Hellions

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 27th - 31st 2015
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Hellions

Post by jonbly » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:58 pm

2/10 - Actively disliked this one. Irrelevant IR photography and filters made it look as uninteresting as the plot. The odd scene with blatently adult hellions didn't help.

Bad fest for Satanic births so far...
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Re: Hellions

Post by eye4images » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:08 pm

Thank you very much for posting these reviews.

I sat next to you 2 or 3 years back and found you were very agreeable company. I'm not there this year but am keeping up with things via your thoughts here. Enjoy the rest of the festival.

Best wishes,

Graham

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Re: Hellions

Post by adeyboy99 » Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:13 am

This was our red herring film of the day. It started off very promising but just fell apart and it felt like we were watching a badly edited music video towards the end. Really liked the lead character but it just didn't know what sort of genre it wanted to be. The soundtrack also got very tiresome. It really was an abortion of a film, quite literally !

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Re: Hellions

Post by Jon H » Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:27 am

I'm going to stand up for Hellions - I thought it was a fine psychedelic horror film - great interior filming in the scene where the house was attacked, creepy little 'Trick r Treat'-esq hellion people. A bit derivative sure - but great fun for a Friday morning.

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Re: Hellions

Post by danthsmith » Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:14 am

I fell asleep in this one. It was annoying

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Re: Hellions

Post by ChrisReynolds » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:45 am

At the beginnning of day 4, this is still the worst of the festival for me. The setup in the first 20 minutes is reasonably decent - there's a scene where Dora and her boyfriend are lying in a pumpkin field that had a nice Ray Bradbury atmosphere. The doctor wearing his goblin ears was a good bit of visual wit, etc. Things just start to fall apart as soon as the Hellions arrive. Desaturating the image and applying a pink or violet tint did not help create the surreal dreamworld I presume the director was aiming for, it just made the film very unpleasant to look at. And as for that horrible repetitive soundtrack started up, it was memorable for all the wrong reasons. As if the visual and aural unpleasantness wasn't enough, it became a mess of random imagery and confused narrative, including characters acting like idiots. It was a relief when it was over.

2/10

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Re: Hellions

Post by HeadOnAStick » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:30 am

What were the exploding pumpkins about? Anyone?

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Re: Hellions

Post by Alex J » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:52 am

Not without its flaws as already documented, but I quite liked the story and I loved some of the visuals. 7.5 / 10
Spoiler:
The film could have done with the creepy kids causing even more chaos across a whole street rather than one location, which would have also provided an opportunity for more on-screen kills.
No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.

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Re: Hellions

Post by mamawaldi » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:36 pm

Great visuals...odd story, somewhat dreamlike and maybe we had all had our fill of possessed pregnancies after the night before. Still, about 5 films in and we'd had Michael Ironside, Lance Henrikson and Robert Patrick ! That's a result in my book.

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Re: Hellions

Post by Tyrannosaurus » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:08 pm

I considerPontypoolthe single scariest movie I've seen so I think its good this one took a different approach and didn't try to outdo it. That said, while slightly disturbing it could've been a lot beter.

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Re: Hellions

Post by Kris » Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:30 pm

Absolute load of cinematic tosh. The biggest let down of the festival
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