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Directed by Corin Hardy
Irish legends are rich with horrifying monsters, painful realities and a genuine sense of despair. Perhaps rooted in the Irish struggle, many of the lessons from their myths evoke inequality and injustice – it does not matter who you are, what you believe or what you do, you are not above nature’s law. What is nature’s law? It is a perverse combination of God’s will and an amoral natural world. Set in the mostly undisturbed forests of Ireland, The Hallow is about a conservationist (Joseph Mawle) and his young family. Despite many warnings from the locals, he persists in investigating the forests, eventually inspiring its wrath.
Monsters are real: they exist all around us, creatures and lifeforms we cannot see that can kill us, make us sick and maybe even change our behaviour. This »
- Justine Smith
The first images of Nicholas Hoult in Kill Your Friends have been released, exclusively via Empire. Following on from his rousing success in Mad Max: Fury Road and before stepping into X-Men: Apocalypse, Hoult will star as Stephen Stelfox, a 27-year-old A&R man. Stelfox is a man powered by cocaine, alcohol and prostitutes, attempting to carve out a career in the London music industry as he tries to find the next massive hit.
Black Mirror director Owen Harris is set to direct as his first feature, with Jim Piddock (Family Tree) playing Derek Summers, the managing direct of Stelfox’s record label. James Corden (Into the Woods) is also reportedly attached to the picture, playing a character named Waters.
Kill Your Friends is set for release November 6th. »
- Jake Wilson
Previously, Corin spoke about the decision to use practical effects in The Hallow, and the difficulties and challenges that these presented. He also touched on the way he created rule and reason as a meas of keeping the film true to its story, and to itself. Little is out of place, and none of the scares feel pointless or egregious.
One of the standout moments the film involves an arm reaching through into the attic, as a character desperately tries to keep it out. It’s heavily reminiscent of The Thing, or perhaps one of the more practical effects shots from The Mist. I asked if there had been any scenes were in his mind before the story was written, or if it was vice versa.
"I don’t want to break it down to a formula, but I did want a number of progressive set pieces that would. »
- Luke Shaw
When Relativity Media handed its Crow reboot over to Corin Hardy, the Internet was understandably dubious, given that the helmer’s debut feature hadn’t even landed at the time. However, now that Hardy’s freshman frightener, originally titled The Woods but now known as The Hallow, has debuted its first trailer, it’s easy to see why the studio was so confident – because this thing looks absolutely terrifying.
Following a Londoner (Game of Thrones‘ Joseph Mawle) who resettles in a seemingly perfect Irish village with his beautiful wife (Bojana Novakovic), The Hallow takes inspiration from the creature features of old. Essentially, the set-in-their-ways townspeople are none-too-happy about the newcomers not honoring the vague “traditions” of the forest abridging their new home, and things get consequently pretty hairy. Seeing as the trailer specifically references “faeries, banshees and baby eaters,” I’m not predicting a particularly happy childhood for the young »
- Isaac Feldberg
I've never been much of a horror guy. For whatever reason it isn't a genre of film I particularly seek out, and when I do I usually wind up disappointed to some degree, even with acclaimed films like The Babadook and It Follows, though the latter is greatly superior to the former. All that is to say that today brings a trailer for an upcoming horror film, The Hallow, and while it might not do much for me perhaps it will interest some of you. After all, it played quite well at Sundance in January. Billed as a supernatural horror tale, The Hallow stars Joseph Mawle ("Game of Thrones") and Bojana Novakovic ("Shameless") as a couple who move into a remote millhouse in Ireland and find themselves fighting for survival against demonic creatures living in the haunted woods around them. Corin Hardy, who is set to remake The Crow with »
- Jordan Benesh
While “The Witch,” recently acquired by A24, certainly took festival audiences by storm when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year, it turns out that Robert Eggers’ spooky, disorienting period chiller wasn’t the only standout horror flick that played to a rapturous audience response at Park City. Also earning attention was “The Hallow,” directed by Corin Hardy, a film that, like “The Witch,” appears to be about foreboding woods and the misbegotten souls that are drawn to them. Apart from that admittedly superficial comparison, “The Hallow” looks very much to be its own singular, freaky beast, and a new trailer has landed online to give audiences a taste of what Hardy’s film has in store. Ostensibly a ghoulish fable about a family in peril, “The Hallow” follows a Londoner (Joseph Mawle, otherwise known as Benjen Stark on “Game of Thrones”) and his wife (Bojana Novakovic) as they settle into an idyllic Irish village, »
- Nicholas Laskin
★★★☆☆ Corin Hardy's third feature The Hallow (2015) - screening in the Night Moves strand of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival - is an impressively moody horror set within a deep and dark Irish forest, before losing itself to mediocre effects and a long, on-the-run finish. Adam (Joseph Mawle) and Claire (Bojana Novakovic) relocate to a creaky house in the remote depths of Ireland with their newborn son. His career as a tree doctor forces Adam to tamper with the forest, much to the fear and unhappiness of neighbour Colm (Michael McElhatton), who's more than convinced that his daughter was abducted by the fairies of old folklore.
