The location manager from the film company
had been tasked to find a property
and she did in a lonely part of the countryside
which fitted the requirements
uninhabited for years built-in its own grounds
no worry about modern day sounds!
Needed for the main set in a television movie
about a serial killers life
just another job finding what they needed
proud of her search skills
satisfied when she fulfilled her part of the plan
and the producer a happy man!
The day arrived for the crew to prepare the set
noticing how spacious and isolated
with the stark foreboding house in their sight
but with too much to prepare
got on with the lighting and dressing the set
a deadline for them had to be met!
Director and assistants were touring the building
even then while setting up
everybody was jittery and equipment was moved
or damaged inexplicably
experienced technicians were becoming bewildered
as a presence now stirred!
The large house was to be the killers own home
where the murders occurred
it was ideal setting with the drab oppressive feel
what none of them had been told
in bizarre circumstances five people had died here
this fact was not made clear!
Actors were brought from make up for rehearsal
it started well until action call
the sound crackled and screaming was recorded
as the main lighting lamp exploded
showering them with hot glass creating a mess
and unbelievable stress!
It was only by luck everybody was only shaken
not a single person hurt
as they checked to see if it action had been caught
on the monitors in another room
by the two actors a woman came into the shot
now baffled at what they got!
She was certainly not seen by anyone at the time
the building was evacuated
security did a sweep to see if there were intruders
at the bottom of the stairs
heard a thud and cry as if somebody had tumbled
and at the feet were crumbled!
Nothing was there though a dark stain appeared
outside the director paced
urgently considering what was their next move
contacting the film’s producer
at that moment from an upper window they saw
a person each felt dread and awe!
This was short lived as the window smashed
and a figure hurtled to the ground
it was real one of the crew lay at their feet
assuming everyone was out
in the panic a full head count was not done
not realising a missing one!
The film crew had never felt so close before
there was nothing else to do
but cancel the shoot and get away from here
the county authorities called
in tears and shock retreated to the canteen tent
their colleague to lament!
From a far as they could be looked at the mansion
a cover now over the body
here for less than a day and filming now stopped
yet already in the director’s mind
this would make a great movie on another day
for now in his mind the idea must stay!
A year later the film of a serial killer was completed
becoming a financial success
but the director had himself written another script
researching the horror residence
intending to return it had to be made convincing
any misgivings dismissing!
He returned with a new crew and a paranormal team
this time the experience was far more extreme!
But that is another story to tell! Did it end well?
The Foureyed Poet.