When it comes to Halloween Horror, that being movies that are centered around the fall with a focus on our beloved Samhain holiday, the bar has been set pretty high. Now I am a forgiving man who will pretty much watch whatever schlock is put in front of me with a Jack O Lantern and a few black cats, and I’ll rave about it for a few days during October. What separates the pumpkin from the seeds here is that I won’t remember half of the shit I watch during the Halloween season if it isn’t something truly special. Hellions is special. Hellions I have been remembering since I had the chance to preview it in August, and I’m glad to finally be able to share my thoughts with you.
First off, make sure to pay for it and enjoy it whether you do so VOD or in a limited theatrical venue. It has a big feel and dreamy nightmarescapes that would be best appreciated on the big screen, but as long as you shut the lights out and wait for cooler temperatures, you’ll get in the mood. It is absolutely a Halloween based movie. It occurs on Halloween, involves some “rogue trick or treaters” (I can see you’re heads already bobbling Trick R Treat and I say stop) and has a deeper philosophical ambition. Now you guys know that heady, socially aware Horror can bite my crank if it isn’t matched with equal part gore and tit, but Hellions has enough playful grimness that it balances out some of the psychological ramifications.
What I didn’t like? It isn’t a long movie and rightfully so, but it sort of meanders through the third act before making it’s point. There are plenty of pretty visuals during that time with a great look and feel but the chase… takes too damn long sometimes. This is why the best Horror is left for short stories and anthologies. I assure you that Hellions recovers nicely.
Make sure to enjoy Hellions this Halloween season and add it to your list of traditions. This is not for gore hounds, slasher freaks or folks who want super-realism. There’s dark, delicate fantasy at work. Keep your big, grubby hands to yourselves. Enjoy a Halloween Horror tale with nice costuming, good acting and a strong visual presence.
Hellions is available in limited theatrical and VOD now.
From IFC Midnight:
A teenager’s Halloween night turns into a terrifying fight to survive when trick-or-treaters from Hell show up at her doorstep. After getting the unwelcome news that she’s pregnant, seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) just wants to stay in on Halloween. But then a knock at the door delivers a gaggle of pint-sized demons after one thing: Dora’s baby. Director Bruce McDonald unleashes a hallucinatory visual and auditory assault that propels Hellions to increasingly disturbing realms of terror. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) co-stars.