The Hallow (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Corin Hardy
Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory/IFC Midnight
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.
Known as “The Woods” originally, The Hallow (as it is known as now), is a really creepy film that at first has you trying to figure out just what the heck is going on and then has you moving around in your chair soon after because of just what is going on. We are introduced to a nice enough little family out in the woods, with the man of the house just doing his job, much to the dismay of the locals. The house they are staying in has a history and the legends from around there soon show to not just be legends as we are introduced to a full on attack on this family from some very creative and spooky-looking creatures. That is when the tension and the drama really starts and at times, that drama and tension is made even more tense by the fact this couple has a little baby in the mix. One could say that the movie starts off only a tad sluggish as it sets up the things to come, but I did find it interesting and I think the movie ends up going well above and beyond expectations of most horror films these days. What this one does it does very well and better than most. It knows how to build to a point and it hardly lets up once it gets really rolling. I like that about The Hallow and I think most will as well.
At heart, this is a creature feature, even if the woods, in general, tend to practically be the creature. We see a lot of spooky stuff and a lot of things that can make you squirm happens more than once. While I wouldn’t call it as good overall as The Descent, I would say that it feels a bit like that movie near the end, if you put it in the woods instead of under the ground. I think I’m not alone in liking what we get in this movie. I’ve seen a few of the reviewers I know sing the praises of this one a bit. The only real negative is some spotty CGI we get here and there, that only is really noticeable and bad in one scene near the end. If that is the worst thing you can say about a new horror film these days then you are in pretty good shape and I’d say this one more than fits the bill for something new and fresh to watch if you want a nice scare at night. The Hallow looks good in HD, comes with some cool extras, and is far better than about 90% of the horror movies you’ll probably see this year. So, yes, I do think this is one you need to check-out and see it for yourself.
– Audio Commentary With Director Corin Hardy
– Surviving The Fairytale: The Making Of The Hallow
– Behind-The-Scenes: The Story
– Behind-The-Scenes: Influence
– Behind-The-Scenes: Practical F/X
– Director’s Storyboards Gallery
– Director’s Sketchbook Gallery
– The Book Of Invasions – Original Illustrations Gallery
– Creature Concepts Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 97%