A Review of Horror Soap Opera ‘Hell Town’

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Steve Balderson’s Horror Soap Opera

Hell Town

Presented by Scream Queen Debbie Rochon

Now Available on Cable VOD and Digital HD

From Gravitas Ventures

Hell Town

  • Release Date: August 23rd on VOD
  • Written By: Steve Balderson, Elizabeth Spear
  • Directed By: Steve Balderson, Elizabeth Spear

From The Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA – Steve Balderson’s festival favorite Hell Town is now available to rent or own starting August 23rd on Dish Network, Cox, Charter, Verizon Fios, iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and more from Gravitas Ventures.  Presented as three episodes of a sadistic twist on Masterpiece Theater, Balderson (Firecracker, The Casserole Club) and co-director Elizabeth Spear have carved up a serialized story filled with catfights, cliffhangers, broken hearts and murder.

Since the world premiere sponsored by the Austin Horror Society and Alamo Drafthouse, Hell Town has made audiences and critics laugh and scream, picking up awards for Best Feature at Colorado Horror-Con, as well as a Best Feature and Best Actress win for Amanda Deibert, with nominations for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, at the Crimson Scream Horror Film Festival.

Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Return to Nuke ‘Em High, The Theater Bizarre) headlines as the hostess of the three surviving episodes of “Hell Town”, following the melodramatic, small-town and potentially short-lived lives of Krysten Day, Amanda Deibert, Owen Lawless, Ben Windholz, Jennifer Grace and Balderson muse Pleasant Gehman.



Hell Town follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal. In the middle of all the everyday drama of one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry, and general small-town angst, the Letter Jacket Killer 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. Everyone, from the prom queen and shirtless jock to the nosy geek and the super bitch, are all suspects in the carnage.



The film began with an introduction by Debbie Rochon, and I was digging it, I immediately received an Elvira and Rhonda Shear (USA Up All Night) vibe! A part of me wanted to see much more of Debbie. However, I was curious as to what was going to happen next.

Setup like a soap opera, Hell Town is a comedy horror spoof, directed by Steven Balderson and Elizabeth Spear. With the rest of the television series lost we see three episodes from Season 2, Episodes Seven, Eight, and Nine. The hell you say? How can we jump right in the middle of something like this? Don’t worry; the show has you covered! Enough backstory is brought to light that the episodes make sense, and everything flows quite nicely. The story focuses on the Gable and Manly families and is full of stereotypical scenarios and clichés that we have all come to recognize and love over the years. I was expecting to be surrounded throughout the film with unlikeable characters. However, the majority presented themselves to be very likable which was odd for a parody film.

The main synopsis of the film’s episodes is on a stereotypical super bitch Prom Queen type, Trish Gabel (Krysten Day). The Letter Jacket Killer, a crazed serial killer has decided to kill off anyone that comes in contact with this beautiful vixen, including an extensive list of gentleman that she needs to choose from for her prom date. Trish Gabel reminded me so much of a Marcia Brady type.

If this had been a typical horror film, the ending would have angered me and I would have felt cheated, however with the replication of daytime television; I felt the ending was perfect, and I was content. The only disappointment was this was not a continued series, and I was stuck imagining what future episodes might entail.

If you have a good sense of humor and are looking to have some good gory fun, Hell Town is the gem for you.


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