Far be it from me to judge what a person, or persons, has to do in these royally fucked up financial times if they get down on their luck, but (come on you knew there was going to be a but,) when you have only a certain amount of money for relocation, you really need to pick your new home with the forethought of a master tactician.
This is something that the main characters of Hell Baby, Jack (Rob Corddry) and 9 months pregnant Vanessa (Leslie Bibb), did not do when they decided to move into a new neighborhood in New Orleans, and into the most notorious house on the block. From the outside it looks dilapidated, but to them, it’s a fixer upper. They know nothing about their new home — enter neighbor, F’resnel (Keegan-Michael Key). They meet him on the first day and he gleefully fills them on all the sordid details. Their house even has a nickname: House Of Blood, the locals call it, and residents who move in sometimes don’t move out. Murders are common in the House Of Blood and it’s been only 2 months since the last one.
Even stranger, the house seems to be haunted, and it doesn’t take long for the demonic forces within to latch onto Vanessa and possess her. She then takes to chain smoking and drinking paint thinner to relax. A phantom rottweiler skulks the property. This F’resnal has a penchant for startling people (his running gag) and has taken to living in their crawlspace. Oh, right, there’s even an old, naked lady who “makes herself known” to the couple. Not a real naked one, it’s an actor made up to look like one. Kind of reminded me of a relative of Ted Raimi’s possessed Henrietta from Evil Dead II (1987).
The actual “hell baby” doesn’t arrive in the movie until the very end, when Vanessa gives birth to her twins — one human, the other, well, you do the math. By that time you’ll have met two Vatican priests, Father Sebastian (Robert Ben Garant) and Father Padrigo (Thomas Lennon), Vanessa’s sister Majorie (Riki Lindhome, who has a fairly extensive, 2-3 minutes, perhaps, 5, lost track honestly, full frontal nude scene in a bathroom), a couple of local cops played by Paul Scheer and Ron Huebel and a funny cameo by Kumail Nanjiani playing a cable guy who gets high and attempts to drive away. That short scene killed me.
No CGI in this movie whatsoever. The hell baby is a full practical effect. And for such a tiny creature, he sure does rack up a body count at the end. I never got into the Comedy Central series, Reno 911, Garant and Lennon co-created, but this movie, which they wrote and directed, I personally found high-larious!
Millennium Entertainment brings this unrated version to DVD and blu-ray separately with a gorgeous looking 1080p 1.78.1 high definition anamorphic transfer on the blu-ray. With the Audio you can either choose the English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD or the English 2.0 Stereo track. Subtitles are in English and Spanish.
For extras you don’t get a lot. I was kind of surprised there wasn’t a commentary. All you get is a bunch of Deleted Scenes (27:50), a Goof Reel (5:19) and an extended scene that falls under the category, Rawdog Radio Comedy. There’s a scene in the movie where the two priests rent a car, park in an abandoned lot and listen to some radio show where the guy talks about how chicks are crazy. Bitches be trippin,’ is his catch phrase and one I still can’t get out of my head. They chain smoke and listen straight-faced to the comedy. Here it runs it’s full 8 minutes and 33 seconds. In the movie you only get about a minute or two. It’s the full 8 minute length of the scene that makes it funny. Chain smoking, in an abandoned lot, straight-faced priests listening to this raunchy Bitches be trippin.’ Priceless.