Into The Woods
RELEASED 13 NOVEMBER
15 | 97 minutes
Director Corin Hardy
Cast Joseph Mawle, Bojana
Novakovic, Michael smiley
There’s always an old book, isn’t there? Any time people head out to an inadvisably remote location, there’s always a dog-eared old book handy to explain to them why they really shouldn’t have come. Here, it’s a massive tome of Irish mythology that tips off tree surgeon Adam Hitchens (Joseph Mawle) and his family that it’s not just their neighbours who resent their presence.
The friction between city types and a rural community is nothing new in horror, and neither is the idea of a family in peril in their own home. But The Hallow stands out by being relentlessly terrifying. Right from the beginning, it’s obvious something’s afoot, and by the halfway mark the monster’s shown its face. From then on, it’s one breathlessly scary supernatural encounter after another. There’s no messing about, and though a possible scientific explanation is mooted, it’s soon brushed aside in the face of the monsters.
Okay, maybe not enough time is spent on developing the main characters, but they’re well-sketched enough that the final reel’s difficult decisions feel legitimately gut-wrenching. The Hallow might be an Irish fairytale, but it’s not one you’d want to read at bedtime. Sarah Dobbs
Corin Hardy bagged himself a job directing the reboot of The Crow off the back of a rough cut of this movie.
Maybe next time get a babysitter.