After she and her husband move into a haunted house, a woman gives birth to a demonic infant that wreaks havoc.
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★★★★ review by Josh Stewart on Letterboxd
This was honestly quite enjoyable. Not a gut-busting laugh-a-minute riot, but still a fine showing from some guys who just wanted to make a silly film. I don't particularly care for Leslie Bibb so she's the weak link in the cast for me, and although I like Rob Corddry he works better as a wild card than a straight man (see Hot Tub Time Machine for proof). The real show stealer is Keegan-Michael Key as the maybe-neighbor/maybe-squatter who clearly has loads of fun every time he enters the frame (including a pronunciation of the word "poop" that will likely invade my brain anytime I attempt to use the word from here on out), as well as fun appearances of other members of The State and some scene-stealing from directors Garant and Lennon as two badass priests who smoke like chimneys and appreciate food and boobies.
Also, if you have an aversion to ultra-skinny naked girls doing full-frontal, beware, this film as such a scene. I respect that level of comfort in front of a camera, but that build is soooooo not my time. I was afraid she was gonna accidentally cut Rob Corddry with a shoulder blade!
This was a fun, breezy movie that felt like a decent throwback spoof to simpler times, when the genre wasn't about referencing everything popular this exact month. It won't go down in history for anything, but if it's on TV and nothing else interests me I'll probably throw this on quite a few more times.
★★★½ review by Josh on Letterboxd
So much comedic talent in this movie, and it all comes together pretty well. It really is Rosemary's Baby, only funnier. Well, OK, that may be going a little far, but it's still pretty good.
Gotta love video on demand. Each of the past three years, we've found at least one gem through it. First it was Hobo With a Shotgun (still the best), then it was Super and God Bless America (a close second). Then the V/H/S movies. Now this. Keep em coming
★★★½ review by Darren Fx on Letterboxd
"I think you're safer here than in any of the murder-free places we've ever lived at."
Hell Baby is just one pointlessly hilarious yet fantastically creative parody of all those ridiculously stupid paranormal exorcist films.
Hilarious roles from Rob Corddry in as the protagonist, who isn't as annoying as his usual roles; Paul Sheer and Rob Huebel as Officer Huebel and Officer Sheer (respectively, and that is actually correct) and Keegan-Michael Key as an annoying neighbour.
Underrated contemporary comedy gem that I'd definitely watch again.
★★★★ review by Rocco on Letterboxd
Upset at myself for not seeing this sooner. Not because it was the type of movie I should have seen, but because of the creative forces behind it. Not only is it coming from the minds of The State and Reno 911 stars Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, but it also stars Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Riki Lindhome and Kumail Nanjiani, all of whom I love (you might think by "love" I meant "like"... Not the case. I love them.)
Hell Baby isn't the same kind of parody as Scream (ingeniously crafted and as scary as it is funny) or as Club Dread (just absolutely hilarious, yet following the genre tropes)- my two favorite horror parodies. It's an entirely different class in that it's an over-the-top silly play on the idea of the exorcism Film- a specific sub-genre that has never been parodied so well.
While it doesn't deliver laughs at the same rate as Wet Hot, The more recent They Came Together, or other Wain movies (David Wain is another member of The State), Hell Baby is quite funny and absolutely worth a watch (or two, due to its quotability).
★★★★ review by knjr on Letterboxd
Hell Baby is just a bunch of funny people making a movie with gross out gags, deadpan delivery of jokes and plot that combines every comedy sub genre. Certainly, a comedy is highly subjective and it is understandable that not anyone will laugh. Having said that, Hell Baby hits all the right spots for me as I am a sucker for this kind of brainless comedies.
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