Director: Bruce McDonald
Writer: Pascal Trottier
Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]
Dora (Chloe Rose) is supposed to have a nice Halloween but when her doctor Henry (Rossif Sutherland) tells her that she is four weeks pregnant, Dora is unsurprisingly thrown. In a daze she prepares for a Halloween party with her boyfriend Jace (Luke Bilyk). But her night turns out even worse than expected when a group of strange trick-or-treating kids start terrorizing her in a very bloody way.
Hellions is a weird film, which is entertaining for a while but as it goes on, the lack of a coherent plot makes itself very much felt.
Parallels are easily drawn between Dora’s unwanted and unplanned pregnancy and the kids that invade her life, destroy her home and her relationship and keep demanding something from her. Dream images of monster babies round off the picture. While that symbolism might be a little too on the nose, it is at least clear and makes sense for the most time.
Other things don’t: Dora spends most of the film dressed like an angel in a virginal white dress that is defiled by the children, giving the entire thing a Christian note that I didn’t particularly care for. And while the film isn’t judgmental of Dora’s pregnancy, it does end with [SPOILERS] Dora waking up in the hospital where she walks to the baby station with a serene smile and misty eyes, obviously suddenly longing for a child. Is it really so sad that she doesn’t have demon baby? [/SPOILERS] This reinforces the “all women want to be mothers all the time” message and has an anti-choice ring to it that doesn’t really fit with the rest of the film.
But the film did have its strong moments. The children’s costumes were great and really, really creepy, including the children’s choir that gave me goosebumps. And I liked the surreal color scheme and the scene with the stapler.
But the film, much like the color schmee become a little monotonous. There is only so much weirdness you can pack into a film without connecting it to a plot before things just get tiring. And that’s exactly what happened here. If they had focused a little more on plot and content, I probably would have loved it.