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Netflix's The Witcher Is Going To Be More Horror Than Fantasy

Netflix's The Witcher Is Going To Be More Horror Than Fantasy

As we stand just over a month from the Netflix release of The Witcher, we're starting to hear a bit more about it, and that makes it all seem very exciting.

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The latest that we've heard is that the series - which is based on the wildly popular video game, which in turn is based on the books - isn't going to be your run-of-the-mill fantasy series.

In fact, it is a lot more likely to be more horror than fantasy.

In a conversation with SFX magazine, The Witcher's visual effects supervisor Julian Parry revealed that the series is going to lean heavily on the scary stuff.

That sounds like a whole heap of fun.

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Credit: Netflix
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Parry told the magazine: "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 a Striga [who is cursed to live as a monster], that's one gnarly-looking thing. That's very unpleasant!"

To be fair, this shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone who has read the books or played the games. In fact, we already know that the characters in The Witcher are a veritable menagerie of monsters and ghoulies.

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Credit: Netflix

However, if you're switching on expecting something a bit more like Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings, you're going to be in for a shock.

Heaven forfend you're coming at this from The Chronicles of Narnia.

This ain't for kids, basically.

Netflix recently gave us the full trailer for the show, which stars Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, and - come on - it looks rad, right?

The show's synopsis tells us: "You can't outrun destiny just because you're terrified of it. Henry Cavill is Geralt of Rivia.

"The Witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."

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Credit: Netflix

As you've probably gathered from that short, and fairly unhelpful, information about the show, you can catch The Witcher on Netflix on 20 December, and it seems as if producer and screenwriter Lauren S. Hissrich already has at least seven seasons worth of story mapped out.

She told SFX: "Right now it's just about, 'How do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?' The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to."

Either way, the show will be out just in time for Christmas.

Hey, maybe don't shove this on to keep your younger cousins quiet on Boxing Day.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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