Horror film with Blackpool Tower ‘Easter eggs’ to be released

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Make-up artist Shelby Hannigan Cross and daughter Lucy, from Fleetwood, both feature in the film

 

A new horror film featuring actors from Lancashire is set to be released in 2022.

The feature film ‘Wrong Side’ has been written and directed by Craig Quinn from Droylsden, Manchester and revolves around the murderous ‘Gas Mask Killer’.

When the wrong man is convicted of a string of murders, the real culprit returns to continue their work. The film is described as a “mix of blood and gore with action, a bit of humour, some quirky characters.”

It is set to “have you wondering, who is the gas mask killer?”

LancsLive spoke to the director Craig Quinn and Shelby Hannigan Cross from Fleetwood, who plays the role of the “quirky” news reporter.

‘Wrong Side’, set to be released next year, has been filmed predominantly in Manchester with upcoming films set to feature Blackpool in future projects.

Wrong Side features a brilliant collection of Lancashire actors; Ewan Baxter and David Charles-Cully, from Blackpool, and Shelby Hannigan Cross and daughter Lucy from Fleetwood. Mike and Olivia Story from Carlisle also star.

Film Set of 'Wrong Side'
Film Set of ‘Wrong Side’

‘Wrong Side’ is the first film to introduce viewers to the fictional world of Sounder City.

Director Craig told Lancs Live that there are “so many interesting things you can do” with the landscape in Blackpool, and warned viewers to keep an eye out for any Blackpool Tower related Easter eggs whilst watching the Gas Masked Killer go about causing chaos in Sounder City.

Shelby described herself as “Blackpool born and bred” but moved to Fleetwood around a year ago. Her move into acting came after working in make-up in the horror genre. She said: “They needed help with special effects and I ended up being the reporter.”

From behind the scenes of 'Wrong Side'
From behind the scenes of ‘Wrong Side’

Shelby had previously worked in nail art before being pushed by her tutor into make-up as she was “more interested in creating a design than I was in the actual nail.”

Starting a make-up course, Shelby said it was the special effects of a slit wrist that got her “hooked” even though she “didn’t like horror that much.”

For many of us, a deep-dive into YouTube might end up in binge-watching Labrador puppies or old Graham Norton interviews. But for Shelby, it was all about special effects – she even started practicing on family members. She said: “I was creating all sorts, I had the kids with their eyeballs popping out.”

Shelby went on to do special effects for scare-mazes and The Walking Dead, before meeting Jason who is also behind Craig’s new film ‘Wrong Side’.

Wrong Side will be Shelby’s first speaking role where she’s not running away from someone and “screaming for her life” or running from someone “with a weapon” which is absolutely a promotion into the world of screen time.

The trailer shows Shelby exclaim, in a brilliant Blackpool accent: “It must be the gas mask killer!”

Shelby Hannigan Cross in 'Wrong Side'
Shelby Hannigan Cross in ‘Wrong Side’

Shelby’s 12-year-old daughter, Lucy, also features in the film. Shelby said: “Craig said to her, Lucy, come here and we’ll kill you. She was a bit nervous but because she knew everyone, she was fine. She told me when she had to pretend to have died she just lay in the sun and pretended to have a nap for 20 minutes.”

Sounds ideal, but from the scenes in the trailer, viewers can expect everything but a nap in the sunshine.

Recalling their favourite moments on set, Craig and Shelby both mentioned the moment Olivia Story, a triple amputee, lay on the floor to be made-up in prosthetics for her role as Robyn Eastwood, a victim of the gas mask killer.

Craig said: “Shelby and Jason applied the prosthetics, she had to lie down for two hours.”

Olivia Story lay on the floor for around two hours
Olivia Story lay on the floor for around two hours

The film looks terrifying, and with the backdrop of the North West having already caused a stir on TikTok, viewers will definitely catch a familiar scene at some point.

Craig told LancsLive that upcoming films due to be set in the same fictional universe as ‘Wrong Side’ will see the Blackpool Tower become ‘Sounder City Tower’ in film.

The team hope to have the film distributed through Amazon Prime, but can promise viewers will be able to watch at upcoming screenings and film festivals.