Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Hollow (2004) - quick review

The Hollow (2004) - Dir. by Kyle Newman

Restless spirits stir this Hollow's Eve, beckoning Ian Cranston, the last blood relative of Ichabod Crane, back to Sleepy Hollow. Thundering hooves unleash a wave of bone-chilling screams as the ghost of the Headless Horseman rides again! Ian must try to save the town and his girlfriend, Karen and determine whether the sword-wielding stalker is their clownish classmate, Brody in costume, or the dark rider himself. If it's truly the Headless Horseman... how do you kill what's already dead? Written by Anonymous

Ok... I know what you are thinking but I didn't search out this straight to DVD movie. It was on tv so I watched it, and technically it was in two installments. Directed by the guy who did Fanboys, and written by the guy who did the last two Lost Boys movies, I wasn't really expecting much going in to it, and that is exactly what I got... not much.

It is a not so interesting take on The Headless Horseman. The film itself just takes way too long to actually get to the Horseman, that you lose interest about thirty minutes in to the film. It end pretty strongly but by that point you just want to turn it off.

The acting is atrocious, even for the veterans. Constant overacting from Judge Reinhold and Stacy Keach was unacceptable, even for a movie of this caliber. I expected it from the three leads, but not these guys. Nick Carter (not known for his acting) gives exactly what you would expect from someone who can't act, although he was one of the better parts of the film. I don't really know why Kaley Cuoco was in the film, but she was the leads love interest, and gave the movie makers an excuse to put her in a cheer leading uniform even though I don't recall her doing a single cheer. As for the lead, Kevin Zegers, I found it hard to watch him on the screen knowing that all this bad acting led to a strong performance in Adam Green's Frozen. Most of it was unbearable to watch, hence the quick review. If it is on tv take a gander, but don't bother buying it. You won't watch it more than once.

Entertainment Value: 3 out of 10 burning pumpkins
Cinematic Value: 2 out of 10 burning pumpkins

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