Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: A young gymnast who tries desperately to please her demanding mother, discovers a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks them all.
Review: Written and directed by Hanna Bergholm, Hatching is a cautionary tale to those folks who live their lives for the ‘Gram (Instagram that is) and all the other social media platforms that people utilise in the hopes of carving out a bit of fame, even at the cost of the ones they love.
Chock full with symbolism, this is one of those horror movies that will appeal to fans of the genre who love to dissect the meaning of it all. This Finnish story centers around a young girl named Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) whose mother (Sophia Heikkila) fancies herself an internet star. Tinja’s mother spends her days posting videos of their home and her seemingly perfect life with her simp of a husband (Jani Volanen) and their son. But if you’ve ever watched YouTube videos that expose exactly how messed up these types of families are, you know things are never as rosy as they seem. After Tinja is forced to kill an injured bird she finds its nest with a lone egg inside and takes it home to care for it. What happens next has to be seen to be believed.
Hatching is one of those films that feels like it has the potential to be amazing but it’s hampered by an uneven pace that sucks the tension out of the story every time things start to get good. That’s not to say it isn’t worth watching though. Mother and daughter Tinja are the main focus here and their relationship has a lot to do with the horrors that take place in this seemingly perfect family. Like The Babadook, the monster here is steeped in symbolism representing both the horrors of growing up as well as the trauma parents can unwittingly inflict on their children.
Character-wise it won’t be difficult to pick who you’ll want to root for here as poor Tinja is surrounded by possibly the worst family you could be a part of outside of the one in Hereditary. And the horror elements such as the practical effects, sound design and gore are very effective. Plain talk? The creature effects here are the strongest element of the entire movie and saves it from being a total waste of viewing time.
I wished there was more to this movie because I genuinely went into it hoping for something great. What I got was an interesting take on the pressures of living up to your parents’ expectations, a couple of engaging scenes thanks to the creature design, and an ending that felt anticlimactic instead of impactful. It’s in no way a terrible movie; I just wish they had taken this interesting premise further.
Sommer’s Score: 6.5 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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