Red band trailers almost always seem like more of a gimmick than an actual necessity: show some of the naughty stuff, which will lure people into the R-rated movie, while still playing things pretty tame. But the trailer for "Hell Baby," the forthcoming horror comedy from "Reno 911" principles Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, pretty much throws everything that could make a movie R-rated, save for horrible violence, into the trailer (sex, nudity, foul language, drug usage, questionable Italian accents), and we're all the better for it. Prepare yourself... for "Hell Baby."
The premise for "Hell Baby" involves Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb, who are expecting their first child and move into a house that is very clearly haunted. In the trailer's opening scene, they're getting settled into their new home when they're frightened by Keegan Michael Key, who plays a neighborhood tough who cheerfully explains that nobody has been murdered (or "moneyed up") in the couple's new house for at least three months. In short order we're then treated to Riki Lindhome's breasts, Corddry getting shocked by a lamp (and then saying "F**k you, lamp!") and Paul Scheer zapping Rob Huebel with a taser. And that's just the first 43 seconds of the trailer.
For the remainder of the trailer, things do hedge closer to standard horror comedy fare, with Corddry and Bibb eventually hiring a pair of exorcists (played by Garant and Lennon) and the emphasis devolving from jokes to quick cutting gags. Still, there are a few priceless moments, like Key noting that "bitches be crazy," and Lennon gravely intoning (in a wonderfully cheesy Italian accent): "I assure you the devil is real... and he's a dick." Also it's always lovely to see a cameo by genius comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who was "Portlandia" MVP (just watch the "Around the World in 80 Plates" sketch, please).
It's kind of hard to tell whether or not "Hell Baby" will actually be funny or if it will be a big waste of everyone's time (reports from Sundance are split down the middle), but the trailer makes one thing explicitly clear: it will be really, really filthy.
"Hell Baby" will be on VOD starting on July 25th, with a theatrical release on September 6th.