Although I was a big fan of Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald’s previous movie, Pontypool – with its odd tone, great performances and mostly off-screen action – I was less enamored with his killer kids movie, Hellions. Things start off well, with a protagonist who has an interesting personal conflict (she’s teenage and preggers) that is externalized by the supernatural(?) threat of a bunch of violent kids wearing Halloween masks. Horror as metaphor is the best kind.

But the movie doesn’t pull together as a whole, and McDonald’s decision to filter the whole thing through an odd, purple haze makes it feel a bit like watching Instagram: The Movie. The name of the filter: Mischance.

Here’s a poem.

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Crawl from your cradles
Timorous parents await
Their lives are now yours

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