Directed by Bruce McDonald
A teen faces a night of terror when three malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door.
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★★★★½ review by F3lixL3g1ons on Letterboxd
I know, it's getting terrible reviews, it's erratic stuff, too inconsistent, too dissonant for most people to overcome. But ultimately it makes a proud statement for a Halloween-themed film — most if not all of the usual pumpkin fare pales in comparison.
Ssssuspiciously ambiguous. Deliciously ambiguous. And, Srpski Film aside, the first arty horror that doesn’t suck! Plus, one of the best dressed heroines in a long, long time.
★★★★ 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 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 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.
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