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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #26: ‘Reno 911!’ Creators Send Up the Horror Genre in ‘Hell Baby’

Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #26: 'Reno 911!' Creators Send Up the Horror Genre in 'Hell Baby'

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the creators of the hit sketch comedy show “Reno 911!,” make their feature filmmaking debut with “Hell Baby,” a demented horror spoof that features a haunted house, an exorcism and one nasty demon child.

What It’s About: “An expectant couple moves into a demonic house in the Garden District, and calls on the Vatican’s exorcism team to save them.”

Our Biggest Challenge: “The biggest challenge bringing it to screen was the schedule. The entire film was shot in 20 days, which is pretty fast.”

Our Chief Hope at Sundance: “Hopefully the Sundance audience will laugh. A lot.”

Our Inspirations: “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Orphanage” and “The Changeling” 1980.

What We Have Up Next: “Next for us is the film version of ‘Baywatch,’ for Paramount Pictures, and a companion piece to ‘Hell Baby’ called ‘Backwater,’ which will be done in the same style as ‘Hell Baby,’ with much of the same cast.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on January 17 for the latest profiles.

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