During the past two years, The Adams . family – Toby Poser, her husband, John Adams, and their daughters, Zelda and Lulu – began producing lo-fi rock under the band name H6LLB6ND6R and together made “Hellbender,” the sixth feature film. their. Poser, Zelda and John co-wrote and co-directed the film, and all family members have acting roles. The musical project inspired the film project, a collaborative act that actually saw Poser, Zelda and John trade in front and behind the camera to fulfill their vision. Many scenes were specially thought out, as a starting inspiration. While the result is a mostly compelling story of matriarchal lust, sometimes the composition of this group feels like a jumble.
In the film, a mother (Poser) with mysterious powers, the witch keeps her daughter Izzy (Zelda Adams) in their countryside by saying she is immunocompromised. When Izzy comes of age and befriends a local teenager (Lulu Adams), she discovers she comes from a lineage of Hellbenders, supernatural women who clone and draw their magic from the blood of creatures. living being.
The initial premise is familiar in horror, but “Hellbender” takes a new approach. Some shrewd editing by John Adams and special effects by Trey Lindsay have elevated this to a formidable genre, with dramatically polished psychedelic sequences. If you thought a movie without a budget couldn’t have pirates, flying witches, and underground lairs, think again.
However, the film’s ghostly focus is often obscured by detours. H6LLB6ND6R not only appears on the soundtrack, but also appears as an actual band in the script, creating contrasting tonal sequences that feel like a music video. It’s certainly possible to make a great horror movie about insatiable monster women with some irreverence – Julia Ducournau did it with “Raw” – but “Hellbender” just wasn’t focused enough to finish. it.
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 26 minutes. Watch on Shudder.
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