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Murderous boar rampaging Mary Valley for horror film

CUDDLE UP: Hugh Sheridan announced his arrival in Gympie at the weekend, tagging himself in this selfie with a prop from the movie.
CUDDLE UP: Hugh Sheridan announced his arrival in Gympie at the weekend, tagging himself in this selfie with a prop from the movie. Contributed

A MENACING eight foot, two-tonne wild boar with a taste for blood has been unleashed in the Mary Valley.

But do not pick up the phonebook to find a number for Gympie Regional Council's animal control just yet.

The murderous boar is the antagonist in Sunshine Coast director Chris Sun's latest horror film - Boar.

Filming for the new horror flick is taking place in the Gympie region right now with a number of actors having already been spotted in town.

Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sheridan sent pulses racing after being spotted at The Decks on Mary, The Gympie RSL and The Royal Hotel.

Joining Sheridan in the horror movie caste is Wolf Creek bad-guy John Jarratt, Nathan Jones, Melissa Tkautz, Roger Ward, Bill Moseley, Simone Buchanan, Ernie Dingo, Steve Bisley, Sam Coward, Justin Gerardin, Chris Haywood and Christian Radford.

It is a star-studded line-up effectively turning the Gold City into a mini Hollywood.

And the stars are not shy about their presence on our streets.

Sheridan tagged a photo of himself while at the Gympie RSL on Saturday night and shared it on photo sharing website Instagram.

Boar is Sun's second horror film to be shot in this region, hot on the heels of the success of Charlie's Farm, which starred American actress Tara Reid.

Reid spent a number of weeks in the region during filming, including scenes at Lagoon Pocket.

Jones, who turned heads in Charlie's Farm, has also been spotted.

"I spotted Nathan Jones three times in (Central Shopping Centre) a couple of weeks ago," Gympie man Craig Buchan said.

"I mean, the size of the guy, you couldn't miss him."

Helga Piatscheck, meanwhile, rubbed shoulders with the stars having lunch at the Royal Hotel on Sunday.

"At first I only recognised Hugh Sheridan (right next to me) but as they were an active crowd, talking much and walking forth and back in the restaurant, we identified others as well," she said.

"Later that day our neighbour had been asked to be an extra in the film."

Boar is being billed as having "the biggest, scariest and most badass monster pig ever put to film".

Far from the geniality that is popular children's pig, Peppa Pig, this boar is old, battle-worn and reeks from pungent, infected wounds under matted tufts of hair from his battles.

The pig may be crippled with arthritis but the sheer strength and bad attitude of the killer makes for a trail of death and suffering as he stalks several backpackers before turning attention to townsfolk.

Exact details of the filming schedule and locations remain under wraps, but the Kandanga Hotel will be a hive of activity with pub scenes being shot next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kandanga Hotel's Carolyn Greensil, who runs the pub with husband John, said news of the film crew's impending arrival had triggered a ripple of excitement in the otherwise quiet Mary Valley township.

"It is very exciting and quite a few Kandanga locals have put their hands up to be extras," she said.

"It is good for the town and I think there will be scenes with the post office and shop as well."

Filming continues and the horror movie is expected to be released some time in July next year.

Gympie Times

Topics:  boar, chris sun, filming, horror, movie



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