Hellbenders teaches a valuable lesson: even with a neat premise and a strong cast of a character actors, a film can get real old, real fast. Writer-director JT Petty wants to coast on the hook of a bunch of hellbound, sinful exorcists charged with doing the church’s dirty work, but he has no idea how to build on it. The film becomes an endless loop of people in cleric’s collars doing raunchy stuff. Petty’s motto seems to be, “When in doubt, give Clancy Brown something filthy to say.” The cast is out of balance so there never feels like a team dynamic, and even when the story raises the stakes, the characters don’t feel much of an impetus to save the world. Hellbenders may trip over the occasional humorous moment, but it’s mostly a constant reminder of wasted potential. To rub salt in the wound, the movie is in crappy 3D.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced lineups for a few more 2012 programs today, and we’ve got a batch of new images from films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness series. We’ve seen a couple of these images before, but now they’re all in glorious high-resolution. Briefly:
- Dredd (Directed by Pete Travis) Starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby.
- The Lords of Salem (Directed by Rob Zombie) Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Clint Howard, and Sid Haig.
- Aftershock (Directed by Nicolas Lopez) Starring Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy, and Selena Gomez.
- Hellbenders (Directed by J.T. Petty) Starring Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Robyn Rikoon, and Andre Royo
Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for these films. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.
Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the movies playing in its Special Presentations and Galas programs. Today, they’ve provided the line-up for their other programs including Midnight Madness. This is where the more genre-oriented films come out to play, and can break out in a big way. Last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness included the world premiere of The Raid, and the buzz never died down. Judging by the line-up, this year’s Midnight Madness will have the same frenzy. The line-up includes the horror short-film anthology The ABCs of Death, Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh‘s follow up to In Bruges), Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem, Don Coscarelli‘s John Dies at the End, and Pete Travis‘ Dredd.
Hit the jump for the full line-up and brief synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 -16th.
The newest cast addition to J.T. Petty’s supernatural project, Hellbenders, is Clifton Collins Jr. (NBC’s The Event). Hellbenders, based on a graphic novel written by Petty, is about a group of demonologists in Brooklyn battling the forces of evil. Variety reports that the versatile Collins will join Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) and Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight) in the horror/comedy written and directed by Petty. Earlier this year, Petty also sold a spec script to Sony entitled Inherit the Earth, based off the comic Zombies vs Robots. The 3D Hellbenders will start filming next week and is being produced through Circle of Confusion. Hit the jump for more info on the project.