Raven's Hollow (2022)

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Raven's Hollow (2022). Raven's Hollow: Directed by Christopher Hatton. With Melanie Zanetti, William Moseley, David Hayman, Kate Dickie. West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York are drawn by a gruesome discovery into a forgotten community.

“This movie had all the makings of a great folk horror/ creature feature… but a few missteps sent it down the wrong forest path…u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eRavenu0026#39;s Hollow had a relatively original and intriguing plot in the grand scheme of things. Is it 100% something you have NEVER seen before? No. But there were aspects and twists to this tale that felt fresh and different. Definitely a slow burn with some good tension building and solid spook factor. The movie also looked great (quality and shots), score was on point and the special effects were pretty great as well.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI would say the biggest misstep here was the acting/ casting. Unfortunately, some very stilted performances and iffy delivery did the movie some detrimental disservices. Pretty much everyone faltered at some point (except maybe the mother) causing a continual back and forth between being in the moment and being pulled out of it. Unfortunately, the worst of the bunch was the actor who played Poe. While I donu0026#39;t think he did an abismal job or is a bad actor, as an actor myself I didnu0026#39;t find anything particularly redeeming or down to earth about his performance as a whole or really his delivery in any one moment specifically either.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI also had a bit of an issue with the ending. Not so much with the ending itself but more so the way it was delivered to us. Maybe Iu0026#39;m simple, but it got a bit convoluted and a tad confusing, even with the exposition being in a moderately spoonfed monologue.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAt the end of the day this was a creative bit of fiction about the makings of what we know Edgar Allan Poe to be today, filled with little Easter egg references to his works if you are familiar. It was spooky and had some interesting bits throughout and if you can look past the questionable acting and the slow pace it is worth a watch. Would recommend.”

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