It’s a wrap! Harry the Beetle makes his film debut
1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 1200L
When recently asked if the Beetle was available to appear in a cult movie, the answer had to be a resounding ‘yes’. And so it was that HAY 583L headed north up the A15 towards Sleaford early on a Sunday morning for its crucial role as an extra.
The filming was taking place in the picturesque village of South Rauceby – renamed ‘Harlotfield, twinned with Nuremberg’ for the sake of the plot.
Stranger Tale Films is working on its second full-length feature Video Nazi and needed some VW Beetles for scenes in the fictional village that has some strange German links. They had hoped that half a dozen or so Beetles would take part but on this occasion it was just ‘Harry’ and Bryan Halfpenny’s K-reg 1300 that turned up, so some clever on-screen cloning was required to compensate.
The Beetles were placed in the village street so that the cameras could record the lead character passing by them as he goes in search of sinister secrets.
Next came a scene that required yours truly to wash the car on a driveway as the visitor walked by, while the other Beetle drove past. And before you say it – yes, it was a horror film, and no, I didn’t need any make-up!
With the arrival of another extra in the form of a genuine German Shepherd dog, the Beetles were finished for the day but may be needed again for future scenes. The filming created a lot of interest among villagers wondering about this small-scale invasion, and by the end of the day the crew had another minute’s worth of action to add to the production. I’ll let you know when it’s released.
Stranger Tale Films cast and crew pose with Harry the Beetle in a temporarily renamed Lincolnshire village.