31 Days of Halloween, Day 3 – Hellions

220px-hellions_posterI did not have high hopes for this one, since Netflix showed the average rating as 2 stars.  How could this be?  You’ve got creepy kids in masks!  This is a surefire way to make a horror movie awesome.

So Dora discovers that she’s preggers, and opts to stay home while her mom and little bro go trick-or-treating.  But the little hellions immediately start messing with her, and soon Dora’s both convinced that her baby is a demon and she’s trapped in a nightmare house as the trick-or-treaters try to get that baby out of her.

This movie did a great job of playing off the tropes and doing some oddly original stuff.  Visually it was pretty awesome, what with Dora’s gun-toting angel costume and the creepy masks and the Willy Wonka-esque nightmare sequences (although I suspect that the strange purplish lighting throughout had more to do with low budget, but it still looked cool).  I’m giving this one a solid 3 stars.

A fun drinking game for this movie: Drink every time “it’s just a dream” and chug when it turns into a “dream-within-a-dream.”

A few suggestions if you enjoyed this one:

  • The Children (2008) – This film (and most of those that I will suggest here) is basically birth control. Lots of screaming children… like, to the point where I wished the kiddos would start chanting creepily.
  • Eden Lake (2008) – A happy young couple goes to a secluded lake, only to be terrorized by a gang of teens.
  • The House on Pine Street (2015) – Add this to my list of movies not to watch while pregnant, the main character is both pregnant and recovering from a nervous breakdown, and the creepy new house isn’t helping.
  • Trick ‘r Treat (2008) – Five stories for the price of one, plus a super creepy trick-or-treater.
  • Village of the Damned (1995) – John Carpenter’s remake of the classic is a little cheesy, but damn those platinum-blond kids are creepy.
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