Midlands Spotlight - The Slayers
By midlandsmovies, May 24 2015 09:21AM
Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, there are not one but two features from local filmmaker John Williams (not him!) arriving from the zombie and horror genres. Midlands Movies investigates these black comedies.
In late 2014, John Williams finished zombie black comedy “The Mothertown” on a budget of only £500. Set and shot in Stoke, this B-movie feature had independent sensibilities with a low budget and one vision. But during production and with the help of brilliant people, a movie was put together that told the story of four small groups of characters and their journey of survival.
Witty and comedic, “The Mothertown” started with small aspirations but soon had the involvement of one Pete Bennett. Who’s he I hear you ask? Well Pete Bennett won the seventh series of Channel Four reality television series Big Brother!
Alongside Pete were actors Kraig Gallimore, Mark Rathbone, Daniel Alexander, Max kraan, Nick Hancock, Maura Judges, Gary Edwards, Sophie Ellsby and Kirk Wilkinson who “fleshed” out the cast.
With the successful launch of that film, John turned his talents to his next project which begins production soon. Currently titled “The Slayers”, the film is another dark tale and follows two cult members as they break ranks and decide to go on a trip to make the most (of what they believe) are the last 2 weeks on earth.
The hapless heroes create a bucket-list of fun including a jaunt to Scotland to meet girls and drink but encounter a self-claimed vampire slayer. Believing it to be a test from god, they follow the slayers in battles with vampires and the boys’ own stupidity.
Pitched as a cross between “Dumb and Dumber” and “Fright Night”, the writer-director has high hopes for the film and readers can find more out about John and his movies at the links below:
I watched the premiere of The Mothertown with my grandson and we thoroughly enjoyed it it was a great first attempt of a very low budget film.
It was also a great promotion for Burslem and Stoke.on.Trent also.
Congratulations John and we look forward too The Slayer's you will go from strength to strength.