The Hallow is a new British-Irish horror film directed by relative newcomer Corin Hardy that saw its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Set within the dark reaches of a secluded forest in Ireland (where ancient and evil creatures dwell on hallowed ground), Hardy's film is about British conservationist Adam Hitchens (Joseph Mawle) - who trespasses upon demonically possessed territory, in an effort to survey the land for potential provincial development.
Given the film's purported genre and stated premise, things inevitably take a turn for the worse; when they do, Adam, his wife Clare (Bojana Novakovic), and their infant child are soon forced to contend with a primordially evil force. Said supernatural menace can be glimpsed in the latest Hallow trailer footage released by IFC Films (see above).
In that official Hallow trailer, viewers are offered their first glimpse of the eponymous Hallow, which are described as being "Fairies. Banshees. Baby Stealers," and which appear to be more than mere local legend by the looks of things. Over the course of the trailer's relatively brief two minute runtime, there is plenty of disturbing imagery and grotesque shapes to leave viewers wondering just what kind of menace they will have to look forward to when the film reaches U.S. theaters this fall.
For those curious, here is the official synopsis for The Hallow, which Hardy co-wrote with Felipe Marino (Madame Bovary (2014)):
When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces’ relentless attacks.
Featuring a stellar supporting cast of British and Irish performers, including Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton on Game of Thrones) and frequent character actor Michael Smiley (The World's End), Hardy's film should have enough support from its performers to carry its melodramatics and visceral terror beyond the bounds of mere thrills and titillation. What's more, Novakovic should have the experience by now to dramatically carry the weight required by her new role, as evidenced by past turns in such contemporary fright fests as Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell and the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil.
With plenty of hair-raising visuals backed by an effectively unsettling soundtrack, Hardy's first feature length production looks like it should be a treat for horror fans. THR's David Rooney is one critic who has already praised the film, claiming that it shows Hardy to be "a gifted visual stylist and an assured storyteller with a wicked grasp of sustained dread." Meanwhile, Variety's Geoff Berkshire has said the movie is a bit slow to get going, but "once it reaches a bang-up final act, genre fans could walk out clamoring for a sequel."
In other words: even if Hardy's version of The Crow reboot never comes to fruition, it sounds like he may have a promising future as a filmmaker ahead of him.
The Hallow begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on November 6th, 2015; it will become available to watch on VOD that same day.
Source: IFC Films
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