Is ‘Hellions’ the new Halloween-themed horror classic we need?

08.19.15 2 years ago

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It's been awhile since we've seen a worthwhile Halloween-themed horror movie come down the pike (actually about six years, when Michael Dougherty's solid anthology flick “Trick 'r Treat” was released), but if this new trailer for “Hellions” is any indication, we may finally have another on our hands.

Starring Canadian actor Chloe Rose (“Degrassi”) as a pregnant teenager beset by malicious (seemingly supernatural) trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, “Hellions” was directed by Bruce McDonald, who helmed the smart, fascinating (if not entirely successful) 2008 “zombie” film “Pontypool.” Reviews out of Sundance were mixed, with Indiewire's Drew Taylor panning the film for being “far less cool, smart, and scary than it thinks it is” while Shock Till You Drop's Samuel Zimmerman praised it as “enchanting” and “visually stunning,” “a mad Halloween movie.”

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So which will it be? It's a good, creepy trailer (though not nearly as dread-inducing as this one), but I'm hoping it doesn't sacrifice too much of its thematic core (young girl dealing with the horror of teen pregnancy) in service of schlocky, predictable scares and gore. The absolute last thing we need is another horror movie about a pretty woman running around screaming in the woods.

Watch the trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

“Hellions” hits theaters and VOD on September 18.

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