‘Hollow’ Blu-ray Review
Not straying far from the formulatic found footage and old wives tale horror stories, comes Hollow, a Tribeca Film and American Express movie, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
As a horror movie fan, I am accustomed to the varying levels of character development, story and plot development, scare tactics, and ghost tales. In fact, there is not a horror movie that I have not welcomed whether it is mainstream or a B movie. With that in mind, I turned Hollow on and expected something different. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
First, I am not a fan of found footage nor am I a fan of movies that are entirely viewed through a camera lens. Hollow involved both. When the camera was not in operation, there was just a black screen. Although this only happened for a few moments, it seemed like an eternity. It also made it extremely difficult to ascertain who the main characters were at first, and who exactly was missing or talking later on in the movie.
Second, the character development was extremely lacking. I am still unsure as to how the four characters are related to each other. There also appeared to be a backstory as to two characters that was mostly implied or discussed in an almost code-like manor. I later deduced that it was done to lend a certain character an air of mystery to make the character suspicious and possibly behind the things that were happening to the other characters. However, by that time, I merely did not care anymore.
Third, the scare factor was quite minimal. There was way too much focus on discussing the story behind the tree that is the focus in Hollow, and less time scaring or threatening the people involved. If pressed, I would say that there were only two entirely effective scary scenes. One early on and the very last one.
Finally, I was disappointed in Hollow inasmuch as I still have no idea what happened. The thing about horror movies is that the viewer is often given an exact explanation as to the cause of the horror, no matter how far fetched or unrealistic it might seem. Here, I did not really get that.
Overall, I am not a fan of Hollow. Admittedly, the movie was somewhat effective as I still think about the last scene. It was not good enough, though, for me to want to watch it a second time.
Hollow comes with both a DVD and Blu-ray version of the movie. Both contain only one special feature and it is a behind-the-scenes reveal about one of the key scenes in the movie. Unfortunately, it is more about the filming and directing of it rather than the story behind it. Also, it is only two minutes long. The Blu-ray comes in 5.1 surround sound or 2.0 stereo.
Hollow did not star anyone familiar to me. The actors include Sam Stockman, Emily Plumtree, Matt Stokoe, Jessica Ellerby, and Simon Roberts. Hollow was written by Matthew Holt and directed by Michael Axelgaard.
The end result? I would not recommend Hollow unless it comes across your cable channel or you find it in the sale DVD bin.
Hollow is available on Amazon.