There’s an entire category of horror films in my mind called, “decent little horror flicks.” That is to say, they aren’t masterpieces and might be lost in the ether of time, but they are at least good for one watch on an evening when you have little else to do and seem to be stuck on Netflix shuffle mode.
“The Hallow” fits firmly into the category of “decent little horror flicks.” It’s a dark folk tale set in an Irish forest inhabited by fae. Not your Tinkerbell types, these creatures are ferocious, wild beasts bent on stealing children. When a young family moves into a house in the woods, the fae don’t take kindly to the family’s patriarch, who is studying the trees.
Enter the angry local brandishing an ancient book, who warns the couple that they should leave with their baby before its too late. Of course, they don’t. Terror ensues as the fae come for the family.
I love monster movies and creature effects, and I’m always glad when newer horror veers away from the haunted house/jump-scare ghost story trend. “The Hallow” has a blend of both practical and CGI effects. The creatures are reminiscent of Stan Winston’s style and mostly practical effects are featured in the close-up shots.The CGI is tolerable (like many a horror fan, I’m critical of CGI in general).
There are some tense moments, including a nail-biter that takes place in the attic, with the mom just a blink away from a deadly fairy claw.
And there’s a nice twist at the end. So, while “The Hallow” doesn’t rise to the status of a new classic, it’s definitively worth a watch. You can find it on Netflix.
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