Neil Marshall felt “handcuffed” through the creative process on Hellboy.
The 50-year-old filmmaker has returned to his horror roots with his new flick “The Reckoning” and made a conscious decision after disappointment with how the 2019 comic book reboot worked.
He told SFX magazine, “I was kind of handcuffed on this movie. It was really miserable because I didn’t get any creative input on the project.
“And so, for this film, I purposely sacrificed having a budget to have complete control over the film.
“It was tough, but it was a much more satisfying experience. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved from very little.”
In ‘The Reckoning’, Grace Haverstock – played by Marshall’s partner and co-writer Charlotte Kirk – is accused of being a witch after losing her husband in the plague.
She ends up in the care of England’s most ruthless witch hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee).
The location was given a lot of consideration and the filmmaker admitted he was concerned about filming in Hungary.
He explained: “I imagined filming it in the UK in the winter and it was rainy, bleak and moody. But of course we shot it in Hungary in midsummer.
“Certainly the fields and trees go to England, and that’s absolutely to be found, but my concern was the weather. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s just not the mood I want …’
“So I turned it upside down. I thought, ‘We have characters who ride horses, they have big hats and they carry guns.
“And there’s a city and a corrupt man who runs the city, and then there are peasants … that’s a western!
“Why don’t we just take this aesthetic up and make it hot and dusty and ‘Once upon a time in the west … of England!’ “”