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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Michael Axelgaard

Starring:
Emily Plumtree
Sam Stockman
Matt Stokoe
Jessica Ellerby

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Hollow is about a scary, haunted tree. No kidding! The townsfolk have always believed the thing is haunted, claiming that they see a couple hanging from the branches doing a little swing every 400 years. All we know is that an exorcism was performed on the tree, and the priest ended up dying. Now, his granddaughter has brought her fiance and another couple to close up the property.
Is it good movie?
Emma, the granddaughter is not exactly the most endearing of characters, coming off a bit of a tightwad. Her fiancee Scorr is a huge idiot jerk who mocks everyone, openly flirts with other women, and is a bit of a cokehead. This is also a POV style flick, with James being our friendly cameraman. In fact, the movie isn't really about the tree. Any real emo moments are coming from the couples who are clearly experiencing some drama.

Honestly now, who the hell records every moment of a vacation or day trip or party weekend? I realize this destroys the movie's believability, but come on. And this movie takes forever and a half to get going. You get the inquisitive cast trying hard to get anything going, and unable to find any real info.

Unfortunately, you have to wait and wait and wait some more for anything to really happen. The drama with the couples kicks in slowly as the weekend progresses, but cocaine will do that to you. Things build and build and build, but never pay off appropriately. You're waiting and waiting for the good scares, and then just think of how good YOU could have made a scene once it has passed.

I can give some props to the main cast (Emily Plumtree, Sam Stockman, Matt Stokoe and Jessica Ellerby) for putting forth pretty decent performances. You might find yourself caring a bit about these characters, but you'll almost certainly figure out who will survive and why.

Watching it once, you find yourself looking for clues. When people get to new locations and stuff starts to almost happen, you're looking and looking for clues and scares and stuff like that. As I mentioned thouhg, it doesn't payoff enough. Sure, you get people just running around, and there are a few decent moments as things finish up, but it isn't enough. There's nothing that really sets this flick apart from the other handheld flicks that came before it.
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The Extras
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Last Call
They say that it's what you don't see that scares you the most. In the right circumstances then, Hollow might scare the pants off of you. It's not a scare-packed film, and I didn't think that the ends justified the means. It's competently acted and does have some dramatic moments but just wasn't original enough. It does have a somewhat atmospheric, old-school vibe but I just can't imagine watching it again.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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