Netflix Recommendation: The Hallow
Directed by: Corin Hardy
Run time: 97 minutes
I don’t know about you guys, but I often run into an issue when looking for a good horror flick to watch on Netflix. The issue being they don’t have a lot of them. Sure, you come across a few genre staples like “Nightbreed” and “Cujo” and you have the usual franchises guys like Freddy and Pinhead running around. Outside of that though there isn’t a lot of quality to be found. That’s why, whenever I come across a goodie, I like to tell you all about it. “The Hallow”, from director and co-writer Corin Hardy, is one such film.
Taking it’s story from Irish folklore and fairytales, “The Hallow” tells the us the story of Adam Hitchens (Mawle), a conservationist who moves his family into a creepy old house next to the woods. He is there to mark infected trees for removal, and doesn’t exactly get a warm welcome from the locals. It seems they are a superstitious folk (especially next door neighbor Colm played by Michael McElhatton) and they don’t take kindly to outsiders disturbing the fairies in the woods.
Well… being a scientist, Adam isn’t too worried about local fairy tales. Even when he discovers a black, gooey substance, in the forest, that attacks and takes over organic tissue he doesn’t seem too concerned. Eventually though Adam and Claire (A wonderful “Mother protecting her child” performance by Novakovic) have to face the ugly (and I mean UGLY) truth of what Colm and the other locals have been trying to tell them. The “Fairies” are here, and they want Adam and Claire’s baby!
“The Hallow” doesn’t have the craziest, most original story. What it does have is a pair of really strong performances from it’s leads, some amazing practical effects and set design, and very good pacing from Hardy. The most impressive thing to me had to be the creature design. I mean WOW these things are hideous. The fact that Hardy, being a self-described admirer of Ray Harryhausen, chose to go almost exclusively practical with very little CGI shows, and the movie is that much more enjoyable because of that decision.
Like I said before, it can be tough for us horror lovers to find good stuff we haven’t seen already on Netflix. That is why “The Hallow” is a most welcome addition. It is a good ol’ fashion creature feature, and it is a hell of a lot of fun!