‘The Watchers’ Director and Stars On Tackling Haunting Irish Folklore [Watch]

The watchers

The latest foray into Celtic folklore and horror arrives with The Watchers, the feature film debut from writer/director Ishana Night Shyamalan. The film plunges us into the depths of an isolated Irish forest, threatening to swallow anyone who dares to enter them whole. Taking A.M. Shine’s novel of the same name and bringing it to life for the big screens allows viewers a different take on the familiar folklore we think we know. But tackling the adaptation was no easy feat, and neither was working in nature itself.

In The Watchers,

Mina (Dakota Fanning), a 28-year-old artist, gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers who are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night. You can’t see them, but they see everything.

We spoke with writer/director Ishana Night Shyamalan, and actors Dakota Fanning and Georgina Campbell. Throughout our conversations, we discussed what drew everyone to this story and what the challenges were in working on location in the chilly Ireland forests.

Watch all three interviews below:

The Watchers is out now in theaters.

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