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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.

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Cast

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

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Horror | Thriller

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

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22 February 2006 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,047, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$187,786, 9 April 2006
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MeatLocker, the fetish club featured in the movie, is in reality a church. When filming ran late on Saturday night, the crew had to race to remove all the hanging rubber corpses before Sunday service. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Eddie: Green colored condoms? I wanna know who sucks a green dick!
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References Scream (1996) See more »

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Gone
Performed by THUTHEN
Written by P.Goodwin
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The West Hollywood, Texas Scythe-Wielding Massacre!
23 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

HELLBENT is a tough movie to classify. Yes, it is about a serial killer on one Halloween night in West Hollywood, but it also seems to be a light-hearted takeoff on all the silly teenage massacre horror films. Is it parody or was it meant to be a thriller? No matter, because what we get is an entertaining, well-paced, witty-scripted, full of tension foray through the clubs and alleyways of the very colorful West Hollywood Halloween atmosphere.

Don't search for story motivation: there doesn't seem to be one. A devil-garbed body builder beheads boys, leaving the corpses sans heads to the horror of the community just as Halloween festivities are beginning. Our main characters are four friends who are out for a good time, the leader of whom is costumed as a cop and in reality is a wannabe policeman who failed the course due the loss of an eye. His fellow friends are zippy, tight, and fun loving and along the way many of them fall victim to the 'devil's scythe' (and yes, that is shown in grisly detail!). There is a lot of chase action in dark rooms and darker woods and alleys and the fear quotient is pretty high. The problem is the ending, which doesn't answer any plot motivational questions and unfortunately leaves the door open for future follow-up adventures (or is this merely part of the parody of the multitudinous versions of Freddy, I Know What You Did Last Summer, etc teenie flicks?).

The cast is attractive and seems to be enjoying themselves as actors. The lighting and costuming and musical scoring are on a par with the best production values of films of this genre. In the end it is fun to see a thriller played solely in the gay community without preachy comparisons or strife with the straight folk. It is entertaining for everyone.


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