The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints (Brooklyn Parish), is a strange place indeed. It’s where a motley crew of ordained priests live in a permanent state of debauchery, keeping themselves “damnation ready”. If all else fails in an exorcism, these brave souls are called to invite the demon into themselves and commit suicide, dragging it to hell with them. But you can’t just go to hell if you don’t deserve it, right?
When a particularly tricky old god named Surtr surfaces in NYC and tries to bring about Ragnarok, the priests, led by the foul mouthed and devout Angus (Clancy Brown, in one of the most fun and ‘unleashed’ performances he’s given in some time), have a job to do: save the world from armageddon. Clifton Collins Jr. puts in an amazing performance as Larry, Angus’ wisecracking right hand man. Andre Royo (Bubbles from The Wire) is also great as the group’s stuffy sin accountant.
Cleverly written, funny as hell (pardon the pun) and wildly inventive, Hellbenders allows JT Petty to exercise some clearly powerful comedic muscles. Hellbenders is totally unlike anything he’s ever made before, but then again, Petty’s never tread the same ground twice. Hellbenders makes for a great Midnight Madness hat trick, as his sinister documentary S&Man and western horror The Burrowers were also both hits in the series.
Is Hellbenders Essential TIFF Viewing?
If you missed the Midnight Madness screening last night, this film’s still worth seeing in 3-D, in a theatre, with a group of appreciative fans. There are lots of laughs in Hellbenders , and it’ll be even funnier with a crowd.
Screening Times for Hellbenders
- Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7
- Saturday September 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm at Scotiabank 2
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