In under a week since unveiling his low-budget short horror film, Dean Midas, an acclaimed film director hailing from Durham, UK, is setting new records.

The Devil’s Stone has already been watched over 15,000 times on YouTube & Facebook video. A record for one of his films, at this early stage. 

Not only that, but the American online film festival, Without Your Head, has officially selected the film, meaning it now also has a chance of winning awards.

Dean Midas said, “Since the Premiere in Durham, last Thursday, this whole week has been a blur and completely overwhelming. The support for my film has been unreal and I can’t thank everyone enough”

The film features an A-list cast of cameos, including American voice actor Roger L. Jackson who is the voice of Ghostface in the Scream franchise. Ellie Darcey-Alden who played Lily Potter in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Franny in Doctor Who and Dick Warlock, who played Michael Myers in Halloween 2.

All of Dean’s films are shot using mobile phones, using mainly north-east locations, actors and crew.  This has led to them gaining international recognition at several film festivals and Dean himself winning North-East Film-Maker.

The Park Head Hotel, Bishop Auckland, The Witham in Barnard Castle and The Blue Stone Tea Shop, Crook were all used as locations for the film.

The Devil’s Stone is the central feature of the landscaped area outside the council offices in the centre of Crook. It is thought to be over 10,000 years old and called the Devil’s Stone because it is said if you run seven times around it, the devil himself will appear.

Dean’s take on the legend includes his new horror character, Sayer Hicks, played by Wayne Thompson, who many are calling the new Michael Myers.

The Devil’s Stone is out now and can be watched via

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