THE HALLOW, a new horror film from co-writer Felipe Marino and writer/director Corin Hardy, is nothing new, dealing as it does with a family -- mom, dad and infant son -- who moves into a new home and is menaced by supernatural powers. Ah, but what the moviemakers and their excellent cast do with this much-told tale is something else. It's all in the specifics and the straight-ahead style that brings those specifics to dread life. It has been awhile since TrustMovies found himself glued to the screen while watching such an old, old story.
Creeping Garden!) with spores that do very naughty things to people and their animals (above), and one of the filmmakers' most effective moments comes as the fungus grows in and on an automobile, so that our hero must extricate himself from the trunk of his car in what becomes an odd and new sort of "birth" scene -- and a damned good one, at that.
Bojana Novakovic (above, left, and at bottom, doing a top-notch scream-queen job of it), provides terrific back-up in every way. The couple, the kid and their dog are pretty much the entire cast (except a few townspeople and those evil spirits).
IFC Midnight and running just a tad too long at 97 minutes, The Hallow, a hit at a number of film festivals, opens tomorrow, Friday, November 6, at IFC Center in New York City, and next Friday, November 13, in Los Angeles at Hollywood's Arena Cinema. Simultaneously, it is also available digitally via the usual platforms. Click here and then click on WATCH NOW to see the various digital venues.