The DVD box cover states Hellbent is from the Co-Creator of Halloween & one of the producers of Nightmare On Elm St. Hmm, that's impressive but somehow I don't recall any of the names on the credits here in those tried-and-true classics.
Supposedly, the first gay horror/slasher film ever, Hellbent is definitely worth a look although I'd highly suggest a rental before purchasing. There are some great moments & overall the film is quite fun but the production value leaves a lot to be desired & the plot is incredibly thin. In fact, the film looks like it was shot on 8mm which is definitely not cool as the Carnival here should've been captured on the highest quality film imaginable. If you are just looking for a straight-forward slasher film though (no pun intended), you could do a lot worse.
Halloween night in West Hollywood must be one of the most entertaining night os the year from the looks in this film. We see good looking guys everywhere partying like it's 1984 but many females will be somewhat let down. Unfortunately, most of them are bisexual or gay. Even so, it's a carnival full of festivities & everybody seems to be having a great time for the most part. Unfortunately, there is a psychopath in a devil's mask on the loose & he's prone to strike at any given moment.
Hellbent does a fairly decent job of remaining humorous & fairly suspenseful throughout the 84 minutes while teasing it's viewer with much innuendo. In the end though, much more is discussed or suggested than actually shown. The gore shots are few & far in between but just enough to satisfy the casual slasher film fan or usual R-rated Horror material fanboys. This would be an entertaining flick for your Halloween party as long as your guests are relatively open minded.
What made Hellbent way too typical in my opinion was the lack of plot & slim characterization. It would have been interesting to know more about the lead characters & perhaps a bit of detail could been shed on their pasts. Also, I was rather disappointed in the end as we never see the killer's face nor do we ever understand why he kills gay men. Worse yet, we don't learn why the killer singled out these five guys at the Halloween party rather than attacking party-goers at random.
What I did like the best about this film is the lesson we learn time & time again. When you go to these events, there is definitely safety in numbers. Don't leave your buddy alone for a booty call.