35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2006
Ppl are reviewing this movie as if it were a major motion picture. This was intended and is just a campy little film. Yes the acting is bad and the story silly but so what it's fun. All of the acting is really bad including the vetern actors such as Stacy Keach, Judge Reinhold, Eileen Brennan and Joe Mazzello. I think the over acting and campy acting was intentional making it quite the fun little movie. Nick Carter didn't do bad at all considering this was his first movie actually he did about as good as the other young actors in the movie. Keep your perspective about you and realize you are watching a silly little movie grab some popcorn and enjoy it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Unabashedly silly and obviously aimed at a young audience, THE HOLLOW is a pleasantly diverting ghost story. Kevin Zegers (AFRAID OF THE DARK) stars as Ian Cranston, who is unknowingly a descendant of Ichabod Crane, who according to this story was real and not just a character in Washington Irvings' classic tale. Crusty old gravekeeper Stacy Keach (hamming it up delightfully) enlists Ian's aid in making sure that the Headless Horseman is returned to his grave forever. The movie borrows cliches from countless other treatments of this classic ghost story and while it doesn't come close to Johnny Depp's SLEEPY HOLLOW, it's a harmless entertainment. Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has a role as the school jock and the fake Headless Horseman; Eileen Brennan turns up in a small role as an eccentric old lady; and Judge Reinhold is pretty bad in his role as Ian's sportsminded dad. But it wouldn't be a bad addition to your Halloween night viewing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
I am a horror buff, write horror novels and moderate a horror website and have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
I read the bad reviews on here but happened to catch The Hollow on one of the cable movie channels and watched it. The movie was a tad scary but mostly it was just a fun, enjoyable movie to watch. As a matter of fact I was going to buy it to add to my DVD collection when I saw that it was already available for watching on Prime.
The critics of the film apparently are expecting their films to all be instant classics or Oscar worth films but some of the best horror films aren't. This one is an obvious continuation of the Sleep Hollow tale and reminded me a little of Ginger Snaps in its appearance, although admittedly Ginger Snaps was better.
Watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is, a fun, slightly gory Halloween tale.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Hollow, which is loosely based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a nice addition to the growing number of small budget, strait to DVD horror movies out there. With a nicely assembled cast, passable special effects, and a well paced plot, this movie stands heads (hahah) over the competition in this horror genre.
When Ian Cranson moves to Sleepy Hollow, he has no idea that he is the last descendent of Ichabod Crane, and he thinks that when he begins getting warnings from the town crazy, that he'll just shrug them off, but soon he and the town can't deny that some legends are real, and some horror won't rest.
This is a really good movie, better than some recent horror movies that have made it to theater. It isn't scary, really, or overly horrifying, but its light and quick and leaves you feeling like you wouldn't mind watching it again.
So if you're looking for a good, quick horror movie to fill your time, don't pass this up just because there's a Backstreet Boy in it (Nick Carter). It's really good!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In truth, I really didn't expect much from this modern tale derived from the legend of Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow. But I like Kevin Zegers (and his thick mane of hair) and Kaley Cuoco (who has been in more than her share of less than stellar productions), so I thought I'd check out "The Hollow." There are certainly worse films on the market, but everything about "The Hollow" was so expected and so so uninspired. Were it not for Zegers' appeal and a very broad performance by Stacy Keach, I might even have tuned out of the movie. The gore factor is practically nil, the scare quotient is very low, and the plotting and resolution is standard at best. Lacking real fright--I'd hoped for some cheesy fun, bad movie mayhem, or any kind of humor to distinguish the story. Alas, it is all so ordinary--not a painful way to spend eighty minutes, but not much to recommend it either.
Unbeknownst to him, Zegers plays a descendent of Ichabod Crane. His family has rather inexplicably and conveniently relocated to the sight of the original story of "Sleepy Hollow," and he has become active in the Halloween festivals centered around the Headless Horseman. Packed with the requisite teenage drama--potential new girlfriend (Cuoco), her bully of a boyfriend (a bloated Nick Carter), a disapproving dad (Judge Reinhold)--Zegers must also contend with a murderous spirit. A delightfully over-the-top Keach plays the grave keeper/mentor/historian who is essential to keeping the rather tenuous plot alive. A couple of beheadings later and the crew is banded together for a final showdown. Again, it's all played rather straightforward and that's to the film's detriment because I really just wanted to laugh along and have a good ride.
