Movie: Hell Baby
My Rating: 4 stars
This movie is actually pretty funny. It’s making fun of the whole Rosemary’s Baby “demon spawn” horror movie genre (with a little bit of The Exorcist and The Shining thrown in for good measure). It’s got it all—a possessed pregnant lady, a wildly haunted house, neighbors who keep turning up dead, Italian priests who show up conveniently to undo the whole mess. But, the whole thing is tongue-in cheek, and it throws in enough raunchy jokes to make the whole thing a big, fun spoof.
A young couple moves into a rundown house in a poor neighborhood in New Orleans. They’re expecting their first babies (twins!), and they don’t have much money, so they’re hoping to make this “fixer upper” into more of a home for themselves. But, they soon learn that this house is more than just a little dilapidated. The house is known in conversation around the neighborhood as the “Maison du Sang”—the “Blood House.” And, it’s quite haunted. Plus there are a fair amount of neighbors who love to just pop in unexpectedly. It’s a very unsettling situation. And, to make matters worse, the mother-to-be has started behaving rather peculiarly—pounding booze, sleeping for 36 hours straight, mumbling in Latin in a deep voice in her sleep.
I should have known I’d like this movie. It stars tons of my favorite comedians—Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Paul Scheer, Riki Lindhome, Kumail Nanjiani, Keegan-Michael Key, Tom Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Rob Huebel. This list goes on. But, for some reason I didn’t know this going in. I think I must have heard this movie suggested on one of the thousand podcasts I listen to, and just added it to my queue blindly. But, I’m glad I did, because this movie was good, Halloween fun. There’s tons of blood and guts, and demon dogs lurking. And, like any respectable horror flick, it features a liberal dose of tits and booze. Yee haw! But, for all those horrific elements, this is definitely more of a comedy.
This movie is definitely rude fun. I had a really good time watching it. There’s plenty of nudity, and sex jokes, and drugs, and alcohol consumption. Your gram-gram probably wouldn’t approve of the filth. And, your little niece Cindy will probably be too scared by the ghosts and guts. So, don’t sit down to watch this one with your family. But then, you already knew better than to watch this kind of movie with people like that. But, it’s definitely worth checking out if you have the house to yourself over the holidays.