All Hell Breaks Loose DVD Review
Cult film fans are sure to dig “All Hell Breaks Loose.”
In “All Hell Breaks Loose,” a newlywed couple (Nick and Bobby Sue) find their lives thrown into chaos when they encounter a murderous biker gang (Satan’s Sinners) from hell. Not only do Satan’s Sinners leave Nick for dead, but they kidnap the innocent virgin Bobby Sue to give her to the Devil. In a twist of fate, God comes across Nick and decides to help him stop the Sinners and save his wife. As Nick quickly discovers, he cannot embark on this quest alone so he must find additional help. Can Nick complete his quest or will he fail miserably? That is the question.
Much like the similar “Grindhouse,” “All Hell Breaks Loose” is very much a tongue-in-cheek throwback to exploitation cinema. In particular, this one pays loving tribute to 70’s horror films, biker films, and sleazy grindhouse cinema in general. For the most part, the film succeeds in what it sets out to do as it delivers plenty of death, gore, nudity, cheesy one liners, action, a clever ending, and even some well placed pop culture references by writer The Vocabulariast.
Even though “All Hell Breaks Loose” starts strong and ends strong, the film falters a bit is in the slightly meandering middle act. There are a lot of scenes involving the Saint’s Sinners laughing and lounging around a bar which becomes a bit tedious after awhile. Granted, the scenes were designed to give villainous characters like Sundown, Statch, and the Elvis esque Clarence (played by Danger Ehren of “Jackass” fame) more characterization, but it felt like the middle portion of the film needed something more whether it be another conflict or an additional twist.
Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? You couldn’t ask for a more appropriate visual style as the intentionally scratchy print really puts the viewer in that grindhouse mood.
Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? The audio track has a decidedly retro feel from the sound f/x to the ADR. That’s how it should be.
* Trailers for other WildEye Releasing titles and an “All Hell Breaks Loose” trailer.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* A likable commentary by director Jeremy Garner and writer The Vocabulariast. The two talk about genres, the cast, the story, Danger Ehren’s involvement, and more.
Overall Thoughts: “All Hell Breaks Loose” is an entertaining niche film that is destined to find an audience on home video.
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