Basic premise... couple moves into a house that is on the wrong side of the tracks, totally dilapidated and seemingly beyond repair. Add in a squatter determined to maintain his residency, a few murders on premises and one very pregnant, future mama and you figure out what might happen. Oh did we mention she's drinking paint thinner and has an insatiable craving for cigarettes. Is the house haunted by the spirits of the victims from homicides past or is it something more? Will we get a copycat tale of Rosemary Woodhouse or perhaps the Larry Cohen beast from the belly tale?
The verdict is that it's a moderately funny movie. It's not Scary Movie bland or obvious and has some special players who know how to do comedy. The usual suspects are in full effect; Robert Ben Gurant and Thomas Lennon wrote, directed and acted in the picture and stole the show. You can tell these guys really get comedy, but more so horror comedy which can be absolutely atrocious in the wrong hand. This isn't atrocious, and it's most likely due to the casting and some good writing (good for the type of movie it wants to be). Riki Lindhome... clothing optional? Stunning. The Last House on the Left star (and yes she's been a pile of other stuff too) brings the funny. Rob Corddry... you're a brilliant straight man, and Leslie Bibb draws parallels in her performance between Hell Baby and, of all things, Gina Davis in Beetlejuice. Figure out how that works. Rob Huebel who just had me rolling.
While I expected a more serious, camp effort, that's truly my own fault. I have to learn to at least read who's in the fucking movie before I watch it.It states very clearly that it's from the people who bought us Reno 911, and it states that the "Devil Got a Baby Mama". I wasn't completely ready to laugh. I have to work up to it... laughing that is. I'm a horror guy first and an all-other genre guy second. Regardless of whether you are prepared or not you may have to wait a little bit to get your yucks on as most of the serious funnies come from Robert Ben Gurant and Thomas Lennon playing priests in search of an exorcism. Once these two land on the scene don't be afraid to laugh.
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I'll watch this again for sure. It's a nice date movie on the couch, and a good Halloween flick for those people who can't handle the serious scares (pussy marauders). Also recommended strongly for expecting mothers who can't handle some of the more serious pregnancy horror films. I tried to get my wife to watch It's Alive and Rosemary's Baby when she was expecting and she outright refused. This might have changed her mind (we stayed away from Inside).