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Ghost film's REAL chill; Spooky goings on at film set in Birmingham SHOWBIZ NEWS.

Byline: BEN GOLDBY

POLTERGEISTS and psychic investigators have been spotted in a historical Birmingham house.

But would-be visitors to Rookery House in Erdington can relax a little - the spooky guests were part of a spine-chilling movie filmed at the council property.

The cast and crew, however, have warned that they DID experience some mysterious goings on while they worked in the 18th century venue.

The Casebook of Eddie Brewer stars Ian Brooker, famous as the voice of Wayne Foley in The Archers, and Hollywood stalwart Peter Wight who has previously starred alongside A listers including Brad Pitt, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett in hit films like Pride and Prejudice, Babel and Hot Fuzz.

It was shot entirely in Brum. But the creepy scenes featured in the movie weren't all created by the scriptwriter.

Filming was interrupted by bizarre experiences during the shoot at Rookery House.

Director Andy Spencer said: "It was a superb location and evoked just the right chilling atmosphere that was needed in the story. We even had our own brush with the paranormal during the shoot.

"One of the actresses went to the only toilet, which was upstairs, while everyone else was in the green room. We heard her screaming, and telling us to cut it out, but no-one had left and there was no-one else in the building.

"She had heard someone creeping around outside the toilet door, and when we explained that it couldn't have been any of us, she was quite shaken by it.

"We were shooting another scene upstairs while the rest of the crew were downstairs in a kitchen.

"I actually had to call 'Cut!' because the sound of footsteps outside in the corridor was so loud. "We went outside to check, but there was no-one there, and everyone else was still on the other side of the building so couldn't possibly have been there.

"After that, one of the security guards refused to go in there at night, so there was certainly a creepy atmosphere that we all felt."

The film follows a fictional TV documentary crew from the Culture Channel joining old-school paranormal investigator, Eddie Brewer, in an investigation into his baffling cases.

Poltergeist He looks into a possible poltergeist when a child is possessed by the spirit of a 19th century clown, and investigates strange noises and electrical surges at an 18th century listed council building.

Mr Spencer described Rookery House, as "one of the stars of the film".

Ian Brooker, 52, from Sutton Coldfield, plays the title role in the new movie.

"I've always had a fascination with the paranormal, so to play an investigator in this film has been a very rewarding experience," he explained. "I used to watch a lot of paranormal series on the BBC from about the age of 10. TV is really missing those old-fashioned mystery paranormal shows. It's all CSI and special effects at the moment.

"We're trying to create that sense of mystery with this film. It's not a slasher horror. It does have a few scares but it's all about building suspense.

"You don't have to spend big money and use special effects to create atmosphere and drama."

The film is showing on Sunday March 18 at 9.15 pm at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Tickets from www.theticketsellers.co.uk

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OLD HAUNT: The Casebook of Eddie Brewer was shot at Rookery House in Erdington by director Andy Spencer SCARE: Andy Spencer. FRIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The Casebook of Eddie Brewer stars Ian Brooker FRIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The Casebook of Eddie Brewer stars Ian Brooker
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