With its director citing classic horrors like Alien (1979), The Evil Dead (1981) and The Thing (1982) as boyhood inspirations, The Hallow will mingle the real world and the fantastical in a way that should thrill fans of early Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone). It tells the tale of a conservationist (The Awakening's Joseph Mawle), his wife (Drag Me To Hell's Bojana Novakovic) and their child who move into the Irish countryside where they soon unwittingly disturb the local 'wildlife'.
Says Hardy: "It's an honour to have our teaser poster for my first film, The Hallow (formerly working-titled 'The Woods'), brought to the world via Empire. Getting into Sundance feels like the perfect place to unleash it, crawling from the darkness and into the cinema. I hope Empire readers enjoy the ride when the film arrives next year, but until then, a word of warning – especially for any readers living close to any forest or stretch of woodland... The Hallow are coming for all you hold dear."
The Hallow will debut as one of Sundance Film Festivals midnight screenings in late January, before arriving on UK screens later in 2015. Look out for more news on Hardy's new take on The Crow, which has Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) attached as the titular antihero, as we get it.