Hollow (2011)

Posted: May 27, 2013 in Movie Review
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Hollow

Directed By: Michael Axelgaard

Starring: Emily Plumtree, Sam Stockman, Matt Stokoe, Jessica Ellerby, Simon Roberts

Subgenre: Supernatural

Synopsis: A group of friends attempt to solve the mystery of an ancient tree where young lovers have been hanging themselves for generations.

Thoughts: Marketing is often a major part in a film’s success.  For horror movies, a good cover is often enough to spark a fans interest, and Hollow did just that.  As I was cruising through the Netflix catacombs, I stopped on the freaky looking tree with the hangman’s noose and thought I found a winner.

Hollow is a British film with a British cast.  None of the players were known to me, but I wasn’t impressed with any of the characters.  I find it difficult to actually judge the acting, as all of the characters were rather unlikable.  I’ve said it many times before, but when the cast of a horror movie is riddled with assholes, it’s hard to care whether they survive or not.

I am less inclined than most to dismiss found footage films and am one of those people that still loves the original Blair Witch. My defense of the style gets harder and harder with each mediocre to horrible release.  Michael Axelgaard doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, and as a matter of fact, the climax is rather reminiscent of Blair Witch.

To top of cast of unsavory characters and a retread filming style, Hollow is boring.  The first 45 minutes or so are numbingly slow. I guess you can say that the movie is trying to build tension and storyline, but when you don’t have compelling characters, the slow burn just becomes boring. I’ve loved some of the recent genre entries that build slowly to a climax (see Ti West), and maybe that is what Hollow was aspiring to be, but I found myself having issues focusing on the movie.  When it came time for the finale, there were a few tense moments, but they seemed to be pulled right from the Blair Witch playbook.  It wasn’t worth the wait.

Pass on Hollow horror fans, there are much better movies out there, found footage or otherwise.  The best part of the movie is the poster.

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