In Madrid, the boy Juan is terrified by the monster Hollowface and his mother is unable to protect him so summons Father Antonio to exorcise the monster from their lives. In London, the construction worker John Farrow is very close to his teenage daughter Mia. One day, Mia is spending the day at her grandparents' house in the countryside with her mother Susanna and she finds a box with the story of Hollowface hidden in a tree. Soon Mia sees the monster Hollowface in the closet of her bedroom and John defends her. When they are attacked for the second time, the security camera that John has installed does not show any intruder. Are Mia and John delusional?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The shadow monster woke up. It saw the boy in the pot and said:
[making his voice gruff]
"Mmmm. I'm starving. I'm going to eat you up."
So the monster opened his mouth wide and swallowed the little tailor whole. The boy fell and fell into a dark cave filed with slime...
Is that it?
That's all I could come up with.
Well, you'll think of something tomorrow. Let's go to bed.
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Looks good on the surface but ultimately is nothing more than a disappointing modern 'clever' horror flick.
Honestly, I was really liking the movie at first and felt ready to write nothing but positive things about it. There however gets a point in the movie when you realize that it just isn't going anywhere and it just won't become any more tense or interesting to watch.
It really is a perfectly atmospheric horror production but as it turns out, its all style and buildup, without ever having any good payoff.
Problem with this mostly lies with its story. This story tries to present itself as something really clever, while in fact it really isn't. It needlessly tries to over complicate stuff, which feels forced and besides also really redundant. There just never is a clever or unexpected twist in this movie and when there comes a twist it only makes you go; 'ehh, well OK, if you say so...'.
It seemed like this movie truly had some good ideas in it and there was also plenty potential in it. There is not much wrong with its concept itself but the movie just never really manages to turn it all into something grabbing, tense or mysterious enough.
I guess that the people behind this movie also expected a lot more from it. It got directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who previously had done "28 Weeks Later" and it involved some pretty big name actors, namely Clive Owen and Carice van Houten. I liked Owen in his role but it seems that most of the other characters remained far too underdeveloped and too often got pushed to the background. It doesn't help much that the movie pretty much follows two story lines, set at different places, involving different people, that however unnecessarily complicates things further, without making a relevant enough impression to its story.
It has the right atmosphere and buildup for a movie of this sort but ultimately its lacking in substance and payoff.
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