hellbaby

Haunted house movies and demon possession movies seem to be the latest genres of films that those who make spoof movies have deemed worthy of their attention. But, as movie fans have already discussed ad nauseam over the past decade or so, the people who make our current crop of spoof movies are pretty terrible at telling stories and crafting an effective jokes, so that hasn’t given us much to be excited about. These days the height of spoof humor seems to be recreating scenes from popular movies exactly and then inserting as many visual sex and poop jokes into them as possible, which is stupid and lame.

What are we to do, given the seemingly ceaseless onslaught of all this terrible nonsense? Perhaps we can turn to Reno 911 mainstays Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to scratch that spoof itch that’s been nagging at us for a number of years now, because a trailer for their new film Hell Baby just hit, and it looks like it may be a movie that manages to lampoon familiar genre tropes while still telling its own story, crafting its own characters, and making jokes that don’t need to scrape the bottom of the barrel in order to beg for cheap laughs. Could a couple of sketch comedy veterans looking ridiculous in priest outfits be the answer to all of our prayers?

Maybe not all of our prayers, but it does seem like this is going to be a comedy that’s actually worth giving a chance to. At the very least it stars Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb, and they’re both really likable. Plus, our own Rob Hunter saw it at Sundance, and though he found it to be kind of a lazy mess, he also got enough laughs out of it to give it a middling grade. If that old curmudgeon found himself laughing during this one, then just imagine how much fun the rest of us could have with it. You’ll get a chance to find out for yourself when Hell Baby hits VOD on July 25 and then gets a theatrical release on September 6.


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