Wicked Cool Trailer for Occult Coming-of-Age Horror Film 'Hellbender'
"Do you know why we're called Hellbenders?" Shudder has revealed an official trailer for the indie horror film titled Hellbender, described as an occult coming-of-age feature made by a family of indie filmmakers. This first premiered at the Fantastic Film Festival last year, and it lands on the horror streamer Shudder this February. It's the sixth feature film written and directed by the filmmaking Adams family: Toby Poser, John Adams, and their daughter Zelda Adams (of The Deeper You Dig, Halfway to Zen, The Shoot). Zelda Adams stars in the film, along with her mother and sister Lulu, and she also won the Best Actress award at Fantasia. Confined to a mountaintop for most of her life thanks to a rare illness, a lonely teen discovers her family's ties to witchcraft. "To understand the hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family's past and the ancient power in her bloodline." Sounds wild, but wait until you see this trailer! It looks crazy cool.
Trailer (+ poster) for John Adams & Zelda Adams & Toby Poser's Hellbender, from Shudder's YouTube:
16-year-old Izzy leads an isolated life on a lonely mountaintop. All she’s learned is from her protective mom and the wilderness that swallows them. Izzy dreams of a live gig, but her mother thinks she’s too sick and mustn’t be around others. Questioning her illness and starved for companionship, Izzy sneaks down the mountain where she befriends brazen Amber. Izzy is in heaven until a cruel drinking game with a live worm unleashes a new kind of hunger. Hellbender is entirely written, directed, produced, scored, and also edited by the filmmaking family of Toby Poser & John Adams & Zelda Adams. This is the sixth feature from Wonder Wheel Productions, the family-run production company founded by Poser and Adams and their children, and the family also produced the music for the feature with tracks from their experimental punk band H6LLB6ND6R. The film first premiered at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival last year. Shudder will debut Hellbender streaming on Shudder starting February 24th, 2022 this winter. Who's interested?