by Justin Hewitt-Drakulic (as Jay Drakulic), Alex Lee Williams and others
Hellmington. Justin Hewitt-Drakulic. 2018. ⚁
[two minutes pass]
Well! Perhaps I should just get all the films Vortex has produced? Wolfcop was a barrel of laughs, and this starts off really well.
[twenty minutes pass]
Or… perhaps not? This is like a compilation of all low-budget scare-jump horror movies ever? I mean, it looks pretty good, but this is… it’s pretty risible.
[thirty minutes pass]
Oh god is this dreary. The lead does a really convincing job of playing a depressed cop… The cinematography OK; lots of angles and tight shots… But this is incredibly boring. There’s nothing here of interest: It’s just a collection of clichés, and I’ve kinda lost interest, which doesn’t help.
At the start of this I was thinking “well, even if this is kinda boring, perhaps it would be fun to get all the Vortex movies anyway? As a kind of survey of Canadian independent filmmaking?” This movie didn’t have to do a lot to sustain that impulse, but this is just brutal.
I like the music, though. The music earns the movie a ⚁ instead of a ⚀.
This blog post is part of the Into the Vortex series.