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Hellbent (2004)

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Halloween in West Hollywood, two guys making out in a park are interrupted by a serial killer. Later that night, a group of gay kids decide to visit to the site of the murders.

Director:

Paul Etheredge (as Paul Etheredge-Ouzts)

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Paul Etheredge (as Paul Etheredge-Ouzts)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Fergus ... Eddie
Bryan Kirkwood ... Jake
Hank Harris ... Joey
Andrew Levitas ... Chaz
Matt Phillips Matt Phillips ... Tobey
Kent Bradley James Kent Bradley James ... Nick Name (as Nick Name)
Wren T. Brown ... Police Captain
Nina Landey Nina Landey ... Maria
Samuel A. Levine Samuel A. Levine ... Mikey (as Samuel Aarons)
Kris Andersson Kris Andersson ... White Pepper
Shaun T. Benjamin ... Police Officer (as Shaun Benjamin)
Baron Rogers Baron Rogers ... Jared Reynolds
Miguel Angel Caballero ... Jorge (as Miguel Caballero)
Blake Davis Blake Davis ... Frat Guy
Jerry Farmer Jerry Farmer ... Tattoo Artist
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Storyline

Two gay men on a date are murdered the night before Halloween in West Hollywood, California. Eddie and his friends Joey, Chaz and Tobey are going out the following night to the West Hollywood Halloween festival when they encounter the psycho, who sets his eye on them. The killer stalks them through the festival as Chaz parties, Joey chases his jock crush, Tobey tries dressing in drag, and Eddie pursues Jake, the bad boy he wants to get to know better. Not until the very end do you find out who dies and who survives their night of terror. Written by Esprix

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Taglines:

When The Night Belongs To The Devil, The Party Goes To Hell.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Thriller See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,047, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$183,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,066
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title was selected from an online "name the movie" contest created by the producers to publicize the film. The directior was initially horrorfied at some of the initial submissions, which included such titles as "28 Gays Later", "Boy Meets Knife", and "Queer Eye for the Dead Guy". Finally, on one of the last days of the contest, "Hellbent" was submitted. See more »

Goofs

When Joey is being placed on the table during the concert scene, the legs on his jeans are covered in fake blood. In the next shot, the pants are clean and they start to pretend to cut him up with the fake chainsaws. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: Hey. I saw you today. At the tattoo shop? We talked about the murders? Do you remember?
Jake: Yeah, I do. I do remember. Eddie, what do you want?
Eddie: Like to know your name.
Jake: I bet you would, all right. Look, do I have a stalker? Cause I know you're definitely not a real cop.
Eddie: You know, it's Halloween. My handcuffs are real.
Jake: [unimpressed] Right on. Unfortunately you have no gun.
Eddie: No, I left it at home.
Jake: So you do shoot, then.
Eddie: Yeah, I do. A little. I used to shoot because I wanted to be a cop. But I didn't ...
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References Scream (1996) See more »

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Performed By The Elevator Drops
Written By Josh Hager, David Goolkasian, Arthur Fitts
Courtesy Of Time Bomb Recordings
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OpTic noiSe Licensing
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Not scary, not sexy, not worth your time
13 November 2004 | by filmguyCISee all my reviews

Some may feel that queer cinema was due for a slasher film. But what is the point really? It's no longer enough for me to see a film only because it features attractive men with hot bodies. What about story? Character development? Acting? Are these not important?

The premise of this film is as follows. A psycho killer stalks a group of gay friends on Halloween night. That's it. More frustrating is the fact that at the end, the audience is given no indication as to who the killer is or why he did what he did. Honestly, if these were straight characters, would such an unoriginal film get released or even made for that matter? There wasn't even much humor in the film to make the excessive gore easier to take. I especially disliked the scene in the bathroom where the most likable character was beheaded right after he expressed his happiness about getting a phone number from a guy he liked.

So now we have our gay slasher film. A step forward or a step backward?


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