The Hallow (2015)

hallowDirector: Corin Hardy

Writer: Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino (Screenplay)

Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Gary Lydon, Stuart Graham


Plot: A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Nice Little Creature Feature


Story: The Hallow starts as we follow couple Adam (Mawle), Clare (Novakovic) and their baby Finn move to a small Irish woodland house where Adam is being paid to value the forest that is up for sale but he discovered something never before seen while explore the area.

Not making themselves the most welcome Colm Donnelly (McElhatton) wants to confront Adam about his work as we learn the local people believe in the something known as ‘The Hallow’ roaming in the woods. When the couple come face to face with the creatures of the forest they must fight for their lives against an unkillable set of creatures.

The Hallow brings us a creature feature like story follow a new young couple getting attacked by unknown creatures, simple enough and that is ALL YOU NEED in a GOOD horror story. We don’t get an over complicated storyline which could easily have been a downfall for a film like this. There is enough mystery about the creatures helps too because we don’t need to be spoon feed the answers. I do think this was a good horror that really was a surprise because it is non-stop for the second half.


Actor Review


Joseph Mawle: Adam Hitchens is a tree doctor sent to Ireland to work out the value of a plot of land, he takes his family along with him where he discovers that something is roaming the woods. He must fight back against these creatures to save his family. Joseph gives a good performance in this lead role going through the transformation.

Bojana Novakovic: Clare Hitchens is the wife of Adam who had to convince him to leave when the first signs of trouble appear, she puts everything aside to try and protect her son. Bojana does a good job in this role being the one fighting for survival.

Michael McElhatton: Colm Donnelly is the man warning the family to leave for their own good, he once lost his own daughter in the woods and well that is all we learn about him. Michael is a character that isn’t too involved but has a few important scenes.


Support Cast: The Hallow doesn’t really have much of a supporting cast with the most part being the actors in the creature costumes.

Director Review: Corin HardyCorin could well be a name to look out for in horror after this one, showing he knows how to get the best out of the horror.


Horror: The Hallow uses the horror needed be it creature feature, atmospheric or suspense driven horror mixing them all well.

Settings: The Hallow uses the Irish countryside for the settings which works with both building isolation and local superstition.
Special Effects
: The Hallow has great effects for the creature’s creation being used to chase down our family.

Suggestion: The Hallow is one for all the horror fans to watch and I think they will all be impressed. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Creatures

Worst Part: Some people will not like the mystery about the creatures.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have.

Post Credits Scene: Yeah early on.


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Nature has a dark side.


Overall: Horror Gem with creatures out of a mind filled with nightmares


New Release – Closer to the Moon

closer to the moon

UK Release Date: 20th November 2015

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd

Genres: Comedy/Drama

Plot: A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

Anticipation Rating 6/10

Guess Rating 6/10

Opinion Battles Round 15 Favourite Biographical Film

opinion battles

Favourite Biographical

Over the years we have seen hundreds of films looking at famous people’s lives ranging from a single moment to the whole life, we have had scientist, musicians, sports stars, President and many more to pick from, but what is your favourite?

We are only have one more round this year which will be film set in space, which will be needed by 29th November 2015 so if you are interested email

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Rush (2013)rush

I personally could have picked so many different films here but I went for Rush because I do love Formula One and this provided a history lesson into one of the greatest rivalries of all time between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The scenes are brilliantly intense and this film also showed that Chris Hemsworth isn’t just a pretty face with both himself and Daniel Bruhl giving Oscar worthy performances. Add in the director of Ron Howard’s caliber and you have a near perfect film.

Khalid – The Blazing Reel

The Social Network (2010)social

The problem with most biopics is that…well, they’re boring. And that is the case when you’re trying to document a person’s entire life in a two-hour movie, no matter how famous they are. But with The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher were able to only do justice to one of the most important stories of the new millennium, but in the process, provide us with a gripping and thoroughly engrossing biopic. Powered by Sorkin’s spit-fire script, David Fincher’s flawless direction and two mesmerizing performances from Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network is that rare biopic that goes past the tropes of the genre to deliver a riveting cinematic experience.


