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Fishing village’s starring role in horror flick

Section:  Dumfries and West

A HORROR film shot at Kippford is finally ready to be marketed — casting the tranquil fishing village location in a whole new light.

ON LOCATION . . . filming takes place from the top of a Land Rover. Picture: Luke Deering

‘Where the Skin Lies’ is a ‘micro-budget’ feature film shot as a Belgian co-production in the village in September and October last year.
Explaining how the film came about, producer Joy Harrison, of Anderson Shelter Productions, said: “It came out of a conversation with our director of photography, who actually had lots of family holidays in this area and the house belongs to a distant member of his family.
“So he used to come here as a teenager, and when the director was talking about doing this horror film, he said, ‘I know just the place’.
“And then they more or less wrote the script around the location.”
Where the Skin Lies marks the feature film debut of Belgian director Michael Boucherie, telling the story of six people bound together by a traumatic experience who decide to round off a year of group therapy by reuniting at a 1970s holiday let in the Scottish Lowlands.
However, a number of mysterious and horrifying events soon start to expose the cracks in their relationships, and one by one they discover that trust runs skin deep.
It is Bells’ View that serves as the main location.
A screening has taken place for cast and crew, with the film paying tribute to the region’s horror film past.
Joy said: “The Wickerman was shot in that area, and we go past the church that they use in that film.
“In the opening credits we have a nod to that.”
Crowd-funding is now underway to take the film to market, targeting horror festivals, Cannes and the American market.
And Joy said: “The ideal is to get it on Netflix or something like that.”
To view the trailer for the film, visit

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