Rob Corddry Talks HELL BABY, Improv During the Shoot, Keeping a Straight Face, Using Practical Effects, Nude Scenes and HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2

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From writer/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!), the outrageous horror comedy Hell Baby tells the story of expectant couple Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb), who move into a haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans and soon find themselves enlisting the help of the Vatican’s elite exorcism team.  An overly friendly neighbor living in the house’s crawl space (Keegan Michael Key), Vanessa’s Wiccan sister (Riki Lindhome), and two inept detectives (Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer) only add to the ever-growing chaos and mayhem unfolding around them.

At the film’s press day, very funny actor Rob Corddry spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much improvisation went on during shooting, that he’ll write down and plan stuff to try on set, how he’s good with not cracking up during scenes, how helpful it was to have practical effects to interact with and react to, and how he was worried about pulling off Riki Lindhome’s nude scene and the final battle.  He also talked about how much fun he had making Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and how much freedom they had with their much lower budget.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant Talk HELL BABY, Casting, Improvisation, Writing the BAYWATCH Movie, and More

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From writer/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!), the outrageous horror comedy Hell Baby tells the story of expectant couple Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb), who move into a haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans and soon find themselves enlisting the help of the Vatican’s elite exorcism team.  An overly friendly neighbor living in the house’s crawl space (Keegan Michael Key), Vanessa’s Wiccan sister (Riki Lindhome), and two inept detectives (Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer) only add to the ever-growing chaos and mayhem unfolding around them.

At the film’s press day, first-time feature directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how they ended up as a writing and directing team, their writing process, having complete freedom on their first independent feature, getting to cast who they wanted, and how much improvisation went on.  They also talked about how they went in for a general meeting at Paramount and ended up writing the Baywatch: Red Tide script, which references some of the crazy storylines from the TV show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Exclusive Clip from HELL BABY Featuring Writers-Directors-Stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant Sharing the Peace with Rob Huebel & Paul Scheer

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We’re happy to bring you an exclusive clip from writers-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s Hell Baby, which features the duo arriving on the scene of a gruesome murder as the not-so-conventional Vatican exorcism team.  This early look also stars Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer as two detectives overwhelmed by the rising body count.  Get caught up on the horror-comedy with this recently-released red-band trailer and read Matt’s Sundance review here.

Also starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key and Michael Ian Black, Hell Baby opens in limited release on September 6th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.

New Red-Band Trailer for HELL BABY Starring Rob Corddry, Keegan Michael Key, and Leslie Bibb

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A new red-band trailer for the horror parody Hell Baby has been released online.  From writers/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the film follows a husband (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife (Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted house in a crappy New Orleans neighborhood, and then need the help of a couple Italian exorcists (Lennon and Garant) when the wife becomes possessed.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to mixed reviews (read Matt’s here), but this trailer shows that the film definitely has at least a few solid laughs.  Unsurprisingly, Keegan Michael Key is the highlight.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer.  The film also stars Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Kumail Nanjiani, and Michael Ian Black.  Hell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.

Trailer for Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s HELL BABY Starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, and Keegan Michael Key

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Millennium Entertainment has released a trailer for the horror parody Hell Baby.  The film follows a husband (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife (Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted house in a crappy New Orleans neighborhood, and then need the help of a couple Italian exorcists (writer-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant) when the wife becomes possessed.  I caught the film at Sundance, and there’s a solid 30 minutes of hilarious material, which wouldn’t be so bad if the film wasn’t 90 minutes long.  That hit-to-miss ratio is pretty well demonstrated in this trailer, which mostly features Lennon and Garant doing their silly Italian accents.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Keegan Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, and Michael Ian BlackHell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.

Sundance 2013: HELL BABY Review

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If writer-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant had put more effort into their new film Hell Baby, they could have had one of the best parodies of recent horror movies.  The film has some huge laughs as well as some insight into the genre’s weaknesses, but Lennon and Garant’s sketch comedy roots wreck the picture in the worst way.  They’re content to let their scenes run on way too long, they have no idea how to tie their scenes together, and the result feels like we’re in the middle of something that’s being workshopped rather than a finished feature.  Despite a memorable performance from Keegan Michael Key, Hell Baby feels like a gigantic waste of potential that keeps us interested because we’re waiting for the next great joke.

Rob Corddry Talks WARM BODIES, Improv, Deleted Scenes, HELL BABY, and More

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Ever since Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombies have become synonymous with lifeless, dead-eyed beings, a void – existential nothingness in its simplest form. Zombies, as characterized, exhibit no human emotion, feeling, remembrance – and it’s been that way through Dawn of the Dead (1978) to Dawn of the Dead (2004) to The Walking Dead (2013). This Friday’s release Warm Bodies attempts to redefine the zombie not as death incarnate but merely as a lost and lonely soul… Sure the zombies still want to eat human brains but it has less to do with hunger than a need to connect. It should come as no surprise that the cure for all that brain munching, lethargic walking and indecipherable growling – as posed in Warm Bodies – is quite simple: love.

Comedian Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) co-stars in the picture as the zombie ‘M’, best friend to lead and fellow zombie ‘R’ (Nick Hoult). When ‘R’ falls in love with the human Julie and suddenly begins to come back to life, it sparks ‘M’ on a similar mission to reconnect/regenerate. In the following interview with Corddry, he discusses imbuing the undead with personality, improving on set and his role in the upcoming film Hell Baby. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Sundance 2013: First Images from ASS BACKWARDS, HELL BABY, IN FEAR, and KINK

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineups, and today we’ve got the first images from some films that will be playing as part of the Park City at Midnight program.  Briefly:

  • Ass Backwards – Directed by Chris Nelson, written by June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson, starring Raphael, Wilson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, and Brian Geraghty.
  • Hell Baby – Written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel.
  • In Fear – Directed and story by Jeremy Lovering, starring Alice Englert, Iain De Caestecker, and Allen Leech.
  • kink – Directed by Christina Voros.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 – 27.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Lineups for Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier Programs Including MUD, HELL BABY, and S-VHS

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Yesterday the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for films competing in the Dramatic and Documentary categories, and today they’ve unveiled the films that will screen in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier programs.  Films of note include Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols’ new film Mud starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, the U.S. premiere of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, the Robert Ben Garant/Thomas Lennon comedy Hell Baby, and the horror anthology sequel S-VHS.

Hit the jump to see the full lineup, and click here to check out all of our Sundance coverage thus far.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb to Star in Comedy HELL BABY from Co-Directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant

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Reno 911! stars and non-stop screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are set to make their co-directorial debut on the horror comedy Hell Baby, and they’ve found their two leads. Darko Entertainment announced today that Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights) have signed on to star in the comedy that centers on a young expectant couple who moves in to New Orleans most haunted fixer-upper and calls upon The Vatican’s elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby. Lennon and Garant wrote the script, will co-direct, and plan to star as the Vatican’s exorcism team.

Lennon and Garant have made a nice living in recent years writing younger-skewing comedies like The Pacifier and the Night at the Museum films (they even wrote a book entitled Writing Movies for Fun and Profit). Hell Baby sounds like it has hints of Rosemary’s Baby, and for Corddry’s sake as a comedian I hope they’ve written a more adult comedy. Bibb currently stars on the ABC series GCB and Corddry recently wrapped the zombie adaptation Warm Bodies. Hit the jump to read the press release.

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