"The Hollows" may well pass the time, but it's pretty conventional fodder served up in a non-threatening family fare sort of way. It's biggest fault may be that you've seen hundreds of movies just like it--many of them better. Still Zegers is likable, Carter is appropriately buffoonish, and Keach hails from a different movie altogether. Very slight, and not particularly fun, check it out as instant entertainment. You won't remember it in a month--but it'll do if you have nothing better going on for now. KGHarris, 2/11.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2007
I liked this movie for the reason being that it was a different take on the "Sleepy Hollow" story. The story unfolded in a manner that it held your attention all the way through the movie. The acting was very solid in this B flick as well. I would recommend this movie to anyone that loves B-horror flicks!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2010
Once again we have a movie filmed in California that tries to pass it self off as taking place in rural upstate New York. Like all such movies it fails in that respect. Having said that though, it's not the most egregious failing in this flick.......
Trying to pass Nick Carter off as a high school quarterback is the biggest laugh you'll have in this movie, along with the dorky guy who was Eddie Murphy's partner, "Billy" in Beverly Hill's Cop a vey close second, who plays but fails as the tough as nail's high school football coach. No wonder Nick Carter is the quarterback!!!!!
Anyway, Stacy Keach is in it and makes a fair attempt at doing his job and I bet he really needs the paycheck these days too.
There really is not much in the way of gore compared to Friday the 13th or Halloween and the nudity is sadly lacking, but I really thought all in all it wasn't a bad flick for the money. I have a feeling in 10 or 15 years time, people will be laughing and enjoying the campiness of The Hollow, the same way people of my age group laughed at some of the lesser quality slasher movies of the 80's.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Clutching desperately at the coattails of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Hollow" is a modest horror flick that will keep you entertained, either with humor (intentional and unintentional) or a few decent scares. I originally saw this flick on ABC Family about three years ago. It has recently popped up on Sci-Fi channel. It's a lot better than seventy-five percent of Sci-Fi channel's flicks, but does fit comfortably in that channel's Saturday movie lineup. It's cast has a little something for everybody. There's new stars for the younger crowd (Kevin Zegers, Kaley Cuoco), former 80's teen stars (Judge Reinhold), an old guy (Stacey Keach) and a former boy band superstar (Nick Carter).
The story is centered around the return of Ichabod Crane's bloodline (Zegers) to the village of Sleepy Hollow. When Halloween comes along, Zegers moves in on the high school football jock's girlfriend (Cuoco) and quickly makes an enemy out of said jock (Carter). Teenagers go missing, and despite warnings from the cemetary keeper (Keach), the village goes on with it's Halloween Hayride, giving a returning Headless Horseman easy pickings. Keach tries to convince Zegers that he's a descendant of Crane and that the Horseman has returned to finish a job he started many years ago. Initially Zegers denies the possibility of being related to Crane. As the story goes on, however, he begins to realize that he is Crane's descendant and only he can stop the Horseman from going on another killing spree. Heads roll, there are plenty of near-misses, and Carter, Keach and Reinhold really chew up the scenery for the rest of the movie.
When all is said and done, the viewer won't feel entirely cheated by this film. Yes, it has some very bad moments in it, but those moments are what makes this film fun. There are also a few legitimate scares throughout for the audience. You won't be afraid to go roaming down deserted country roads at night after seeing this movie, but you will have a pretty good time seeing just how silly and spooky this film can be. I'd consider it a rental, especially around Halloween, if you prefer your horror a little bit on the light side. If you can find it in the bargain bin and happen to be a fan of B-grade horror, this just might be a fun purchase.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2014
Why Nick Carter got top billing, I don't know. His character is the class bully and he does a good job of it ( never realized he was this big). the actual star of the movie is Kevin Zegers (Mortal Instruments) , he is the descendant of Ichabod Crane and must do battle with the resurrected headless Horseman. this movie is fun but of course has its share of problems. Kaley Cuoco (pre Big Bang Theory) is cute but annoying, "I'm going with you and you can't stop me" then "oh, I can't walk anymore" ???Really? Stacey Keach looks like he is having a blast and Judge Reinhold as the jock football coach dad who disapproves of his son fencing, gggrr another trite character. BUT, overall I had fun and it isn't too scary for some 8 to 9 year olds. BTW, why was Eileen Brennan even in this???
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
While not for the hardcore horror fan, there's a lot to like about this. There's an earnestness to the romantic leads that really works. There's a good sense of spookiness, and it's not a bad movie for the family to watch (although there is some kinda graphic implied sex). It's eerie without being horrifying, and good fodder for the junior high set...provided they haven't already cut their teeth on A SERBIAN FILM and HOSTEL.