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Arnold filmmaker creates gripping horror movie during coronavirus lockdown


An Arnold-based author and filmmaker has made a horror movie while on lockdown.

Andrew Hawnt invited a number of friends to help him complete his movie ‘The Demon and I’ over lockdown using their mobile phones.

The 37-minute horror flick premiered online last night and 150 people attended the virtual screening.

Mr Hawnt now hopes local film fans will enjoy the film to keep them distracted from the horrors of lockdown.

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The film covers the story of amateur paranormal investigator John Evans, who is missing after it was revealed a case of his was faked for publicity. His last known recordings have been found.

The film gathers those last recordings, including his alleged contact with demonic forces, and examines him via contributions

Mr Hawnt, who is a published comic book writer and author, told Gedling Eye: “While in lockdown it’s been a challenge to keep myself occupied along with homeschooling the kids and keeping the house going. I wanted an outlet to keep me engaged.

“I’d recently made a short film based on a short story I’d written, but fancied tackling something longer to keep me amused. 

“I put a call out on Facebook to see if any of my friends fancied shooting a video at home that I cut put into a film. Within minutes I had 16 people interested and wrote all 16 parts in one night, all around the idea of documentary interviews. I worked up a paranormal story around the clips and built some audio recordings in which a character faces off against a demon. 

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ABOVE: The poster for the new horror flick on YouTube

“Once all the pieces were gathered, I cut them together with some free stock footage, copyright-free music and extra music and opening titles from friends. The end result is a 37-minute film. “

Andrew managed to complete the external footage during lockdown exercise outings with his sons, who were just out of shot.

He said: “One part was shot in the car while sat in Sainsbury’s car park. I added stock footage from sites like Pexels and Pixabay to give it more scale, and created some creepy ‘archive recordings’ in the free Audacity audio app. 

The cast of guest stars includes friends in the UK and US, former colleagues, a local musician and even a rock singer (Kim Seviour – formerly of Touchstone, all of who sent me phone videos on Facebook.

He added: “Considering the whole thing was shot in lockdown and cut for free, I’m really, really pleased with how it came out. I staged a YouTube premiere and the film gathered over 150 views on its first night. 

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“It’s lo-fi and pretty rough, but I wanted to be able to offer a distraction for myself and some friends – and hopefully those who view it in these strange times.”

You can view The Demon And I here:

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