There are a lot of horror comedies out there and much like any genre some work, but more often than not most of them do not. The latest Hellbenders takes on an interesting premise and sports a great cast including Clifton Collins Jr, Clancy Brown, Andre Royo, and Dan Fogler but can it take this idea and make it work or will it be another that should have been exercised before it was released?
Hellbenders follows the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell. This is one of those films that struggles a bit to figure out how far into the comedy direction it wants to go and how far the other direction into horror it wanted to go. The idea is pretty hilarious but never chooses to go full funny and is probably why it works way better than it should. They embrace the comedy, but are clearly trying to bring some sort of serious aspect to it all and it does work. The biggest issue with this film is that same thing that makes it work, the confusion to what it is supposed to be. At times it is all over the place trying to keep the absurdity of it all moving forward, but also trying to make you buy into it all. The performances are all interesting with some of them great and others not bad, but weird and intriguing. The special effects are a bit cheesy at the end and don’t always work, but maintains the cheese of it all.
This is one of those strange off the wall quirky films filled with interesting characters and a compelling idea, but one that will not work for everyone. The biggest appeal is the cast and if you like any of them then you will most likely enjoy all if not at least some of this film, but just know going in that it is a bit out there.
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