The Hungry Ghost month is almost over. For those who are not familiar with the Hungry Ghost Festival, for believers, this means the gates of hell are open for spirits to wander earth for a month.
Superstitions abound during this eerie time, and one of them is to not talk about the dead, for they are always present, and curious to know what the living thinks of them.
Yet, paranormal tales always seem to draw us in, much like how you’re reading this one right now, and our need to freak ourselves out seems as spooky as the ghosts themselves.
If you’re interested in the dead, don’t be surprised to find out that the dead are just as interested in you — especially if you work in the entertainment industry.
Anyone who has ever worked on the set of an Asian movie will tell you that there are rituals and ceremonies that precede the official filming in order to precipitate a smooth shoot.
According to one producer I spoke to, film sets are often haunted because spirits in the area are drawn to these sites of entertainment since they lead an otherwise mundane afterlife. Think about it… if you see someone filming on the streets, won’t the kaypoh in you awaken as well?
So here are some chilling real-life encounters with the paranormal as told by film crew that’ll be sure to give you goosebumps this lunar seventh month.
Text: Joey Lee / AsiaOne / August 2019