When it comes to horror, it feels like no subgenre is replicated most than the exorcism. And why shouldn’t it? Watching possession play out on film is a great and gruesome way to make make your audience cringe. After the fiftieth or so time you sit down to watch a nice normal girl’s life get ruined by Satan, though, it starts to get a little stale.
But the sinning and swearing members of the Order of the Hellbound Saints from J.T. Petty’s Hellbenders have arrived to spin that premise on its head (sorry). The blasphemous men (and woman) of God are a special force that, rather than waiting for exorcism cases to appear, live as sinfully as possible to bring the demons to them first so that they can battle it out and send them back to hell. It’s dealing with the problem directly at its source.
True, this team that consists of cult hero Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Samantha Buck, and Dan Fogler is hunting demons and doing good, but Ghostbusters this is not. Hellspawn are a bit bigger of a problem to deal with than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and just because these characters are ministers doesn’t mean they’re ones you want to introduce your children to at the movie theater. As Collins’ character puts it in the trailer, he’s your Father, but he ain’t your fuckin’ dad.
Check out the very NSFW trailer for yourself here:
Our own Nathan Adams caught the flick at TIFF 2012 and was a big fan, stating that it “ends the reign of generic exorcism movies by injecting some raunchy jokes and sickening gore into its proceedings.” You can read the rest of his review here.
Hellbenders is in theaters October 18th. [via Movies.com]