Hellbent (2004)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  22 February 2006 (France)
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Halloween in West Hollywood, two guys making out in a park are interrupted by a serial killer. Later that night, a group of gay kids decide to visit to the site of the murders.


(as Paul Etheredge-Ouzts)


(as Paul Etheredge-Ouzts)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Phillips ...
Kent James ...
Nick Name (as Nick Name)
Police Captain
Nina Landey ...
Samuel A. Levine ...
Mikey (as Samuel Aarons)
Kris Andersson ...
White Pepper
Shaun T. Benjamin ...
Police Officer (as Shaun Benjamin)
Baron Rogers ...
Jared Reynolds
Jorge (as Miguel Caballero)
Blake Davis ...
Frat Guy
Jerry Farmer ...
Tattoo Artist


Two gay men on a date are murdered the night before Halloween in West Hollywood, California. Eddie and his friends Joey, Chaz and Tobey are going out the following night to the West Hollywood Halloween festival when they encounter the psycho, who sets his eye on them. The killer stalks them through the festival as Chaz parties, Joey chases his jock crush, Tobey tries dressing in drag, and Eddie pursues Jake, the bad boy he wants to get to know better. Not until the very end do you find out who dies and who survives their night of terror. Written by Esprix

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When The Night Belongs To The Devil, The Party Goes To Hell.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Thriller  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$45,047 (USA) (16 September 2005)


$187,786 (USA) (7 April 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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The director originally intended to shoot the murders without showing any blood. See more »


When Joey is being placed on the table during the concert scene, the legs on his jeans are covered in fake blood. In the next shot, the pants are clean and they start to pretend to cut him up with the fake chainsaws. See more »


Joey: [after Joey scares him in the car] Get out of the fucking car! Get out of the car!
Tobey: I got you!
Joey: I'm gonna beat your ass. Get out of the fucking car!
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A Travesty--A Blown Opportunity
6 October 2005 | by (Sherman Oaks) – See all my reviews

Do the readers of the posted comments for this film notice that the raves are coming from those who saw it at a gay and lesbian film festival somewhere? I don't know why but so many people who see films at festivals overrate them, as if the slightest gay reference in a film automatically makes it good. I missed it at last year's Outfest in LA, and heard that it was really good. I also wondered why it took over a year for this film to get released. Having finally gotten a chance to see it at a regular theater, I now know why. It was TERRIBLE! I can't understand why another Outfest entry that I saw--"The 25th Day" with hotties James Marsden and Scott Speedman went direct to video, and they bothered to release this trashy film. I am a fan of horror films. Hellbent is really the first "gay" slasher picture. Too bad it had to be done this badly--poor script, mediocre direction, laughable dialogue, paper-thin characters, an ending that can only be described as a complete let-down, and no insight whatsoever as to the killer. If you saw the poster to this film and the first make-out scene in the film, you saw the best part of the movie. Only the drag queen character was able to make any kind of lingering impression. The actor resisted the temptation to make his character campy, and so we have sympathy for him. Otherwise, don't waste your money. I am out 10 bucks and 90 minutes of my life that I'll never get back! I hope more talented gay filmmakers will try there hand at this genre, which has proved itself so profitably to str8 audiences. Openly gay filmmakers and writers such as Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2") and Kevin Williamson (the "Scream" movies and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" movies) have so far given us "eye candy" in the form of hunky guys, but their movies so far are engineered to mainstream str8 audiences. They have had their success commercially. It is time for them to "come out" and make a truly gay horror film like this one. What do they have to lose? Be yourselves, for Godsakes--don't pretend to be str8. Write what you know about and what you feel (that is, lust for guys, not for girls). If they ever do, maybe we will get the first GOOD gay slasher film! HellBent is certainly not that film.

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