Ghostly orbs and flickering lights: Director films his horror movie in a house already known as haunted

Paul Guzzo, Tampa Bay Times on

Published in Entertainment News

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — When looking for a main location for his independent horror film “The Clock,” Rick Danford’s top request was for the house to be unique.

“I didn’t want plain white walls and boring rooms,” the New Port Richey writer, director and producer said. “I wanted the house to have character so that it could be a character in the story.” The movie is about a demonic clock purchased by a young couple at a church estate sale.

The home that Danford landed has a story that could inspire its own horror movie.

The Victorian house at 122 W. Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville is known as one of the most haunted in Tampa Bay.

“When we found that out, it was just a bonus,” Danford laughed.

Yes, Danford filmed a movie about ghosts in a house that allegedly has ghosts.


Past owners claim to have heard whispers, seen doors open on their own and felt tugs at doorknobs. When it sat vacant in the 1970s and 80s, passers-by alleged to have seen flickering lights inside.

“We’re filming a supernatural horror film in a 141-year-old haunted house,” Danford said. “We have demonic possessions, demons, things that go bump in the night and we’ve been playing with the Ouija board. What could go wrong?”

Cast and crew heard a few bumps that they believe had ghostly connections. The camera at times attempted to autofocus on areas of the room where there were no visible people or objects.

“We’ve had some eerie things happen already on set,” Danford said. “And people have said they’ve had weird feelings while being here.”


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