Flicks Chicks

Schindler’s List


I made a real effort this year to watch some classic ‘must watch’ movies, and one of those was Schindler’s List. Not having much of an attention span for History in class, I thought I would struggle through it, but I was so wrong. Schindler’s List is a biograpgical movie about Oskar Schindler, who sets up a factory in Poland during World War II, creating hundreds of jobs and hope for the Jews that are seeking refuge there.

It’s such a difficult movie to discuss, because although I found it a fascinating watch, and despite it being my favourite biographical movie, it’s heartbreaking, and the pain lingers with you for a long time.


Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms


Amadeus (1984)


Milos Forman’s screen version of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus is my absolute favorite biographical pic. A dying Viennese court composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham)  recounts his brush with genius in the young composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). Salieri leads a pious life, hoping God will grant genius in exchange for his devotion. But God does not grant Salieri genius, it is given to Mozart portrayed brilliantly as a cross between a frat – boy and Rockstar. While jealousy begins to grow, Salieri well placed in the Viennese court plots Mozart’s destruction.


This movie has incredible acting, gorgeous sets, costumes to die for, and is simultaneously hysterical, thought-provoking and tragic. Amadeus brilliantly enlivens two very dusty historical figures, it makes classical music exciting, and will make the viewer a lifelong Mozart and Salieri Fan.


Kim – Tranquil Dreams


Erin Brokovich


My choices for biopics are rather limited. My favorite always goes back to Erin Brokovich.  Julia Roberts does a stellar job at interpreting the role of Erin Brokovich with a lot of sass and attitude but also we can see that she is a compassionate person and willing to do anything for the right thing.  The case is a sad and frustrating one about how big corporations give out false information and try to cover up their mess to not hurt their profits and don’t own up to the side effects they have caused to clueless civilians.  It sends out a strong message and who comes out on top but a persistent Erin Brokovich.  The person least likely to be who she is because she seems like an airhead and dresses unlike the normal lawyer office workers and who really lands the job and learns it by herself.  Erin Brokovich defies the norms and comes out on top for a bunch of strangers fighting a giant corporation and that is a noble cause.  Its a great story and one that deserves to be told and they did a great job at it. 


S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason


Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)


Musicians are a favorite subject of biographical films, and my favorite would have to be Coal Miner’s Daughter, the story of the rise of country music star Loretta Lynn. It’s a literal rags to riches tale that follows Lynn from her poor roots in the hollers of West Virginia to the musical campaign of her husband and agent Doo (Tommy Lee Jones) to the pressures of hard-won fame. Sissy Spacek won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta, and she seamlessly morphs from a young teenager to a mother and a superstar, never looking much different and yet conforming to each age perfectly. Spacek also sings all of her songs beautifully (as does Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline). Coal Miner’s Daughter boasts a well-deserved 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and is a gold standard among musical biographies


Movie Rob



That Other Critic



When crafting a biographical film, there is always a struggle between creating a compelling narrative (which most people’s lives don’t follow) and accurately representing the subject’s life. You don’t want your audience to be bored by the film, but you don’t want them complaining of vast unrealism, either. Few films can hit this sweet spot, tipping into either side. Luckily for us, Ben Affleck has crafted a tense, thrilling ride of a biopic in Argo.

Argo is a gripping and emotional story of the brilliantly unique extraction of the 1979 Tehran embassy refugees through the use of a fake sci-fi film as an excuse to “scout locations” in Iran. The film is, in the truest sense, an “edge of your seat” thrill ride. The film is remarkably intense from start to finish, and had my attention the whole way through. The cast is phenomenal, from Affleck to John Goodman to Alan Arkin to every single one of the refugees. The refugees all play their parts excellently, and stand out from each other.

Argo is the rare “spy movie” that is both actually realistic (sorry, Bourne, you’re just not) and terrifically entertaining, an award-worthy popcorn thriller.



The Elephant Man (1980) 

 elephant man

This was a hard choice, but don’t I always say that? I chose The Elephant Man because it’s such a brilliant and unforgettable movie, despite being really, really sad. It tells the true (if slightly embellished – but only slightly) story of Joseph Merrick, who lived in 19th century London and is better known as the Elephant Man due to the defomaties he was born with. David Lynch made this film purposefully in black and white to really capture the atmosphere and with great leading performances by John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, this haunting story will stay with you a long time.