The Story of Banjo

Meet Peltzer Arbuckle, a meek and bullied office employee, humiliated by his megalomaniac boss, teasing colleagues and his cheating partner. Peltzer spends his days in misery, stuck in his own mundane, nightmarish reality.

Once news about his embarrassing sexual accident makes it's way around the workplace, Peltzer decides to put up with his humiliation no more, and conjures up his childhood imaginary friend Ronnie. Peltzer's world is soon turned upside down, when Ronnie attempts to manipulate him to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers in the most gruesome fashion.

As the body count stacks up, Peltzer must ultimately decide whether to runaway from his past or take control of his future, as he battles between sanity and madness, in this twisted tale of infidelity, revenge and snapped banjo strings.

Director's Statement

“Banjo is my love letter to movies by Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz & Frank Henenlotter. I’ve been a fan of the horror genre since I was five years old; I remember walking into my local video rental store and quickly navigate my way to the horror section. Each time I would get goose bumps, by looking at the video covers, and being mesmerised by the art-work and the still photos found on the back of the video cases...

...These movies were fun, over the top, character based, exploitation horror movies with an edge. They knew no boundaries, I truly miss the envelope pushing, twisted movies that I grew up watching and with Banjo, I wanted to bring back the sensibilities of the exploitation genre, with a dash of black comedy, to create a truly twisted movie, that myself as a genre fan, would love to see on the big screen. “

About the Project

The initial idea of Banjo was based on a sexual accident, the writer & director Liam Regan encountered during a trip to London, the following day after a screening of Darren Lynn Bousman’s Mother’s Day at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, he was inspired to take the idea and create a treatment, that was quickly developed into a fifteen page short film screenplay titled ‘Confessions of Peltzer’. Filmed during Easter 2012, the short film premiered at the TromaDance film festival in New Jersey the following year.

Once the short film premiered at TromaDance, Liam began receiving messages about how revolting and obscene the short was, which then inspired him further to begin writing a feature length screenplay, with the characters from his first short film, the screenplay was titled Banjo.

Banjo was filmed during the Summer of 2014 in South Yorkshire, UK. Using both British and international cast with genre names such as: Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2 & 3), Dan Palmer (Stalled), Damian Morter (The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), Vito Trigo (Science Team) and Clay von Carlowitz (Return to Nuke’Em High) amongst upcoming rising British stars James Hamer-Morton (Dead Love), Serena Chloe Gardner (She’s Dead) and David Curtis (Carnival of Sorrows).

The movie had its first test screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015 with a 107 minute workprint, and the final cut with the running time of 82 minutes has been officially selected by Film4 FrightFest to have its world premiere on August 31st in Leicester Square, London