Hunting for the Hag (2023)

Three young women venture deep into the woods of central Illinois to hunt for a local legend known as The Hawthorne Hag. Led by aspiring documentary filmmaker Tara Cordell, the girls set out to capture The Hag on camera for the first time. But within this forest, other, more sinister dangers are lurking.


Lion Heart Distribution distributes in the US.

Filmed in Pontiac, Illinois.

Directed Paul A. Brooks was quoted saying: “I wanted to make a horror movie that toys with your expectations. ‘Hag’ starts as one thing and then morphs into something totally different. There’s a lot of twists and turns, so hopefully our audience has fun with that. This is a film about three women making a film and having all of it go horribly wrong.” Adding… “The Hag, is a legendary entity that’s part of the Illinois folklore. Supposedly, her name was Ollie Yarger and she was someone who lived in Hawthorne, IL in the early 1800’s. She was falsely accused of murdering a child and was hanged for the crime. The legend says that she haunts the woods, seeking vengeance on those who killed her. In reality, I was inspired by an 80’s movie called “Mother’s Day”, which tells the tale of three women on a camping excursion and a deformed woman named Queenie, who also roams the woods.”

Described as a “found footage hybrid horror film.”

Lion Heart Distribution released Hunting for the Hag on VOD and Digital on April 2, 2024.


Director: Paul A. Brooks




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