Ouija: Origin of Evil is now out in cinemas and has been receiving good reviews. Sometimes when filming a horror movie, strange occurrences can stand out more than they might on another film genre’s set. Henry Thomas, was asked by Yahoo if he noticed anything spooky going down while working on the movie.
“The house was weird,” Thomas told us. “The house that we shot in was strange, and then the neighborhood, there were a lot of strange things happening in the neighborhood while we were shooting. There were cats that went missing. There were cats around this house almost every day, and then one day the cats are gone. Nobody had an answer for where they went.”
Of course, it’s possible the film’s crew simply removed their feline friends from the set, but Thomas is still uncertain what happened. “Maybe I’m just starting rumors, and I don’t really have any physical proof or concrete evidence about the missing cats”
As said, this isn’t the first weird occurrence to take place to those working on a horror film.
James Wan, the director, was working on the script one late night. He had just adopted a new puppy, who started staring at a supposedly empty side of the room and began to growl aggressively. Wan stated that his dog’s head then followed something all across the room, but he didn’t see anything.
Star Vera Farmiga also agreed to Skype director James Wan after reading the script. The following morning she went to her computer and found three claw marks scratched into the screen. Farmiga said, “I don’t know how to explain it. I do know I hadn’t dropped the computer, my children didn’t step on it, so I closed it, put it away and my brain went berserk”.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Actress Jennifer Carpenter’s claims that she felt a presence in her hotel room during the shoot. Her alarm clock seemed to grow a life of its own too, turning on at random moments and always blasting out the Pearl Jam song Alive. Se said “My stereo kept turning itself on in the middle of the night. It freaked me out, because it started playing Pearl Jam’s ‘Alive’ — but just the ‘I’m still alive’ part.”
The Omen (2006)
Director John Moore blamed an interfering spook for two days’ worth of ruined footage after his cameras imploded, displaying an unexplainable ‘Error 666’ reading.
On set a lighting fixture slammed into an actor playing a caretaker — as the team were shooting a sequence which sees the characters killed by an evil presence.
There are tales of nine deaths among the crew during the shoot, as well as a fire which destroyed the set. Director William Freidkin felt so uneasy on set that he repeatedly had priests brought in to bless the set. More interesting were the issues which plagued screenings, with audience members fainting, becoming hysterical and vomiting as they watched it whilst heart attacks around the world spiked whenever it was premiered.
A year after it hit screens, its music composer Krzysztof Komeda died of a blood clot on the brain — just as one of its characters did. Producer William Castle suffered severe kidney problems after its release and is said to have screamed, “Rosemary, for God’s sake drop that knife,” while he was being looked after.
Director Ti West professes to being a skeptic, even he couldn’t deny the strange happenings on-set of ‘The Innkeepers’. Filmed on-location in the haunted hotel of the movie’s inspiration, he regularly saw doors close by themselves, TVs turn on and off, and lights burning out for no reason. And star Sara Paxton experienced her own bumps in the night. “[She’d] wake up in the middle of the night thinking someone was in the room with her,” West admits.