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Hell Baby (2013)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  March 2014 (UK)
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An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.

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An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.

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The Devil got a baby mama.

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for bloody violence, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,980 (USA) (6 September 2013)

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$4,980 (USA) (6 September 2013)
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The two cops, played by actors Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, wear name tags with each others real life last name. The two actors are also two thirds of the comedy sketch show "Human Giant". See more »

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When the police speak with the priests hanging around at the police car, you can see the camera tripod reflected on the priest with the beard's glasses as he is moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vanessa: Home.
Jack: Home.
Vanessa: Here's the low-balling the seller and still getting $50,000 off after the home inspection.
VanessaJack: [hi-five each other]
Jack: We could paint this place today, sell it tomorrow, and still make money.
Vanessa: Yes, we could. I love you, Jack Watson.
Jack: I love you. Now, let me carry you over that goddamn threshold.
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References This Old House (1992) See more »

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Silver Swan
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came across as confused
10 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

what I saw really bored me, and annoyed me. As I did not know anything about the film, I had no preconceptions, and initially the first scenes made me think it was a genuine horror film. Then the quirky dialogue and characters encouraged me as I thought it's a horror film but an unconventional one, left field horror. Then the scenes with the exorcists in the Vatican annoyed me - and it gradually dawned on me that the film had skipped genres, perhaps unintentionally, from horror to indy anarchy, to crap attempt at comedy.

Yes it was original to begin with, the quirky humour almost elevating the fright element - but soon the comic ideas were going around in a loop. e.g. the neighbour kept popping up, essentially the same joke again and again....but why was the central male character not questioning this?? There was a certain lack of logic and realism that went against the initial visual style and ' horror genre' present in the film.

Horror comedy is notoriously difficult to get right - perhaps Bob Hope's The Cat and The Canary may be the best attempt at it - but see that long roster of weak Abbot and Costello horro-coms, and patchy Scary Movies. This did come across as weak version of Scary Movie. The comedy in it demanded more originality - as in the brilliantly delivered gags in that ultimate spoof Airplane - and a bit more realism (the lead actress in my opinion was wrong for the part). The relationship between the couple broke down early on but the husband barely questioned it.

Though I am sure the film makers would defend this film as a pastiche or fond tribute, I saw it as a mixed up jumble, often relying on clichés of the horror genre, and therefore disrespecting that genre, and lacking substance as a comedy. Sorry.


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