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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.

Writers:

Robert Ben Garant (screenplay), Thomas Lennon (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Corddry ... Jack
Leslie Bibb ... Vanessa
Alex Berg Alex Berg ... Mrs. Nussbaum / Cheerful Guy
Keegan-Michael Key ... F'resnel
Robert Ben Garant ... Father Sebastian
Thomas Lennon ... Father Padrigo
David Pasquesi ... Cardinal Vicente
David Wain ... Dr. Marsden
Michael Ian Black ... Dr. Marshall
Rob Huebel ... Mickey
Paul Scheer ... Ron
Dave Holmes ... Rental Car Guy
Brittney Alger ... Italian Nurse
Tara Cullen Tara Cullen ... Italian Nurse
Jessica Loyacono Jessica Loyacono ... Italian Nurse
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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. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Copilul diavolului See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,980, 8 September 2013

Gross USA:

$8,785

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,785
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lenon both starred together in Reno 911! See more »

Goofs

When Riki Lindhome asked Rob Corddry to rub the oily lotion behind her back, the lotion she had just rubbed around her bare naked breasts a couple of seconds ago was vanished and her breasts were dry. 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 Judge Judy (1996) See more »

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Silver Swan
Written by Tony Hymas
Published by KPM APM (ASCAP)
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Original possession horror comedy
8 February 2016 | by FinalGuyHorrorSee all my reviews

In the past decade the horror genre has been besieged with a string of parodies and spoofs, to the extent that one can be forgiven for feeling a strong case of déjà vu when the trailer for Scary Movie 15 is rolled out at the local multiplex . The latest offering in this sub genre is Hell Baby, a possession spoof written and directed by Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon and a film that, against all expectation, manages to breathe a little life and originality back into a concept that is long overdue for some freshness.

Expectant parents Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) end up with more than they bargained for when they purchase a rundown house in the worse neighbourhood in New Orleans. Warned of the house's murderous history by their neighbour/squatter F'Resnel (Keegan Michael Key) the couple soon begin to experience strange goings on in their new home, and when Vanessa herself begins to exhibit signs of possession a collection of inept cops, faith healing in-laws and surly priests descend to try and prevent the Devil begin reborn on earth.

Despite its rather unsettling plot description, borrowing from such classics as Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, Hell Baby is very much a comedy with only light sprinklings of horror. A few jump scares aside there is no attempt to build tension or suspense, and the whole possession/demonic baby theme is used merely as a vehicle for the laughs. Not that this is a bad thing of course, and Hell Baby should be commended for managing to feel original at a time when every other horror spoof follows the same tired formula. It is refreshing to see a parody that does not always go for the lowest common denominator, and while there is a slight over reliance on repetitive sight gags the majority of the jokes manage to land.

The feeling of originality is aided by the performances of the main cast, and it should be no surprise that the film's tone skews more towards chuckles than shrieks given the comedic pedigree on display. The ever reliable Corddry plays the straight man with aplomb, with his reactions and slow unravelling helping to elevate each set piece he features in. Bibb is suitably convincing as the possessed and heavily pregnant Vanessa, while Key arguably steals the show as the flamboyant and inappropriate provider of exposition F'Resnel. Unfortunately things are let down by the support, with Lennon and Garant's stereotypical priests never raising more than a stifled chuckle and Paul Scheer's half of a hapless police duo struggling to achieve the heights of his roles in The League and NTSF:SD:SUV.

Hell Baby is the sort of film which is always going to attract snark and negativity. The last 15 minutes run out of steam, there are some jokes which feel a little tired, and some of the questionable decisions made by the characters for the sake of driving the story will likely leave the audience rolling their eyes. But scratch a little deeper and there are some genuinely clever genre elements and observations to be found, as well as a good few laughs along the way. In all, a perfect film for when you want something a little less demanding but don't want to sacrifice quality in order to get it.


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