- CineVue UK
Edinburgh Film Festival goers will get a double helping of Corin Hardy’s debut horror The Hallow this weekend. The film has its UK premiere tomorrow night, spooking up proceeding royally with a folky yarn set in deep, dark woods full of things that go bump (and worse) in the night, before the man himself stops by the Empire Podcast to tell us all about it. Check out its new trailer below.brightcove.createExperiences();Dedicated to monster luminaries like Ray Harryhausen, Dick Smith and Stan Winston, The Hallow follows conservationist Joseph Mawle, his wife (Drag Me To Hell’s Bojana Novakovic) and their wee bairn to a remote mill in the Irish countryside. There, they unwittingly disturb the local nastie. “Fairies, banshees, baby stealers...” as the local scary man warns them.The trailer builds to a satisfyingly creepy crescendo of nocturnal dread. Everything we’ve seen so far bodes well »
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- Jonathan James
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series rounding up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: America's favorite netlet revives a classic anthology series, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves sign on for some supermodel mayhem, the daughter of two Hollywood legends joins Ryan Murphy's new comedy-horror series (the first ever!) and the remake of a beloved Steven Spielberg Tobe Hooper-directed classic gets its first trailer. See below for the full roundup. #1 The CW is reviving "Tales from the Darkside" The '80s anthology series, known for adapting the works of such legendary horror authors as Stephen King and Clive Barker, is being piloted by the youth-skewing network for a possible airing in the 2015-16 TV cycle. Along with King's son Joe Hill ("Horns"), who wrote the pilot script for the series, "Darkside" will be executive-produced by »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hollow’s Eve: Hardy’s Creature Feature Debut Has Superficial Roots
It was announced that Irish director Corin Hardy would be heading up The Crow reboot for Relativity preceding the premiere of his directorial debut The Hallow at the Sundance Film Festival, which was presumably good marketing for a film with just enough winning elements to satisfy genre aficionados. A simple, arguably derivative premise lays the eerie groundwork for what promises to be a memorable entry in a the struggling vein of modern backwoods horror narratives, though its bid to unify science with the supernatural is ultimately unsatisfactory, with a denouement that loses traction well before the predictable third act reaches an inevitable stride. Still, Hardy proves to be a devotee of vintage creature feature animations, utilizing tricks from a bygone era of special effects, acknowledging famous influences Stan Winston, Dick Smith and Ray Harryhausen in the end-credits. If only »
- Nicholas Bell
IFC closed the deal at the Berlin Film Festival, where Altitude is selling international rights.
“The Hallow” is set deep within the darkness of secluded forestland in rural Ireland. When a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces.
Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire gave “The Hallow” a positive review, saying »
- Dave McNary
IFC Midnight announced today from the European Film Market in Berlin it has acquired U.S. rights to Corin Hardy's "The Hallow," starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley. The film made its world premiere in the "Park City at Midnight" section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. "The Hallow" is set deep within the darkness of a secluded forest in rural Ireland where ancient evil dwells. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Svp of Acquisitions and Productions for IFC Midnight, with Wme Global and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- Zack Sharf
It takes time for “The Hallow” to get rolling, but once it reaches a bang-up final act, genre fans could walk out clamoring for a sequel. The directorial debut of visual artist Corin Hardy is never less than arresting to the eye, but thin characters and a familiar story hold this Irish chiller back from entering the top tier of recent horror entries. Fortunately, the human characters ultimately don’t matter nearly as much as the diabolical beings they encounter. That’s enough to make the film’s haunted forest worth a visit for creature feature buffs worldwide.
Like so many genre entries before it, “The Hallow” opens with a married couple — Adam (Joseph Mawle) and Clare (Bojana Novakovic) — relocating to a remote area, in this case with their newborn baby, Finn, in tow. They’re almost immediately warned by foreboding neighbor Colm (Michael McElhatton) that their choice of abode »
- Geoff Berkshire
With their ancient roots, shadowy confines, and stealthy residents, forests can be places of magical wonder and dark foreboding. The woodland in Corin Hardy’s (who is set to direct The Crow reboot) The Hallow is definitely the latter, and we have a clip and photos from the horror film that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
“The Hallow (Sundance Midnight World Premiere)
Director: Corin Hardy
Synopsis: When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces’ relentless attacks.
- Derek Anderson
15 items from 2015
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