HELLBENDER (2021) Preview and distribution news for folk horror


Hellbender is a 2021 American horror film about a confused teenage girl who is yearning to discover her family’s dark secret.

Written, photographed, produced and co-directed by Toby Poser, Zelda Adams and John Adams (The Deeper You Dig).


Sixteen-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) leads an isolated life on a lonely mountaintop due to a rare sickness. Questioning her illness and starving for companionship, Izzy sneaks down the mountain where she befriends brazen older girl Amber (Lulu Adams).

Just as Izzy finally begins to feel happiness, a drinking game involving a live worm unleashes a new kind of insatiable hunger within her. Confused and scared, Izzy appeals to her mother for answers but the family’s secrets are as old and dark as the bloodline from which they’re born…


Hellbender will have its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Meanwhile. arthouse genre outfit Yellow Veil Pictures (Honeydew; The Bloodhound; Sator) have worldwide sales rights and will be presenting the film at the virtual Cannes film market.

Justin Timms, Yellow Veil Pictures co-founder, said, “Hellbender is unlike anything you’ve ever seen and we’re absolutely thrilled to team with the mad genius filmmaking family behind this one, and help find its audience around the world.”

In a joint statement, the Adams family said “‘Yellow Veil embraces the creative energy and vision of our family and new film, Hellbender. We’ve admired the tone and boldness of YVP’s collection from the get-go, and the three of us are thrilled to be teaming up with them.”


There is currently no trailer available for Hellbender.