Watch This: J.T. Petty’s HELLBENDERS


September 20, 2013 by Laird

J.T. Petty is one of my favorite filmmakers, especially among those working at the horror end of the spectrum. The Burrowers is a particularly well-done take on Lovecraftian horrors emerging during the “wild west” era of U.S. history.

His latest effort, Hellbenders, appears about as profanely humorous as one might hope for a take on the exorcism genre. Looking forward to it.


9 thoughts on “Watch This: J.T. Petty’s HELLBENDERS

  1. Ha! I’m kinda-sorta in this film. Maybe. I haven’t seen it yet, but I was one of the demon guys fighting in the outdoor fiery night shots that keep popping up.

    So, I’m either on the cutting room floor, or you may see me going after priests with a pointed bloody stick.

    Not much of an acting stretch, now that I think about it…

    • Kenton Sem says:

      Thanks for the heads-up on ‘Hellbenders’. Petty’s 2001 debut ‘Soft for Digging’ is a knockout. I think there is only one chilling line of dialog in the entire film. I really enjoyed ‘The Burrowers’ too. Now, are you familiar with the films directed by Larry Fessenden?

      • Laird says:

        I enjoy Fessenden. Wendigo was my intro to his work. The scene where they find the mysterious bullet hole in the window really affected me.

  2. Ex-pat in Oz says:

    looks good– tks for the recommendation!

  3. Kenton Sem says:

    Just noticed on IMDB that Fessenden has a small role in ‘Hellbenders’. Small, weird world, ain’t it?

    • Laird says:

      Yes. I know J.T. and his wife Sarah. However, I first knew both as authors, so it was a while before I caught up with his film work.

      • Kenton Sem says:

        I didn’t know that. I can find what appears to be a graphic novel called ‘Bloody Chester’ on Amazon…

        The bathroom scene at the end of ‘Soft for Digging’ is burned into my brain just as much as something like the shock at the climax of Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’. Petty and Fessenden are both terrifically talented. I think I’ve just figured out what this year’s Halloween film festival will consist of!

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