THE HALLOW (15)
THE HALLOW (15)
Run time: 97mins
Director: Corin Hardy
Synopsis: When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces’ relentless attacks.
Director and co-writer Corin Hardy lays on the shocks with skill in this atmospheric chiller about a couple with a young baby who are terrorised by spirits and evil creatures. Married couple Adam (Joseph Mawle – Kill Your Friends, 2015; Game of Thrones, 2011) and Clare (Bojana Novakovic – Devil, 2010; Drag Me to Hell, 2009) have recently relocated to Ireland with their new-born son, Finn. On moving into their remote house, they slowly become aware that something is wrong. Their neighbour warns that the couple will become the targets of evil woodland spirits intent on stealing children, and when Adam discovers a deer carcass covered in a mysterious substance, it seems as if the folklore is about to become reality. The director’s enthusiasm for things that go bump in the night has already resulted in him being attached to the future remake of cult classic The Crow.
The tension and the macabre build up nicely in this creeper of a film, and the clever referencing of Irish myths about changelings help to crank up the supernatural horror.
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