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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES


Posted on June 17th, by Darren Lynn Bousman in 1111, blog. 10 comments

It has been a long time since I have blogged about my newest film, 11 11 11…

I think after returning from Spain – I needed some time to just step back and get my head on straight…

Some of you, I am sure, were following my adventures in what I proclaimed to be the MOST HAUNTED PLACE I had ever been…

Some of you however called Shenanigans, and thought it was all hype…

I have to admit – after rereading my own blogs I, TOO, would call shenanigans if I weren’t there in the middle of it… So I stopped writing – realizing no matter what I said – or posted – people who dismiss it as ‘hype.’

But time has now passed…

The movie has been edited… And to some extent, I have cleared my head, and accepted the fact – that I will never TRULY have all the answers I want…

Some things are just… unexplainable…

In the next few blogs – I will shed some light on the mysterious house we shot in…

I have decided to do a brief RECAP for those of you just joining me and use this blog to bring you up to speed.

And finally, I will provide you all with some video, and audio anomalies – that still – after much research and investigation JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE.

It’s up to you if you choose to believe a word I am saying – or, write it off as a big hoax to help publicity of the movie.  (Something to note – 11 11 11 has nothing to do with Ghosts – or creepy paranormal stories like the one below.)

To fully understand the VIDEOS I will post – it is important to first understand the house itself…

THE HOUSE

I went in great detail in previous blogs – about the energy the house itself put off… From the moment you walked in – there was a HEAVINESS that weighed you down…

Something… in the air… You felt… UNWELCOME.

In all my previous films – I shot almost entirely on a SET… 11 11 11 was the first film where 99.9 was shot on location.

This house was about 40 minutes outside of Barcelona, in a small village that sat mere inches from the Mediterranean Sea… The location itself was beautiful… Hell, the HOUSE itself was beautiful…

But the moment you drove up to its rusted gates… There was something…. ELSE…

For those keeping up with my blogs – you will remember that the house was used as SEX CLUB.

Think EYES WIDE SHUT… Now think DARKER.

Prior to our coming in and taking over the compound – it was rented out for ‘parties’ of the the ‘adult kind.’

When we arrived for the first time, the house was overrun with paraphernalia…

Masks…

Candles…

 

Occult symbolism…. and ALTARS… yes altars…

While I have made some bloody films… and I pride myself in my love for the macabre – - at heart, I am a poser…

Horror is a fun escape… Make believe… I shoot fake blood, then go home and watch SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE with my wife, cat and dog…

But with this movie… this location… I just stepped into something VERY REAL.

After our first location scout – I determined that while the house was beautiful – I had been unnerved enough to file it in the ‘LIFE IS TOO SHORT’ Category. We passed on the location – and searched elsewhere.

After two weeks of dead ends – I was asked by the Spanish producers to reconsider the house, and return one more time.

During my second visit to the house – a number of things happened…

1. SECRET ROOMS WERE FOUND
2. MORE OCCULT SYMBOLISM UNCOVERED

but most importantly

3. THE STORY OF HOUSE WAS TOLD TO ME.

 

(I encourage all of you just joining me to go back and read my previous blogs – which go into MUCH greater detail on my first encounters in the house…)

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When we left the house after our second walk-through – I found the landlord standing on the beach smoking a cigarette…

He was an intense man… Didn’t smile a lot… In fact – he didn’t smile at all. I think this is what concerned me the most. Even the most straight faced, and serious of people smile… But not him. He seemed worried that we were here… His being worried – worried me.

That afternoon – the landlord directed us to a local restaurant. We all walked, and he joined us.

While at lunch, I asked if someone would ask the Landlord the history of the house… (I don’t speak Spanish – so all of this was being done through translators).

I will never forget his response…

With cold, almost hollow eyes he looked directly at me and said something in Spanish.

It was translated back to me.

“Are you sure you really want to know?”

How could I not?! I mean… come on…

I nodded…

For the next ten minutes – the man talked. Never once smiling… never once breaking eye contact with me.

Part of me felt it was a warning… Part of me thought it was all a prank – scare the American…

The following weeks would prove his story to be anything but a joke.

As his story was translated back to me – I felt myself becoming increasingly more and more uncomfortable.

The Landlord’s tale started back in the early 1900′s.

A Spanish Marquis purchased the house for himself, his young daughter, and his brother to move into.

In 1917 the neighbors had noticed that the Marquis’ daughter was never around. They inquired, and he would tell them that she was with her mother on vacation.

However as the year passed, the neighbors became increasingly more concerned as the daughter never returned.

Soon thereafter it was discovered that the daughter WAS NOT at the Mother’s – and the Mother had gone to the police, fearing something had happened after she had stopped hearing from her.

An investigation was launched in early 1918.

Later that year, the Marquis’ brother came forward and admitted to killing the girl ‘accidentally.’

The Marquis, fearing for his political career – and in order to protect his brother - helped cover up the death of the girl.

Both men were arrested…

By 1920 – the house was empty – and became a local legend within the community that the brother was into the Occult, and the daughter did not ‘accidentally’ die – but instead was sacrificed.

Now… How much of that above story is true?

Maybe none of it…

However one thing that was clear - the Landlord believed the story.

At this point in my journey – I decided to write it off as an exaggerated tale – an urban myth…

So – that is the backstory, as told to me…

It’s important you know the ‘tale’ to understand what I am going to be showing you over the next few blogs…

Check back on Monday – as I will start giving you a little insight – on some wicked things we uncovered while in production of this movie…

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Here is one of our first walk throughs of the house with the crew… Enjoy -

 

Untitled from D Bousman on Vimeo.





  • Chelsea Bradley

    Personally I believe every word of your blogs- like you said, the film isn’t about ghosts, so why create hype and have filmgoers confused?! I can’t wait to see the movie, and the next blog!!(:

  • César

    Well… if it is true or not, I don’t care.
    I really enjoy a horror story.
    Reading your blog, it´s like reading a good book. When, we finish a chapter we want to know what happens next.
    Anyway, I would like to be on that house.
    Maybe… just a few minutes !

  • Charlie

    I believe!. Someone told me that you saw a ghost inside the house. Is it true that you saw a ghost and you have pictures? Where can we see it?

  • Laura

    I think there are things in this world that are unexplainable. I believe there are no real coincidences, but science can’t explain everything even somethings about the human body are a mystery, so I would think we know very little about the unseen world. Any who, I love this blog! Keep telling the story!! Maybe you can make a movie from the experiences!!! ;)

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  • miau

    Check back on monday? It’s wednesday and still nothing! Come on! I’m very intrigued by this!

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  • shanestrange

    after all 3 shades have gone up, it looks like a shadow passes by the windows on the upper floor, (crow’s nest)

  • Nikki

    Amazing read. I believe every word and that would explain the dark heavy presence upon entering. I want to know so much more about this house. Thank you for sharing in such great detail, I love it.