Sundance Film Review: Hell Baby

Posted January 24, 2013 in
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Director Robert Ben Garant, Photo Credit: Seth Olenick

Hell Baby
Sundance Film Festival
Directors: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

From the creators of Reno 911! comes a wickedly funny horror-comedy that explores horror film conventions in such an over-the-top and self-aware way that I’ll never be able to take a haunted house, exorcism or demonic baby films seriously again. Jack (Rob Coddry) and extremely pregnant Vanessa (Leslie Bibb) move in to a run-down New Orleans neighborhood into a real fixer-upper of a house—a place the locals call “The House of Blood.” The house has a strange effect on Vanessa, who begins smoking, drinking wine and paint thinner en masse, and acts like a crazy bitch. With the help of the guy who lives in their crawlspace (Keegan Michael Key), Vanessa’s hippie sister (Riki Lindhome), two local cops (Rob Huebel and Paul Sheer) and two fighting priests from the Vatican (the directors), Jack must defeat the evil demon baby and stop whatever force is responsible. There are countless running gags and pop culture references and movie cliches, from the obvious Rosemary’s Baby connection, and the dog from The Omen, to fast food commercials, stoner movie freak-outs and a bunch of stuff that went right over my head. I haven’t laughed this hard since Bridesmaids.


Time: 1.26, 5:30 PM Venue: Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Director Robert Ben Garant, Photo Credit: Seth Olenick