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Hellbenders [Blu-ray] (2014)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are demons so terrible that no mortal man of God could successfully drive them back to Hell. The only option is for the exorci st himself to invite possession and then commit suicide, dragging along the demon to damnation - so the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints - or Hellbenders - was formed. A group of elite, highly-trained exorcists, they live in a constant state of debauchery so they will be ready to go to Hell at any moment. When an infernal Norse demon called Black Surtr escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, the Hellbenders must use every ounce of their debauchery to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique horror-comedy that does not disappoint February 18, 2014
The concepts of demonic possession and exorcisms fascinate me, which partially explains why I like horror movies so much. As any horror buff can tell you, hundreds, if not thousands, of films about these subjects have been made over the years. But, as such, few have come up with concepts as unique as the one from HELLBENDERS. The idea of exorcists who have to kill themselves in order to take demons back to Hell is very original. And as you will see in this horror-comedy, it is also very intense and entertaining.

Before I begin this review, I must warn you up front: if movies like DOGMA offended you, then do not watch HELLBENDERS. The subject matter is slightly similar, as is the language and coarseness throughout. But if you found DOGMA hilarious like I did, then you’re in for a real treat; HELLBENDERS is a riotous blast with humorous characters and an intriguing plot.

The film is shot well and looks great, both from a 2D and 3D aspect. Many films use 3D in an attempt to draw an audience, regardless of whether it enhances the experience or not. But HELLBENDERS uses 3D to its advantage and creates a more immersive atmosphere for the viewer. As a result, the entertainment value skyrockets when you watch it in this format.

Likewise, the acting is excellent as well. I particularly enjoy seeing Clancy Brown onscreen; I’ve been a fan of his work since I first saw him way, way back in 1984, in THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION. Over the years, this guy has played so many different parts in so many different types of film and television that it’s hard to tie him to a specific genre. This diversity highlights his talent as an actor and brings more credibility to each role he undertakes. Clifton Collins Jr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it for wierd reasons! February 28, 2014
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I don't really think that the movie overall was really great or anything. The filming was fine, acting fine.

What I really liked was the irony. Maybe I am reading into it, but the fact that these guys are struggling to make their "quotas" of sin so they will be ready to drag a demon back to hell is hilarious.

It is a nice contrast to the people who go through the motions everyday to prove they are worthy of Heaven, when these guys have to be True believers who are considered shameful by their peers.

I can't stop laughing when I remember the Eucharist scene. "F*^% you cracker". I will never hear the word cracker again and not chuckle at that scene!

Overall the story is not great, but the satire is fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh November 1, 2013
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I usually love anything supernatural / occult, but this movie is choppy and incohesive, with repetitive and awkward dialog and a story that just doesn't hang together. Not quite bad enough to be good as a b-flick, and definitely not good enough to just be good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars uhholy funny March 10, 2014
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I'm a Roman Catholic but I Do like my funny - and in humor anything is fair game, and it was clear no "slam" was intended towards Catholics here - just having a good shot at all and so, I very much enjoyed the film. Some folks might get twerked a bit at the Opus Dei catholic group depicted here, but I see plenty of folks just like that in real life (and I am fairly devout) and they can be that moronic in the area of the demonic - like all things, depends on who you talk to. All that aside - a funny and fully irreverant film about these people who have more faith, than the twerps trying to shut them down - that is the big joke - they go to extremes for the sake of faith that the critics against them will - so if your humor is non-denominational - you will like this movie. The actors played their parts very well - script I felt was well thought out - make ups were good and not over the top comical - and a good roller coaster ride of a film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible November 2, 2013
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I rarely comment on movies feeling I lack training to be anything other than a personal critic. However, there were only 3 reviews at the time I rented it and the film was terrible. Potential renters may be looking for additional reviews. Hellbenders is erratic, poorly scripted and staged, and the effects are amateurish. Out of hundreds of films we've rented, this, and one other, we actually just turned off and absorbed the cost, which was higher because it is a "pre-release." The story line has great potential (exorcists who must maintain a high level of sinning to be certain they go to hell if they decide to serve as host for the demon possessing the victim they are exorcising - great potential for a comedic dimension to an otherwise traditionally dark and gory theme) and the trailer is convincing, but the film itself is terrible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you think it is May 18, 2014
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If you want a movie about hard-partying foul mouth priests battling demons, then you are in luck. This flick played at The Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival in Seattle, and it was enjoyed by all. Check it out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars CIRCLE OF CONFUSION March 31, 2014
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The film opens up with the characters sitting cleverly in a "Last Supper" pose. They are introduced grindhouse style which was awkwardly inserted into the opening credits. Our group of exorcists come from various religious backgrounds. They maintain themselves in a state ready for damnation in case they must entice a demon for self possession followed by a quick suicide. Our holy men swear profusely, drink, do drugs, engage in adultery, homosexuality, and gluttony. In a Ghostbusters plot steal, they are attempting to save NYC and the world from the apocalypse while fitting eviction. They ride public transportation.

The film outline is great. However it lacked decent dialog under all the swearing which grows old. The climax scene couldn't bring it together and lacked the entertainment value of earlier scenes. I kept imagining how well this could have been as a Coen brothers' film with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Woody Harrelson, Zach Galifianakis, Winona Ryder, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, and James Franco.

Parental Guide: Excessive swearing. Photo nudity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the movie was great and had a lot of action too.
Published 20 days ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, amusing and funny take on exorcism.
Just funny.
Published 1 month ago by Rachael Perrin
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Did not have chris or zach in it 1/10
Published 2 months ago by harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Campy film
Campy funny - like Ghostbusters meets Little House of Horrors
This is a classic to be watched many many times
Published 7 months ago by Lois
5.0 out of 5 stars Exorcism the hard way
It's an excellent film that has fun with the notion of the exorcist film as a genre. The notion is original in its execution veering between funny and genuienly scary.
Published 7 months ago by David Nesbit
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiosk <1
If this was a spoof on exorcist/possession movies it might have been marginally acceptable. But, outside of the frequent profanities and really bad fakey vomiting, well pretty... Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Teslovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond bad
Horror comedy about a bunch of blasphemous exorcists who regularly engage in sin because that somehow makes them better at casting out demons. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joe Smart
2.0 out of 5 stars I reallyt wanted to like this movie . . .
The basic premise of an elite team of "hellbound" exorcists is brilliant, and there are a few excellent actors who have done great work in other things . . . Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tyr Shadowblade (TM)
4.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate darkly comic and foulmouthed horror/comedy hybrids
t's obvious that J.T. Petty is an ambitious director, and one who doesn't have access to the resources that his vision requires. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DVD Verdict
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