Bellflower (2011)

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Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Glodell ...
Zack Kraus ...
Mad Dog's Waitress
Bradshaw Pruitt ...
Mad Dog's Bartender
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Britta Jacobellis ...
Neighbor With Dogs
Ceaser Flores ...
Scary Man at Party
Tattoo Guy
Dan Dulle ...
Motorcycle Owner


Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. Literally all their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies. Often life's simplest and most obvious truths are the hardest to see, but once you've burned everything to the ground it may be the only thing left standing. Written by Coatwolf Productions

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A love story with apocalyptic stakes.


Action | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ariza Ask  »

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Box Office


$17,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,279 (USA) (5 August 2011)


$167,242 (USA) (4 November 2011)

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(Dolby 5.1)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Evan Glodell built his first flamethrower at the age of 12. It was prone to malfunction and only had a 6 foot range. See more »


Woodrow and Aiden are sitting on the park bench, the Medusa behind them. The "MEDUSA" painted on the side of the car is a different type style than in every other scene. See more »


Aiden: Your car is really bad ass dude. We could just get in the car, put the flamethrower in the trunk, leave town. Do you know how awesome it would be if we like went to some small town and went to one of the local bars, pulled up in that car? People would be like 'Holy shit, who are these guys?' and we would be like 'Come outside and take a look at our flamethrower". Dude, I don't think you realize how cool your car is. I'm fucking serious though dude. We could take the flamethrower and guns and ...
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Crazy Credits

In the credit for "MEDUSA CAR RESSURECTION AND SUPERCHARGING," "resurrection" is misspelled. See more »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.24 (2011) See more »


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Written by Tia Leslie
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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant

When David Fincher was preparing to shoot Fight Club, he briefly considered dispensing with stars and a big budget to shoot the film guerrilla style on digital video. Had he gone that route, the results would have been something along the lines of Bellflower, an audacious, flame- spewing, spit in the face of everything stale and conventional about modern cinema. Shot on a nothing budget using a camera that director/writer/star Evan Glodell built from odds and ends, Bellflower is a stark critique of characters lost and struggling in the sun soaked wastelands of Southern California. To go into detail would certainly ruin the joy of discovery this brutal movie has to offer. Suffice to say it is a love story like no other, chock full of drunken brawls, flame- throwers, and a muscle car named Medusa (also built from scratch by Glodell). Personally, I think this is one of the most important movies that's come out in recent memory. With a raw, ugly beauty reminiscent of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the sparse immediacy of films like Two Lane Blacktop, and David Lynch's ability to make the banal nightmarish and horrifying, Bellflower incinerates the very notion of narrative filmmaking, redefining it on its own terms. If indie filmmaking is meant to push the envelope, this movie leaves that envelope charred and twisting in the wind.

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