thirst. Does this movie have its problems? Of course it does, but it seems its faults are caused by budget and time restraints.
There is no doubt in my mind that it is trying to be a homo homage to the original 'Halloween' The park scene in which the guys taunt the killer is very reflective of the scene in 'Halloween' where the girls yell at Michael Myers as he drives past them. The pre-finale scene where the heads fall out of the closet and the killer then lunges out after Eddie is also reminisent of the last fifteen minutes of 'Halloween'. This definitely has something to do with producer Joseph Wolf (being one of 'Halloween's' creators).
As far as the continuity in the film itself, it almost seems directed by two different people (maybe 2nd unit director?). The carnival scenes are rather rough where as the scenes where the guys are more isolated seem to be thought out and well executed. There are some great point of view shots that I have to give the director(Paul Etheredge-Ouzts)kudos. The opening make out scene and the ever so sexy tatoo stream of blood down the back are both well done. I know the director has a background in design and these scenes enforce that. All of the actors seem to do the best they can with the lines they are given, but Andrew Levitas (Chaz)steals all scenes that he is in; even as he's being killed, but Bryan Kirkwood's character, Jake, has some of the best dialogue. For example, 'I hope you catch your man officer,' almost seems to be an invitation to Eddie to pursue him. The killer is definitely the strong silent type--very ambiguous and stalkeresque.
One character that is great through out the film is the music (and yes it is a character). I like the fact that the music supervisor did not use the typical 120bpm dance music that is all so streotypical of gay culure. Instead he used gay and gay friendly rockers of which a few make cameo appearances in the film. Nick Name aka Kent James actually performs in the leather bar scene...oh yeah!!
So all I can say is check this one out, but don't expect it to be a big budget studio film because it's not. It's just
84 minutes of fun. L8R.
By: lachrymose82 ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I have to say I expected a lot more from this film, it is simply a killer running around killing queers. No rhyme reason or exlanation. I consider this a near 'B' movie.
By: meandtheminibar ( Tori4pele@aol.com )
This movie really needs to be an example to anyone who's going to make a queer-horror movie. There's cute homos, copious amounts of gore, and it takes itself seriously. I've always been obsessed with horror movies, but I found myself watching this one very differently than I would a 'straight' movie: I was uncomfortable. It may sound shallow, but having gay protagonists got me to relate to them in a way I haven't experienced with other slasher movies (i.e. Halloween, Prom Night, etc.). Aside from being a gay horror movie, it's actually a good horror movie in general, which I didn't expect. My only hope is that other directors will follow the lead of this movie and start carving out this niche that there's a surprisingly large audience for.
By: Grant ( email@example.com )
One of the best gay horror movies out there. there was something for everyone.
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