This creepfest initially serves up some good horror-flick fun, but seems to lose the plot as the wind kicks up and the sky changes colour and the chase goes on and on ...
Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail, 2015-09-25
In its best moments, Hellions is interesting and perplexing and worth soaking in, in the sense that one would admire a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired painting. But without at least one foot on the ground, it doesn't inspire fear.
Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun, 2015-09-24
Some of the horror tropes being played with here - Rosemary's Baby is a clear touchstone - are staying up way past their bedtime.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2015-09-24
"Hellions" is art book horror, something to flip through but never truly eerie or scary.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2015-09-17
As the terror shifts from suggested to explicit, the eeriness wanes and this supernatural story becomes muddled.
Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, 2015-09-17
Even at 81 minutes, Hellions feels padded out, running out of plot after an unsatisfying expository scene halfway through and relying on visual gimmickry to make up the rest.
Katie Rife, AV Club, 2015-09-17
Hellions is unsettling, but in all the wrong ways.
Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, 2015-09-15
Bruce McDonald's latest is a genre-freak-only affair that even at 81 minutes feels like a joke that takes much too long reaching its punch line.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-09-14
An unpleasant muddle of the visceral and the abstract.
Scott Tobias, Variety, 2015-09-13