There never has been much love between the Gables and the Manlys, the
two most prominent families in town - especially since father Gable (Jeff
Montague) has seen to it that young Butch Manly (Ben Windholz) was thrown
into jail. He's out now though, and he's madly in love with Trish Gable
(Krysten Day), the cutest girl in town ... who has given up her
"virginity" to pretty much everyone on the football team, and
who might not be the biggest thinker in town - but she can be a right
bitch when it comes to pursuing her own interests. Thing is, her sister
Laura (first BeckiJo Neill, later Jennifer Grace) is madly in love with
Butch, but he ignores her. Oh, and Trish's gay brother Bobby (Blake
Cordell) is madly in love with Butch's brother Jesse (Owen Lawless), who
does his best to repress his gay feelings. But there's definitely no love
between Trish and Butch's sister Chanel (Amanda Deibert), who get into a
fight no matter where they meet.
Both these families though have
problems of their own as well, the Manly family matriarch (Pleasent
Gehman) has been in a coma since God knows when and now the other family
members actually have to "work" for a living while mum's nurse
(Pleasant Gehman again) plans to eventually assume mum's identity.
Meanwhile father Gable might be immensely rich, but knowing he'll die soon
he tells his children he will inherit all of his money to only one of them
- which puts their natural sibling rivalry into a new dimension ...
if that wasn't enough, there's a serial killer in town killing all the
football jocks and tearing the letters from their jackets - and of course,
everybody's a suspect ...
Hell Town claims to be the
only surviving episodes (7, 8 and 9 of season 2) of a lost soap opera -
which is total bollocks of course, but the film sure feels like it,
spinning together multiple unrelated storylines, many of them ended
without conclusion, one character getting recast in the middle of the
story by another actress looking nothing like the first one), many of the
characters being nothing more than clichés and their motivations are
hammered home via sledgehammer, the psychology behind the story is
amazingly simplified, and many narrative threads are incredibly
far-fetched ... and all of these are exactly the points that make Hell
Town special and so much fun to watch, as the film doesn't take itself
seriously for a minute but doesn't try to win the audience over with
moronic humour or gross-out jokes but really plays the whole thing
over-the-top in a soap opera way but tongue firmly in cheek, plenty of
sight gags, dialogue and acting that intentionally borders camp, and
plenty of surprises that might fit the soap-formula quite perfectly but
that still come across as exhilarating.
A really fun movie!