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[Netflix Review] The Hollow Season 1 (2018) ★★★★☆

Mira, Kai and Adam reading a map in The Hollow season 1

The Hollow is a fun exciting adventure for kids into the gateway world of horror. 


The Hollow is a supernatural fantasy mystery animation series that promises adventure, exciting monsters, creepy creatures and a big mystery to be solved. It’s a very thrilling series for children and with sometimes even life threatening situations, which they of course survive. The monsters can be scary, but also very fun and the characters grow while facing danger and teaming up together. It’s a series that welcomes children in the wondrous world of horror. 

It will appeal to younger children from 6 years and up but older children and adults surely will like it too, due to the humor and some absurd characters. 

This first season consists of 10 episodes with each a duration of 24 minutes. It has a monster-of-the-week structure and they encounter each episode a new danger to overcome and exciting creatures, while the big story arc involves figuring out why they are where exactly? 


Plot

Three teens wake up in an enclosed bunker that has no doors or windows. They don’t know how they got there, they don’t know each other, but worse, they don’t know who they are themselves. Luckily they each find a note in their pocket with a name written on it. The two boys are called Adam and Kai and the girl’s name is Mira. 

They have to work together to find their way out of the bunker. But when they do, it’s just the beginning, because they find themselves in a strange place with even more dangerous creatures and monsters and they will have to work together to find their way home.


Why you should watch it

It’s a very nice adventurous series for children, that takes them seriously. It’s a little bit scary, it’s imaginative, it’s fun and exciting but it never gets lame. Although lessons are learned it’s not preachy or too moralistic but lessons that come in handy in the normal world as well. 

Except this world is anything but normal. They have to run from hellhounds, a witch, demons, minotaurs and a cyclops. They have to endure different trials and find themselves in very different surroundings, like the woods, the jungle, a desert, the ocean and a polar area and even on a spaceship. They come across an amusement park which is run by two Benjamins, one tall Benjamin and one smaller one Benjamini, who look like the strong man in a circus. They talk to trees and spider-people and even encounter the four horsemen of the apocalypse and are attacked by zombies. 

Sometimes it can be scary and sometimes it is very funny but always very entertaining. The monsters aren’t always what they look like and not all of them are evil creatures. They get help from The Weird Guy, but if he really is that helpful has to be seen, although he has a very handy transportation vortex. 

But in order to defend themselves they discover they each have a special power. Adam is very strong and smart. Mira can talk to animals and she can swim underwater. Kai is the most afraid and insecure, but he can fix things and can control fire. With their combined powers they must be able to cross this strange land and find their way home while figuring out where they are and how they got there. This mystery is key to the story and is revealed at the end of the series, turning it all into a big twist. 

It’s a very addictive series due to the underlying mystery, but each episode has a cliffhanger too, so you just have to continue watching. So make sure you sit comfortably. 


My favorite part

I really liked the Benjamins. They really are quite a pair and deliver some absurd humor. The desperate housewife has a surprise up her sleeve and the episode with the zombies is great children’s horror fun. And it has a little surprise for our heroes because they are not alone in this strange world, another group of kids is stranded there too. But are they to be trusted? 

It is a great children’s series with a good setup and a compelling structure that gets them from one dangerous situation into another. It is drawn in a classical way, with sharp contours and the sound effects really add to the thrilling story. Each episode has something for the little horror fans, something weird, scary, creepy in all shapes and sizes. So sit back and enjoy.


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★☆

Scare factor: ★★★☆☆

Thrill factor: ★★★★☆

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★


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Cast and crew

The Hollow is created by Vito Viscomi. It stars Ashleigh Ball (Mira), Connor Parnall (Kai), Adrian Petriw (Adam), Mark Hildreth (The Weird Guy), Diana Kaarina (Vanessa), Jesse Moss (Skeet), Alex Barima (Reeve), Ian James Corlett (Benjamin)  and Michael Daingerfield (Benjamini).

Music: Lorenzo Castelli, Steve D’Angelo. Animation department: Allan Douglas Parker, Anthony Mayoh. Production company: Slap Happy Cartoons. Original network: Netflix.


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