The creators of Reno 911 and writers of the Night at the Museum films Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant have established themselves as being able to bring the comedy, but with their latest they throw in a bit of horror in hopes to deliver something new. With a great cast including Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan-Michael Key, Michael Ian Black, Rob Huebel, and Paul Scheer could they bring their unique brand of comedy together with a horror vibe and make something worthy of the genre?
Hell Baby follows an expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans and call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby. This film does pretty much exactly what it sets out to do and that is be silly and deliver the laughs. The story itself comes straight out of a horror flick as planned, but the execution is nothing but a series of ridiculous moments, but in a good way. There are a lot of jokes that don’t work as well as they could have, but there is just as many that do somewhat evening things out. Of all the crazy funny moments, there are a few standout moments that more than make up for anything that may not work. First is Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant’s bad ass priests. These guys bring the awesome with these men of God and steal every scene they are in. The second is the cops played by Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer who deliver some hilarious moments especially when teamed up with the battle priests. Of all the moments in the film it is every scene with Keegan-Michael Key who chews up every moment he is on screen. His appearances make no sense half of the time and his magical like way he appears on the screen makes for some brilliant comedic moments. Once things start getting to the meat of comedic horror in the second half of the film it finds its rhythm and makes for a pretty funny moment. In addition they deliver some pretty fun gore moments periodically throughout giving it just enough credibility to fit in with the horror comedy genre.
Fans of Reno 911 know what they are getting into with these guys and while it’s not always as funny as it could have been, but it does work for the most part. Horror comedies that actually deliver the gore and fun are few and far between, but thankfully Hell Baby has just enough of both to fill that void and is sure to entertain.