The Hallow (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror
97 minutes /

User Score: 61/100

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The Hallow Review


A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

The Hallow (2015) is an American horror movie, originally titled The Woods (2015). First-time full-length director Corin Hardy did an excellent job executing this not so original film. Most of it was a cliche (have been seen many times) but the jump scares and thrills made it an enjoyable watch. The special effects and jump scares made me give the movie a higher score/rating. I felt as though the director lost focus on the film during the third act, and the movie just went in too many directions and touched on too many subjects. The movie could have excelled to be an astonishing film if it did not stray from the subject.

Conservationist Adam Hitchens (Joseph Mawle - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), The Awakening (2011), The Cold Light of Day (2012), Shell (2012)), his wife Clare and their baby moved from England to Ireland. Adam’s job requires him to relocate to an old mill house next to the forest so that he can survey the forest for a development company. The people in rural Ireland is not very fond of them. A neighbor and several locals warned Adam to not go into the woods for any reason whatsoever, but he did not listen and entered the forbidden woods. Adam wants to study the woods and while doing so, unleashed the evil demonic creatures that reside in the forest. The demonic creatures are now after the new Ireland family. The local superstition of these creatures stealing children might be true, but we are not told why they take the children. I would have liked to know why the creatures chose to torture people or what provokes them to do so. Do the creatures abduct every baby/child that is local?

The creatures were a handful and attacked the character in a way that reminded me of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”. The characters had to deal with the creatures and also an infectious substance that spreads on non-organic materials. The movie was more than I expected during the first two halves of the movie but fell short during the third act. It had more than enough creepiness to keep me reeled into it. I was a bit squeamish when I saw the black fungus decayed body and dead deer. It would have been nice for the director to give a little backstory on Clare and Adam. All we are told is that Adam is a scientist and Clare is the housewife and takes care of their baby. There was not enough meat to their story for me to get attached to any of them and to care what happens to them. Their performance, however, was good and believable.

About The Hallow 2015

Title: The Hallow
Year: 2015
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 18 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 18
Starring: Michael Smiley, Bojana Novakovic, Gary Lydon, Michael McElhatton, Stuart Graham, Stephen Cromwell, Ryan Thorntan, Billie Traynor, Sean Tyrell, Luc Walsh, Charlotte Williams, Joss Wyre, Joseph Mawle, Wren Hardy, Alan Archbold, Padraig Mac Cathmhaoil, Seamus Mac Cathmhaoil, Padraig Feeney, Gerard Flatherty, James Meryk, Conor Craig Stephens
Writers: Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino, Tom de Ville
Director: Corin Hardy