Special Screening: HELL TOWN

Award-winning, genre-bending horror satire—ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear deliver good old-fashioned gore in the soap opera slasher HELL TOWN! The Strand presents a special one-night-only screening of  the new soap-opera/horror film.

HELL TOWN follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal.  In the middle of all the one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, there is the “Letter Jacket Killer” who 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…but who?  Everyone, from the Prom Queen and Shirtless Jock to the Nosey Geek and Super Bitch, are all suspect.

With Mother Manly in a coma, siblings Jesse, Blaze, Butch and Chanel are left to fend for themselves against an evil nurse (played with erotic and venomous fervor by punk rock royalty Pleasant Gehman). Across town, the Gables’ problems intensify as Trish, Laura, Bobby and BJ fight for the family fortune. Laura finally confesses her palpable series-long love obsession for Butch, and the rivalry between Chanel and Trish escalates to volcanic proportions.

HELL TOWN follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal.  In the middle of all the one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, there is the “Letter Jacket Killer” who 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…but who?  Everyone, from the Prom Queen and Shirtless Jock to the Nosey Geek and Super Bitch, are all suspect.
 
With Mother Manly in a coma, siblings Jesse, Blaze, Butch and Chanel are left to fend for themselves against an evil nurse (played with erotic and venomous fervor by punk rock royalty Pleasant Gehman). Across town, the Gables’ problems intensify as Trish, Laura, Bobby and BJ fight for the family fortune. Laura finally confesses her palpable series-long love obsession for Butch, and the rivalry between Chanel and Trish escalates to volcanic proportions.
HELL TOWN follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal.  In the middle of all the one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, there is the “Letter Jacket Killer” who 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…but who?  Everyone, from the Prom Queen and Shirtless Jock to the Nosey Geek and Super Bitch, are all suspect.
 
With Mother Manly in a coma, siblings Jesse, Blaze, Butch and Chanel are left to fend for themselves against an evil nurse (played with erotic and venomous fervor by punk rock royalty Pleasant Gehman). Across town, the Gables’ problems intensify as Trish, Laura, Bobby and BJ fight for the family fortune. Laura finally confesses her palpable series-long love obsession for Butch, and the rivalry between Chanel and Trish escalates to volcanic proportions.
HELL TOWN follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal.  In the middle of all the one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, there is the “Letter Jacket Killer” who 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…but who?  Everyone, from the Prom Queen and Shirtless Jock to the Nosey Geek and Super Bitch, are all suspect.
 
With Mother Manly in a coma, siblings Jesse, Blaze, Butch and Chanel are left to fend for themselves against an evil nurse (played with erotic and venomous fervor by punk rock royalty Pleasant Gehman). Across town, the Gables’ problems intensify as Trish, Laura, Bobby and BJ fight for the family fortune. Laura finally confesses her palpable series-long love obsession for Butch, and the rivalry between Chanel and Trish escalates to volcanic proportions.
HELL TOWN follows the melodramatic antics of high school seniors clashing over love, sex, and betrayal.  In the middle of all the one-sided infatuations, backstabbing bitchiness, bottled-up sexuality, sibling rivalry and general small-town angst, there is the “Letter Jacket Killer” who 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…but who?  Everyone, from the Prom Queen and Shirtless Jock to the Nosey Geek and Super Bitch, are all suspect.
With Mother Manly in a coma, siblings Jesse, Blaze, Butch and Chanel are left to fend for themselves against an evil nurse (played with erotic and venomous fervor by punk rock royalty Pleasant Gehman). Across town, the Gables’ problems intensify as Trish, Laura, Bobby and BJ fight for the family fortune. Laura finally confesses her palpable series-long love obsession for Butch, and the rivalry between Chanel and Trish escalates to volcanic proportions.

The directors will be at the screening to present the film and then host a Q&A afterwards that will include members of the cast and local cinematographer, Daniel Stephens. Following the Q&A will be a lively, Hell Townish after-party at Fog Bar in Rockland.

“A wildly original exercise in what John Waters once called ‘the theatre of the ridiculous.’”
ANDREW SHEARER, VOLUME ATHENS 

Directed by Steve Balderson (Firecracker) and Elizabeth Spear (Roundball)

Starring Jennifer Grace,  Pleasant Gehman, Casey Chapman

USA | 2015 | NR | 89 MIN

(Balderson) makes movies that are so gorgeous that it's not unreasonable to say that, cinematographically at least; he's the equal of an Argento or Kubrick in their prime. Some people have perfect vocal pitch, Steve has perfect visual composition. - FILM THREAT

Steve Balderson is the best-kept secret in American independent cinema. He makes his own films - which are unfailingly brilliant - and the rest of the world very, very gradually catches up with him... - MJ SIMPSON, UK FILM CRITIC

Balderson is the cornbread-fed lovechild of David Lynch and Gus Van Sant - MONTREAL MIRROR

Steve Balderson knows how to weave visuals and sound together like a master chef. - BANG NOIR BLOG

A wildly original exercise in what John Waters once called ‘the theatre of the ridiculous.’ - VOLUME ATHENS

Steve Balderson's approach to his work is not just a breath of fresh air – it is a gale-force wind. -
OREGON DAILY EMERALD

Show Dates & Times:

7/16/15 - Thursday

7:00 pm,
Admission: 

$8.50/Adult, $7.50/Senior
Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to show

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