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Hellion (2014)

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When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent... See full summary »


Kat Candler


Kat Candler
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Paul ... Hollis Wilson
Juliette Lewis ... Pam Noonan
Josh Wiggins ... Jacob Wilson
Deke Garner ... Wes Wilson
Dalton Sutton Dalton Sutton ... Lance
Camron Owens Camron Owens ... Roger
Dylan Cole Dylan Cole ... Hyder
Jonny Mars ... Duncan
Walt Roberts ... Officer Handly
Annalee Jefferies ... Fran Roberts
Corby Sullivan ... Officer Gardner
David Maldonado ... Rollins Instructor (as Dave Maldonado)
Chad Briggs Chad Briggs ... Hoyt
Jason Newman Jason Newman ... Anderson
Brent Smiga ... Wayman Williams


When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father, Hollis, must finally take responsibility for their actions and for each other in order to bring Wes home. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fratii See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaumont, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,601, 15 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,753, 4 July 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Adapted from a previous short film by Kat Candler of the same title, also starring Deke Garner. See more »


Hollis Wilson: What are you troublemakers up to?
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Written and performed by Contraband
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A powerful story of fathers, sons and the loss of innocence.
1 June 2014 | by ben3308See all my reviews

I decided a few months in advance that I wanted to attend Sundance 2014 with some friends; something I'd been meaning to do for years. Imagine my surprise when I looked over the festival program and saw 'Hellion', directed by Kat Candler -- a faculty member at The University of Texas, my alma mater. I'd known a bit about the development of the film through the school, and that it had been a short film previously, and so I committed to seeing it at the fest. Even more surprising when I got in line for tickets, the film was sold out!

Around Sundance, there was lots of buzz about 'Hellion' and its breakout performances (Josh Wiggins as a child actor, and Aaron Paul in a starring independent feature film role). Impressed by the hype from a film whose director we sort of 'knew', my friends and I all decided to leave other screenings early to waitlist the film. When the waitlist opened, the waitlist tickets were gone within SECONDS. One of my group was lucky enough to snag the first spot in the waitlist by chance, and so he gratefully surrendered his ticket to me as the rest of the group huddled outside in the Utah cold. The film was THAT big of a deal.

I made my way into the theater in Park City and sat front row, a few seats down from Candler and the producers, eager to see if the film lived up to the hype. The doors to the theater closed, the lights dimmed, and the film rolled.

The film was incredible. Not only did it live up to the hype, it far surpassed it. I was floored by the deft direction and approach to adolescent volatility. I knew through UT that Candler was talented, but was genuinely shocked by the writing, direction, creative use of production values and (perhaps most importantly) the story.

'Hellion' was a monumental film that everyone in my group at Sundance was itching to see -- and one that even more were eager to praise. I think films about fathers, sons, and brotherhood really strike a chord in modern parlance, and this fired on all cylinders in that regard.

Although I admittedly wasn't the hugest fan of the original short film (heavy metal has never been my favorite of music, so I'm a little biased) I think that the expansion to the longer-form feature was really what the concept deserved; and Candler capitalizes spectacularly on this medium.

The result is an immensely entertaining, meaningful piece that really connected these common threads of truth in troubled family relationships. As a former University of Texas student, I was very proud to have seen the film at Sundance, and hope the future holds even greater successes for Candler and her producers.

'Hellion' is everything you hope for from an independent film and more. It's thoroughly entertaining, evenly-paced, and manages to develop a strong message by the time its final frame hits the screen. Seeing 'Hellion' was a meaningful experience, and one I will not soon forget.


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