Hal­lowed Ground

With his fea­ture de­but The Hal­low Corin Hardy warns: don’t go into the woods

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Award- win­ning film­maker and mu­sic video di­rec­tor Corin Hardy has al­ways loved mon­sters – it’s why his fea­ture de­but is ded­i­cated to spe­cial ef­fects mae­stro Ray Har­ry­hausen. “As a child I fell in love with those mon­ster movies with pure ef­fects; that, com­bined with then get­ting into hor­ror – and see­ing Alien, The Thing and Jaws – meant I wanted to be a mon­ster maker. I made short hor­ror movies with as many elab­o­rate ef­fects, and make- ups, as pos­si­ble. So, although I def­i­nitely have a wide ap­pre­ci­a­tion of all kinds of movies, I did want to make a ‘ Crea­ture Movie’.”

Hardy’s fea­ture de­but, The Hal­low, is set in an Ir­ish for­est which isn’t as empty as it first ap­pears. “My idea was to do a fairy­tale, but played straight – in the sense that the story was grounded in re­al­ity to make it truly scary. I wanted to make it gritty. Also, I think it’s great when movies do have a ground­ing and are rel­e­vant; I al­ways love Ge­orge Romero movies be­cause they have this un­der­ly­ing con­nec­tion to what was go­ing on at the time. Mine came from talk­ing with the Ir­ish lo­ca­tion scout man­ager, who was telling me about the history of the rise and fall of Ire­land’s ‘ Celtic Tiger’ econ­omy, and my story came to­gether with the idea of this for­est be­ing sold.”

While try­ing to fit in as much time as pos­si­ble to pro­mote The Hal­low – it’s “sort of my first­born child, and I love it” – Hardy is al­ready aware how it’s be­ing some­what over­shad­owed by his next pro­ject: The Crow. “It’s very ex­cit­ing, like a dream come true,” he says. “I was an ob­sessed fan of the orig­i­nal graphic novel, and the film. I dressed up as the Crow many times – and will con­tinue to do so!”

The Hal­low opens on 13 Novem­ber.

Bo­jana No­vakovic stars as Clare Hitchens, up for a scrap with de­mons.

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