The Bare Bones: When a young couple and their baby move into an isolated house in the Irish woods, they quickly become aware of an ancient evil lurking among the trees.
I'm a sucker for Fairy-tale horror. I'm not gonna lie, growing up on creepy Irish stories really gave me a taste for it. But all in all, while i have nothing against the whole "you moved into the wrong house in the creepy woods" plot line, it's not exactly original. Also, if you've seen From The Dark, it's virtually the same movie with minor differences.
I was pleasantly surprised by the acting in this one. I am a firm believer that it takes something special to convey paranoia and make it feel induced. That's... I'm pretty sure that's not easy. And the male lead in this one did it really well.
The Hallow was one of those tough and go films when it comes to visuals. While most of the scenes are visually engaging, and the special effects are freaking creepy, there are a few scenes that come across more as... goofy. We're talking Pirates of The Caribbean IV level goofy. But on the whole, the cool shots outweigh the bad ones, and were "yich" enough to keep the score relatively high.
The protagonists in this one do a lot of things wrong, which simultaneously bolsters and destroys the atmosphere. While it certainly succeeds in upping the ante, it also conveys a bit more frustration that straight fear.
While I had a lot of fun with this movie, it is a niche sort of thing. Either you're going to love it or hate it, and I really can't tell you which. I loved it, but I also have a thing for fairy-tale scares and weird visuals. You might not. I feel like The Hallow did exactly what it set out to do, regardless of whether or not we like what it did.
This is a good fairy-tale horror film. I liked it. It's not very scary, and honestly, parts of it are hard to take seriously. Because of that, it's either going to be exactly what you want, or not at all for you. It's its own monster, and if it doesn't sound good here, then you probably won't like it.