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"Hell Town… Takes what’s hot and flips it on its head… To me it’s like a work of art. You can’t pigeon hole it into any particular category. It’s unique, it stands on its own. And that’s so awesome, smart.”
"FOUR STARS. Part General Hospital, part I Know What You Did Last Summer, HELL TOWN is a masterclass in combining two different genres. It’s incredibly ridiculous but that’s what makes it exciting. It is self-aware but doesn’t wink at the camera."
MEDIA DETOUR mediadetour.com/2015/05/hell-town-review/
"Wild... a creamy mixture of the ridiculously melodramatic with the violently macabre."
“Bad ass. The packed movie house was littered with screams, laughing, clapping, OH MY GOD bursts, and even a couple dry heaves.”
EDDIE ROTTEN, ZOMBIELIFE PODCAST
“Blackly comic… deliberately mannered… Steve and Liz manage(s) proceedings with an acute awareness of both soaps and slashers, never missing a trick … HELL TOWN works admirably as a pastiche of the slasher genre… a hoot to watch!”
MJ SIMPSON, UK FILM CRITIC
full review: mjsimpson-films.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/hell-town.html
"By utilizing equal parts of black humor, gratuitous gore, and strife among both families and high school students, directors Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear take the typical soap opera and spoof it until it bleeds profusely."
“Graphic... Lots of blood and guts... Made me laugh.”
ROBERT SIMS, 91.7FM AUSTIN KOOP
“Hilarious and amazing.”
STRANGE KIDS CLUB
“A blast... darkly satiric horror flick with all the melodramatic essence of something like Days of Our Lives.”
“A wildly original exercise in what John Waters once called ‘the theatre of the ridiculous.’”
"Hell Yes to Hell Town!"
FEAST OF FUN PODCAST (feastoffun.com/podcast/2015/06/18/fof-2180-hell-yes-to-hell-town/)
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Winner BEST FEATURE
Colorado Horror-Con 2015
BEST ACTRESS (Amanda Deibert)
BEST ACTOR (Owen Lawless)
Crimson Screen Horror Awards 2015
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HELL TOWN follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal. In the middle of all the one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, there is the “Letter Jacket Killer” who is killing students in a variety of sadistic ways. As the body count rises and the blood pools closer to home, it becomes clear that one of our main characters is the killer…but who? Everyone, from the Prom Queen and Shirtless Jock to the Nosey Geek and Super Bitch, are all suspect.
The tale of the Letter Jacket Killer is presented as a slice of soap opera. Literally. Directors Balderson and Spear have carved the story as three consecutive mid-season episodes of a fictitious TV serial, including opening and closing credits.
“The inspiration,” Balderson says, “comes from the Netflix model of the world. It’s so much fun to binge-watch an addictive show—especially serials involving catfights, cliffhangers and murder.”
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Trailer, stills, showtimes and more: dikenga.com/#!helltown/cvd2
Steve Balderson (Pep Squad, Firecracker, Watch Out, Stuck!, Casserole Club)
Elizabeth Spear (Little Gods, The People You Know)
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