Entertainment

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




Muster mansions and 'muster-pieces'

20 YEARS AND LOVING IT: The crew at The Boozy Chuck Wagon Bar at Poulsen's Flat.

Campers get creative in quest for the best times

Debate rages over $65 levy to help resurrect Rattler

Gympie Regional Council's decision to impose an Economic Development Levy to help get the Rattler back on track has come under fire from letter writers to The Gympie Times.

Debate rages in our letters to the editor over the Rattler levy

Friday Muster Fun, 2016

Gympie Music Muster 2016 Bazil Walters.

FRIDAY at the 2016 Gympie Music Muster was filled with total fun.

Latest deals and offers

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

Reality TV show "turned our special day into a joke"

UNHAPPY: Maryborough couple Emma and Steven Dilliway who star on Australia's Cheapest Wedding and are not happy with the outcome.

Reality television helped turn this wedding into an internet joke

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa