Give This One Time And It'll Gain A Huge Horror Cult Following. (by robhartjr)
I really don't remember how I even came to know about this movie. I just know that once I saw the title of it online and watched the trailer that I had to watch it. The reviews at the time were mostly overly negative. But I still couldn't go on without having seen it. The premise was strange. I'm a sucker for strange horror films. So I bought it and after two viewings so far I can say with confidence that this movie is not nearly as bad as these negative reviews make it out to be.First off, if you don't like weird or somewhat artsy movies, then you might not like this. This <more>
isn't a typical horror movie like the kind that gets released nationwide in theaters for teenagers to bring their lovers on dates with. Though I honestly wish it would've been released in theaters across the country as this is a visual treat. The cinematography is very well done for such a low budget movie. The musical score is a new horror theme classic for me. The acting was decent for the genre. The monsters are really creepy. There isn't really a coherent plot past the 15 minute mark, but this isn't supposed to be an award winner for best screenplay. It is a art horror film for most of the movie. Sure many will call it pretentious. But this is honestly one of the best surrealist horror films in a long time. Sure the plot might be a bit dumb, but the visuals and overall vibe of the movie have cult classic written all over it. Some of the special effects are silly. Some are really well done for the budget. Right now I'm sure most expected a simple good vs evil straight forward horror film. This one really is that grey area of movies. I'd compare its style to films such as "Paper House" and "Eraserhead". It does seem to partially be inspired by David Lynch. There are even moments that have a slight Silent Hill vibe. I'd say its the American surrealist take on the French Horror film "Inside". It's also pretty gory. It doesn't have an 'Unrated" rating for nothing. I didn't wanna give any plot spoilers as this movie is best viewed without any prior premise knowledge. I'd say if you haven't already, then don't see the trailer either. Just know it's a surreal and strange horror movie. If that doesn't sound like something you'd enjoy, then don't watch it. I can see this becoming a Halloween season cult hit as the years go by and more and more open minded horror fans view it and spread the word. I'm not saying everyone will absolutely love it, but I know for sure it doesn't deserve these horrible reviews it seems to be getting from the get go. I am adding this to my Halloween season go to list. Give this one time and it'll gain a huge cult following I promise that. A B-movie surreal horror masterwork of weirdness. And no I'm not on drugs, like some reviewers say you have to be on to enjoy this. Turn off the lights and partake.
Halloween Imagery... Some of The Best! (by BatesMT)
This movie is getting a lot of hate and poor scores, and I am failing to see why. What we got was a movie that could have easily been a feature in "Trick r' Treat" or "Tales of Halloween". This is a good thing. The imagery and setting in this film might have been some of the best I have seen. The colors and backgrounds that almost made it look like a painting were just wonderful to look at it, and there were times where it felt almost Rob Zombie like.The designs of the "Hellions" were clearly inspired by Sam from Trick r' Treat and I am 100% okay with <more>
that. They were dirty and creepy. Buckethead was my favorite design by far.People are too used too and too spoiled by the jump scare horror movies that are plaguing the industry today, that when they get a movie built around imagery, they are confused.This isn't the kind of movie that is suppose to scare you. This is the kind of creepy atmospheric Halloween movie that you can watch in the fall to really put you in the Halloween spirit. Take what you want when it comes to underlying meaning to the movie, I am not going to touch that. What I saw was a wonderfully crafted Halloween movie, and I am happy with that.I could go on and try to really explain what makes this fun little movie special, but chances are if you have already seen the movie, then what I am trying to convey will fall on deaf ears, but for those who are on the fence about seeing it:See it. But go into it knowing the story is nothing new and the acting is mediocre not bad though , and you will get some silly scenes that seem a little out of place when compared to the rest of the movie, but the overall tone and feeling are clear. Fans of TrT and Tales of Halloween are sure to love this flick. From the opening scene, this movie is Halloween-tastic!BLOOD FOR BABY.
I nearly didn't make it through the first few moments of this Halloween themed horror. Sultry teen Dora Vogel Chloe Rose finds out she is pregnant and it seems very likely she is set to use the miracle of a life growing beneath her pierced naval as a reason to pout and act petulant, rolling those eyes beneath her thick goth make-up. And yet these tedious inevitabilities never actually happen. And if you can get through that, the rest of the 80-minute running time is a very rewarding experience.For someone I was expecting at best to tolerate, Dora emerges as a true hero. She does <more>
everything right, even scores a few victories against the creepy, larger-than-life trick-or-treaters that have created a seeming world of their own. And like all heroines, she is put through a punishing and genuinely unnerving sequence of events before the ending brings about absolutely no conclusion at all! 'Hellions' straddles demonic baby possession, creepy children, a pink-hued alternate dimension, and some frightening surreal imagery. Director Bruce McDonald and Writer Pascal Trottier have clearly worked very closely to bring about this convincing dark journey to life and the pace rarely slackens – although in an hallucinogenic project like this, the pace can be negligible. Suffice it to say, you may be too busy being impressed by the scale of strangeness, or trying to figure out what is going, or just feeling sympathy for Dora as she is continually convinced she is free of the nightmare, only to find he is even more deeply embedded in it.I recommend this dark horror fantasy.
Fun-Size Slasher for the Thinking Horror Aficionado (by beorhhouse)
Reviewers haven't been fair to this little gem of a film whose imagery is a lot like HORSEHEAD and overall feel is similar to Michael Dougherty's KRAMPUS. Plus we get a surprise visit or two from Robert Patrick FBI Agent John Doggett of the X-Files . Chloe Rose, who I first saw in PYEWACKET as the lead's best friend, is highlighted as a smart high schooler who has considered having an abortion. We are led to believe that her consideration of this heinous act, at the suggestion of her doctor, is what invokes a gang of demonic trick-or-treaters who don't want candy after all, <more>
and go to every length to get what they've come for. This is my kind of Horror: quirky, bloody, nightmarish, and, yes, smart.