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Hellions (2015) is a Canadian horror film directed by Bruce McDonald for Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures. Written by Pascal Trottier. Starring Chloe Rose, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk, and Robert Patrick.

A teenager’s Halloween night turns into a terrifying fight to survive when trick-or-treaters from Hell show up at her doorstep. After getting the unwelcome news that she’s pregnant, seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) just wants to stay in on Halloween. But then a knock at the door delivers a gaggle of pint-sized demons after one thing: Dora’s baby.

Not rated. 81 minutes. Watch the official IFC Midnight trailer here …

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My thoughts… Hellions starts out as a really good horror film but, just after the 60-minute mark, it begins to get buried in its own surreal nightmare and ends up not making much sense. I wanted to love this film but I only just like it – a lot. That’s good enough. Hellions delivers a dark visual tone, some unearthly imagery and an eerie score. In addition, the demonic trick-or-treaters, who seem to be inspired by Sam from Michael Dougherty’s Halloween horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat (2007), are delightfully creepy! I would’ve loved Hellions if it had followed Dora’s salt-fueled retaliation into a final battle royale but it gets all trippy instead! The best part of Hellions, for me, is Chloe Rose as Dora. Rose looks like Bridgit Mendler – only less Disney, more Degrassi! She’s fantastic as the angsty teen with tummy troubles [i.e. an unwanted pregnancy] in Hellions! Oh, and she is sooooooo a-“Dora”-ble in black knee-high socks …

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I love when Dora, dressed as herself [above], is waiting in Dr. Henry’s office next to a little girl dressed as a bee for trick-or-treating later that night. “I like your costume,” Dora tells her. “I like yours, too,” she replies. Later that night, Dora decides to go to a Halloween party with her boyfriend and does, in fact, wear a costume. She dresses as an angel with wings – and white knee-high socks! I love the image of Dora in that costume in the poster [below] which teases what this movie could have been – an action-packed horror thriller with girls, guns and evil munchkins!

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