Hell Baby

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Hell Baby
Hell Baby film.jpg
Directed by
Written by
  • Robert Ben Garant
  • Thomas Lennon
Produced by
  • Sean McKittrick
  • Jeff Culotta
  • Peter Principato
  • Paul Young
  • Robert Ben Garant
  • Thomas Lennon
CinematographyCharles Papert
Edited byKevin Oeser
Music byMichael Farrell
Darko Entertainment
Principato-Young Entertainment
Distributed byMillennium Entertainment
Gravitas Ventures
Release date
  • January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.5 million
Box office$8,785[1]

Hell Baby is a 2013 American horror-comedy film written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The film stars Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan-Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Rob Huebel, and Paul Scheer. Writer-directors Garant and Lennon also co-star as a pair of priests.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2013.[2] The film is available on VOD beginning on July 25, 2013 before its theatrical release on September 6, 2013.


In 2022, An expectant couple move into a haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans. There, they encounter a neighbour named F'resnel who tells them about the bloody history of their house.

Vanessa and her husband, Jack, exhibiting a certain carelessness in their house hunting, buy a foreboding wreck of a place in New Orleans that the local residents have given demonic nicknames like "House of Blood". Vanessa is already extremely pregnant when they move in, and soon she is talking like Regan from The Exorcist. The Vatican sends ghost hunters, Father Padrigo and Father Sebastian.



On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 31% based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 4.43/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Though its brand of immature comedy may appeal to some, Hell Baby misses the mark with much of its humor, rendering it a largely ineffective -- and often crass -- genre sendup."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Badass Digest called the movie "silly, lowbrow, and funny."[5] CraveOnline called it a "triumph of independence" and a "genuinely hilarious farce."[6] TheDissolve said, "Hell Baby falls unmistakably on the "comedy" side of the horror-comedy divide. It isn't overly concerned with being scary, just with delivering a steady stream of laughs."[7]

Deadline Hollywood reported that the movie was acquired by Millennium Films for U.S. Distribution and was slated to be released in the Fall of 2013.[8]


  1. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=hellbaby.htm
  2. ^ "2013 Sundance Filmguide". Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Hell Baby (2013)". Retrieved 24 May 2020 – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  4. ^ "Hell Baby". Retrieved 24 May 2020 – via www.metacritic.com.
  5. ^ Faraci, Devin (February 1, 2013). "Sundance Review: HELL BABY is Silly, Lowbrow and Funny". Badass Digest. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Bibbiani, William (January 22, 2013). "Sundance 2013 Review: Hell Baby". CraveOnline. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  7. ^ Rabin, Nathan (July 26, 2013). "Hell Baby". The Dissolve. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Millennium Acquires Sundance Horror Comedy 'Hell Baby'". Deadline Hollywood. March 11, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.

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