Hellbent (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

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

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The horror in the film is mediocre at best.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

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

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

A loyal gay audience may appreciate the novelty, but horror fans can find junk like this lining the shelves of any video store.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Scott Weinberg

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Steve K
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… More
Sylvester Kuo
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… More
Daniel Parsons
A surprisingly effective slasher flick - the meagre budget often shows, but <i>Hellbent</i> has been made with a fair amount of conviction and has… More
William Goss
Same old slasher, only with gay victims.