Know the Cast: ‘Hellbender’

Hellbender Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2021 Movie

The Hellbender cast features Zelda Adams, Toby Poser and Lulu Adams. This info article contains minor spoilers for the 2021 Adams Family movie on Shudder. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Hellbender follows a 16-year-old girl named Izzy. She lives with her mother and stays home due to a rare immune disease. When Izzy hangs out with local teenagers and consumes a tequila earthworm, she develops an insatiable hunger that links to her ancestral roots. Here’s every main player in Hellbender.

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Hellbender Cast: Zelda Adams as Izzy

Hellbender Cast - Zelda Adams as Izzy

Character Profile: A 16-year-old girl who lives in a mountain community. She plays in a band with her mother and receives home schooling because of her X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disease. Izzy learns that she is a “hellbender” but doesn’t fully understand how to access her powers.

Adams’ Resume: Zelda in Rumblestrips (2013), Frankie in Knuckle Jack (2014), Eddie in Halfway to Zen (2016), The Hatred in The Ascent (2017), Echo in The Deeper You Dig (2019)

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Hellbender Cast: Toby Poser as Mother

Hellbender Cast - Toby Poser as Mother

Character Profile: Izzy’s mother. She’s a well-intentioned “hellbender” who raises her daughter to be peaceful and mindful of nature’s gifts. Mother informs Izzy about their unique existence and familial background but leaves out some crucial information.

Poser’s Resume: Amanda Spaulding in Guiding Light (1987-98), Toby in Rumblestrips (2013), Woman with No Name in Knuckle Jack (2014), Vick in Halfway to Zen (2016), Ivy in The Deeper You Dig (2019)

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Hellbender Cast: Lulu Adams as Amber

Hellbender Cast - Lulu Adams as Amber

Character Profile: Izzy’s friend. She secretly hangs out at a neighbor’s pool. Amber tries to develop a friendship with Izzy yet backs off after a disturbing forest encounter.

Adams’ Resume: Lulu in Rumblelstrips (2013), Nurse Lucy in Halfway to Zen (2016), Righteousness in The Hatred (2018)

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Hellbender Cast: John Adams as Uncle

Hellbender Cast - John Adams as Uncle

Character Profile: A man who trespasses on Izzy’s familial property. He states that Amber is his niece. Uncle has a fateful encounter with Mother.

Adams’ Resume: Stranger in Rumblestrips (2013), Jack in Knuckle Jack (2014), Nick in Halfway to Zen (2016), Vengeance in The Hatred (2018), Kurt in The Deeper You Dig (2019)

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Hellbender Cast: Rinzin Thonden as AJ

Hellbender Cast - Rinzin Thonden as AJ

Character Profile: Amber’s friend, a teenager who plans to attend med school. He inquires about Izzy’s illness and says that it’s “super fatal past infancy.” AJ also implies that the disease primarily affects boys.

Thonden’s Resume: Feature Debut in Hellbender

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Hellbender Cast: Khenzom as Ingrid

Hellbender Cast - Khenzom as Ingrid

Character Profile: Amber’s friend. She plays the cymbals and watches Izzy rock out on a drum set. Ingrid drinks tequila with Amber and company.

Khenzom’s Resume: Feature Debut in Hellbender

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The Hellbender cast also includes Judy Rosen (The Hatred), Shawn Wilson (The Deeper You Dig), Rob Figueroa (Skin, Burn), John Adams Sr. (feature debut) and Tess McKeegan (feature debut).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.