Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hell Baby(2013)(Minor Spoilers Review)

**This review contains MINOR spoilers, no major plot twists, character details, or surprises are revealed in this review**

Happily married and looking for a new start, Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) move to New Orleans, after buying an old and dilapidated mansion. Jack and Vanessa bask in the glory of a cheap steal, until their new neighbor, F’resnel (Keegan Michael Key) explains the history behind the mansion. Nicknamed “The House Of Blood,” Jack and Vanessa’s new home is filled with a past of murder, Satanism, and ghostly hauntings.

Jack, worried about Vanessa’s eccentric and erratic behavior, doesn’t receive the necessary support from two local cops named Mickey (Rob Huebel) and Ron (Paul Scheer) at first. Vanessa’s sister, Marjorie (Riki Lindhome) tries to lend a helping hand, and after the arrival of Father Sebastian (Robert Ben Garant) and Father Padrigo (Thomas Lennon), the group devises a plan to fight the arrival of Vanessa’s demonic baby.

Without the excellent chemistry between Leslie Bibb and Rob Corddry, Hell Baby could’ve been a lot worse. At first, you get the impression of Jack and Vanessa being your typical perky and uptight couple from the suburbs, but Jack turns into this hysterical mess of a man, as Vanessa’s erratic behavior gets worse. And Leslie Bibb is the star of this cast. It’s hard to not laugh at Bibb, as she struts around the mansion with this cocky and wicked sense of joy.

Lindhome is good for a few laughs as the whacked-out hippie. You can easily see the similarities between Huebel, Scheer, Lennon, and Garant’s characters: they’re dimwitted buffoons, who are unlikely choices to have jobs in their respective professions. Rest of the supporting cast is decent at best, with Key’s F’resnel being the most annoying character.

If you try and put too much thought into the plot and story for Hell Baby, you’ll probably hate this film. But Hell Baby is supposed to be a ridiculously stupid horror comedy, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. So if you try to decipher the question marks, there’s a good chance your head will explode. 

You’ll need a bizarre sense of humor to enjoy this low budget horror comedy, and well, I have a bizarre sense of humor. Throughout the movie, I laughed my ass off out loud a few times. Hell Baby gives horror fans the best of both worlds, with a nice mix of extreme gross-out gags, over the top, no holds barred humor, and A LOT of blood and gore. Seriously, if you’re squeamish about nasty stuff, you should probably avoid Hell Baby. I would love to give Hell Baby a higher score, but I know it’s not that good. Still, could’ve been a lot worse without Bibb and Corddry (especially Bibb).

Rating: 6/10

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