'Cursed' movie filmed at former Rauceby Mental Asylum debuts at Cannes
A CONTROVERSIAL British horror movie filmed at the former Rauceby Mental Asylum will overcome its alleged 'curse' to debut at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Lucifer Effect first hit the local and national headlines when one of the cast was almost throttled by another cast member.
As a result Lincolnshire police seized the footage and the film was put on hold. However, the movie has now been completed.
James Munroe, producer of the movie, said: "The film studies the social condition known as The Lucifer Effect - a psychological consequence that is said to occur when good people are given power over others in an evil place. The effect was first investigated in the 1970s during the infamous Stanford Prison experiment.
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"The Lucifer Effect producers recreated a modern day equivalent in an abandoned mental asylum.
"The use of subliminal scenes has added to the rumours of a curse. Reports of a curse originally surfaced due to the fact that the film features footage of disturbing events which occurred when the participants in the film held a Ouija board session during their brief stay in the asylum."
Unlike other films that it has been compared to, such as The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity, the footage and events in The Lucifer Project are said to be real, there was no script, and the reactions of the participants are said to be genuine, including the assault.
The film is based on eight people who volunteered to be locked inside the reportedly haunted mental asylum for three days, with no communication from the outside world and little food.
Mr Munroe added: "Since these events, two of the cast have been hospitalised with other cast members receiving counselling and treatment for depression and any possible after effects.
"All involved had signed release forms and given their consent before entering the asylum, although some of the actors are now looking to sue the film company for false imprisonment.
"Adding to the stories of a curse is the fact that the director who oversaw the filming of the original events is also now missing. "This is coupled with rumours that one of the actresses has been sectioned in South America."
To view a trailer of the movie, to premiere at Cannes log on to www.thelucifereffectmovie.com or visit the Facebook page.
Rauceby Mental Asylum was originally opened in 1902 as the Kesteven County Asylum.
From 1924 to 1933 it took the name, the Kesteven Mental Hospital.
In 1940, it was taken over by the RAF and renamed No. 4 RAF Hospital Rauceby with 1,000 beds treating crash and burns victims. The pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe worked here on members of his so-called Guinea Pig Club.
The main hall burnt down in 1947 and the RAF handed the premises over to the newly formed NHS, which then returned to using it as a mental asylum.
The site includes two graveyards, a mortuary, and a series of underground tunnels connecting wards.