Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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
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.
Video / Audio
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.