Gympie flick Charlie’s Farm survives curse
A TEASER for Charlie's Farm, the slasher film shot mostly in the Gympie region, should be out for horror buffs by tomorrow.
Director Chris Sun, a former Gympie man whose family owned Sun's Restaurant in Mary St, said filming had wrapped and editing was about to start.
"We have about 11 weeks ahead of us yet," Mr Sun said.
International star Tara Reid spent 21 days filming at a property on Lagoon Pocket Rd, less than 10 minutes south of Gympie, and on the Sunshine Coast, before jetting off to Israel.
"We had to do all of Tara's stuff first because of her schedule," Mr Sun said.
"The weather was a bit of a nightmare as it put us back a few days."
While staying on the Coast Tara visited Alma Park Zoo and the Big Pineapple, and soaked up some rays on the beach.
"She absolutely loved the Coast, she didn't want to leave," Mr Sun said.
However, the set wasn't entirely hiccup free and Mr Sun suggested it may have been cursed.
"We had one of our crew break their ankle, people got sick, Tara got sick... it was full-on but everyone got through it," he said.
Mr Sun also came to Reid's defence. "The critics love to hate Tara, they always find something to pick on her about,'' he said.
"I think it's unfair. When they watch this film they will see she's giving it everything she's got.
"She was bruised and battered by the end of it ... we pushed her to the brink."
With former WWE wrestler Nathan Jones playing Charlie, Mr Sun said horror fans could expect one hell of a villain.
"He's a smidge off 7ft tall so he's the tallest ever slasher in history," he said.
"He is one scary looking fella. I think people will be quite impressed."
He was also confident Australia was finally about to get its own slasher franchise with three more films to come in the series.
"I think Charlie will become a household name. Everyone is at me about number two already," he said.
Charlie's Farm, which stars Sunshine Coast actors Sam Coward, Madeleine Kennedy, Kourtney Upton and Mark Darin, is expected to premiere in Australia at the end of the year.
For more info visit charliesfarm.com.au.