The owner of the mansion we were filming in had done some research and discovered that the lady had once been some type of servant in that house. How else can you explain that his girlfriend in her trancelike state knew about the attic window being moved?
We got that Tarot reading scene completed in 5 takes. Believe it or not we used a RAT trap as a special effect as the cards had to "magically" toss in the air and burst out as the actress who played Martha collapsed in a faint. I shot the ending in a slow motion of 64 frames per second and it really is a wonderful scene filled with a sense of mystery and foreboding.
I have always believed that honesty is the best policy but I also knew that if I wanted to get the film done that floor had to be repaired before I told the owners. At least I had to see if I could repair it or have it professionally done. I was responsible. So there goes more money out of my film budget.
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