It's an old story: car breaks down, occupants stalked by a monster, but Night Drive gives it a particularly horrific twist, especially if you live in South Africa.
NO-ONE is safe in the South African bush, especially at night. Not only are there wild animals thirsty for your blood, there are also poachers hungry for your body parts.
Seasoned actor Corine Du Toit is Karen in Night DriveSeasoned actor Corine Du Toit is Karen in Night DriveThat is, if you are a cast member in local slasher film, Night Drive, which makes its premiere around the country on 4 March after a controversial marketing campaign.
Night Drive follows a group of tourists who are stranded when the vehicle they are in breaks down on their night safari. Death by animal becomes the least of their concerns when rumours about the Hyena Man and his pack of human poachers turn out to be true and the fight for survival becomes a war.
“Night Drive had its genesis when the Film Factory was toying with the idea of a horror film set in the bush, an environment for which I have a great love. Coupled with that, the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew made the film a wonderful project,” said the writer and director, Justin Head, in a press release.
Christopher Beasley, known as playboy Len Cooper in the soap Isidingo, heads up the cast. Starring alongside him, among others are Corine du Toit, who was in Egoli; Greg Melvill-Smith, who was in Mr Bones, Drum and District 9; Yule Masiteng, best known for his role in Scandal; and Brandon Auret, who also featured in District 9.
The movie has already stirred the emotions, before it even opened. Johannesburg residents were appalled recently by a flier advertising good prices for various body parts. A mysterious Dr Uba was at the heart of the matter, claiming in the pamphlet that he would pay up to R5 000 for eyes, up to R1 800 for breasts and up to R2 500 for a tongue.
The advertising company, 1984, which is a subsidiary of Ogilvy, apologised after the furore and explained that it was trying to create hype around the low-budget movie. The movie’s creative team weathered the storm, though, and are premiering it as planned with the cast attending various screenings over the weekend and next week to sign autographs.
Cinemas in Gauteng where it will be shown include: Montecasino in Fourways, The Zone in Rosebank, Maponya Mall in Soweto, Festival Mall in Kempton Park, Key West in Krugersdorp, and Zambezi Mall and Sterland in Pretoria.
Autograph signings will take place at The Zone on Friday, 4 March from 6pm to 7.30pm, on 5 March at Westgate from 12pm to 1pm and Clearwater Mall from 12.30pm to 1.30pm; from 3pm to 4pm at Montecasino on 6 March; and at Maponya Mall on 8 March from 6pm to 7pm.
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