3.5 out of 10
Release Date: 13th November 2015
Director: Corin Hardy
Cast: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Gary Lydon and Michael Smiley
Writer: Corin Hardy & Felipe Marino
Trailer: THE HALLOW
This is one of those horror films that has been made by a director who’s most interested in his toy boy than telling a story and generating any fear. Whether its been at the high or low budget end of the filmmaking scale, the horror genre seems to be the place to start. The genres full of them. In The Hallow, the director has left the plot to run by itself to a clockwork tempo whilst he works on his creature effects.
A scientist (JOSEPH MAWLE – PROTOTYPE) gets sent to remote part of Ireland were dark magic still exists. His detail is to assess and the raze an ancient forest. He discovers a fungus that takes over the human brain turning them into trees. The locals warn the scientist off yet his, his young wife and baby stay in the big scary house in the woods anyway. Meanwhile, creatures in the woods (baby stealers) begin to attack the house night after night. What do they want? Well that should be obvious but none of it is sold convincingly.
The storytelling is repetitive and the main actors don’t seem that interested in bringing the story to life. So are the effects any good? They are Hollywood class although the wooden villains look to cute to be deadly child killing wood fairies. Michael Smiley (OUTPOST) turns up for a sole scene as a worldly police man and he brings a bit of context to the panic. What could have been interesting, exciting and a horror to remember ultimately plays it too safe, just like another Brit-horror with a budget, Blackwood. Expect to see the director do another creature feature. Whether he’ll get to write and direct again is another thing as it doesn’t seem like he’s interested enough to transport his audiences into his world unless he can pour a thick dollop of CGi on it.
3.5 out of 10 – Well made, standard, safe horror that springs no surprises.
REVIEW BY MATT USHER BELOW
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Joseph Mawle: In The Heart of the Sea, Kill Your Friends, Half of a Yellow Sun, Shell, The Awakening, Games Of Thrones (TV), Heartless, Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, Made In Dagenham
- Bojana Novakovic: Shameless (TV), Drag Me To Hell, Blackrock (1997)
- Michael McElhatton: Game of Thrones (TV), The Fall (TV), Parked, Intermission, I Went Down
- Gary Lydon: Gold, Calvary, The Guard, Small Engine Repair, Boy Eats Girl, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Nothing Personal
- Michael Smiley: Free Fire, The Devil Went Down To Islington, Orthodox, The Aliens (TV), The Lobster, Luther (TV), Glassland, Black Sea, We Are The Freaks, Svengali, For Those In Peril, The World’s End, A Field In England, The ABCs of Death, Shell, Kill List, Burke & Hare, Down Terrace, Outpost, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster