All Hell Breaks Loose DVD Review (Wild Eye Releasing)
All Hell Breaks Loose is a 2014 horror film directed by special effects artist Jeremy Garner (Melvin, Crowbar, Killing Me, The Children of Terra Firma, & Deet ‘n Bax Save Th World). A.H.B.L mixes some of the usual favorite sub genres for exploitation cinema including bikers, revenge, & satanism. It was shot in Oregon on a budget of 20,000 in 3 weeks. It even has that familiar “grindhouse” look to it. A throwback to all of those independents that pushed the boundaries that played in certain theaters & drive in spots across America back in the day. It opens up with a vicious preview of what’s to come later on in this disastrous adventure. Friends are enjoying their party & time together as they tell silly campfire stories getting messed up. Bikers (Sundown played by: Joshua Frazier from Most Daring, Knucklehead played by: Big Dave Levick, Ratso played by: Casey Vann from Grimm, & Pedophile Pete played by: Tommy Hestmark from Vicious) show up & they go on a murderous spree as they slaughter most of them, they are on a mission. They are only looking for one thing there, a VIRGIN!
That same group of diabolical bikers from hell known as Satan’s Sinners (Chuck played by: Ryan Gregg from Lucky’s Treasure, Statch played by: Todd Robinson from Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, El Vez played by: Hunter O’Guinn from The Silence, & Clarence played by: Jackass’s “Danger” Ehren McGhehey from Portlandia) have expanded since then decide to crash a newlyweds Nick (played by: Nick Forrest from Lucky’s Treasure) & Bobby Sue (played by: Sarah Kobel Marquette from Crowbar) wedding celebration after being married all alone. Satan’s Sinners murder the nerdy Nick & kidnap Bobby Sue to sacrifice her to Satan to save them from damnation. A mysterious cowboy (played by: Joseph Sullivan from The Darkest Corner of Paradise & The Children of Terra Firma) claiming to be God brings Nick back to life to save his new bride from the unholy motorcycle gang. Nick goes to Sheriff Parks (played by: William Ross) & a questionable preacher Jeremiah (played by: Leif Fuller from Melvin) for help. The once deceased groom is now armed with divine intervention & dangerous firepower. He will keep dying over & over until he becomes the hero in this battle against evil!
I don’t know why but motorcycle gangs, Satan, & revenge make a great combination when it comes to pure entertainment. All Hell Breaks Loose is executed so good that it honestly feels like a lost exploitation film from the 1970s. It’s something I could see Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez producing. I have noticed a decent amount of independent horror starting to bring back grindhouse & that exploitation flavor to modern day cinema. It delivers everything you would want for this sub genre hybrid plus it has a nice balance of comedy added in. It makes up for it’s low budget with it’s main cast, soundtrack, & many gruesome visuals. I am not surprised by that last part since it was directed by a special effects artist. These days more of them are taking a chance & getting behind the camera for their own projects. All Hell Breaks Loose is non stop fun & it has you rooting for the ambitious geek against the wicked Satan’s Sinners. This one is a under-rated gem & needs more exposure to the world. Hopefully, I can help out a little with this review.
If you enjoy stuff that plays homage to past & makes their picture quality resemble the favorites from before you will get kick out of this. It adds to the personality of this production & it gives it that familiar feeling that you have grown to love when it comes this type of genre production. The soundtrack also adds to the environment & energy of this feature. It’s almost like another character in this. Now, let’s talk about the special features. First off, there’s an Audio Commentary with director Jeremy Garner & writer Vocabulariast. They discuss the production of this film. They also give you some behind the scenes stories & facts from it. Next, there’s two Deleted Scenes from A.H.B.L which include “Heartbreak Hotel” (39 seconds) & “Start Dancing” (1 minute 24 seconds). You get the original trailer for this. Last but not least, you get some Wild Eye Releasing trailers for All Hell Breaks Loose, Hotel Inferno, Survival Knife, The Last House, The Horror Network, Bunni, Rebel Scum, & A Plague So Pleasant. Wild Eye Releasing keeps on providing us with some entertaining & quality independent horror. This is definitely one of the best from their back catalog, I highly recommend checking this out ASAP especially if you are a big fan of grindhouse & exploitation films. It’s making a comeback & this is a good example of one!