Pride and Prejudice and Zombies filmed at Hatfield House
PUBLISHED: 16:13 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:43 15 February 2016
Jane Austen horror movie mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which opened at cinemas this week, was partly filmed in Hatfield.
Following last week’s London premiere, complete with zombies walking down the red carpet, the gorefest finally hit UK screens this week.
And Hatfield House was used as one of the locations for the eagerly-awaited corsets and corpses movie.
Outside the Old Palace at Hatfield House, and Fore Street in Old Hatfield also figure prominently in the film.
Hatfield House tweeted yesterday: “#Pride+Prejudice+Zombies is out in cinemas today, see how much of #HatfieldHouse you can spot in the film!”
Scenes of the 1995 TV mini-series of Austen’s classic love story featuring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle were filmed at Brocket Hall.
And Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – or PPZ as it is abbreviated to – took over the Hatfield House estate in late 2014 for filming, with former Doctor Who favourite Matt Smith one of the stars seen on set at the Hertfordshire stately home.
This time Austen’s classic tale about the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England has an added twist – an army of the undead.
And it is the sword-wielding, zombie-slashing Bennet sisters who are the heroines of this bodices and bodies period drama adapted from Austen’s novel and Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel.
Taking on the role of Elizabeth Bennet is Lily James, recently seen in BBC One’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
Bella Heathcote plays Jane Bennet, Ellie Bamber is Lydia Bennet, Millie Brady stars as Mary Bennet and Suki Waterhouse is Kitty Bennet.
Among their admirers are Sam Riley as Mr Darcy, the role made famous by Colin Firth in the TV mini-series, and Douglas Booth as Mr Bingley.
PPZ also stars Charles Dance as Mr Bennet, Sally Phillips, Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey and Matt Smith.