As if the image of frozen bodies still in perpetual mental breakdowns wasn’t terrifying enough, Issa Lopez makes sure to give the corpse an extra dose of nightmare fuel with an introduction that recalls an infamously disturbing scene from the movie “Seven.” As the second episode begins, surprise Liz Danvers when an apparently deceased scientist begins writhing in pain while still trapped in the tundra. But even without the grisly horror, the corpse itself is a marvel of horror filmmaking prowess.
This is not surprising given the talent that worked to sculpt this hideous painting. As Lopez told IndieWire, the script for the first episode originally read:
“The naked and mutilated bodies of at least four men are frozen solid on the icy ground, partly covered by hardened snow. The wild expressions of absolute panic on their faces are almost inhuman, but we still recognize the faces from Tsalal Station.” “.
Chilling enough. But Lopez wanted to make sure that this frightening image was achieved as clearly as possible. So, I came into contact with a modern master of the horror genre. She explained:
“I decided to ask the master of the terrible creatures, and I called Guillermo del Toro. I said to him: ‘Sir, I will be filming in Iceland. So I need someone in the uk… I need someone who can create something as complex as this.”
According to the article, del Toro pointed Lopez toward Igor Studios’ Dave and Lou Elsey who oversaw the creation of the corpse, along with “Night Country” production designer Daniel Taylor, VFX supervisor Barney Curnow, and cinematographer Florian Hofmeister.