Dreamland (2019) – DNF

Director: Bruce McDonald
Writer: Tony Burgess, Patrick Whistler
Cast: Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Houle, Tómas Lemarquis
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2019

Gang boss Hercules (Henry Rollins) hires hitman Johnny (Stephen McHattie) to bring him the pinky of a trumpet player who is only known as The Maestro (Stephen McHattie). It should be a straight-forward job, but things get more complicated than expected at first – as they usually do.

It took all about 15 minutes until I looked at my watch for the first time, only to despair that only 15 minutes had passed so far. Mercifully, I fell asleep soon after that and escaped the biggest part of the film, which is why I’m counting it as “did not finish”, even if I woke up to see the showdown, which worked as little for me as the first part of the film. What happened that brought me down so much? It definitely had to do with the sound and the exhausting moments. Even if there were a couple of entertaining moments (the robbery of the pawn shop), the pacing was way off. And McHattie’s double role was a problem to. At first I didn’t realize that he was actually supposed to be two different people, and then I thought it was incredibly stilted. Overall, I’d probably have slept better at home, but at least I slept.

The film poster showing Henry Rollins, Stephen McHattie and Juliette Lewis as well as a group of bloodied girls.

Hellions (2015)

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.

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