Rated NR 2005

It seems that just about any movie with a gay character scares the bejeezus out of the religiously righteous, so why not embrace that and make an all-out (pun intended) gay-themed film that's deliberately scary? First-time writer-director Paul Etheredge-Ouzts has tried to do just that with HellBent, a slasher flick set during the annual West Hollywood Halloween Parade, an event that allows the Los Angeles gay community to get as flamboyantly theatrical as possible. A madman is on the loose, cutting off homosexual heads with a sickle, and he just so happens to be dressed as a sexy Satan. That's the entirety of the plot. Etheredge-Ouzts spends a lot of time setting up the characters, then has most of them get offed rather quickly, in unimaginative ways. And we never learn anything about the muscular maniac in the devil mask; surely some fun could have been had here. Make him a retarded preacher's son, or a closeted Republican candidate for mayor -- something.



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