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Succubus: Hell Bent (2007).

October 16, 2009

The Scoop:
Can I cut to the chase here? This movie is a big old freakin’ waste of time. As a serious horror/thriller, it’s a complete pile of twaddle. As a campy bad movie laughfest, it has a few moments, but mostly fails at that too.

While on spring break in Cancun, a completely douchey womanizing film student cleverly named Adam (Robert Mann) meets a mysterious hottie cleverly named Lilith (Natalie Denise Sperl). When he returns home, she turns up at one of his parties and starts leaving corpses in her wake. Turns out she’s a succubus, a female demon who consumes the souls of men. (In case you weren’t tipped off to that by the title, it’s literally spelled out for you in the movie. Literally. Because nothing says “tense climactic battle” like a little impromptu spelling bee.) Sperl isn’t so bad as Lilith, and is even kind of sexy. But everything else about the movie is just plain wrong.

The brain child of writer/director Kim Bass (who got his start writing for “In Living Color,” oddly enough) is completely amateurish on every level. The script is horrible and cliché-ridden, the direction and editing are muddled, and the acting is wooden at best. All the male actors look like they came out of the same cookie cutter from Pricks ‘R’ Us. And for a movie with a lot of sex in it, there’s absolutely no nudity. You do get to see plenty of Mann’s pasty, mole-filled back, though.

“Succubus: Hell Bent” is completely insulting to women, film students, ambulance drivers and most other intelligent people. Oh, and did I mention that there’s a demonic fighter jet dogfight? Betcha weren’t expecting that!

Save yourself and get out now!

Best Bit:
Gary Busey’s cameo as the whacked-out demon hunter. I’m not sure Busey knew he was really shooting a movie. Also look for really horrible cameos by David Keith, Lorenzo Lamas and Kelly Hu.

Side Note:
Want a mythology lesson? Here are the real stories behind succubi and Lilith.

Companion Viewing:
“Serpent’s Lair” (1995).

Official site.
Dr. Gore’s Movie Reviews.
1,000 Misspent Hours.

Take a Look:
The trailer. You’ve got to love any movie in which the leads are the last two actors credited, and the first four combined have about 10 minutes of screen time, max:

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