The spooky set of 'Behind the Scene'

Film director Yu (James Wong) is haunted by the ghost of wannabe-actress Xiao Ruo (Jean Tan) in local Chinese horror Behind The Scene.

Director Bryan Gao filmed horror flick Behind The Scene in a haunted studio.

A HORROR flick about a vengeful ghost on a movie set in a haunted film studio? That must have been creepy for the cast of Behind The Scene, so creepy, in fact, that they managed to complete principal photography for the movie in just 14 days.

Produced by Just Work Entertainment and presented by MM2 Entertainment, the RM1.5mil local Mandarin horror flick was filmed in Sibu, Sarawak in September last year.

At a press conference to launch the movie in Kuala Lumpur last week, Behind The Scene producer James Wong and director Bryan Gao, who previously collaborated in comedy Pasar Malam, were accompanied by cast members Agnes Wong, Jean Tan, Henry Thia, Susie Su and Danny Siew.

The movie’s producer James Wong himself stars as well-known film director Yu, who is auditioning actresses for a new horror flick. When Fei Fei (Agnes Wong) wins the leading role, Xiao Ruo (Jean Tan) returns as a vengeful ghost to haunt the filmmakers.

Commenting on the casting of newcomers Agnes Wong and Jean Tan as female leads, veteran filmmaker James Wong admitted, “That was a bold move, but we foresaw that it would ultimately accord the movie a greater sense of realism.”

Although they were not particularly fond of the horror genre, both the starlets decided to grab the opportunity to realise their own filmmaking dreams.

“I’ve always been very afraid of ghosts. Now, apart from acting in a horror flick, I also have to watch ghost movies. Hence, I’ve gotten so scared that I dare not even switch off the lights when I go to sleep at night,” said Agnes, who plays the naive first-time actress Fei Fei, who eventually nabs the leading role and wins director Yu’s heart as well.

Film director Yu (James Wong) is haunted by the ghost of wannabe-actress Xiao Ruo (Jean Tan) in local Chinese horror movie Behind The Scene.

Portraying the wilful wannabe-actress Xiao Ru who returns as a vengeful ghost, Tan shared that hers was a challenging role as it required her to overcome her fear of heights to perform various stunts, some of which required wirework.

“My scenes required a lot of physical effort as I had to climb up, jump down, hang upside down and even be thrown aside,” said Tan, who also had to endure endless hours of disfiguring prosthetic makeup to play the ghost, as well as endure the unsettling experience of being body-bagged in the movie.

Cast for some much-needed comic relief, veteran Singaporean comedian Thia appears in the movie as Yu’s brightly-garbed assistant. “Playing an effeminate character for the big screen requires a fair amount of restraint, so the character’s flamboyance is partly reflected in his avant-garde outlook,” said Thia, who added that he did feel a chill go down his spine while filming in the studio, which was rumoured to be haunted.

Joining the cast in front of the camera for a bit of fun, director Gao even has a brief cameo as a police officer in a scene with Wong, but lamented that it required too many retakes.

“It was a simple scene that somehow didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted,” said Gao, who looks forward to his spine-chilling flick doing well at the local box office.

Behind The Scene is now haunting local cinemas nationwide.

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