Cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Clancy Brown, Andre Royo
Release Date: Now Available on 3D/2D Blu-Ray Combo & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell.
‘Hellbenders’ tells the tale of a group of hell bound priests, who while being men of God, make sure to continually commit an enormous amount of sins as a last resort option when fighting evil present here on Earth that no one else would stand a chance of stopping. I found ‘Hellbenders’ to be a pretty goofy and bloody good time. I honestly feel that some are unfairly criticizing the cheesy nature of the film and failing to realize that it’s not a result of bad filmmaking, but that the cheesy vibe was actually the filmmaker’s intention in order to follow and stay true to the vibe of the source material of the graphic novel which was written by JT Petty (who also wrote and directed the film).
The film is written and directed by JT Petty who does a pretty capable job helming the movie based on his own graphic novel. It stars the wonderfully talented Clancy Brown and Clifton Collins Jr. (both of whom I’m a huge fan of and these two were the main attracting factor for myself) and while their performances are goofy, they are intentionally goofy, and portrayed quite sufficiently by not only these two, but the majority of the cast as well.
OVERALL: While it is by no means a perfect film, ‘Hellbenders’ is a goofy and bloody fun ride that is positively accentuated by the 3D effect, and 3D enthusiasts can rest assured that this one was filmed natively in 3D, not a post conversion. For fans of the horror comedy genre, I would definitely recommend this one. As long as you don’t try and view it with the mindset that it’s meant to be taken seriously, I think most will have a pretty fun time with this one.
The 3D Blu-Ray release of ‘Hellbenders’ features an MVC encoded 3D presentation in Full Resolution and utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio as well as also including a full 1080p High Definition 2D presentation of the film on the same disc, again utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio respectively. The video presentation looks quite nice and everything seems to be organized and mastered pretty well. Aside from a few brief hints of some sharp edges or blurs, everything looks pretty spot on. While it certainly isn’t the most amazing 3D I’ve ever seen, the 3D on this one does look quite nice and definitely adds to the fun of this one. It is definitely noticeable that the movie was filmed natively in 3D and not post-converted.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which certainly adds an additional level of enjoyment to the overall experience of ‘Hellbenders’. While all five channels are not constantly utilized, they are far more than one might expect. There seemed to quite frequently be noises, voices and music popping up every which way, while at the same time never conflicting with the dialogue in the center channel and everything sounds very crisp and clear. Combined with the 3D effect, this lossless multichannel soundtrack certainly makes for a pretty good time here and is definitely the way to go about viewing it should you have that ability to do so.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Hellbenders’ actually includes a pretty impressive collection of bonus content. Included on the release is ‘God’s Dirty Work: The Making Of Hellbenders’ featurette, ‘Fly On The Wall: Behind The Scenes Footage’ ‘Original ‘Exorcism’ Short Films’ The Theatrical Trailer and Audio Commentary with Writer-Director JT Petty and members of the cast. There are certainly some fun and informative goodies included here for the fans who want to delve deeper into the film and it’s progress to the point of completely/release.
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Hellbenders 3D’ is now available to own on 3D/2D Blu-Ray Combo & DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.