WHICH is scarier: To be involved in a horror movie production or have an actual encounter with the otherworldly realm?
While shooting his latest film, Twisted Love, Singaporean actor Mark Lee claims that “someone” was following him around and he believes that it wasn’t a prank pulled by the crew.
He recalls: “It was around midnight and I had just arrived for the shoot in Hulu Langat. While getting ready, I saw a figure or the shadow of an old woman following me. Thinking that it was one of the crew, I paid no attention to it. Later, the crew members told me that they also saw the ‘old woman’ following me wherever I went and that she would leave when I finished shooting my scenes.”
The incident didn’t leave Lee shaken, though. The 43-year-old believes the spirit meant no harm and he continued working.
Twisted Love, written and directed by Chai Yee Wei, also stars newcomer Joey Leong. The 18-year-old first caught viewers’ attention in the ntv7 drama Destiny In Her Hands, starring opposite Singapore’s Jeanette Aw and Steve Yap.
To play a girl possessed by a vengeful spirit in Twisted Love, Leong had to endure the often long and painful make-up sessions. “I had five people doing my make-up to achieve that look of being possessed,” she says.
The worst part, she adds, was removing the make-up.
“In one scene, my character required a blister-like, skin-peeling-off effect, so they (make-up artists) brushed glue on my face, hands and legs. Removing it, especially after it had dried, was painful.”
Leong also had to endure the process for a special wire effect to make her character look as if she was floating in the air.
Another cast member, Malaysian-born, Hong Kong-based Mimi Zhu was happy to be back in her home country for her first movie. “I’ve done many television series and local programmes, but not a movie. So, it was great to shoot my first movie here,” says Zhu, who plays the estranged mother to Leong’s character.
It was also the first time she had to look “ugly”.
“I gave my ‘first time’ to the director,” she quips, “first time wearing minimal to no make-up. I looked horrible.”
The movie was reported to have been nearly banned from cinemas because of the many gory and violent scenes, but at a recent press conference, Lee clarified: “Actually, we wanted to re-edit some of the really bad scenes to make the movie better...”
At the same event, Chai added: “I think it’s OK to sacrifice a little of the movie rather than get banned all together.”
Twisted Love is distributed by MM2 Entertainment.