Haunted goings on as horror movie shot in manor house

Rachael Lowe of Acton, and Colchester actor Michael Howard, are both appearing in The Haunted. ANL-150930-092020001
Rachael Lowe of Acton, and Colchester actor Michael Howard, are both appearing in The Haunted. ANL-150930-092020001
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There were spooky scenes at the filming of a locally-shot horror film with mysterious goings on.

Sudbury-based independent filmmakers Martello Films’ latest horror movie, The Haunted, was filming in a Tudor manor house when the cast and crew got the impression that ghosts of Sudbury’s past were trying to get in on the act.

“We filmed there just for a day but a few odd things happened,” said the film’s director Michael Munn.

Crashing cameras, giant flies and mysterious orbs appearing in photos from the shoot all led to the feeling the cast and crew were not alone.

Despite the few spooky setbacks, filming for The Haunted is now complete after nine weekends and seven evenings of filming in the local area.

Most of the scenes were shot in Acton with other locations in Sudbury, Preston St Mary and Polstead.

It was not just the locations that were local.

The cast was drawn largely from Sudbury, including Rachael Lowe of Acton, Emily Barlow from Great Waldingfield and Laura Charlotte Bush and her daughter Isabelle from Great Cornard.

The Haunted was originally a play, written by Mr Munn.

Performed by Boxford Drama Group in March the plot tells the story of two couples whose birthday celebration in a 500-year-old house turns into a night of terror.

The film will be released on DVD in April, while Martello Films’ next movie, Demons, goes before the cameras in November.