Vinegar Syndrome


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Director Richard Casey's (HORROR HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 5) second feature is an ambitious and at times dreamlike Faustian story, set in the rough underworld of LA's heavy metal and punk music scene. Lemmy (Phil Ward) is the front man for an unsuccessful band, who's willing to do anything to make it. After a chance meeting with Mr. Tanas, a music promoter, Lemmy is offered the deal of a lifetime: fame for nothing more than his soul. The young singer doesn't believe in such things and accepts the offer, but quickly learns that this sleazy promoter has more in store for Lemmy than just the stardom he's dreamed of.

Directed and photographed like a surreal documentary, and co-starring David Marciano (HOMELAND) and Darcy Nichols (CAFE FLESH), HELLBENT is a blood soaked document of late 80s Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of outcasts and derelicts. Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents this forgotten gem of independent horror newly restored from its original 35mm negative and on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time.

Directed by: Richard Casey
Starring: Phil Ward, Lyn Levand, David Marciano, Steve DeVorkin, Darcy Nichols, Brad Slaight, Cheryl Slean
1988 / 88 minutes / Color / 1.85:1

  • All extras on both formats
  • Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
  • Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
  • "A Little Chaos" - making of featurette
  • Commentary track with director Richard Casey
  • Original cover artwork by Cody Brown
  • Reversible cover artwork