Written and directed by Singapore filmmaker Gilbert Chan, the S$1mil (RM2.5mil) “Ghost Child” is presented by MM2 Entertainment, Clover Films, and Zhao Wei Films. With intentions to follow up to his success in the horror genre, Gilbert’s “Ghost Child” tells a tale of how things start getting spooky for a contractor’s mother and daughter when he brings his new Indonesian wife back to his home in Singapore.
The contractor, Choon (played by Chen Hanwei) saves a pretty woman by the name of Na (played by Carmen Soo) from a bunch of burly rogues. Na follows Choon home to Singapore, but finds that she has to contend with a hostile reception from his mother (played by Cecilia Heng) and daughter Kim (played by Jayley Woo). As with all horror movies, things go downhill from that point onwards – ghost child appearance included.
While we won’t spoil the movie for you, we will however share some of the spooky stories that the cast of “Ghost Child” encountered on set. Carmen Soo told of an incident involving the actor who played her first husband:
There was a scene in which he was supposed to rummage through some drawers to look for something. He’d already had a few practice runs and everything went well. Then, when the cameras started rolling, he suddenly yelled ‘Cut, cut’ and blood was dripping from a deep cut on his hand.
Following which, she quietly said a prayer for filming to proceed smoothly after the incident.
Director Gilbert Chan, on the other hand, lamented that they found signs of a “toyol” (ghost child) being kept when the crew went to recce for the shoot. Marbles, toys, and sweets were found under a shady tree behind a house.
However, the most chilling experience would be lead actor Chen Hanwei’s. At the “Ghost Child” press conference, he showed a photo, a blurry selca of himself standing in front of a dark pathway. He then pointed to a pair of figures faintly visible directly behind him in the photo and said:
I remember telling everyone to clear the set so I could snap a picture of myself alone. Then, someone pointed out to me that there were two mysterious figures behind me in the picture – an adult wearing a sleeveless tank top with a child next to her. It was particularly creepy because I was very sure all the cast and crew were wearing long sleeves that night. And, we never saw anybody that fit the description on the set that day.
“Ghost Child” is showing in the cinemas now. We dare you to watch it!