I have an awful memory, and I often find myself asking my husband or friends if I liked a movie I saw if some time has passed. So now I tweet my movie feelings almost immediately after watching so I have that record for myself later on. This was my tweet after Hellions:
Hellions has a great concept – it’s Halloween night and our protagonist is a teenage girl facing an unexpected pregnancy in a fun, creepy town protected by Sheriff Robert Patrick. Teen mom is home alone waiting for her boyfriend when a bunch of spooky, silent kids start ringing the doorbell for candy. But they aren’t really kids and they don’t want candy. Things get muddy from there. Our teen mom is trapped in the house fighting off the spooky not-kids and the audience is treated to some bizarre voiceovers and hallucinations and some very pretty lighting filters, but it doesn’t really boil down to much I could understand. Clearly the spooky not-kids want Teen Mom’s baby, but why is not adequately explained. And what they are isn’t clear either. But they look great. Visually, Hellions is neat. Story-wise, I just wasn’t sure it was what I wanted it to be. It was confusing.
Final Rating: ** / *****
HELLIONS – IFC Midnight
VOD AND iTUNES: September 18, 2015
DIRECTED BY: Bruce McDonald
CAST: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland
SYNOPSIS: A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door.
RUNTIME: 80 minutes
RATING: Not Rated
DISTRIBUTOR: IFC Midnight