‘That’s how you make a haunted house’: Elaborate...
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Jul 29, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

‘That’s how you make a haunted house’: Elaborate set for film of Stephen King’s ‘It’ being built in Oshawa

Oshawa This Week

OSHAWA -- A new house is nearing completion in Oshawa -- and it’s already haunted.

Well, creepy at least. The structure, at the corner of James and Eulalie Streets in Oshawa, is a set for a Warner Brothers film production of the Stephen King novel “It”.

Over the past three weeks a crew has been busy on the formerly vacant lot at the dead end of James Street constructing the set, a dilapidated old house that looks distinctly eerie, even in daylight.

The structure is actually a facade built around scaffolding and will be used for exterior shots. The set is comprised of pre-fabricated modules that are being trucked in and put into place by IATSE carpenters.

Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 10 and crews will likely be on site until then preparing it for filming, carpenter Sean O’Donoghue said.

Local residents are kept apprised of the crew’s schedule. Construction on the site has been attracting a steady stream of onlookers interested in watching movie magic in progress, workers said.

The front of the facade is largely in place -- it looms over the street, facing west, its windows so far vacant, with some of them boarded up. Finishing touches will include putting glass in the window frames and placing plaster that looks like fieldstone over the raw plywood that now makes up the foundation.

The exterior of the house is comprised of decaying clapboard -- at least it looks that way. A good first guess would be that the material is distressed wood salvaged from old farm outbuildings. But that would be wrong.

“It’s actually brand new siding they made look like this,” Mr. O’Donoghue said. “They power wash it, then burn it with torches, then power wash it again.

“That’s how you make a haunted house,” he said. The cast and crew just finished a week of shooting in Port Hope from July 11 to 18.

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