27 Jul 2013

'Hell Baby' Review

Director: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Writers: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Stars: Leslie Bibb, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon

An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.

Horror-Comedies are becoming scarce in this day and age, and the reason so many aren't noticed is because so many fail to achieve the comedy aspect along with the horror, the balance is never quite right, and Hell Baby, is one of those movies. 

When I think 'horror-comedy', what comes to mind is Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and Grabbers; When I think of bad ones, A Haunted House and Scary Movie 4 come to mind, and now, Hell Baby will be added to that 'Beware' list.

Hell Baby is almost a recipe of what not to do when approaching this type of sub-genre, its attempt to merge the two genre's simply does not work in its favor, and ends up playing like a cheesy sitcom with extra gore. Maybe that was it's goal, but it didn't work. As a film experience it was pretty drab, and despite a surprisingly jumpy first 20 minutes, the film never really went anywhere, stuck at a dead end for a good hour. The comedy isn't as fulfilling as expected for a film depending on laughs, and with every laugh, there is five bad ones.

Though the film itself isn't what it had the potential to be, the characters are the only aspect keeping that tiny ounce of life left inside it alive, and with playful humor from the central cast you could only imagine how bad this movie would have been without them; unfortunately though, unlike This is the End, the cast simply weren't strong enough to carry the film. 
The score is horrendous and the final scene is horrible; Hell Baby has almost zero memorable features, and will leave you wondering why you ever decided to watch this in the first place, it's that bad.

VERDICT: Interesting characters and the odd laugh isn't enough to save Hell Baby from being an incredibly tedious, lack-luster horror-comedy that plays like A Haunted House Sequel.

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