Stars of the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Haunted Forest shared their personal ghost stories that are eerie enough to make one’s skin crawl.
Maris Racal, Jameson Blake, and Jon Lucas recalled their ghost stories during the promotion of their film, which will open on Christmas Day, December 25, together with other MMFF 2017 entries.
MARIS RACAL. Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Maris revealed that her scary experience took place at a mall in Quezon City.
“Sa mall nag-CR ako. Tapos biglang lumabas lahat ng tao.
When she was left alone in the comfort room, the actress saw someone pass by in her periphery.
“May dumaan dito [pointing to her side] and yung high-tech na faucet, biglang nag-on lahat. Mag-isa lang po tapos nag-on na lahat,” she recounted.
She pointed out that the faucets have sensors that automatically turn on upon detecting hands.
“But wala. Walang tao.”
JAMESON BLAKE. Jameson Blake, a member of the Hashtags, described the experience of his fellow Hashtags member.
“Meron kaming kagrupo, yung PA [personal assistant] niya can see ghosts or something.
"Tapos si Zeus [Collins] yung isang member, nawalan siya ng phone, tapos we were looking for it.
“Tapos yung PA ni Ryle [Santiago, another Hashtags member], she saw this baby pointing at the area, sa CR namin.
“Tumakbo siya sa akin, umiiyak siya sa shoulder ko, nakita yung baby.”
He continued that the missing phone was in the CR.
“Lahat kami goosebumps and everything.”
JON LUCAS. Hashtags member Jon recounted an unusual incident that he experienced when he was just a kid.
“Grade IV ako, kasi mahilig akong maglaro sa barangay namin po, yung mga larong bata, batuhan ng ice tubig.
“Parang one time, may nabato ako ng isang puno.
“Tapos every time tuwing gabi, parang pinapantal po ang buong katawan ko.”
Jon said he heard voices in his head at nighttime, urging him to cause harm to his sleeping family members.
“Pag di ko sinusunod, pinapantal ang katawan ko.”
He said that his parents sought the help of albularyo to aid him.
PRODUCTION MEMBERS' ENCOUNTERS. It was not only the stars who had creepy experiences, but also some members of the production staff.
Director Ian Loreños shared the experience of their production designer on location.
“They have to go sa set para i-set up yung forest stuff.
“There was one moment, biglang may nagpakita sa kanya ng isang grupo ng babaeng nakaputi.
“And ironically, it was one of the scenes we were shooting the next day.”
Ian teased their production designer, “Sabi ko, ‘Baka puyat ka lang. Masyado mong vini-visualize yung eksena.'”
Scriptwriter Jeps Gallon, recalled his experience with a doppelganger as a kid.
“Isang beses, nagising ako ng tanghali. Iniwan ako ng parents ko.
“Mga around 3:00 ng hapon, punta ako sa hagdan, nakasalubong ko yung daddy ko.
“Ginulat niya ako. Nalaglag ako sa may hagdan.
“Tapos nalaman ko, nasa kabilang bahay pala sila. Wala sila do’n, ako lang mag-isa sa bahay.”
Produced by Regal Films, Haunted Forest also stars Jane Oineza, Joey Marquez, and Raymart Santiago.