“It’s Halloween night in the town of Waterford, the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World. Alone at home, teenager Dora Vogel is about to have a very long night. Free to roam undetected among the small town’s trick-or-treaters, a group of masked demonic beings knock on unsuspecting Dora’s door. Before long, she is cut off from the outside world, under siege in her isolated home for reasons she does not understand. Alone in the dark, Dora will need to defend both her body and her soul from the relentless evil beings known as hellions.”
Could Hellions be the movie to rival Trick ‘r’ Treat as one of the great Halloween-themed horror movies? After watching the trailer below I can safely say that may be the case. Directed by Bruce McDonald (Pontypool) and written by Pascal Trottier (The Colony), Hellions had its World Premiere in the Midnight section of last winters Sundance Film Festival. Starring Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick and Rossif Sutherland, Hellions will hit theaters and VOD from IFC Midnight in the United States and Whizbang in Canada. Happy Halloween and here’s hoping that you see Hellions and like it and that you get all the scares that are coming to you.
Synopsis: Alysa King plays Kylie, a teen who is coerced into a sexual encounter at a party by a popular boy (Aaron Chartrand), whose friends send video of it across social media. Her self-confidence in shreds, and her reputation in tatters, she is in chronic victim mode when she reluctantly agrees to a desperate plea by a couple in a secluded castle-like mansion to babysit their two children on Halloween. Alone in the country, she is a prime target when she begins receiving prank phone calls, and a boy wearing a pig’s head makes a suspiciously-late trick-or-treat call. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse between Kylie and a surprisingly sophisticated gang of butchering hicks. It is a test of will that requires her to stand up and take charge if she and the children in her care are to survive the night.
Berkshire County was first shown at the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in 2014. I don’t know much about it except to say that it has won numerous awards and that it adds Audrey Cummings to a growing list of female fright film directors that include Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook). If the trailer is any indication then Berkshire County could be a pretty damn intense affair. It kind of reminded me of a sinister “Three Little Pigs” meets The Strangers with a little bit of Halloween or perhaps The House of the Devil thrown in for good measure. But don’t take my word for it; check out the trailer for yourself:
Starring Alysa King, Samora Smallwood, Bart Rochon, Aaron Chartrand, Robert Nolan, Madison Ferguson, Cristophe Gallander, and Leo Pady, Berkshire County will make its widespread debut on June 3, 2015.
This is a new feature that I want to try out here on Written in Blood. I have a pretty huge collection of horror DVDs and Blu-rays (always growing) and I thought what I would do is go down the line from the numeric titles all the way to Z and feature a still from a film and a piece of trivia to go along with it. It might be something you already know but then again maybe not. One thing I know about my readers is that you are all damn smart and you love your horror. Hopefully you’ll love A-Z Trivia Wednesday and it will be my new Wednesday feature. If not then I will keep trying.
Number One: Thir13en Ghosts* (2001):
Shannon Elizabeth in Thir13en Ghosts
In the movie, the characters need special glasses to see the ghosts. In the original 13 Ghosts (1960), viewers needed special glasses to see the ghosts. This is one of the few details from the original that was kept.
*Yes, I realize the title starts with a ‘T’; it also has the number 13 in the title and therefore I figure it could be placed either in the ‘T’ section or the numerical section: Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts. I chose numerically.
This is a first here at Written in Blood. I would like for you, my readers, followers and subscribers, to pick from this years crop of Scream Queens the one that you think deserves the title of Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Year for 2014. Look them over once again from January to December and then kindly cast your vote in the poll at the end. The voting will run for one week and after that the winner will be featured in a pictorial post a few days later. Happy voting and always remember to take care…and stay scared.