The Shudder Original, Hellbender will see its exclusive premiere on the streaming platform February 24, 2022.
In Hellbender, 16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) suffers from a rare illness that has kept her isolated on a mountaintop with her mother (Toby Poser) her whole life. As Izzy begins to question her sickness, she pushes back against her confinement and secretly befriends Amber (Lulu Adams), another girl living on the mountain, but her newfound happiness is derailed after she eats a live worm as part of a juvenile game and finds an insatiable and violent hunger awakened within her. To understand the hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family's past and the ancient power in her bloodline.
“One of the best horror movies of the year!” — SyFy Wire
It's the latest film from the upstate New York based filmmaker family The Adams and Hellbender is written, directed, produced, scored, and edited by Toby Poser, John Adams, and Zelda Adams. The trio who previously starred together in The Deeper You Dig (2019), also star alongside Lulu Adams. It’s the sixth feature from Wonder Wheel Productions, the family-run production company founded by Poser and Adams and their children. The family also produced the music for the feature with tracks from their experimental punk band H6LLB6ND6R.
In a podcast interview with Video Monsters, the Adams Family's had this to say about the film's organic backstory, "It was very important for us to create our own mythology here. We were influenced by things, infact, I did a lot of reserach on some of your, you know, original women from Lilith and Eve to Shakti, Kali the Destroyer and Lamia, the Libyan serpent goddess. I love and was incredibly influence by those, but in the end, it's stuff that very few people I think would notice."
Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, will exclusively premiere the critically acclaimed Shudder Original Hellbender on Thursday, February 24, 2022.