IT is the stuff of nightmares.

A horde of more than 100 hundred zombies advance over the brow of a hill and towards their terror-stricken victim.

But for one amateur film-maker, it won’t be a nightmare, but the realisation of a dream.

Russell Tribe will shoot the dramatic crescendo of his zombie apocalypse film Day 66 today, with the help of more than 100 volunteers.

The group will be transformed into a horde of living dead by another team of volunteer make-up artists ahead of the shoot, at a “secret” location in Botley.

He said: “I’m so excited. This is the main scene and the biggest one of the film.

“I’m very much looking forward to having everyone down.

“It’s going to be a pretty amazing day.”

Backed by amateur movie club Beacon Productions, Day 66 stars and is being directed by first-time film-maker Russell.

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The emergency services worker, from Fareham, will play lead character Jack, a widower who runs into the wilderness following the death of his family in a zombie apocalypse.

The film chronicles Jack’s mental state as he battles against his own will to carry on in his hopeless new world.

Filming began in the New Forest last year and Russell says much of it is already completed.

But in order to complete his film, the 35-year-old needed a large group of volunteer extras, to play a horde of zombies.

After an appeal, published in the Echo, Russell said he was flooded with offers, including zombie extras, cameramen and make-up artists.

He said: “We had between 300 and 400 volunteers who wanted to be involved.

“We also picked up a few make-up artists who have made a real difference.

“They’ve been doing things I never thought we could achieve.”

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Russell, a self-confessed film buff, came up with the idea for the movie two years ago.

After finishing the story, the father-of-two approached the committee of Beacon Productions, a long-running not-for-profit video production group based in Hampshire.

The group, of which Russell has been a member for 17 years, agreed to support the film – expected to cost just a few hundred pounds to produce.

Russell hopes the film will be ready in time for early 2020.

He plans to have the film published on Youtube and hopes to have it shown in a local arts theatre.

He added: “It would be amazing if we could get it into a local theatre.”