By 23rd February 2018Uncategorised

Maybe it’s one of the genre’s main facets that made us fall in love with horror: the creatures. As an adult, I still crave them. They’re one of the field’s USPs and greatest treasures.
Some reveals and spoilers in this article. One for those who’ve seen the film.

““I think one thing about [Nevill’s] book is that the reader must actively conjure the images the author is describing,” said Bruckner in an exclusive conversation (full interview later). “So you have a hand in co-authoring the design every time you encounter something on the page. No matter how artfully Nevill described the creature, or Moder as it’s called in the novel, it was always shifting a bit in my imagination. For example is it bigger than before? Does it seem more sentient than at first? Also, in the book, it’s female, which we learn later and shades things somewhat differently.”

“With a movie though, one has to get very literal with all that,” he continued.

“And we always knew this was a show-the-damn-monster kind of flick.

So I wanted to preserve my own experience of reading the book, wherein the creature’s design is somewhat shifting. Or at least you have competing ideas about what it might be. We dug into Norse mythology and discovered a Jötnar clan of giants that were known as shape-shifters and would sometimes present with combined human and animal qualities. It felt close enough to what Adam had imagined but gave us a little room to experiment.

To get the look he wanted, he collaborated with the concept artist behind Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, as well as Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Pacific Rim.””

Full interview with David Bruckner here

And more analysis of that creature here (spoilers – article only for those who’ve seen the film).


Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Luke says:

    Alas, as much as I loved the film adaptation (which wasn’t really your novel per se’ but was something interesting and well-done in its own right), the monster didn’t give me that sense of revulsion and horror that Moder did. There was just something so threatening, spiteful, and vile about her. The creature in the film, while certainly a fellow I wouldn’t want to run into while hiking, was almost beautiful in its own way. Moder was foul, filthy, and mean-spirited. But, there’s no accounting for taste. I’m very happy that Bruckner kept basically true to the premise and themes of your novel. I just hope that there’s still a chance for Moder and the metalheads to be translated to a visual medium. Maybe a graphic novel!!??? (fingers crossed…)


  • Adam Nevill says:

    Thanks for checking out the film, Luke, and for your thoughts. David, Joe and Imaginarium very much kept it as close to the book as they could in this medium – very different medium and with a 90 min duration. So I am very happy with the adaptation, but, of course, readers will always have their own ideas and notions about what might have been. I’m mostly relieved it seems to have been appreciated so widely.

  • Luke says:

    Yes it was a special horror film head and shoulders above anything I’ve seen in a while.

    I think had I seen it cold, it would be up there with my all time favorites. But your writing is something special that gets into the soul and messes with it. So it was a process for me to separate the two. As far as adaptations go, I’m tremendously happy as a fan that this one understood the core themes and premise rather than turning your work into a generic creature feature.

    All positivity on this end!

  • Adam Nevill says:

    Thanks very much again, Luke. It’s good to get people’s thoughts, and on balance horror fans and aficionados seem happy. How often does that happen with a horror film? Thanks very much for appreciating the interpretation too, from page to screen. I hope it won’t be the last too. Cheers.

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