By CLINT FOSTER
Bar the door and load your shotgun! In the words of Youtube sensation Antoine Dodson, "Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife," because the zombie apocalypse is coming to Mineral Wells!
Not literally, of course. But the home of Crazy Water is about to get a little crazier when film crews come to town at the end of this month to shoot portions of Stuart Page's new zombie flick: "Daylight's End," by Daylight's End LLC Film Productions.
On Tuesday night, Mineral Wells City Council approved an ordinance providing for temporary street closures of NE 1st Street to facilitate the filming of the movie in the Central Business District on Aug. 27 and 28. The filmmakers plan to feature parts of the famous Baker Hotel as well as a large action sequence on NE 1st. Filming is set to begin at midnight on Aug. 27 and conclude at 9 a.m. on Aug. 28.
According to Internet Movie Database, the movie, directed by William Kaufman and set for a 2014 release, takes place years after blood-thirsty zombies have essentially taken over the world. The plot summary reads:
"A rogue drifter on a vengeful hunt stumbles across a band of survivors in an abandoned police station and reluctantly agrees to try to help them defend themselves and escape to the sanctuary they so desperately need."
City Manager Lance Howerton said it is by no means unusual for production companies to ask permission to film in and around the Baker, which has a reputation as being haunted. Typically access to the once luxurious hotel is restricted only to prospective buyers, but in this case, Howerton said all involved parties felt Page's film would be beneficial to both the Baker and the Mineral Wells community. Howerton said the Hunter Chase Group – the developer that has been working on the Baker's rennovation – and property owner Greg Horn were both in favor of the project.