The Hallow

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.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Ghostsmut on Letterboxd

    Saw at Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday.

    A truly standout horror that features some of my favourite ideas - ye olde folklore spooky stuff mixed with icky brain infections. Sure there are some real "what the hell are you thinking?!" moments from the characters - especially since the main guy is supposed to be a scientist - but it delivers on freaky effects and a good amount of people hysterically freaking out. The "monsters" look frightening and awesome too and it's been awhile since I've seen people in suits and cgi work that well in a horror film. There are a good load of The Thing-like animatronics too which I'm a huge fan of. Tonally it feels like Del Toro's early horror work and that's a great achievement.

    It got a big round of applause at the end so you know the rest of the audience loved it too. There were only two people who walked out and that was during the bit where an infant was under threat. Appreciate some people don't want to see that but I thought it was non-exploitative and the story justified it so they can just go back to watching Fast and Furious films.

    My only mistake was foolishly deciding to walk home alone and ended up scaring myself something silly.

  • ★★★★ review by Brent Vanhomwegen on Letterboxd

    A really surprising horror movie from the director of the upcoming movie, The Nun.

    As most of my unseen movies this one's been on my list for quiet some time. And I really enjoyed it a lot. It combined the horror of the supernatural with the horror of a family falling apart.

    The acting was great. The cast wasn't huge, it's actually carried by the two leads. The story was interesting, with some local folklore mixed into it. I like horror movies based on certain legends.

    Where it fell a bit apart was the third act. It threw all the suspense away and went fully over the top. I enjoyed it nonetheless, but it felt like an entire different movie.

    I still recommend it to every horror fan out there...

  • ★★★★ review by rotch on Letterboxd

    A ver, sí...

    The Hallow es una flagrante colección de lugares comunes y clichés al grado de que ya hemos visto esta película mil veces bajo otros nombres. Sus personajes están llenos de decisiones torpes. Y su (gracias a dios poca) exposición es honestamente un desastre.


    The Hallow jamás se frena y permite que todo lo anterior moleste. Desde que empieza da miedo, y para cuando nuestros personajes llegan al clásico "¿Pero por qué no se van de la casa?" ya es muy tarde para irse de la casa. Corin Hardy le saca todo el jugo del mundo a su pastiche. Tiene un montón de imaginación para construir secuencias aterradoras (¡la cajuela! ¡el bebé dentro del armario!). Y bueno, efectos prácticos mes amours. Es una película muy linda de ver, y da un montón de miedo.

    No diría que The Hallow es un 'clásico instantáneo', pero me ha dejado con muchísimas ganas de ver qué hará Hardy después.

  • ★★★½ review by kynky on Letterboxd


    It's good to see a modern horror using animatronic effects to scare people. Most of the times the effects are used in comedy horrors but here they're put to good use to populate The Hallow.

    There's also a bit of a Cronenberg vibe to the whole thing too.

  • ★★★★ review by Kyle Kubler on Letterboxd

    Wow, what a wonderfully scary, confident, agile, and adjective-deserving debut. If you like Evil Dead 2, watch this movie.

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