‘Ocracoke,’ an independent horror movie, is being filmed on location. Photo courtesy of 22/7 Film Production

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By Peter Vankevich

Ocracoke over the years has been well-documented in video productions from its famous “hoi-toide” brogue to lots of footage featuring the much-awarded beach, ghosts, its light house and the devastation wrought by hurricanes over the years.

What’s been missing is a full-length filmed-on-location horror movie.

That has changed as a camera crew and cast showed up the week of Nov. 3 to film “Ocracoke,” a horror movie about a vampire who runs the island.

“Part of our goal with Ocracoke is to shine the spotlight on this amazing community and do our part to bring tourism back stronger than ever,” Executive Producer David Dean said.

Directed by Bea Noguera, with production by 22/7 Film Production, “Ocracoke” tells the story of Thomas White, a vicious 160-year-old vampire masquerading as a charming 20-something entrepreneur.

White, who in this story shipwrecked off the coast of Ocracoke Island in the 1800s, runs the bucolic beach community as a benevolent despot with a combination of economic incentives and fear.

According to Dean, in a communication to the Ocracoke Observer, the movie seamlessly weaves together horror, history, and social commentary.

It is an epic hyper-local motion picture shot entirely on location in eastern North Carolina, featuring North Carolina actors and crew, along with music by Raleigh-based band Noxus.

To see the trailer, go to https://www.ocracokethemovie.com/

Brandon Benecki, a bartender at Howard’s Pub, makes his movie debut in ‘Ocracoke,’ which filmed in Ocracoke. Photo courtesy of 22/7 Film Production