Movie Reviews: HeBGBTV and BABY BOOM (Nightmares Film Festival)

November 1, 2022

Written by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is the Film Festival Editor for Horror Fuel; all film festival related queries and announcements should be sent to him at [email protected] He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.


Freaky, frenetic, and fun, HeBGB TV (2022) is a nostalgic blast for anyone who grew up watching horror hosts, Nickelodeon in the nineties, or pretty much television of any kind. If you spent any time at all in front of the electric babysitter, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this outlandish effort from cowriters/codirectors Eric Griffin, Adam Lenhart, and Jake Mcclellan. A young brother and sister have their night — and lives — suddenly changed when a retro-horror cable TV box comes into their lives unexpectedly. A wacky horror host pops out and takes them on a tube-ular journey filled with mind-blowing wackiness and no small amount of camp. This is not your usual horror anthology, so don’t go in expecting longer-running stories with plots that make sense. HeBGB TV is all about assaulting the senses, twisting the mind, and shooting for laughs — or at least knowing nods with accompanying smiles — as often as possible. The film delivers rapid-paced antics, with the humor ranging from the sly to the silly to the satirical.


Baby Boom

Norwegian science fiction/horror-comedy short Baby Boom (2022) finds middle-aged alcoholic Runar (Jesper Malm) — who has evidently never watched a fear-fare film about the dangers of online dating, though they are plentiful — lucking, as he sees it, into a dream date. What he doesn’t know is that his date (Tina Schei) is out of this world — literally — and she is about to change his life in ways other than what he expects. Director Thomas Lunde delivers a wild ride with solid performances and gruesome practical effects, some of which will especially have male viewers wincing.  

HeBGB TV and Baby Boom screened as part of Nightmares Film Festival, which took place in Columbus, Ohio from October 20th–23rd, 2022. For more information, visit

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