Cinema Review: Hellions | Under The Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
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Studio: IFC Midnight
Directed by Bruce McDonald

Sep 17, 2015 Web Exclusive
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Seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) discovers she’s pregnant on Halloween. That night while home alone, a gaggle of creepy demon children arrive to collect her unholy fetus while the local doctor and town sheriff (Terminator 2’s Robert Patrick) are her only protectors.

Hellions’ heavy stylization—seen in the cool color palette shown throughout the trailer—fails to mask the movie’s gaping flaws. A half-cocked fusion of Rosemary’s Baby and a home invasion flick, the script offers up a threadbare mythology and only gives the audience the barest sense of who or what these evil rugrats are or why exactly they want Dora’s baby. Worse, Hellions feels like a movie that was heavily padded in the editing room. The theatrical cut clocks in at a trim 82 minutes, and that’s after it’s recycled many shots. The movie is bookended by the same long, slow walk down a hospital corridor; in between, we’re treated to the same looks at the masked children over and over again. (Did they only have access to the Halloween masks for one day of shooting?) Subtract the repeated footage, along with the copious pans across a pumpkin field and stock footage of a baby in utero, and we’d be surprised if there’s more tha 70 minutes’ worth of real story. It’s a real shame, because Hellions does have an interesting visual style and could have been a tense, disturbing little horror flick if it didn’t feel like the filmmakers had given up halfway through making it.

Author rating: 4/10

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