Nick's honeymoon is interrupted by the biker gang, Satan's Sinners, and when his bride, Bobby Sue, is abducted he will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means dying, repeatedly, at the hands of these bikers from hell. With some divine intervention, Nick has to find a way to get the girl and save the day before all hell breaks loose.
Back in the early stages of the "Grindhouse" homage trend, I didn't mind it too much since most of the movies were still earnest attempts at exploitation movies. Even if the aspirations were a bit misguided. It became a problem when this became a full-fledged fad and would-be filmmakers decided all that was needed was a film scratch filter, to be stupidly self-aware and have awful comedy. Because of this, the market was flooded with movies that ineptly mocked what they believed they were paying homage too and, like so many others, it left a permanent bitter taste in my mouth. So there was some mild hesitation with "All Hell Breaks Loose", but Jeremy Garner's low-budget bikersploitation throwback eventually won me over and justified my initial interest in the movie.
Newlyweds Nick and Bobby Sue are out celebrating their honeymoon at a local park when the biker gang, Satan's Sinners, show up and abduct Bobby Sue and murder Nick. With plans to ritually sacrifice Bobby Sue due to her purity, Nick is brought back to life by an angelical-like cowboy in order for him to save his fair maiden. However, Nick proves to be a little less than useful when pitted against demonic bikers from hell and he is going to need all the help he can get.
Yes, "All Hell Breaks Loose" is a throwback to biker and exploitation movies, and yes, there is a fair amount of comedy to the movie. What separates "All Hell Breaks Loose" from the likes of "Isle of the Damned" or "Hobo with a Shotgun" is that Jeremy Garner made a genuine bikersploitation movie. He also did it without falling back on being self-aware or being stupid for stupid's sake in order to carry the movie. "All Hell Breaks Loose" is a humorous take on the bikersploitation sub-genre, but the humor is more tongue-in-cheek by letting the movie's plot be the joke.
With "All Hell Breaks Loose", the humor comes from the fact that the movie is about a man, who may or may not be God, trying to help a groom rescue his bride from a gang of bikers who've come back from hell. It's a ridiculous concept but it's handled with the right amount of humor and seriousness that makes it enjoyable. It never ventures off too far in either direction. Occasionally the movie can be silly and there are a few jokes that are bit more on the nose when compared to the rest of the movie's comedic tone. However, I'll certainly take a few jokes that are like that as opposed to an entire movie handled in such a manner.
For the rest of the movie, what you're watching is an over-the-top movie that combines horror with bikersploitation and I'll be honest…it's a lot of fun. More fun than what I was expecting it to be. I personally believe it has to do with the fact that Jeremy Garner and Jacy Morris treated their material like a biker-exploitation movie first. So when you have a character like Nick being killed, repeatedly, because his ineptitude keeps him from being able to save his wife. It helps in giving the movie a nice counter-balance to make for a more well rounded and enjoyable movie. The addition of a horror element also aids in giving "All Hell Breaks Loose" a little flair with exploding heads, faces melting and innards being held together with duct tape. It's that little extra kick that can help a movie stand out.
I wish I had more to say about "All Hell Breaks Loose" but there's not much else you need to know. It's an entertaining modern bikersploitation movie with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, but still pays respect to the exploitation genre by being a throwback that's done right. It's also a good looking movie; obviously a limited budget but there's some thought and effort put into the production which has a respectable quality to it. It allows "All Hell Breaks Loose" to look and feel like a real movie and not someone's backyard project. And in retrospect, perhaps the movie could have used some more sleaze, but overall, there's an enjoyable mix of humor, horror, gore and trash that makes "All Hell Breaks Loose" a helluva lot of fun.