Title: Hellroller

Also known as:

Year: 1992

Genre: Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 72 min

Director: Gary J. Levinson

Writer: Gary J Levinson, Stuart Wall

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180740/

Eugene is a young man who was crippled as a child, wanders the streets with his homeless Aunt after a pair of Siamese twin thugs killed his mother. Things get worst for Eugene as his Aunt ends up getting raped and killed as well, only this time by a couple of homeless guys. Angry and frustrated, he decides to go on a killing spree and isn't about to let being stuck in a wheelchair stop him from punishing both bums and "normies" alike.

Our thoughts:
People often say that there are no original ideas left for movies, because everything that can be made has already been made. After watching "Hellroller" I guess that's not true, since I never would have imagined the day I'd see a horror movie where the killer was wheelchair bound. I think the creators could fall under the category of being geniuses or complete idiots. When looking at the logistics of the concept, it's incredibly stupid to have the killer be at a disadvantage from being handicapped. What's he going to do if a victim runs up a flight of stairs? Then again, how brilliant and ballsy is it to make a horror movie based around such an absurd concept?

I'm sure from reading the plot description; it's no surprise that this is an ultra low-budget production that was shot-on-video. Yes, it's quite shocking that they couldn't find any financing for this project and resorted to shooting it on video. All is not lost though as our lead character Eugene is played by none other than Ron Litman. That's right, the DJ from the gay club in "Wayne's World 2". Alright, so maybe there aren't any big names attached to the movie (Once again, I'm sure that's quite shocking to find out.) other than maybe porn-star Hyapatia Lee, who shows up to dance for the camera. To provide some much needed T&A for the movie, along with a few other ladies. The rest of the actors in "Hellroller" seemed like they were pulled right off the street that they happened to be filming on and told them to just wing their lines. Well, since the movie's plot revolves around homeless people, they very well could have. Regardless though the not-so-surprising atrocious acting makes it hard to believe anybody auditioned to be in this movie.

The only thing worse than the acting is the incoherent and jumbled storyline. Now I'm not so naive as to think I was going to be getting a good plot or even a good movie in general before I watched it. The problem is that I think Levinson and Wall loved the concept, but didn't have a clue as to how to pull it off or what kind of a movie they wanted to make. So they just said fuck it and ran with the concept then planned to "make" the movie in editing. The most obvious reason is the fact that the movie didn't know if it wanted to be serious or a comedy. With the kill scenes, the setup for the character Eugene to go on this murderous rampage and his mental break down scenes are all done in a serious tone. Then there are the fake news segments, scenes with the "King Bum" where all he does is laugh at the stupid lines he's delivering to the camera. There is even a point in the movie where Eugene finds a mad scientist out of the yellow pages, and pays him money to make a serum that will turn regular people into bums. When it gets to that point in the movie, you will have witnessed many other stupid and random scenes; you're only left with giving the response, "why not". The story isn't entirely lost to it's own stupidity as it does have a beginning, middle, and end. With Eugene going from being a normal bum, to going crazy and starts to kill anybody and everybody, to a final lack-luster conclusion. The problem comes from it constantly changing tones from being serious to being silly, and often having random scenes with random characters that have nothing to do with the movie in any way shape or form.

Once again though, I'm sure none of this comes as a surprise, but it's movies like this that gives good SOV titles and ultra low-budget filmmaking a bad name. "Hellroller" is composed of random and nonsensical scenes that are edited together in an attempt to make something that resembles a movie. Worst of all there is no payoff from watching "Hellroller". While some of the screen caps may make the movie seem titillating for the gore, there is in fact none. All death scenes happen off screen, then there are a couple where they cut back to the body of the victim after they've been hosed down with blood. More often than not though, these movies are watched by people merely looking for a laugh or something to make fun of. Even with that though, you will be hard pressed to actually sit through this entire movie just for a laugh.

Positive things:
- They say the name of the movie in the movie.
Negative things:
- Let me put it this way, there are just some movies that deserve to fade away into obscurity.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2/5

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