Horrorfest 2016 Presents: The Hallow (2015, Corin Hardy)

Crafted in the style of a dark fairytale, The Hallow is a decent enough flick that moves a bit too slowly even for me. I did like the forrest setting in Ireland, and the characters were sympathetic enough. I just think that too many newer horror films take a bit too long to get going, at times. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Adam and Claire a couple who have a newborn and have just moved into the woods. One of the locals, Colm, warns the pair that the area is no longer safe and that they should leave. Naturally they ignore his warning and they stay, to their own detriment. Because some folk tales are real. Very real.

Some parts of this film were creepy, other aspects did not work. The movie relies a lot on close setting, claustrophobic moments to achieve a sense of tension and dread. Corin Hardy has an okay style and has talent. I hope he gets another chance to make a better horror film in the future.

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