Pontypool directors new horror, ‘Hellions’, will be shot 80% in infra-red, new image revealed!

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Bruce McDonald, the director of the superb horror film Pontypool, is returning to the horror genre with the Halloween themed Hellions. Just last week news broke that Robert (Terminator 2) Patrick was joining the cast, and now comes some even juicier news!

Twitch visited the set, and have shared the below image from the film showing Chloe Rose in a bath of blood. However, even more interesting is what the director told them about how he shot his new film, which is now on the home stretch of production. McDonald has said that 80% of Hellions has been shot using infra-red technology, and in my opinion it will look totally amazing. Here is what he told Twitch:

“In the script it’s a red moon, kind of a spooky supernatural night. Halloween night. So there were two elements in the script that triggered us to this. The red moon and the fact that time moves very strangely. 

We thought we could shoot this all night with some kind of red filter but then we thought because of the time factor maybe it’s more of a parallel dimension like a Wizard of Oz sort of thing. At the emotional peak of the story things just flip. The switch is thrown. 

It was kind of a big production decision. Once you go there there’s no, “Oh, I don’t like that anymore.” You’re committed to it. It’s like making the choice between shooting on color film or black and white film. There’s no, “Oh, we’ll make it black and white in post.” It’s there, you are committed to it. I like it. The infra red looks really great in interiors, It can be very dark, very moody. Kind of scary, horror movie darkness. It’s all black and white and red. 

We knew we could shoot it at night but we would get half the setups because of night things just move slower. And not only night, cold night. You just move slower then, so you’re just going to get less setups. It would take more people to get less. So we thought we want to do that or have more setups using the small team that we have? It was an ingenious notion. 

I don’t know if I would’ve been brave enough but Norayr [cinematographer Norayr Kasper] really convinced us all. At first it was just, “Are you fucking out of your mind? Are you serious? No. It’s not going to happen.” But then we thought, “Well, let’s do a test.” And then we thought, “Oh, this is kind of interesting.” 

I think the big thing for me is the fact that we’re not trying to make it look like night. We’re literally crossing into a parallel world”

Patrick has joined the cast as Corman, a tough-as-nails cop who comes to the aid of a teenager (newcomer Chloe Rose) plagued by three malevolent trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

The horror/thriller also stars Rossif Sutherland (Reign), Luke Bilyk (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”)Chloe Rose, and Rachel Wilson (Republic of Doyle).

Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures are producing from an original screenplay by Pascal Trottier (The Colony).


The story follows a pregnant teen, played by Chloe Rose, who must survive a Halloween night from Hell when three malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking.



About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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