Horror film with a local backdrop

A scene from The Cutting Room
A scene from The Cutting Room

A ‘terrifying’ horror movie filmed against the backdrop of Newhaven Fort was released earlier this week.

The Cutting Room was written and directed by Seaford resident and former Tideway School pupil Warren Dudley and includes footage shot at the historic venue during the autumn of 2014.

The film, which celebrated its nationwide DVD release on Monday, June 1, follows college students Raz, Charlie and Jess, who are about to start work on their end-of-year Media Studies project.

A recent wave of apparent cyberbullying and the disappearance of two local girls leads the group to an abandoned army barracks situated deep in the forests that surround the college. What they find there is a terrifying labyrinth of tunnels from which there seems to be no escape.

The Cutting Room’s creator, who juggled his life as a web designer, print worker and dad to direct the film, was keen to use local locations rather than move the shoot away from Sussex.

Warren 42, said, “In Newhaven Fort we have on our doorstep a quite brilliant location for a horror movie. I remember visiting the tunnels up there when I was a child and being really frightened. Staff at the fort were really helpful in making the two-week shoot possible and believe me, filming in those tunnels at night is not for the faint-hearted.”

The film, from production company Itchy Fish Film, is available from 840 Tesco stores, HMV, iTunes and Amazon and has already been subject to several offers from US distribution companies, with producer TJ Herbert stating, “It’s been an incredible journey so far.

“The writing on the project only started in January 2014 and with the help of a very talented cast and crew, and a brilliant location, we believe we have created something truly frightening.”

Critics agree, with BBC Entertainment’s Chris Summers hailing it as “terrifying, with a truly shocking finale” and Richard Gladman, of Space Monsters Magazine, stating, “What starts as a seemingly straightforward mystery soon becomes an in-your-face, shocking nightmare.”

The 75-minute, 15-rated film was created on a £12,000 budget, which was mostly funded by executive producer John Herbert, brother of horror writer James Herbert.

It features a number of actors and actresses from the Brighton Academy, including Louisa Adams, Mkaya Carrigan and Imogen-Rose Crew, with members of the Brighton Film School also making up part of the back-stage crew.

For more information, visit the website at www.thecuttingroommovie.com

As they are about to start on their Media Studies project, students Raz, Charlie and Jess are unaware of a malevolent force lurking deep below their sleepy town.

The trio are led to the abandoned army barracks situated deep in the forests that surround their college. They find a terrifying labyrinth of tunnels from which there seems no escape ... and a dark figure hell bent on tormenting them.

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