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The Hollow One (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | July 2017 (USA)
While searching for her missing father, an emotionally damaged woman confronts her tragic past and a shadowy figure with sinister intentions.

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Nathan Hendrickson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kate Alden ... Rachel Wade
Jesse James ... Matt Hoffman
Chelsea Farthing Chelsea Farthing ... Anna Wade
Tony Doupe ... Michael Wade
Tonya M. Skoog ... Linda Wade (as Tonya Yorke)
Simon Hamlin ... The Hollow One
Dawson Doupé ... The Hollow One
Russell Hodgkinson ... John Eaton
Scott C. Brown Scott C. Brown ... Stanley Jackson
Anissa Davis ... Young Laura Wade
Richard Carmen ... Carl Hoffman
Jason Adkins ... Jeff
Willard Chase Willard Chase ... Guy in Bed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wayne Burns Wayne Burns ... Husk
Mike Dussault Mike Dussault ... Husk
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In an isolated farm community, young and hopeful Rachel Wade is sent down an emotionally destructive path after the tragic death of her mother. Forced to leave home by her grieving father, Rachel and her younger sister Anna return years later to find their father missing and the community deserted. The few remaining people are not the same. They seem devoid of emotion, just empty husks controlled by some unknown desire. Haunted by fractured memories and nightmarish visions of her mother's death, Rachel struggles to piece together the events leading up to her father's disappearance. But the search for answers quickly turns into a deadly race for survival. In order to escape, Rachel must face her past and her mother's dark history and a mysterious figure with sinister intentions... Written by Nathan Hendrickson

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What it wants...is inside you.


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July 2017 (USA) See more »

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The Darker Path See more »

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Duvall, Washington, USA See more »

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Sinister tragedy
11 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Was drawn into seeing 'The Hollow One' with a cool poster/cover, an slightly intriguing but very derivative premise and as someone with a general appreciation for horror. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there, made me though apprehensive.

'The Hollow One' is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws those films are present here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. As a film it's weak, with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is very little good about it

Lets start with the positives. The scenery is atmospheric and spooky.

Although most of it looks schlocky, some of the shots look decent. The start intrigues somewhat, shame the rest of the film completely goes downhill and never recovers.

Unfortunately, the story does feel paper thin, disjointed and over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less scary. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.

Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions) and it's best not mentioning the uniformly lumbering and histrionic acting. The lead actress does try but the severe over-familiarity of how her role was written spoils her efforts.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling, with lots of clichés and no depth whatsoever, while the pace goes to a standstill very quickly and drags on forever with very little going on worth caring about, never recovering. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Would not have minded the lack of originality (the film is extremely derivative and in a dumbed and watered down way) if the story and atmosphere were at least alright in execution, in reality they were both dreadfully done. Not to mention a whole novel's worth of inconsistencies and continuity errors and a structure so aimless and confused it renders some of the film incoherent.

There are a good deal of underdeveloped plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you jump or shocked are far from creative or scary and are pretty tame. The ending is not a surprise or interesting with the reveal being revealed far too soon that suspense is completely dissipated.

There is not enough threat here and what there is of it tends to be used poorly, it is completely unimaginative, very repetitive and more odd than creepy, completely failing to show any sense of horror and resorting to cheap typical horror tropes. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, inexperience seems to be all over the film, and the music doesn't really fit. There is no creativity or anything shocking.

In summation, weak. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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