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The Hallow

The Hallow

DVD - 2016
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When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground, he unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to protect his family.


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Oct 23, 2019

No one loves a good spooky fairy/changeling story more than me, but tragically the Hallow doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table. The changeling subplot is... kind of interesting?? They could have taken that in a lot of spooky directions but didn't do all that much with it aside from drive a wedge between the main couple. And the monster designs are kind of generic--they could be ghouls or vampires or really any bump in the night, there's not much about them that really says 'fairy' aside from the baby-stealing. The Changeling death at the end is memorably gruesome, but if that's a selling point then... yeah not really worth your time.

Aug 07, 2016

The Hallow is an interesting take on the tale of faeries and child-stealing. Adam is a scientist/botanist working for a company who is about to cut down an ancient forest in Ireland. He brings his wife Clare and their baby Finn to a house at the edge of the forest while he goes out daily to inspect the trees for disease. On one of these expeditions he discovers a dead deer covered in a parasitic fungus. Meanwhile, the neighbors are very upset, including his immediate neighbor Colum Connelly whose daughter Cora was taken by the faeries of the hallow. Adam laughs at this and at most of the town who actually believe there are faeries in the woods, but rather quickly he and Clare are being attacked in their own home by something in the dark that breaks into their son's room and tries stealing him from his crib. Adam thinks it's Colum but when he takes the broken window to town to get fixed the townsfolk tell him to put the iron bars back on the windows because that's the only thing that will stop them (the faeries). On the way home, Adam is attacked in his car and then locked in the trunk as the faeries try to reach Finn. When he finally escapes the trunk he finds inhuman claw marks all around the car. He races home with Finn and they try to leave. That evening the faeries come right up to the house and the parasitic fungus squeezes through the cracks. Adam is shot in the eye with a dart covered in the fungus and starts to turn into one of the faeries. He puts Finn in a closet to protect him while they cover all the windows with iron bars and prepare to fight the faeries. The faeries, however, sneak into the closet and steal Finn. The rest is a chase to find Finn, the real Finn, not the changeling. When this first started I thought, I hope this isn't another zombie movie. Well, it kind of is, but it was still a good movie. Go into it with an open mind.

Jul 06, 2016

Well-acted and filmed, but ultimately boring.

Jul 03, 2016

I loved this! One of my favorite things about it was the people didn't walk around in denial that something was happening for most of the movie. They're actions are mostly pretty smart. So much fun, especially since the faeries are the bad guys!

May 19, 2016

Not your usual supernatural suspense. It does a good job of pulling from Irish folklore to represent fairies or fae as something more like a disease than a glitzy Disney character which was fun. It's a slow paced movie, but worth it for a quiet afternoon watch.

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