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Hell's Half Acre (2006)

An ambitious maniac stalks the residents of a small town.

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Sean Tiedeman
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Credited cast:
Joe Chapman Joe Chapman ... Hick Sheriff
Jim Clauser Jim Clauser ... WDIE Radio Host
Todd Labar Todd Labar ... Derek Moore
Chris Line ... Escaped Victim
Tesia Nicoli Tesia Nicoli ... Nicole
Ariel Rivera Ariel Rivera ... Brad's friend
Ken Schwarz ... Lt. Lapetta
Dorothy Vollmer ... Victim (as Dorothy Macdonald)
Bob Weick Bob Weick ... Bob Moore
Leah Wolf Leah Wolf ... Nurse (as Leah Schmidt)
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From filmmakers Sean Tiedeman and Scott Krycia (Associate Producers of EVIL BONG) comes one of the highest body count films in horror history. A serial killer is brought to justice by his victims and burned alive on what is now known as Hell's Half Acre. Years later, a faceless killer begins slaughtering the townspeople. Losing her friends and family, Nicole Becker (Tesia Nicoli) decides to go after the killer with all she's got. Double machetes, shotguns, dual handguns, and even a chaingun are all part of this killer's arsenal. Needless to say, it's gonna be messy! Written by blackplague films

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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K Studios See more »
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Color
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The Hell's Half Acre theme song, Coo-Coo, was performed by the rock band Spitshine. The song is available on their album, Transaudio released in 2004. See more »

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For all it's silliness, it's apparent the filmmakers knew exactly what kind of film they liked...
22 August 2008 | by Monster MakerSee all my reviews

Having actually been involved in a few projects of this no budget level, and having seen more than a few of them, I can only say: Bravo! Hell's Half Acre has a sick twisted energy that far surpasses other productions of the same financial level. And, for me, the biggest and best surprise: HHA busts stuff up!

Forever my biggest gripe against no budget horror films has been: Everyone looks like they are afraid to make a mess. Doors are opened, not knocked down. Victims are only slashed to death in tile bathrooms, where the blood is easy to wash away. Or worse yet, people only seem to die and bleed on convenient towels! Well monsters don't work that way. They don't care!

Fist time film makers take the time to think out character's thoughts, reasons, and actions, but never stop to think how unlikely it is that horrible events will all happen cleanly! These guys seem to go out of their way to make a mess. *Doors are blasted open with splinters flying, (sometimes visibly clobbering hapless actresses)! *Car windows (Yes! Car windows!) are smashed. *Monster (or at least their dummy representatives) are hurled off 12 story buildings. *Cars are turned over. *People bleed on walls. *People are killed or chopped up outside! Not hidden in indoor studios where the public can't accidentally glimpse it. *TV's are smashed. On Heads! *And for cripes sake: An entire house is burned down! For the movie. Not stock movie footage. Add to all this, the use of a real Jail Cell, real fireman, real fire trucks. Too many times I've seen a barn studio be an office, a bedroom, a bar, a police station, etc. Usually by moving the chairs around. It's refreshing to see a production take the time and energy to find real locations. And encouraging to see a community so eager to help.

Most of the cast is very natural, and comes off seeming like real people. Val the babysitter, comes off so fun, natural, and energetic in her behind the scenes footage, that I find it a pity she wasn't alive in the actual movie a little longer. She would have made a great survivor, instead of victim.

The heroine, Tesia is a joy to watch. We don't really get enough time to get to know her. So, unlike her contemporary counter parts, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, other women who were pushed far enough to stop running and turn on their monsters,we might care a little less what happens to her. But the movie is still fun when her butt-kicking commences. As a fan of the whole Scream Queen scene, though, someone should tell her I would have been Okay with her lingerie scene being a bit longer. ...oh well.

The behind the scenes reel is as fun as the movie. News stories in the movie look and feel absolutely real. Another stumbling point of many first time horror filmmakers. However, one possible minor disappointment: The promotional use of The "Wake Up Call For Parents" piece is so good, that I'm not sure the movie can live up to what the promo promises. One expects to be absolutely repulsed. A bad thing for concerned parents, but a promise of greatness for fans. The revulsion of Dawn in the promo, isn't, and probably never could be, matched by the actual horrors of the movie.

I enjoyed the crap out of HHA. For all it's silliness, it's apparent the filmmakers knew exactly what kind of film they liked. Then they went out, grabbed that kind of movie, twisted the plot to near perversion, cranked up the power to overload, and vomited it out all over whoever they could get to watch it. And I suspect they were laughing the whole time.

I know I was!

-M Manik


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