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Where Are the Women? The Hallow

Where Are the Women? The Hallow

There’s only one woman in this movie, and she’s primarily a mother, but at least she gets to do something and act with some agency.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +5

+10
Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]
-5
Is she the only woman in an otherwise all-male ensemble? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: 0

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: There’s only one woman in this movie, and she’s a wife and, even more primarily, a mother, but at least she gets to actually do something and act with some agency.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Hallow! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Hallow.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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