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Hellblock 13 (1999)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 8 February 2000 (USA)
In a haunted death row cellblock, a deranged female serial killer reads a trio of twisted tales to her executioner.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Hansen ...
The Executioner
Jon Miller ...
Prison Guard #1
Brian Kelly ...
Prison Guard #2 (as Brian D. Kelly)
Jeff Jordan ...
Amy R. Swaim ...
Sherry Simpson ("Watery Grave")
Bill Roberson ...
Sheriff Broughton ("Watery Grave")
Kirk Bair ...
Bob Simms ("Watery Grave")
Detective Hyatt ("Watery Grave")
Jessica Dunning ...
Jessie ("Watery Grave")
Rick Migliore ...
Police Driver ("Watery Grave")
Michele Affronte ...
Jessie's Voice / Flashback Biker Girl ("Watery Grave" & "Big Rhonda")
Marie Talbot ...
Jonah's Voice ("Watery Grave") (voice)
Jennifer Peluso ...
Heidi Mae / Flashback Biker Girl ("White Trash Love Story" & "Big Rhonda")
David G. Holland ...
Joe Mark ("White Trash Love Story")


In a dark and dreary death-row cell block of a women's prison in South Carolina, a deranged female serial killer named Tara reads to her impending executioner three horror stories based on the 'voices' that compelled her to write during her years on death row. In "Watery Grave" a young woman is plagued by constant nightmares of her two missing children whom were reputed to have been drowned. In "White Trash Love Story" an abused, trailer-trash wife decides to get back at her abusive husband by using witchcraft, which doesn't go as planned. In "Big Rhonda" an outlaw motorcycle gang shows it's newest member a blood-oath ritual for one of their long-dead members. But the bikers don't see their newest addition for what he is, but the undead Rhonda does! Written by Matt Patay

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Once Inside You'll Pray For the Chair!


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8 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Hellblock 666  »

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The original title, "Hellblock 666", was changed to Hellblock 13 because of the heavily Christian area the movie was being shot in, this concerned producers who were trying to secure locations. They ran into trouble finding locations with the original title and were able to secure a closed down jail after altering the suffix of the title from '666' to '13'. See more »


In the White Trash Love Story, Heidi Maes facial bruises appear and disappear many times in the same scene. See more »


Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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5 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now don't get me wrong i do love my ham low-budget and low-brow horror but this is really quite wack stuff even at your most haphazard silly level. Three relatively boring short stories told by a woman on death-row to her prison guard just before her execution.... incidentally the girl who's on death-row who tells the "stories" is fit and ...er...yeh...is probably about the only decent thing in this forgettable film. The three short stories that are told are simply very ,very , very weak stuff and frankly just straight up uninteresting. The first story is so painfully acted by everyone involved its a relief once it's over ...the mundane "suspense" of the story isn't helped by some awful camera continuity , wack editing . The one highlight admittedly is the slightly amusing second short story of a wife beating redneck....completely silly and seemingly made-up as they were filming storyline is reprived by it's bemusing off-the-wall ending. Third story...i dnno some biker devilish cult malarky promises something but again ends up crap.

Overall it's mostly an uninteresting , generally non-sensical bunch of stories filmed badly and directed badly , edited and sequenced in a way that struggles to convey any decent viewing. It really isn't worth the time or effort to make even the most passive of viewing ...even at this most botchit level of low-budget horror.

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