Two horror movies to film in Newton

COVINGTON - Be forewarned: a murderous madman wearing a white mask and wielding an axe will be unleashed on the streets of Covington soon.

It gets worse.

He'll be followed by a tribe of flesh-eating zombies.

There's only one word that can make these monsters stop their rampage: "Cut."

Filming on two horror movies will begin in Newton County over the next few weeks.

The shooting of "H2: Halloween 2," a re-imagining of the classic horror "Halloween" film series, gets under way Feb. 26.

Meanwhile, filming on "Zombieland," described by a publicist as "a horror comedy about survivors trying to make it through a world that has been overrun by zombies," will begin in a few weeks.

The Covington City Council approved a filming itinerary for "H2: Halloween 2" at its regular Monday night meeting.

Location Manager Mike Neale said filming will take place over six days in various locations around town.

Filming dates are Feb. 26 and 27; March 16, 24 and 27; and April 6. Locations include Floyd Street, downtown Covington, Thompson Avenue, Conyers Street, Newborn and Alcovy High School.

The movie stars veteran actor Malcolm McDowell, perhaps best known for his work in the 1971 film "A Clockwork Orange." More recently, Malcolm had a guest-starring role on the television series "Heroes" and provided the voice for Dr. Calico in the animated film "Bolt."

Also starring are Scout Taylor-Compton as heroine Laurie Strode and Tyler Mane as Michael Myers.

The movie is written and directed by Rob Zombie and is a follow-up to his 2007 film "Halloween."

Zombie's other films include "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects."

A successful musician, he founded the rock band White Zombie, and as a solo artist sold an additional 15 million albums.

A crew of more than 80 has set up shop at a local warehouse under the name Coral Beach Films Inc. in preparation for the shoot.

Other filming locations include Madison, Atlanta and Decatur.

Some local streets are expected to be closed during filming, which will mostly take place at night, Neale said. Residents within 300 feet of filming and downtown merchants will be notified ahead of time, and local traffic will still be allowed, he said.

Locals may be hired as extras. For more information, e-mail Patrick Ingram at extrascastingatlanta@gmail.com.

The movie is expected to hit the big screen on Labor Day.

Meanwhile, the cast and crew of "Zombieland" will be heading to Newton County in the next few weeks, publicist Michael Klastorin said.

The cast includes Academy Award nominees Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin, the child star of such hits as "Little Miss Sunshine," "Nim's Island" and "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl."

"Superbad" actress Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg, whose past credits include "The Village" and "The Squid and the Whale," will also star.

Klastorin would not disclose specific filming dates or locations, but said they would be in Covington for a few days. Filming is currently taking place at an amusement park in Valdosta.

Columbia Pictures is the studio behind the movie, which is expected to be released later this year.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.