Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Amanda Reyes
    80
    Writer-Director Paul Etheredge-Ouzts has a clear understanding of the beauty of a slasher film. A formulaic genre, it’s not the blueprint that’s important, it’s what you do inside it that matters.
  2. A hard-charging horror movie with a clever gay twist.
  3. 63
    "Make a Wish" (2003) actually beat this film to the gay-themed slasher-picture punch with its story of lesbians on a camping trip being stalked by a killer, but writer-director Paul Etheredge-Ouzts' background in art direction serves him well — his movie wins hands-down for style and attitude.
  4. Fairly competent but hardly engrossing.
  5. 60
    You can be sure that his victims die shirtless, and are as dumb as the hetero dimwits who fell prey to Jason or Freddy, but what you might not expect is that this queer-slanted slasher flick is actually pretty good.
  6. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    60
    Because more time is dedicated to crafting authentic, sympathetic characters than the average horror movie, it's easier to overlook the film's often-corny dialogue and so-so special effects.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    A straight-ahead slasher pic with the big difference of an all-gay male character cast, Hellbent is fun -- if minor horror fun -- ably handled by first-time feature helmer Paul Etheredge-Ouzts.
  8. Apart from the gender twists, there is one notable difference between the traditional slasher flick and this gay take: Here, even the nice boy gets it on. And he doesn't even get punished for it.
  9. This isn't a particularly good movie, and it's offensive in the way mid-range low-budget slasher shows usually are. But it works better than some, largely because Etheredge-Ouzts has a more original slant and a deeper sense of character than horror movies usually allow.
  10. There are two ways of looking at Paul Etheredge-Ouzts' thriller, which he is proudly billing as "the first-ever all-gay slasher film." Either it's a truly lousy retread of horror-movie clichés, or it's a mildly amusing sendup of them.
  11. 40
    This isn't very good--the puritanical impulses of the slasher genre collide head-on with the sweet-butt requirements of gay exploitation flicks--but a gender studies major could have a field day with it.
  12. 38
    There's nothing here that hasn't been done before, and better, in any given "Halloween" or "Friday the 13th" sequel.
  13. It isn't smart or even very scary.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    A genre cheapie from its digital-video camerawork to its Casiotone soundtrack to its bland, buff cast, the movie is a cultural watershed in a dry gulch.
  15. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    0
    The scariest thing about Hellbent is that somebody thought making this humorless gaysploitation slasher flick would be a good idea.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. IsaacJDJ
    Oct 18, 2006
    8
    OK, I didn't go into this movie expecting anything great I knew it was being marketing as "the first gay-slasher movie" and I heard from friends that it was descent to ok, but I must say that the few final scenes in the movie really made up for the movie after all. If you can get pass the bad acting, and bad production, you can really enjoy a fun slasher with a gay twist. Go campy horror fun. Full Review »
  2. JohnE.
    Oct 10, 2006
    5
    Seen better and seen worse. Doesn't bring anything new, apart from all the main characters been gay. Did like the eye bit though.
  3. MaxM.
    Nov 11, 2005
    7
    Despite the one thing that would make this a good B-movie (motive), I had fun watching this flick. It played the Hawaii Rainbow Film Festival and all left smiling, if not chilled. Full Review »