Moye Ishimoto writes from a remote location:
SEVEN DAYS until our brand-spanking new special, Terror From Tokyo, airs on IFC. (Okay, more like six days but if you’re going to nitpick over details like that, then I really hope you get a freaky tape in the mail. And then watch it but not make a copy for someone else to, therefore saving yourself and passing the curse along.)
So in lieu of our wonderful, insightful documentary into the world of Japanese horror (a la Ringu, Ju-on, Dark Water) and the parade of American remakes (a la The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water), I thought I’d share a daily countdown of our own TERRORS FROM TOKYO. To begin, there were some freaky things that happened on set while we were filming. And things always get messy when you’re dealing with an international set of ghostly hauntings.
1. One time, we were setting up for an interview, and I had to sit in the interviewee chair to make sure everything looked fine on camera (it looked gorgeous, of course), and underneath all those lights… I got REALLY WARM. It was crazy. Like, you know when you’re supposed to encounter a ghost and you get icy cold? This was like the complete opposite effect. I figured that hey, maybe ghosts from Japan make you warm instead of cold, cause everything is opposite on the other side of Earth? Kinda like the way the toilet flushes in the opposite direction. Or is that in Australia? I was so scared that I waited until the director told me it was OK to get out of the chair, and then I did.
2. On another shoot date, I totally saw a freaky Asian girl with long black hair all over her face staring at me, and I screamed, and then i realized, it was just my reflection.
3. Finally, the whole trip to Japan to film on the set of Taka Ichise’s latest horror film turned into our worst nightmare. Everything went wrong that could possibly go wrong: We were downgraded from First Class to COACH (oh my gosh), all the food tasted like raw fish, and, worst of all, NO ONE SPOKE ENGLISH.
It was truly awful. I can’t believe we made it out alive.
– Moye Ishimoto
Come back tomorrow for more horrors.