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EAT LOCALS UK PREMIERE AT FRIGHTFEST 2017
Described as Assault On Precinct 13 meets Interview With A Vampire, Jason Flemyng's directorial debut will screen at Frightfest 2017 in the Splice Media Discovery Screen 1 at the Prince Charles Cinema. The acclaimed actor, famous for roles in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and X-Men: First Class, has put together a whole host of acting talent including Charlie Cox (Stardust, Daredevil), Freema Agyeman (Dr. Who, Sense 8), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Game of Thrones), Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey, Stella), Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave, Into The Woods) and Vincent Regan (300, Snow White & The Huntsman, Clash Of The Titans).
Flemyng also reunites the cast of Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, with Nick Moran and Dexter Fletcher both starring and Jason Statham directing the fight scenes.
In a quiet country farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather. They come together once every 50 years to discuss territories, disputes, threats and food stocks, and the approval of new members. On this night, a new face will be meeting them for the first time, and – if the vote is unanimous – could be the latest member to join their fanged ranks.
This new face, however – local lad Sebastian Crockett – merely thinks he's on a promise with sexy cougar Vanessa.
Unluckily for all, Sebastian's not the only guest who'll be dropping in tonight. A detachment of Special Forces vampire killers led by Colonel Bingham has tracked the coven to this remote location, although they've bitten off far more than they can chew: they expected one vampire, not an entire coven.
With barely a handful of men ill-equipped to take down such a bloodthirsty clan, Bingham must keep the vampires pinned down while the fractious coven must put their own differences aside if they're to escape before dawn.
For Sebastian, the soldiers and the coven, it may not only be the worst night of their lives. It may be their last.
BAFTA nominated screenwriter, Danny King, said of the production, "I've loved vampires since I was a kid. Some kids wanted to be racing drivers or astronauts. I wanted to be Christopher Lee,”. In some way, the origins of Eat Locals go as far back as childhood for the screenwriter: “I always wanted to write a vampire film, and there's only one thing better than one vampire, and that's eight vampires,” he recalls.
It's no secret that films take a long time to come together, but in the case of Eat Locals, from script to screen it's been a decade in the making.
Once upon a time, Flemyng and close friend Dexter Fletcher optioned one of King's books. While they weren't successful in bringing that particular project to the screen, an original screenplay of his – then titled Reign of Blood – caught their attention in a big way, and the trio began a 10-year journey full of as many twists and turns as the film itself.
The pieces of this movie-making puzzle finally came together in January 2016 when an all- star cast and an incredibly dedicated crew descended on a quiet working farm in an isolated corner of Hertfordshire for a very cold, very muddy four-week shoot. “I'm constantly apologising to people for having written a film that is entirely set at night and filmed in the middle of winter!” jokes King.
After its UK Premiere at FrightFest 2017 on 26th August, Eat Locals and will be in selected cinemas and PVOD from 1st September (iTunes & Sky Store, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video & Xbox Video Store & VOD/DVD from 30th October
Eat Locals receives its UK premiere on 26th August 2017 at in the SPLICE MEDIA DISCOVERY Screen 1 (at the Prince Charles Cinema). For tickets go to: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html
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