FNC '15 An atmospheric and somewhat stylish horror exercise from Bruce McDonald that winds up in the end neither providing scares nor novelty. Chloe Rose is arresting in the lead role but secondary characterizations are cardboard at best. Basically its the 'children of the corn' go trick or treating for the unborn.
A nightmarish take on The Wizard of Oz. Its technique and set design is highly commendable, yet the story is paper thin, never becoming more than simplistic sentiments of accepting parenthood. The acting is wooden, the dialogue stale, and the character depth of the lead is nothing more than cliches of teenage adolescence. The final shot conveys some strong emotional sentiment, but takes forever to say very little.
I loved McDonald's Pontypool but was sorely disappointed this time around. There are flashes of ingenuity and some inspired sequences but as a whole everything just fell apart. Tired tropes, so-so acting, halfbaked scriptwriting etc... This could have been very good but for me it just did not work on any sort of level.
This is a relentless film. It's an atmospheric horror show that never lets up. For that I respect it, even if it wasn't a whole lot of fun to sit through. It's silly and stretches it's thin plot too far but it's uncompromising, something that too few horror films have today.
1-2. Attempts to amplify the surrealism of 'The Wizard of Oz' to horrifying effect, but ultimately fails. In spite of leaning on reality-bending techniques, the movie never really derives a lot of meaning from what's happening on screen. The movie seems so caught up in its striking images, it forgets to order them for maximum meaning (for example, why the bleeding pig?). That aside, the theme falls pretty flat, too.
The failure of Hellions is that there was never a moment of even insinuated clarity to start the plot - why is what's happening even happening? Because it never started a real plot, there was nowhere to go, no finish, and no reason to watch it outside of a pretty fuchsia Instagram filter. It tries really hard every other step of the way, which makes watching it that much harder.