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  • Summary: Capturing the essence of the Halloween Carnival, we follow four young men through a night where flamboyant costumes, beautiful people, drugs, music, dancing and sex are everywhere. Authentic footage from the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival lets filmgoers experience the most exciting night of the year. (Regent Releasing) Expand
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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. MichaelL.
    Sep 19, 2005
    6
    I thought I'd have to walk out of "Hellbent" during the first 30 minutes. Every possible gay cliche was dragged out and paraded. The sound was terrible, and the blasting metal rock soundtrack drove me to distraction. But, once the slicing and dicing started, I decided to forget the plot holes (big enough to drive a Buick through), the poor-to-mediocre acting, and the straight actors playing gay, and just go for the ride. And, truthfully, it was a fun ride with some genuine scares and nail-biting moments. The last seconds of the film, though oddly unexplained, are truly brilliant. Expand
  4. 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.
  5. mikej.
    Sep 21, 2005
    2
    The acting and production are so bad, it makes gay porn look like Scorsese in comparison.
  6. jeffreyh
    Sep 20, 2005
    1
    Moronic muscle Marys menaced by marauding masked maniac. Rotten.

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