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Hell Baby

Canadian Premiere
  • USA
  • 2013
  • 98 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Official Selection, Sundance 2013

“Hilariously funny... a movie for people who like something actually alt in their alt comedy” - Devin Faraci, BADASS DIGEST

When expectant couple Jack (THE DAILY SHOW’s Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN’s Leslie Bibb) move into New Orleans’ most haunted house, la Maison de Sang, they think they’re getting the deal of a lifetime… but little do they know, the ghouls that infest their new home have set sights on their unborn child — and they’re not giving up very easily! As expected, mother-to-be Vanessa is quickly overtaken by the home’s evil powers and soon finds herself addicted to booze, cigarettes, and the occasional homicide, while long-suffering Jack can’t seem to catch a break. Plagued by vicious demons, bumbling police, visiting Vatican priests, and a horny elderly neighbour, his crumbling home soon becomes the least of his numerous worries.

From RENO 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon comes HELL BABY, one of the raunchiest slapstick comedies this side of Hades — a side-splitting laugher that expertly walks the line between high hilarity and horror. A bawdy love letter to American “monster kid” movies of the ’70s and ’80s, HELL BABY plays like a filthy version of SATURDAY THE 14TH and TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000, packed with more splatter, graphic nudity and f-bombs than should be allowed by law. But tucked between winking nods to THE OMEN and IT’S ALIVE is an endearingly hilarious story clearly created by — and made expressly for — genre fans. And whereas the average studio horror comedy might shy away from a group of holy men punching a newborn in the face, HELL BABY most certainly does not. Slathered in vomit and splattered in blood, this indie gem nails it on every level of bad taste – delivering the bastard love child of ROBOT CHICKEN and ROSEMARY’S BABY. As he’s frightened for the five hundredth time, the ever-beleaguered Jack screams hilariously to the heavens, “I’m so sick of being startled!” But you won’t be — because the scares and laughs don’t let up… and by the time Vanessa’s in labour, you sure as Hell won’t want this baby to end.

— Ted Geoghegan