The Hallow

The Hallow

Corin Hardy (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Although the horror film recently went digital with the myriad found-footage offerings inspired by the Paranormal Activity and [Rec] franchises, this Irish-set creepshow is a cheerfully old-fashioned reminder of the macabre beauty of practical, in-camera special effects. With a conscious bow to 1980s genre classic The Evil Dead, The Hallow unfolds in the deep, dark woods, as tree doctor Adam (Joseph Mawle) settles into a new post as a conservationist in a remote rural area, taking his wife (Bojana Novakovic) and their newborn baby with him.His first discovery is a weird parasitic fungus that turns insects into zombies, but things take a turn for the more clearly supernatural when a neighbouring farmer warns the couple that they have upset the spirits of the forest, putting their baby at risk. Both referential and reverential, first-time director Corin Hardy perfectly rations the in-jokes and suspense, building to a gooey and unnerving crescendo that recalls the heyday of the fright-flick.


A conservationist moves to Ireland with his family, making a new home in a remote house near a forest. He finds the house is infested with a sinister fungus, but worse is to come when the woods unleash a terrifying array of supernatural creatures from local folklore. Horror, starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic and Michael Smiley.

Cast & Crew

Clare Hitchens Bojana Novakovic
Adam Hitchens Joseph Mawle
Colm Donnelly Michael McElhatton
Garda Davey Michael Smiley
Doyle Gary Lydon
Contractor Paul Williams Stuart Graham
Sinuous Hallow Conor Craig Stephens
Small Hallow Joss Wyre
Jules Stephen Cromwell
Cora Hallow Charlotte Williams
Director Corin Hardy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 13 Nov 2015