The Hallow (The Woods)

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Drenched in dark atmosphere and bolstered with some real emotion underneath all the chills, The Hallow suggests a wonderfully horrifying future for director Corin Hardy.



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Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family's survival from their relentless attacks. -- (C) IFC Midnight

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Joseph Mawle
as Adam Hitchens
Bojana Novakovic
as Clare Hitchens
Charlotte Williams
as Cora Hallow
Michael McElhatton
as Colm Donnelly
Michael Smiley
as Garda Davey
Wren Hardy
as Young Finn
Stuart Graham
as Contractor Paul Williams
Conor Craig Stephens
as Sinuous Hallow
Sean Tyrrell
as Crawler Hallow 1
Joss Wyre
as Small Hollow
Sean Tyrell
as Crawler Hallow 1
Billie Traynor
as Angry Woman 1
Alan Archbold
as Radio Reporter
Luc Walsh
as Colm's Son
Gerard Flatherty
as Young Guarda
James Meryk
as Crawler Hallow 2
Padraig Feeney
as Gang Member
Fiachra McInerney
as Hardware Store Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Hallow (The Woods)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (13)

  • This ecologically themed horror movie scores points for atmosphere and imagination, though it isn't particularly scary. The characters are little more than ciphers, so I wasn't inclined to root for them when they got into trouble.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • In a departure from the sexually active teens of most slasher movies, "The Hallow" plays on more grown-up fears: keeping your family safe and steering clear of a vengeful Mother Nature.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Samey, but some arresting sequences scattered throughout.

    Nov 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This backwoods monster movie boasts compelling performances, eye-catching creatures and an effective blend of practical and digital effects.

    Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Hallow is a horror movie in which evil black gunge plays a key role and rural Ireland is the backdrop. A bit like Dark Water meets Ballykissangel, but worse than both.

    Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Amid all the horror and the black ooze, there emerges a deeply touching story about the power of love.

    Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hallow (The Woods)

  • Aug 06, 2016
    It has some clichés here and there that could have been avoided and the characters sometimes don't seem to be the brightest people in this sort of situation, but still this atmospheric horror movie works quite well, especially in a second half that can be really unnerving.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    Some originality and top notch creature design, that's about all The Hallow has going for it, but evidently, that's enough. Oh, there's also a flaming-scythe. That's a thing.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2016
    This is a movie that never quite clicked for me despite, in theory, of having all the pieces necessary to make a fairly solid horror movie, to me at least. Part of it is the fact that the movie's story really rang hollow for me. There is a certain universality about parents sacrificing everything hey have, including their lives, for their kids and this movie follows that mentality, but I just never really bought into it. This is a film, of course, but part of the enjoyment of this medium is suspending your disbelief and, if even for a brief moment, pretending that what you're watching has some actual weight or importance. That's not the case in this movie. It just feels like they're telling me that this is what I should feel, since it's what the characters themselves are feeling, but it just did not work for me. There's just something about the film and the way the characters are written that negated any hard work put in by the cast. And I'm not saying that the leads were terribly written, but there's just something off-putting about both of them and I honestly can't put my finger on what it was. I did like, however, how it explored Irish folklore. That stuff is always interesting to me, like seeing the difference in myths and monsters, how that differs from culture to culture. The film's atmosphere is really appropriate for the tone, so no complaints on that front. But, and this might be nitpicking, I think it sort of rushes you into the fire, as it were. It's like they spend some time exploring the myth behind who the hallow are, what they do and what they want, but then they just reveal them out of nowhere. It's like there's no build-up, no teasing (well with the exception of one moment) to the actual reveal. And that's just poor writing to me. The creatures themselves are well-designed, but they're not particularly great looking either. Don't come in expecting Pan's Labyrinth-level monster design. And I don't wanna come across as suggesting that this film was bad, it actually wasn't, it's just that, for everything that it gets right, there's almost as much that they don't. I have no problem admitting that, at the very least, this is an average horror movie. But it's one that, to me, should've been better than it ended up being. I just failed to get into the story. Still, if you have Netflix, then this is worth a watch if you're a horror geek.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2015
    Its better than awful, as a young urban couple relocate to the country. Now if only they would listen to their neighbors warnings about the critters that live in the woods, but noooo. And that's what pisses me off about these films, characters doing just what they're not supposed to do, and doing it over and over, until they get got. I get tired of mentally yelling at the screen "don't do it!!!" and yet they do it anyway. Must that be the crutch all these films hobble on? Can't there be a horror wherein everyone does the right thing and THEN gets got? Now that would be something different.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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