A year following the death of her grandfather, good girl Emma visits his remote home located next to the ruins of an old church and spooky graveyard in Dunwich,
Joining Emma is her fiancé, her jerk ex-boyfriend and his new loose
girlfriend. Emma’s fiancé decides to
document the weekend sojourn with his nifty video camera. Upon arriving Emma points out an ancient,
creepy tree and reveals a local legend her grandfather once told her about
couples hanging themselves from its limbs.
Grandpa’s house turns out to be a wonderful, sprawling dwelling without any electricity. When the sun sets candles are lit, booze is consumed and coke is snorted. Once inhibitions have been removed the quartet begins sniping at one another and painful memories are revealed. Meanwhile odd things begin to occur…
Hollow is apparently
answer to The Blair Witch Project and compared to Hollow, The Blair Witch is a
masterpiece. Although I’m a sucker for
the ‘found footage’ genre, Hollow is an absolute endurance test to get
through. For the first hour of this 90
minute film nothing happens, nope, nothing.
The characters start out crabbing and chit-chatting but become
increasingly unlikable as their complicated romantic histories are slowly revealed. More than once someone’s feelings get hurt
and their solution is to run off into the creepy graveyard at night. Every time this happened I thought, “Okay,
now some bad stuff is going to happen”.
Nope. The other characters would
go into the graveyard to retrieve their friend and return to the house
(what!?). When the bad stuff does begin
to happen it’s really not all that bad.
The tree is pretty cool though.