HELLIONS (2015)

Its the beginning of fall and I cannot wait for the onslaught of horror films hitting VOD.  Every year we get our fair share of good and bad films, unfortunately Hellions is an early contender for one of the worse of the year.  God bless Bruce McDonald, he tries so hard.  He has approached the horror genre with a fresh eye (in the past), but falls flat in this go around.  Besides the very cool one sheets attached to this movie, it offers very little else.

The story is of a young lady who finds out that she is pregnant on the day of Halloween and is harassed by a handful of supernatural trick or treaters. During the attack she works out what she is going to do about her unplanned pregnancy and blah, blah, blah.  The acting is about as good as you would expect, but writing and art direction is lazy and unimagined.  Everything about this movie feels like outdated, Canadian television.  Imagine an R rated episode of Goosebumps, but less scary and compelling.

Hellions real crime is how boring it is.  I can forgive a lot, but boredom is the unredeemable sin of movie making.  Its a shame because Bruce McDonald has proven himself to be an interesting director (between Pontypool and Septic Man) but hit the wall with this droll, outdated flick.  The good news is that we have already made our way past one bad Halloween movie and we can look forward to next weeks releases.

1/5 STARS

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