Clark Collis
November 05, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

In new horror movie The Hallow, Joseph Mawle and Bojana Novakovic play a couple who relocate to a remote forest in Ireland with their young baby and — as people in horror movies are wont to do — ignore the numerous signs and warnings that they should get the hell out of there ASAP. One of those ominous indicators comes in the form of an ancient book, which is given to the pair by actor Michael McElhatton’s character Colm, and depicts an array of terrifying creatures.

“I grew up loving fairy tales,” says the film’s writer-director, Corin Hardy. “Since there are so many incredible, imaginative, dark ideas within the old Irish folklore, I wanted to try and interpret them in a way that they could appear to be ‘real’ and so the idea of creating ‘the first ever book of fairy tales’ came about. A bible of folk-lore if you will. Something that the local farmer, Colm, could have had in his family and pass down for generations, telling of the ‘lore’ of mythology, warnings and preventions of how to deal with The Hallow. This idea took an interesting turn when I became aware of a real existing tome called The Book of Invasions which purports to be an ancient history of Ireland and its mythological roots, telling of the original settlers in Ireland and their history as well as the first race of ‘fairies’ — the ‘Tuatha Dé Danann’ — and it fed well into the idea of my fairy tale ideology and the idea of ’the first ever book of fairy tales’. I wanted to take ideas I researched, and read about, and interpret them in a visceral, sometimes organic or scientific way, and create something suggestive, scary and intriguing that could hark back to these ancient ideas. I wanted the illustrations to feel authentic, and ancient, and there was no one better to create the illustrations in the book than my good friend, David Lupton, and it was wonderfully put together by Roisin O’Toole, an Irish art director.” 

The Hallow is now available to watch on VOD and is released in theaters, Nov. 6. You can see pages from book featured in the film, above and below.

You can see the trailer for The Hallow, below.

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