New indie ‘slasher’ movie on OBX to feature a KDH serial killer

By on December 29, 2021

By Shauneen Miranda  | Outer Banks Voice

Bringing together a team of roughly 25 actors and crew members, the independent horror film “Outer Banks Slasher” will begin production on Jan. 3 on the Outer Banks.

Danny Taylor, the writer, producer, director and editor of “Outer Banks Slasher,” is a local entrepreneur based in Elizabeth City. He drew inspiration for the film while working on his comic book series, “Salt Monsters.”

“I found a love for writing when I was writing my comic,” said Taylor, who worked on the roughly 10,000-word movie script for three straight weeks. Taylor, who started the independent film production company Taylor Film Group and owns the local brand 2FIVE2, began writing the third issue of “Salt Monsters” when he had the idea to incorporate Blackbeard into the story.  Blackbeard, one of the most notorious British pirates from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, died on Ocracoke Island in 1718.

“I shared my story…with a couple [of] people, and they were like, ‘man, that’s really good, you should make a movie about that,’” Taylor said in a Voice interview.

The story is set in the present day and follows Edward Thatch, a 30-year-old handyman from Kill Devil Hills.  Aside from living a seemingly ordinary life, Thatch is a descendant of Blackbeard.

On November 22, the anniversary of Blackbeard’s death, Thatch becomes possessed by a family heirloom –– a 1718 coin that Blackbeard originally owned. Thatch turns into a serial killer and stalker.

“And that’s kind of all I want to tell because I want you all to see it,” said Taylor, who hopes the movie, which will be filmed entirely in the Outer Banks, will come out on Halloween.

“Outer Banks Slasher” stars both locals and out-of-towners, including Avaryana Rose, a 16-year-old social media influencer and actress from Florida. Chris Davis, a local actor, will play Thatch.

“A friend of mine referred me to [Davis] and said ‘take a look at him. I’m friends with him, and he looks like he could play this part,’” Taylor said. “So, once I looked at his Facebook and looked at his pictures, I was hooked immediately, and I just said, ‘that’s him.’”

Taylor said he received over 2,500 applications after only a week of posting a casting call to the website Backstage.

The film will also bring in historian and Hatteras Island native Scott Dawson, who will star as himself. Dawson is the author of “The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island” and recently finished filming with Discovery Channel for an upcoming show.

Some locals reached out to Taylor to be in the film, including MMA fighter David Derby, who will play the detective. “Outer Banks Slasher” also stars Nastassia Morgan, Brooke Beyer and Minda Jani.

Taylor said audiences can watch the film on major streaming platforms and hopes to secure future deals so that the movie can appear elsewhere.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

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Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.



  • 102

    Glad to hear about a movie being made here with all local folks. Wrong, who is this idiot making a movie about murder in our area. Let’s get the ball rolling to bring in more functional morans than is possible. You want to see zombies sucking someones brains out, go rent a movie. You want to have some simple idiot making a movie about murder in our area, we have enough here without some wanna be movie maker. I’ve lived here for almost 40 years and this is a first for me. Get out, stay out. OBX is still a family place and we don’t need any wanna be college boys making out home into something it is not. KMA mr. movie producer you are an A## H&&&

    Wednesday, Dec 29 @ 5:28 pm
  • Johnny

    Why would anyone in dare allow this? We already have enough sickos around……. Make movies and encourage it………. Wow
    That’s when you know the mayors and town officials only looking at $ signs. Not even needed, tourism is booming and will continue to.
    Might be time to move after 27 years. What a scar to the beautiful outer banks……….

    Thursday, Dec 30 @ 5:23 pm
  • Alex

    Yet another dark murder/horror/psycho movie set somewhere on the OBX between Ocracoke and Corolla. Another cheap, cheesy grasp for stardom by anyone willing to be bought. Such movies not only besmirch the public image of life and people living on the OBX, they’re also far out of character with the deep American history of the OBX and its evolution as a prime beach/ocean playground that every year draws tens of thousands to play and to settle here. Make movies showcasing and celebrating those characteristics of the OBX and you’ll showcase yourself as a moviemaker/writer who understands that American accomplishments and joys of life are what we all wish for not murder/horror, etc. And you’ll make a movie relatable, loved, and timeless. Not just another 2 hrs of filmed garbage doomed to the trash heap as this one surely is.

    Friday, Dec 31 @ 3:42 pm
  • Blade

    I really appreciate The Outer Banks Voice providing news items relative to our area. But the comments always keep me coming back as they provide so much insight into the community. Happy New Year!

    Friday, Dec 31 @ 6:23 pm