An Irish film starring the incredibly beautiful Bojana Novakovic
Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton
Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino, Tom de Ville
(3 / 5)
Some films on Netflix pass by my screen daily and I just have no interest. Well, second thought, I have an interest but not enough to give them my undivided attention. The Hallow has been like that for me the past year. Tonight I had the gumption to press play and for the most part, it was a good choice.
This is an Irish film starring the incredibly beautiful Bojana Novakovic. known for Devil. She plays Clare, a wife and new mother living out in the sticks with her husband who has some sort of deforestation job. As they go through the normal rounds with their newborn, black War-of-the-Worlds type things are discovered growing all around. A seemingly psychotic neighbor warns them to leave repeatedly. As is part and parcel of most horror movies, they stay.
We learn this black material is actually creating beings. We are not told much about them but when they finally appear, they are very creepy and spooky looking. They seem interested in the child. This is the best I can do without a spoiler. The story is thin and noy much explanation is given about these creatures. Some things get revealed in the final scenes but not enough to really make me go “Aha! That’s what’s going on here.” Perhaps reliance on the look of the creatures was too heavy, a better story would have made this film more effective.
There are a few cheap scares at the beginning and soe medium ones half-way through. After that, the best part of the movie is watching the creatures who are shown to us quite close up. It’s talented artistry, the CGI costume and make-up team are to be commended. Apart from the creatures, it’s also a pleasure to watch Clare. She cares for her child with a motherly instinct and tries with all her might to keep her husband safe and their family intact. It’s a rather physical role and of all the characters, I think hers gets to stretch out the most and explore the limits.
If you want a light horror movie that is predictable yet still something interesting to look at, you may enjoy this film. For fans of this genre, I recommend it.