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Hellbenders -- There are demons so terrible that no mortal man of God could successfully drive them back to Hell. The only option is for the exorcist himself to invite possession and then commit suicide, dragging along the demon to damnation – so the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints – or Hellbenders – was formed.  A group of elite, highly-trained exorcists, they live in a constant state of debauchery so they will be ready to go to Hell at any moment.  When an infernal Norse demon called BLACK SURTR escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, the Hellbenders must use every ounce of their debauchery to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation!


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The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Lawrence

Clancy Brown ... Angus

Andre Royo ... Stephen

Robyn Rikoon ... Elizabeth

Macon Blair ... Macon

Stephen Gevedon ... Clint

Larry Fessenden ... Detective Elrod

Dan Fogler ... Eric
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Auslender ... Passenger

Edoardo Ballerini ... Father Atherton
Larry Block ... Rabbi Weinberg
Patricia Bruno ... Passenger

Samantha Buck ... Penelope

Dan Chen ... Demon Man child
Nadim Choudhary ... Macon's Indonesian Lover
Ronald De Suze ... Passenger

Brian Donahue ... Church Thug

Lauren Francesca ... Cecilia
Diana Fuller ... Kid
Corey Gegner ... Video Crewman #1
Caryll Gordon ... Passenger
Michelle Hill ... Passenger
Keith Johnson ... Passenger

Jaiden Kaine ... Demon

Jacqueline Knapp ... Widow
Carole Langan ... Ms. Rainey

Justin Little ... Demon possessed husband

Lisa-Marie Long ... British Demon

Giovanna Maimone ... Demon Possessed Wife

Raymond Mamrak ... Irish Thug
Roberto Monticello ... Castro

Folake Olowofoyeku ... Serena Venter
Clementine Jane Petty ... Angry Baby
Lorrainne Petty ... Macon's Carnal Rabbit
Hugh Potts ... Passenger
Chris Powell ... Passenger

Donna Ross ... Waitress
George Schram ... Priest
John Shim ... Video Crewman #2

Rico Simonini ... Contractor
Christopher Slade ... Detective
James Slattery ... Larry's Neighbor

Sophie Vanier ... Paramedic
Jeff Ware ... Dermot Boyce

Directed by
J.T. Petty 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.T. Petty  graphic novel
J.T. Petty  screenplay

Produced by
David Alpert .... executive producer
Miranda Bailey .... executive producer
Jon S. Denny .... producer
David Engel .... executive producer
Jonathan Gray .... executive producer
Gregor Habsburg .... co-producer
Matthew Leutwyler .... executive producer
Lawrence Mattis .... producer
Kelly McCormick .... executive producer
David Moscow .... producer
Remy Moses .... associate producer
Lois Shaffer Oda .... associate producer
Mark L. Pederson .... producer
Jay Rifkin .... executive producer
Aldey Sanchez .... producer
Mark Santora .... line producer
Rico Simonini .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
Cinematography by
Ryan Samul 
Film Editing by
Jacob Craycroft 
Joel Plotch 
Casting by
Adrienne Stern 
Production Design by
Russell Barnes 
Art Direction by
Mark Sonderskov 
Set Decoration by
Michael B. Lewis 
Costume Design by
Abby O'Sullivan 
Makeup Department
Denise Guerra .... additional hair stylist
Brenna McGuire .... makeup department head
Liliana Meyrick .... department head hair
Brian Spears .... special makeup effects artist
Ashley K. Thomas .... special effects makeup assistant (as Ashley Thomas)
Production Management
Lynn Appelle .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Daly .... first assistant director
Robert Lopez .... second second assistant director
Soren Miltich .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Christopher Angelini .... art department researcher
Candice Cardasis .... props
David Chrisman .... taxidermy consultant
Angelo Digrigoli .... set dresser
Nicole Eckenroad .... art researcher
Janet Kalas .... charge scenic artist
Gray Madder .... lead man
Tristan More .... props
Tricia Peck .... assistant property master
Vanessa Riegel .... graphic designer
Adam Scheiner .... set dresser
Dani Schuhman .... art department researcher
Joanna Tillman .... property master
Benjamin Woodward .... on set dresser (as Ben Woodward)
Sound Department
Erik Bailey .... sound editor
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Cary Clark .... technical support
Bryan Dembinski .... sound mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Max Greene .... sound editor
Eric Maldin .... adr mixer
Cate Montana .... adr editor
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Tom Ryan .... foley editor
Tom Ryan .... foley recordist
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Ashley Akcakanat .... roto/paint artist
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer: The Molecule
Kate Chappell .... compositor (as Katherin Chappell)
Bruce Hwang Chen .... digital compositor
Daniel Cohen .... visual effects producer
Thompson Conradi .... compositor
Thompson Conradi .... visual effects artist
Luis de Leon .... compositor
Artur Elson .... compositor
Charlotta Forssman .... visual effects editor
Mark Scott Friedman .... compositing supervisor
Mark Scott Friedman .... digital compositor
Nicolas Girard .... compositor
Chris Healer .... visual effects supervisor: The Molecule
Brian Houlihan .... digital compositor
Henry Jean .... compositor
Euna Kho .... visual effects artist
Bo Kyeong Kim .... compositor
da Suel Kim .... compositor
Nothan Kim .... compositor
Franz Kol .... digital compositor
Lenz Kol .... senior compositor
Maxim Kornev .... compositor
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer
Erin W. Nash .... compositor
Erin W. Nash .... digital compositor
Michael Nikitin .... compositor
Victoria Penzes .... compositor
Joshua Sacavage .... visual effects coordinator
Scott Saling .... digital compositor
Solomon Schechman .... compositor
Adam Schwartz .... lead compositor
Chad Sikora .... visual effects
Jesse Spielman .... digital compositor
Tom Szenher .... visual effects artist
Jung Um .... compositor
Yuliya Vinokur .... compositor
Markus White .... digital compositor
Selim Yang .... compositor
Matt Yourshaw .... compositor
Nitasha Bhambree .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Robert Lee Harvey .... stunts
Pete Klein .... stunt performer
Samantha MacIvor .... stunt double
Declan Mulvey .... stunt double: Clifton Collins Jr.
Kevin Rogers .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Charlie Anderson .... digital imaging technician
Jason Beasley .... electrician
Bobby Boothe .... a camera operator
Steven Capitano Calitri .... b camera operator (as Steve Calitri)
J. Eric Camp .... camera operator: additional photography
Carl Casano .... electrician
Patrick Cecilian .... digital imaging technician
Paul E. Chresomales .... camera intern
Alex Craig .... second assistant camera
Bill Dixon .... best boy grip
Trevor Fields .... electrician
Corey Gegner .... first assistant camera
Hunter Herrick .... best boy electric
Alonso Homs .... stereographer
Douglas K. Horton .... 3d rig technician
Jason Medrano .... grip
Bert Montanari .... electrician
John Moustakas .... grip
Toby Orzano .... additional electrician
Alex Peterson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Keith Putnam .... digital imaging technician
John Shim .... gaffer
Dante Skartoni .... additional grip
Joe Striffler .... grip
Lyon Taylor .... electrician
Christopher Vidaic .... key grip
Bree Michael Warner .... still photographer
Daniel Wong .... grip
Casting Department
Cristina Martinez .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... set costumer
Karen Boyer .... wardrobe supervisor
Jane Gerber .... additional wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Milan Boncich .... stereoscopic colorist
John Eremic .... post production supervisor
Charlie Greene .... first assistant editor
Ben Laffin .... digital intermediate producer
Mike Mazzotta .... digital lab technician
Keenan Mock .... digital intermediate assistant
T.J. Seiler .... stereoscopic di editor
Location Management
Chris Carmody .... location manager
Other crew
James Adames .... production assistant
Laurent Boyé .... international publicist (as Laurent Boye)
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor
Nicole Compas .... production counsel
Partrick Domond .... production assistant
Jacquelyn Frisco .... consultant
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales
Christiane Hitzemann .... demon's German self
Max Leeds .... legal counsel: international sales
Alex Lombardo .... production assistant
Megan Marquis .... office production coordinator (as Megan Milnes)
Nat McCormick .... World Sales Executive
Molly McMillen .... production coordinator
Glenn McQuaid .... title designer
Ryan Moloney .... production assistant
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Darryl Prevost .... production assistant
Mariana Santos-Kopelson .... office production assistant (as Mariana Santos)
Alex Scricco .... set production assistant (as Alexandra Scricco)
Dolan Chorng .... thanks: Contest Winner Footage
Jacquelyn Frisco .... special thanks (as Jacquie Frisco)
Jacquelyn Frisco .... special thanks
Colin Geddes .... thanks
Joe Lujan .... thanks: Contest Footage

