“All Hell Breaks Loose” is now available on DVD via Wild Eye Releasing.
Several issues plague “All Hell Breaks Loose” from being a worthwhile experience. The comedic horror/revenge thriller has a concept that could have been promising, but it’s never allowed to properly flourish. A motorcycle gang known as Satan’s Sinners kidnaps virgin women and brings them back to Hell. They have no intention of raping or torturing the women. They want to spend time with them before sacrificing them to Satan. Meanwhile, Nick (Nick Forrest) and Bobby Sue (Sarah Kobel Marquette) are newlyweds but before Nick can seal the deal Bobby Sue is abducted by Satan’s Sinners. Nick attempts to rescue his new wife, but fails miserably. He’s going to need a little help from God (Joseph Sullivan) if he wants to stand a chance. Nick is going to have to cheat death more than once.
A motorcycle gang doing the dirty work of Satan sounds like it has potential, but “All Hell Breaks Loose” literally embodies the phrase “low budget.” Acting in the film is horrendous. Joshua Lee Frazier, William Ross, and Todd A. Robinson are the least offensive of the cast but even they get annoying after a few lines of dialogue. Nobody knows how to act in this film. No one is able to sound natural while speaking and long pauses and lack of emotion seem to be key in these actors just making it through this thing until it’s over and done with. Ehren McGhehey as the Elvis-obsessed Clarence will have you praying he gets a shotgun blast to the face due to how annoying he is.
Early on, the film has this 70s grindhouse feel to it with practical effects and cigarette burns littered amongst a dirty and aged print of the film. It’s a nice touch that you admire for a moment, but it soon becomes tiresome. Practical effects are traded for CGI seemingly slapped together for a couple bucks by a blind man while the 70s atmosphere feels like a cosmetic cover up for the fact that every other aspect of the film reaches nuclear levels of atrociousness.
The screenplay rides this intense cynical wave that bleeds into the events of the film. Everyone is a complete a-hole in “All Hell Breaks Loose,” which means you have no one to root for. Nick is basically Milhouse Van Houten from “The Simpsons” and it’s difficult to get behind a hero who is nerdier than any dork you may have encountered in high school. Speaking of “The Simpsons,” the entire film seems to be directly influenced by the eighth episode of season 11: “Take My Wife, Sleaze” which involves Marge getting kidnapped by the motorcycle gang Hell’s Satans. The disgusting one-liners have more creativity than anything else in the film. The end of the film fails to resolve anything as it seems to illustrate that women are lambs for the slaughter and men are driven by fate to execute them.
The influences that inspired first-time feature film writer Jacy Morris and director Jeremy Garner are perhaps the best aspect “All Hell Breaks Loose” has to offer. With horrid acting, noticeably reduced special effects, and a weak storyline that fails to capitalize on its concept, “All Hell Breaks Loose” is the type of cheap film completely devoid of ambition that not only feels like it purposely constructed itself to fail but also gives horror films and thrillers a bad name.