Zombie film comes back to life

Acclaim: Harold's Going Stiff
Acclaim: Harold's Going Stiff
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IT is a movie which was filmed in Penistone, stars locals who had never acted before and was funded with the overdraft facility on two supermarket credit cards.

But Harold’s Going Stiff – an independent zombie caper scripted by Sheffield writer Keith Wright – has just found itself compared to the multimillion dollar likes of The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus.

Movie bible Total Film has placed the flick on its prestigious annual list of 50 ‘must see’ summer films. Others on there include the Batman blockbuster and Alien prequel, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man and Killing Joe.

“It’s incredible to think we’re being compared to movies like that,” says Keith who was born in Stocksbridge but now lives in Surrey.

The Diary revealed the film – which will be available in high street shops from September – was being recorded in Penistone in 2010. More than a dozen townsfolk, including a taxi driver, nurse and social worker, were recruited to play zombies. The only named star was Heartbeat actor Stan Rowe.

“The recognition is amazing,” says Keith, 40, who is now writing a follow up called The Crack Of Dawn.

To celebrate the DVD release the film will have cinema showings in London and Yorkshire. Local screenings will be held at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield on Tuesday at 8pm, Parkway Cinema in Barnsley on Thursday at 8pm, and the Paramount Cinema in Penistone on Sunday, September 9, at 7pm.