Penistone zombies frighten festival-goers

Richard Atkinson
Richard Atkinson
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THEY became known as The Penistone Zombies.

Now the undead half dozen – local lads who volunteered to star in a British horror movie shot in the South Yorkshire town last year – are officially award-winning actors.

The sextet – Richard Atkinson, John Scholey, Chris Walker, Simon Phillips, Elvin Athey and Patrick Wilson – were cast as the gore guys after London-based producers Frisson Film did an open casting.

And the resulting film, Harold’s Going Stiff, has now won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh international horror movie festival, Dead By Dawn.

The £10,000 thriller, also starring Heartbeat actor Stan Rowe and Sheffield professional actress Sarah Spencer, beat off heavyweight competition from the likes of blockbuster Julia’s Eyes.

“We’re delighted to have won,” says Keith Wright, the Stocksbridge-born, Surrey-based writer. “All credit to the cast because they were magnificent. We had a great time recording in Penistone.

“Now the really big step is to get a distribution deal and get it seen by as many people as possible. We’re in negotiations and we’ve got our fingers crossed.”

Next stop Hollywood, boys.