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Top actor Ian McNeice to star in Black Country horror flick

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The makers of a Black Country horror movie have scored a coup with top actor Ian McNeice set to star in their film.

McNeice, who is known for appearances in blockbuster horror films From Hell and White Noise as well as the likes of Doctor Who, Doc Martin and Game of Thrones, will star in The House of Screaming Death.

He will feature in the film as The Architect which is now in post production and is aiming to be released late this year.

Actors Tom Loone and Sarah Gain during rehearsals

The film has been set in the Manor House in West Bromwich as well locations in Walsall, Sandwell and Staffordshire.

It film has been shot on a budget of just £4,000 and involved around 100 people including cast and crew - all who have provided their services free of charge.

Co-director David Hastings, aged 33 and from Bentley, said: "We shot back last August and then came back this past February to do some extra pick ups and scenes we didn't get chance to film in August.

The House of Screaming Death

"And on this latter week, we finally filmed our Mysterious Architect character, who is played by Ian McNeice. He was amazing and very supportive.

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"We shot his scenes in complete secrecy, and this weekend finally revealed him and his character in the new trailer."

The House of the Screaming Death has been film at some well-known spots in and around the Black Country including the Walsall Transport Museum thanks to help from Walsall Council.

It's plot is based on Ian McNeice's character, The Architect', who tells the audience four short stories, each set in different time periods and each exploring a different part of the supernatural world from ghosts to vampires.

Hastings, who wrote The Architect scenes, added: "After reading through the script with Ian in early January, he immediately got what we were attempting to do, as well as being very impressed with the first trailer we'd released last Halloween.

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L to R: Director Rebecca Harris-Smith and director of photography Ben Thompson pictured filming

"We discussed the role, what it meant to us as all, as well as his own ideas, which were thrilling to hear. From the first take we did on set, everyone just watched him, spellbound and you could have heard a pin drop!"

To watch the newly released trailer go to www.screamingdeath.co.uk or keep up to date with the action on Twitter at @Screamin_Death

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