Annabelle director says set was haunted

John-Leonetti-creditWorking on any scary movie is bound to feel spooky, but Annabelle‘s director witnessed real-life supernatural events while filming his latest horror flick. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director John Leonetti recounted two supernatural experiences while filming Annabelle. “The first [incident] was when we were prepping. We went into the apartment where we were shooting, and in the transient window above the living room window. It was a full moon, and there were three fingers drawn through the dust along the window, and our demon has three fingers and three talons. [The markings] were being backlit by the moon. I have a picture! It was sick,” Leonetti exclaimed.

Producer Peter Safran described the second incident, which was also linked to a scene in the film. “We shot in this amazing, old apartment building near Koreatown and we had some funky stuff go down. In particular, the first day that the demon was shooting in full makeup, we brought the demon up in the elevator. He walks out and walks around to the green room to where we’re holding the talent, and just as he walks under — a giant glass light fixture is being followed by the actor playing the handyman of the building — and all of a sudden the entire glass light fixture falls down on his head, the janitor’s head. And in the script the demon kills the janitor in that hallway. It was totally freaky.”

This isn’t the only supernatural link to the film’s cast and crew. Annabelle actor Eric Ladin spoke with Tribute about his belief in the supernatural, and a real-life haunted house his wife once stayed in.

Leonetti’s unexplained phenomena is not the first time crew members have experienced paranormal activity on set. The Exorcist‘s director famously was so on edge from unexplained occurrences, including a part of the set mysteriously catching on fire, he had priests bless the set. The Omen is considered one of the most cursed films all of time, having several deaths occur while filming. The curse carried over to the remake, when two days of footage were lost after an unexplained camera malfunction read “Error 666.” The Conjuring, which Annabelle is based on, had its own share of creepy moments, including strange gusts of wind and unexplainable claw marks on Vera Farmiga‘s laptop screen when she attempted to read the script.

Annabelle, based on the true story of a possessed Raggedy Ann doll that currently resides at the famed Warren’s Occult Museum in Connecticut, opens in theaters this Friday. ~Kelly Townsend

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  1. dierdre hoinkes • October 2, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

    I believe in many things I’ve been opened minded since I was a little girl. Anything is possible why would anyone think its not. While doing a film like Annabelle its possible to open up doors that have been closed for many years who knows what comes thourgh. I believe they had issues on set with poltergeist as well and played with peoples health. I’m native and do smuggings do your home and other places you go to smudge out bad spirits.

  2. MightyMad • October 2, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

    Effing around with spirits = not at all a good idea.

  3. Weston • October 2, 2014 @ 3:45 PM

    I totally believe in the supernatural. Had an experience when I was younger and it made me a believer. I did hear Ouija had some trouble filming as well. For the record, the Annabelle doll is creepy as hell and had haunted my dreams since I watched The Conjuring in theaters. I will watch Annabelle because I haven’t been scared in quite some time. I will not be surprised if Annabelle haunts my dreams once again after screening her movie.

  4. dWi • October 5, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

    Indeed…the other world is do exist.

  5. AdamMcNinch • October 18, 2014 @ 2:27 AM

    As a crew member that worked on the film.. I’ve had 1 experience seance the opening of the film that has compley changed my view of the supernatural. I don’t think I can work on any more “scary” movies. Nothing that messes with real energy that is locked up for a reason. I know that we creat these films to entertain and scare people however anything that is REAL energy of such nature should just be left alone…

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