Beyond the Rave

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Beyond the Rave
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Beyond the Rave
Directed by Matthias Hoene
Produced by Ben Grass
Written by Tom Grass
Jon Wright
Starring Nora Jane Noone
Jamie Dornan
Tamer Hassan
Cinematography Ben Moulden
Edited by Lucas Roche
Production
company
Distributed by Pure Grass Films
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language English

Beyond the Rave is a twenty-part horror serial, initially published on MySpace, that marked the return of Hammer Films in 2008.

Plot[edit]

The story follows the last hours of freedom of local soldier Ed, who is flying out to Iraq the following morning. With the help of his best friend, Necro, he spends his last night in the UK tracking down his missing girlfriend, Jen, who was last seen partying with a bizarre group of hardcore nocturnal ravers led by the mysterious Melech. When he catches up with Jen at a party or rave in a remote forest, Ed discovers that Melech’s crowd are vampires, using the rave to lure victims. Melech and his cult intend to harvest the victims' blood and use it to sustain themselves on a long sea voyage they are planning. Their plans go awry, however, when Ed and several other rave participants offer lethal resistance to the vampires.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character
Nora-Jane Noone Jen
Jamie Dornan Ed
Matthew Forrest Necro
Tamer Hassan Rich Crocker
Sebastian Knapp Melech
Leslie Simpson Belial
Lois Winstone Lilith
Steve Sweeney Tooley
Ingrid Pitt Tooley's mum
Sadie Frost Fallen Angel
Jake Maskall Stigoi
Mark Wingett Ed's dad

Production[edit]

Beyond the Rave is produced for Hammer by Pure Grass Films, in association with MySpaceTV, from an original story by Tom Grass. It is a vampire story set in England’s underground party scene, and went online on MySpace on 17 April 2008.

The late Ingrid Pitt, who had starred in Hammer's past vampire films The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, played a cameo role as the demented mother of a drug dealer living in a dark and rat-infested apartment. The segment would have appeared in episode 3, but was cut from the finished film, though Pitt is still listed as "Tooley's mum" in the credits. The scene is included as an extra on the DVD.

Sadie Frost, who appears as the vampire Fallen Angel, had previously played the doomed Lucy Westenra in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film version of Dracula.

Release[edit]

The DVD was initially due to be released on 28 October 2009 over Pure Grass Films.[1] However, this date was put back to September 2010. The DVD contains the final episode of the serial (not released on-line), as well as an additional episode called "Necro's First Kill," which details Necro's early reluctance to kill for blood as he and the surviving vampires struggle to flee England. The DVD was released as a limited edition of 5000 copies, each numbered. It was made available in both PAL and NTSC formats for direct order from Hammer on-line.

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