HELLIONS | SUFF

You may have noticed we are covering the SUFF – SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL for the first time and we are having a ball. The Sydney Underground Film Festival is dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films. The festival seeks to support filmmakers (especially those who operate outside established film industry infrastructures) by providing a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion. It will be running from September 17th to 20th at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville and is showcasing some EPIC independent content. You can check out the festival schedule and buy tickets from HERE and you can stalk them on Facebook HERE.

To follow on from our SUFF reviews from the festival, THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE and WE ARE TWISTED FUCKING SISTER, we have a creepy horror, HELLIONS. Special thanks to the peeps at Kabuku PR for getting us involved in what will be a spectacular discovery of movies.

 

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HELLIONS is a Canadian horror from PONTYPOOL’s Bruce McDonald. It is a throwback to what could be described as 80’s Euro horror, it is bloody creepy in its CHILDREN OF THE CORN way with evil little ankle biting bastards hunting you down to steel your unborn child and kill anything in their way, and of course, all taking place on Halloween while the lead actress is dressed like a prom angel. Creepy little hell spawned children turn up at Dora Vogel’s door, she gives them candy but the evil brats want a lot more and their candy bag already contains the head of Dora’s boyfriend who she has been waiting for. So begins carnage and survival.

 

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The message of the film is pretty simple – TEENAGE PREGNANCY IS BAD – the entire movie is the epitome of horror as soon as teenager Dora discovers her exploring days are numbered now she has a bun in the oven. Said baby is effected by the evilness of the day in this small country town and starts growing at a rapid pace, pretty much coming to term in the one day so devil spawn kids can take it to their fold. Pretty much as soon as Dora discovers she is pregnant the hunger fetishes begin and the bump starts to show.

The film then continually reminds you that when pregnant life could not be worse but in a tongue in cheek way abortion is fine to kill the bastard child of satanic practice. Is satanic practice the evilness of the night or the fact it is unwed teenage sex and pregnancy? Or am I reading way too much into it?

 

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The film has some great pluses and some bad negatives. Firstly the score from Todor Kobakov and Ian LeFeuvre is moody and building and added well to the evil tension. Then the cinematography from Norayr Kasper is brilliant, the film is shot in infrared, the first film to actually be filmed predominantly in infrared and it gives for some messed up colour visuals or scenes removed of multiple colours and desaturated, at times it made for a green screen looking scenes but the visuals were mostly brilliant and added to the mind screwing, and it looked creepy and otherworldly, never ever have llamas looked so bloody evil!

There were a few weak shots and a few horror movie gaffes, for example why do you keep heading upstairs when in a scary house, too many times of walking towards horror when you should be hitting the road and running like Usain Bolt.

 

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The acting is pretty is passable but firstly it is a B-Grade horror on purpose and secondly it is saved by well known T1000 aka Robert Patrick as the cop in the know, the man with guns and apparently inability to die :).

If you like your B-grade horror then this is a must see, it is in no way perfect but for an art house horror film, it is bloody and brilliant and any movie that has evil kids and pumpkins that explode like land mines is a winner for me.

HELLIONS plays Friday 18th and Saturday 19th at SUFF and there are still a couple of tickets left – you can buy them HERE. It is also releasing simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada on the Friday 18th on a very limited release but will also be available on VOD at the same time. No excuses – get freaked out by children and llamas.

 

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Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).

 

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