Cult Black Christmas classic to be redone in Dunedin with uni student extras



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Cary Elwes, pictured here in the horror movie Saw, will star in the remake of Black Christmas.

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Cary Elwes, pictured here in the horror movie Saw, will star in the remake of Black Christmas.

Dunedin will be the setting for a remake of cult horror movies, with student "wipes" as extras.

Black christmas was one of the first horror films when it was released in 1974, but is about to be revived more than 40 years later.

Cary Elwes, who starred in The bride princess, Has signed a contract for the film, which is directed by Sophia Takal.

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The University of Otago will be part of a remake of the cult slasher film.

The plot is about a group of female students who receive threatening phone calls before being chased and murdered by a murderer over the Christmas period.

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Filming is set to begin in the coming weeks, with locations to include the University of Otago and North Otago.

Blumhouse Productions is working with Candy Cane Productions in the film. The location manager, Phil Turner, said that Dunedin offered a wide variety of locations and that the crew was "loving" working there.

More than 75 extras from Otago's student body are being released to appear in some scenes.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said more national and international screenmaking projects will go to the city in the next 12 months.

Seventy-seven cinematographic authorizations were issued in the two years until the end of March 2019 by Dunedin arm of Dunedin City Hall.

The man who helps coordinate these projects, Antony Deaker, said the housing industry benefited from 6409 beds during the 12 months to March 2019.

Artists, merchants, extras, trainees, transportation companies all benefited from the industry, he said.

Several music projects are being filmed, while the cast of a New Zealand feature film is coming to town later this year.

Dunedin has appeared in several films in recent years, including The light between the oceans and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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