Movie review

‘Hellbenders’ can’t mix horror and comedy | 2 stars

Updated: 2013-10-18T00:44:46Z

Rated R | Time: 1:25

The highly trained members of the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, or Hellbenders, live in a constant state of debauchery so that if they’re possessed, they’ll be ready to commit suicide and go straight to hell. They meet their match with an ancient Norse demon. Veteran character actors Clancy Brown and Clifton Collins Jr. star, along with Robyn Rikoon, for writer/director J.T. Petty.

Here’s some of what critic Chuck Wilson of the Village Voice had to say:

“A clever twist on the exorcism genre fails to pan out in this ambitious but uneven horror-comedy. … Aided by capable if unnecessary 3-D effects, Petty displays a flair for staging violent action, but he’s trapped inside a broad comic set-up that doesn’t mesh with the story’s innate meanness.”

(At the Barrywoods.)

| Sharon Hoffmann

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