We heard about the call out for extras for the new Hammer film last weekend, and although we were unable to make it down, we've now done a little rooting around to find out what is happening with the legendary Hammer Film studio's first film in 20 years - a modern-day vampire film called Beyond The Rave.
Drawing inspiration from the works of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice as well as from eighties classics The Lost Boys and Near Dark, Beyond the Rave is a vampire story set in England’s underground party scene.
The film stars Nora-Jane Noone (The Descent), Jamie Dornan (Marie-Antoinette), Tamer Hassan (The Ferryman), Les Simpson (Doomsday), Steve Sweeney (Lock, Stock) and features appearances from Sadie Frost and Ingrid Pitt.
Beyond The Rave follows the last hours of freedom of local soldier Ed, who is flying out to Iraq the following morning. With the help of his best friend Necro, he spends his last night in the UK tracking down his missing girlfriend Jen, last seen partying with a bizarre group of hardcore night-time ravers led by the mysterious Melech.
But as he catches up with Jen at a party in a remote forest, Ed discovers that Melech’s crowd, who are hosting the event, are looking for more than a night of fun, and that not everyone will make it through to dawn…
The producer, Ben Grass commented; "Beyond the Rave was inspired by Tom [Grass - writer] and my own experiences of raves: the great highs, and the demons that can lurk in the dark before dawn. It's jam packed with great characters and encounters. The narrative hurtles along to a big, juicy conclusion, and all along it's peppered with great tunes and visceral action.”
Directed by Matthias Hoene and featuring FX from Tristan Versluis, Beyond The Rave is being produced for Hammer by Pure Grass Films as an online serial with a view to a future DVD release.
Stay tuned for more news (plus a set report) as and when we get it.