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Fighting the undead is all a game in STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD,
a British feature from writer/director/producer Napoleon Jones. It’s set for
DVD release in the UK January 6, with negotiations underway for U.S.
distribution, and we’ve got the first look at a new trailer, a couple of photos
and comments from Jones to share with you.
STAG NIGHT is set following a zombie outbreak, when the
government has franchised out their disposal to private contractors. Aiming to
make money off this morbid situation, Mr. Ree (Jeff Rudom) establishes the
sport of Zomball: a paintball-style game where humans get to shoot the ghouls
with electric stun guns. The story focuses on about-to-be-married Dean (Sebastian
Street) and a group of his friends—plus a stripper—who head out to a rundown
military base for a bachelor-party Zomball outing, and soon find themselves in
way over their heads. The cast also includes Sophie Lovell Anderson, Bruce
Lawrence, Rez Kempton, Joe Rainbow, James G. Fain, Doug Grant, Jeff Rudom and
The movie was shot largely at a British RAF base, and
employed over 100 zombie performers. “STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD is pretty much the
movie I wanted to make—a quirky B-movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously,
but has a heart,” Jones tells Fango. “For zombie fans, our undead are the
pissed-off exploited victims. Imagine a theme park where the costumed
characters snap and start hunting down the tourists… Our background extras were
all seriously knowledgeable about their genre and walked and shuffled in the
style of previous movie ghouls; our zombies don’t run.”
While SHAUN OF THE DEAD would seem an obvious antecedent,
Jones says his inspirations for the movie can be found among non-zombie genres:
“STAG NIGHT pays a respectful nod to, first and foremost, the demigod Patrick
McGoohan and THE PRISONER; hence, we have ‘Number 48,’ ‘Mr. Ree,’ lava lamps
and ‘Dry Bones.’ Following closely is my top film of all time, AN AMERICAN
WEREWOLF IN LONDON.” Putting it all on screen “aged me by at least 10 years,”
he adds. “I probably spent more of the nonexistent budget on cigarettes than
catering! We shot the film in 17 days over a two-year period, and spent just as
long in post.
“But most of the stress and pain has subsided to the point
that I’m ready to make the next film. What STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD shows is that
if you have the confidence and determination, you can do it. Don’t let people
tell you why you won’t succeed in making your movie. I never went to film
school, didn’t know anybody in the industry and had a day job, wife, kids, etc.
If I can do it, so can you.” You can experience more of STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD
at its official website.
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