Horror Film Director

The Horror… III


Posted on January 17th, by Darren Lynn Bousman in 1111, blog, general. 13 comments

There are times in my life that I feel like I am on PUNKed… There is no possible way that all the shit that happens to me is just some random happenstance… No, it cannot be ‘just one of those things…’

Sometimes I hear myself talking, and I call bullshit on myself…

Much like the story I am telling you now… Part of me reads these blogs, and I am like… Whatever… Bullshit… Hype… Manufactured promotion… The other part of me knows that sometimes TRUTH can be stranger than fiction…

Already, many of my friends and genre comrades have called shenanigans on this blog series – - I am not asking anyone to believe… If it makes you more comfortable not to believe me – I AM MAKING IT ALL UP, NONE OF IT IS REAL – THIS IS ALL A LIE – part of an elaborate hoax to hype the movie… To the rest of you, turn off the lights, lock the doors, and let’s continue.

My assistant, Carlos, is pretty bad ass… I cannot remember ever laughing so hard at one person than I do him… He speaks English very well, but sometimes he accidentally switches a word around… such as “Beach” and “Bitch” or “Hungry” and “Angry”. It’s pretty hilarious…

On my first meeting of Carlos – he told me, “I don’t believe in anything”. I prodded further – and he told me he doesn’t believe in ghosts, goblins, or things that go bump in the night… Carlos and I hit it off, and he has become my one-man comedy show… Even if I only understand half the shit he is saying, it’s funny as hell…

When Carlos ran up to Joe and me on our location scout – out of breath, and looking worse for wear, I knew something was wrong…

“Darren, Joe, you have to see this…” His face was a mixture of panic and excitement…

“See what Carlos?”

“We found ANOTHER secret room.”

Now, let us pause and recap the previous blog… I was JUST about to show Joe White (the DP) a secret room we found on the 3rd floor of the house… NOW, Carlos had discovered ANOTHER secret room…

“Wait,” Joe said… “There is more than one?”

Carlos was antsy… I couldn’t tell if he had to piss, or was just really excited…

Joe and I left the hallway we were in and followed Carlos to the basement…

THE BASEMENT:

With any good horror movie, basements are always scary… For some reason, lower levels of any structure give unwelcome strange feelings…

However, this basement was far worse… Not only was the place dark and musty… It was… wrong… There is really no other way to describe it than that…

You walk down the stairs and it feels like something is… well… watching you…

I am seeing the words I am typing and I sound like an insane person… I sound… well… irrational…

But, dear readers, I am not… Fly to Spain, come to the house, walk through its corridors.

The basement itself is not one room, but many… It’s a twisting, turning, cavernous enclosure…

As I walked down the steps, I saw some of the crew members taking pictures with their phones… One crew member muttered something as he passed me, then QUIT the movie…

What Carlos had stumbled upon was a small room that was blocked by a large sheet of DRYWALL… Upon removing the drywall, a seemingly ordinary storage room was discovered…

This was not the secret…

Inside this storage room was a NEWLY bricked up wall… There was some sort of vent, however, that was strangely out of place. Above the vent, ONE OF THE CULT SYMBOLS I mentioned earlier…

So, lets recap… A hidden room covered over by NEW drywall… Behind the drywall a storage space… and within the storage place a VENT with a cult symbol…

“We should open the vent,” Carlos proclaimed…

I don’t know why I was nervous, but I was…

“No, Carlos, I don’t think that is a good idea…”

But the truth was, I did want to know what was behind this vent… Why was the room dry walled up? Why was there a cult symbol over the vent? And what, if anything, stood on the other side…

As a million thoughts were going through my head – Carlos and the production designer had removed the vent…

The production designer turned to me…

“There’s another room back here…. Let me see your camera!”

I handed him my camera…

He reached his hand in and took a picture… then another…

What we saw on the camera made no sense… not only was there a room, but a series of rooms and tunnels and passageways…

“I’m going in,” Carlos demanded…

Before I could stop him, Carlos was pushing himself in the small hole in the wall…

There was not only another room behind the vent – but an entire SECTION of the house covered over.

What he saw? Well… That will have to wait to the next blog…  My first full day of shooting begins in an hour!   I gotta put my game face on.

dlb





  • Matt Webber

    whoa. i’ve always wanted to be in a place like that…or do i ? you tell me. in any event, i love the blogs. have a great shoot D.

  • Dan Horne

    Damn this place must be huge! I wish i could fly over and work on that set.

  • Mark Sanderson

    Darren,
    Love blogs from on set. Just set up my own about writing and I’m captivated by your adventures in Spain. I read your post last night and I’m hooked! I can’t wait for the next installment. Best wishes on the new movie!

  • drake

    I’m loving the blog! But…just how big is this house?!

    I’m imagining the house as your describe but cannot shake the feeling that this is BS. One house cannot have so many corridors, unless it’s a fuckin’ mansion.

  • KILL_db

    You better watch out if you want to keep doing this film, you had a lovely black hat at your first shooting day… WE ARE NOT JOKING.

  • Samplelord

    Sounds a lot like the “Abbey of Thelema” in Cefalu,Sicily.
    The House were Aleister Crowley held occult rituals, orgies and some say sacrifices….
    I visited the place 3 years ago, and it still has symbols, paintings and incantations painted on the walls.
    Very unnerving place…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/bilfy Mike F

    Sounds fun! I want a video!
    Anyone feel faintish?

  • Connie

    Wow..I gotta know what those cult symbols are, and what their meanings are.

  • Devin

    love the blog, can’t wait to hear more. I check in everyday to see if something new was added. you’re keeping me in suspense.

  • Zoey

    If this is just the house, I can’t wait to see the actual movie!

  • Tony Bacigalupi

    Hi Darren!

    Have you looked into these symbols? I study symbols so I’m interested in knowing what they are. Anyway, I can’t WAIT to see what you have in store for us with this movie. Have fun but be careful!

  • Chelsea Bradley!

    Oh my gosh. This story gets creepier and creepier… I’m sitting in my bedroom in the dark (as per your instructions ;) and it’s raining outside and just… really scary. I hope you’re being cautious- whatever secrets this house holds were hidden for a reason. Somebody didn’t want you down there…

  • Carlos

    Where’s the update Darren?! We need the update! Or am I just not seeing it?