Hellions

A teen faces a night of terror when three malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door.

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  • ★★★★ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd

    All of the emotions of an unplanned teen pregnancy mixed with all of the fun of a home invasion with a pinch of anxiety... and Oz.

  • ★★★★ review by Gavin Rye on Letterboxd

    Hellions feels like a film that is going to be appreciated in time. I’d read the bad reviews and went in expecting little. I ended up really loving the film. The idea seems so simple that it must have been done before. Trick or treaters turn evil and attack a girl alone in her house. And yet I can’t think of it having ever been done before.

    I’d also heard a lot of negative things about the look of the film, but again I really liked it. The night turns into a strange pink hue and it really gives a unique feel to things. Along with the great costumes the kids wear, I found Hellions amazing to look at.

    I’m not sure if it’s because expectations were so high after the amazing Pontypool, but Hellions is great. I feel positive that it will become a cult film in years. One that when discovered outside the context of it being a follow up to Pontypool, will be really enjoyed. I loved it now.

  • ★★★★★ review by Emalie on Letterboxd

    "Dora, little piggy. Dora can you hear me? It's me."

    Wizard of Oz meets Rosemary's Baby meets The Strangers meets Trick 'r Treat. Also maybe meets TATE BIANCA MANSON MURDERS?! Am I reaching here? "Little piggy"? Pregnant blonde?

    Teen pregnancy scares, the female body as a site for invasion, supernatural kids, and that pink filter! HI! I like all of this.

  • ★★★★ review by Luke Pauli on Letterboxd

    A film I knew nothing about that blew my socks off, Hellions, from director Bruce McDonald (check out his film Pontypool if you haven't already), has tropes you've seen before in a horror film, the pregnant teen, the small town at Halloween, malevolent trick 'r' treaters, but reassembles them in such a way that the whole thing feels fresh. Creepy, poetic, spooky, with fairytale-like flights of fancy, all shot through with an otherworldly pinkish hue, it has elements of home invasion movies, body horror, creepy kid movies, all mashed together to make a truly original whole. I liked it a lot, obviously.

  • ★★★★ review by tobe_whooper on Letterboxd

    If my nightmares manifested as medium-budget numetal videos from 2001 under a blood moon in late October; if I had to watch my adolescent years replayed through photochromic lenses that darkened from rosepink to bloodred to bruisepurple as my childhood melted away; if dusk lasted longer than day, if owltrees scolded the moon ever downward longer than night.

    If I'd watched this at another time of year I doubt I'd be quite so along for the ride.

    Too many ifs to contemplate.

    Cf. Where the Dead Go To Die

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