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Hellbent (2004)

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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."

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Review Date: 16 June 2006 My Rating: out of 5


The 'first gay slasher movie' is brought to us by the late Joseph Wolf who helped bring us Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and whilst it's nowhere near as good as either of those two movies, it's a fun film with a surprisingly good amount of attention paid to character.

The story sees a group of friends who all happen to be gay guys, head out to the West Hollywood street carnival to celebrate Halloween, only to find themselves being pursued by a buff guy in a Devil mask who likes to collect gay guy's heads.

Out of all the characters featured, only a couple could be accused of being stereotypes, as the protagonists and their stories are what makes the film enjoyable as we are given a group of people who we are actually able to feel some remorse for once the devil takes their heads.

Director Paul Etheredge Ouzts deserves praise for his handling of the situation in the middle of a real live carnival and for making it look as well as he did, which was obviously no easy task.

The cast of familiar faces do well at playing gay because they act natural as opposed to mincing queens. They are gay men; they don't want to be women so they're just like regular guys.

The film's best asset is the excellent death scenes and gore but it's a well crafted first attempt from a debut feature director.

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