Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
Two young couples travel to a house in the English countryside loomed over by an evil tree. Yup.
Is it good movie?
Emma and James used to date, but now James and Lynne are dating and Emma is engaged to Scott, and all of them decide to have a weekend together at Emma's dead grandfather's countryside house. Lynne's a skank, Emma's a priss, Scott's a douche, and James is a nutter. Mix that all with some booze and some blow and they are rife to be manipulated by an evil tree that wants them hanging from its branches...by nooses.
HOLLOW is a found footage film, the likes of which, alliteration aside, I am totally over. But for all that, it's actually not a bad watch. Sure, the plot devices needed to keep the camera rolling on the action are thinner than Trevor Reznik, but editing helped out a lot. It's shaky and scenes are poorly cut together enough to give it some verisimilitude, but not enough to go all BWP on you. Also, the characters are pretty well fleshed out and interesting, as is their love quadrangle.
But back to the evil tree. There is some lip service paid to what the tree might be all about, but really it's just a cipher to draw the worst out of these people. Their meltdowns are well-handled, and some actual suspense is generated by the end of the film. Sure, it's a little silly and ultimately unsatisfying, but given its inherent limitations, I'd say this film is a success on the scale it set for itself. Maybe saying it doesn't suck doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but I watch a lot of crap, so I'll take it.
Video / Audio
Video: It's hard to tell if the high-def transfer is any good, seeing how the film is supposed to look shot with a camcorder. But all appears well. See what I did there?
Audio: There are two audio tracks: 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo, with optional English subtitles.
This disc is literally two minutes and forty seconds away from being bare bones. That is the length of The Story Behind The Scenes, a quick doc that is interview footage with director Michael Axelgaard and writer/producer Matthew Holt. It teases you with tiny bits of info, then drops you unceremoniously. Bummer.
For a found footage film about a tree that emanates an evil force that makes people act the fool, this movie is surprisingly effective. The characters have some depth, and the climactic scene is genuinely creepy. It's not something that's going to change your life or even stay with you for very long after you see it, but if you happen to catch it, it ain't half bad.