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Re; Dark Peak – The Movie
This is a photo taken during a night shoot at the crash site of RB29 Superfortress ‘Over Exposed’ on Bleaklow last year. It is a long exposure photo of part of a wing. Over Exposed is the best known of all the crash sites in the Dark Peak and has attracted the attention of those who add to these tales with ghost stories.
The reason I am uploading it is to link to the story of a horror movie due for release in 2013. Called Dark Peak, it is low (ish) budget movie about a group of hillwalkers who stumble across something scary at an aircrash site in the Peak District…
The blurb currently available about the movie says it is based on a true story, which is untrue. It refers to the large number of ‘unexplained’ crash sites in the Dark Peak.
These things are mostly harmless but the crashes are not unexplained. There is no Bermuda Triangle for aircraft in the Dark Peak. There are at least 7 crash sites on Bleaklow but lots of hills in Britain have more than their fair share of crash sites. Those on the hills and moors will have visible remains, where those that fell on towns or farmland have been picked clean or ploughed over. Anyone living in the UK is never more than a few miles from an air crash site.
The British hills’ variable weather often with foreign crews unused to those conditions, developing technologies in recording altitude and position, enthusiastic and pioneering young aviators, aircraft not adequately serviced or aircraft that had been shot at and the numbers in the air during and after the war all combined to produce a frequency of air crashes unimaginable today.
Still, can’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Will I watch Dark Peak if and when it comes out? Of course I will!
For more on ghost stories associated with Dark Peak crash sites, please see the comments thread of this photo which also has details about the crash.
View other photos of the crash site of Over Exposed here
Links to some movie art and a trailer to give you some idea of what to expect. Type darkpeak if it asks for a password. The first scenes are at Winnat’s Pass near Castleton and the ruined road is below Mam Tor; it was closed after a landslide in 1979. The other scenes are at the wreck site of Over Exposed on Bleaklow.