If you’ve ever played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you will know that there are some truly horrifying monstrosities in the game. And though it’s a fantasy RPG, the show is definitely going to lean more towards horror than traditional sword and sorcery TV shows.

Speaking with Games Radar, the show’s SFX Supervisor Julian Parry said this:

“I definitely think it leans more towards horror … We’re definitely taking the fantasy out. I can honestly say we’re not fantastical. I mean, it’s fantastical but in a grounded horror sense. For example, with Striga [a woman cursed to live as a monster], that’s one gnarly-looking thing. That’s very unpleasant!”

And he’s right. The Striga is a terrifying beast; that much has been known ever since the original book series, which the games are based on.

The world of The Witcher is a brutal, gory place, and it honestly makes more sense for the show to go in this direction. All too often fantasy movies and television shows seem to lessen the blood and guts, but if you think about it, those worlds are often harsh and dangerous.

So why not just show it? A style like this could be much more visceral.

But a style like this might simply be more practical. Logistically, Parry says, there was no way to fit the the hordes of actors needed for the armies that exist in The Witcher on set. Which is appreciated – I’m truly just sick of CGI armies. Aren’t most of us? This decision to keep things more focused on Geralt may prove to be the correct one.

The Witcher stars Henry Cavill in the titular role. It is set to be released on December 20th straight to Netflix.

Clear your schedules for the day, because if it ends up being as good as it looks, you’re in for a real treat.

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