I’m always up for a new Michael Ironside film. The legendary Canadian actor, known for his roles in V, Total Recall, Starship Troopers and The Mechanic, to name but a few, is currently featured in Hellmington, a new film from the writing/directing team of Jay Drakulic and Alex Lee Williams.
In Hellmington, Nicola Correia-Damude stars Detective Samantha Woodhoouse, who, reeling the death of her young daughter, is called back to her hometown by her uncle (Ironside) following the death of her father. While there, Samantha is drawn back into the missing persons case of her onetime high school classmate, Katie Owens. Samantha’s quest to uncover what happened to Katie becomes a surreal journey into her own past.
Nicola Correia-Damude carries the film well, while Michael Ironside is his usual badass self. There’s also a great cameo from Murdoch Mysteries star Yannick Bison as a professor/taxidermist spouting off numerology. Unfortunately, Hellmington is never quite sure what it wants to be. At times, it’s a police procedural; other times it veers to a supernatural-ish cult film a la the first season of True Detective. The former is by the numbers and not all that engaging, while I would have enjoyed more of the latter. Cults and numerology? That’s creepy and interesting stuff, and Hellmington barely scratches the surface of the concepts before it ends (the film is less than 90 minutes).
Where Hellmington does standout is with its exceptional soundtrack, courtesy of Cults, a duo out of New York City. It’s ambient at one moment, intense the next. If the movie succeeds at turning me on new music, I think I’ll consider it a success.
Hellmington screens in Toronto at Cineplex Yonge-Dundas beginning this Friday, April 12th.