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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HELLMINGTON (Film Review)


                         Starring: Nicola Correia-Damude, Michael Ironside, Yannick Bisson

                             Directed by: Justin Hewitt-Drakulic and Alex Lee Williams

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     When the adage strictly states "you can never go home again," you should really abide by it...whaddya think, someone writes these for straight-up amusement?? Touting itself as The Blair Witch Project of 2019 (quite the herculean effort, if you ask me), the latest film from the co-directorial efforts of Justin Hewitt-Drakulic and Alex Lee Williams is a game of show-and-tell on a grand scheme - they show you everything, but don't want to tell you much about it.

  The film follows a detective named Samantha (Damude), who is in the midst of a crippling bout of depression, brought on by the illness (and eventual passing) of her father, and it's not so much his final actions that have Samantha on edge, but his words. His last utterings before the deathly slumber take over is that of a girl named "Katie Owens," a former classmate of Sam's who went missing a while back, and it soon becomes a mission of hers to decipher this mystery. Her search brings her back to her old stomping grounds, where she's immediately dismissed (in a sense) by her Uncle Rupert (Ironside) and is only given the basest info about Katie's case from a local investigator and an occult specialist when it becomes knowledge that there might have been demons involved...oh boy, here we go. Without spilling too many details for prospective viewers, it becomes clear that there's some seriously evil shit happening in this town, and the cover-up of Katie's disappearance is in full swing.

  If you are one of those "keep the movie playing while you run for a beverage or a bathroom trip" you're definitely going to miss out on some form of pertinent information regarding the case, at which juncture you'll be lost in the weeds altogether. Drakulic and Williams have structured this film to toss and turn your gray matter like a fresh load of undies in the dryer - a dizzying trip but one that does yield rewards for those willing to stick it out. Performances are not only solid but convincing which aids the progression of conveyance, and they're not only informative but interesting characters as well. Those who might be looking for a thrill a minute may be disappointed with Hellmington, but lovers of the slow-moving, dread-filled white-knuckler should hold this one high overhead after giving it a good (and focused) look - definitely worth the watch.

 RATING: 3.5 out of 5



   

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