John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser
Yellow Veil Pictures
“I love you so much, I could just eat you up. If you break my heart, I’ll devour you.” Teenager Izzy (Zelda Adams) lives a lonely life with her mother (Toby Adams), their house isolated deep in the Catskill Mountains. That scenic seclusion is no accident. Her mother has gone through enormous efforts to keep Izzy largely away from people since she was five. For her own protection, and perhaps for that of others. They spend their days being each others’ best friends, teaching one another and making music in their two-piece rock band, H6LLB6ND6R. As Izzy begins to grow more into herself, she starts venturing into town, spending time with other people, and a sharp thirst for deeper knowledge is stirred. Knowledge of self, and also of her family’s mysterious history… with witchcraft.
An occult coming-of-age film unlike any you’ve seen, HELLBENDER is the extraordinary new creation from the Adams Family (Toby Poser, John Adams, Zelda Adams), gifted mother/father/daughter filmmaking family behind 2019’s indie sensation THE DEEPER YOU DIG. It further affirms their stature as singular poets of the genre, making soulful, wholly original works with a one-of-a-kind look and feel, vibrant with left-field invention. HELLBENDER’s sonics are an inspiration of their own, both in terms of the family’s sound design and the multitude of catchy songs from their band (named as in the movie) – did we mention that in addition to making mind-bending films, they’ve been playing music together since Zelda was 10? HELLBENDER imaginatively explores questions of identity, instinct and power roles in youth and parenthood alike. It’s an uncanny film, haunting, heartfelt, freakish and fun, one that feels to be coming from a place of genuine mystical knowledge. We urge you to step through its doorways. – Mitch Davis
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