Canadian cult film fans are familiar with Toronto director Bruce McDonald. If you attended the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, you might recall Pontypool, which mutates the zombie genre in the most fascinating and frightening ways.
McDonald is back at the Festival with Hellions, described as a "deliciously creepy tale about a pregnant teen whose home is besieged by a ghastly crew of trick-or-treaters." Sort of like À l'intérieur but set on Halloween instead of Christmas. Maybe. (You'll have to see it to find out, mwahahaha!)
|Roadkill: Hand over the cowboy hat and no one gets hurt.|
|Hard Core Logo: Hugh Dillon, rocking a cowboy hat.|
|McDonald on the set of Pontypool wearing his trademark hat.|
Although Hellions is only McDonald's second horror film at TIFF, he did direct the blacker than black comedy The Husband, which screened at the Festival back in 2013. If that name doesn't ring a bell, it's the one about the man who's forced to care for his infant son alone when his wife is sent to prison for cheating on him with a minor. Yep, THAT movie.
McDonald has long praised Roman Polanski's The Tenant and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining as his favorite horror movies, saying that "people losing their minds" is "what I'm afraid of rather than monsters."
If that also terrifies you, you'll likely go mad for Hellions.
Of course, McDonald has also mentioned another thing that scares him:
"At the festival there's a certain kind of character that's around. It's this desperate, wide-eyed, glassy, I've had a script for 12 years that I've been working on kind of crazy. To me that's a bit scary and disturbing. You're not sure what's going on there."HELLIONS Screening Times:
Thu. Sept 17, 9:30PM ELGIN/WINTER GARDEN
Fri. Sept 18 4:00PM, SCOTIABANK 4