More Irish horror. Director Corin Hardy gave us a film called The Hallow, a monster movie based in Northern European myth. Released in 2015 and generally well received by most, the film plays on the old Arthur Machen trope of that the real myths of fairies and cute trolls are actually the sanitized tales of hidden monsters that live among us only to appear every so often when they either feel threatened or follow their true nature to cause evil through the human world.
When the Irish financial crisis hits the nation, forests and wood turn out to be a big boom to help pay off foreign debt. Adam and Clare Hitchensen with their newborn head off to Ireland where Adam is to work within the forests to determine value of the wood. When a local comes about with what appear to be crazy rants about monsters in the forest, he is promptly ignored and considered a threat. Soon however, strange things begin to happen and Clare begins to wonder if her husband’s new job is actually part of the happenings.
The Hallow stars a number of genre favorites. Included in the cast is Joseph Mawle and Michael McElhatton from Game of Thrones and Bojana Novakovic of the film Devil. Listed by some as one of the best films of last year, the film also has been considered nothing more than forgettable. With its winks to other more famous genre films, Dark Discussions takes a look at this interesting film and gives their opinion.