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Rated R for bloody violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use
85 min
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Great effects, but story meanders, 12 September 2012
Author: Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario

Having its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hellbenders comes to us from the mind of writer/director JT Petty who was the man calling the shorts behind Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003) and The Burrowers (2008).

The film takes us inside the Hellbound Saints of Brooklyn Parish where the members are a group of vile quasi-Catholic priests who spend their days soaked in immorality in efforts to overtly break each of the seven deadly sins. Their licentiousness is recorded by a fellow member of the parish (Andre Royo) and the intention is to be so morally reprehensible that you can be possessed by a demon and then pull that demon into hell with you after taking your own life. This is the motivation for members to be "damnation-ready" for when the time is needed for them to spring into action.

The 'church' is always in a state of readiness. And when the phone rings with reports of a demon sighting, the members jump into action to both bloody and comedic effect. Think of them like the Ghostbusters, except this team likes to smoke, get drunk and commit as many sins as possible for heading out on assignment.

Things get hairy when two of the members try to exorcise a demon only to have one of them become possessed with an evil spirit intent on wiping out all of humanity. The remaining members must then put their feelings for the possessed priest aside as they attempt to thwart the demons world destruction plans.

With a cast that includes Clancy Brown, Dan Fogler, Macon Blair and Robyn Rikoon, Hellbenders was an interested but flawed profane 85-minute ride that stretched its interesting story about as far as audiences would concede.

The equal balance of comedy and supernatural elements worked fairly well and the cast seemed to be invested in the source material which was extracted from JT Petty's own graphic novel.

But the story just didn't grab us by the throat they way the director (I am sure) intended. Although these beings attempt to be as vile and profane as possible, they still didn't come across as evil and nasty as you would have hoped for such a dark comedy. And a whole storyline about the Parish being shut down by the church just felt like a diversion from the core story that was far more interesting.

The effects in the film were top rate. We were surprised at our screening to be passed 3D glasses, but as the movie progressed, we were conscious of the extra dimension and thought it was one of the better uses of the gimmick we have seen on screen. The make up and special effects were also comparable to big blockbuster type budgets.

But for a film demonic possession, it felt rather hollow and didn't give us enough of what the synopsis of the film promised. By the time the curtain was lowered and the cinema lights came back on, we had wished that JT Petty had spent more time on the characters themselves than on the story. We would have far more appreciated a feature just watching these guys sin and try and top each other rather than watching them demon hunt.

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