“When I think about the most spooky ghost story, I only remember what happened during the shooting of the movie “Büyü” (Dark Spells) and what happened at the premiere of the movie. Some may say that it is just a consequence, but some, including me, can say that there was something more. Let me start from the beginning. Even though this story is well known in Turkey because of the news, I, as an intern at the shooting of the movie, should tell you every single detail that happened. First of all let me give brief information about the movie. “Büyü” is which stand for spell in English is a movie that sets in one of the village in east side of Turkey. There is a belief about newborn girl babies as unlucky child. That’s why they bury them live. One of the fathers hinders this burying and an old lady makes a dark spell for that man and because of the spell he kills his own child. And after that he hangs himself on one of the trees. Because of this story they believe that the village is cursed. They believe that this story takes place 700 years ago. And in the movie it’s present. One of the main characters gets a digging job that she always dreamed. They search for a book while digging. And there is a woman who is in love with her friend’s boyfriend. So hi goes to an old lady to make a spell to get him from her friend. That moment the old dark spell also appears and the whole village is cursed again.
When you look at the summary of the movie it is very silly and one of the most unsuccessful movies of all time. But since it takes place at eastern part of the Turkey, where religion is very important, some problems come in to present. There are some major accidents that I personally saw during the shooting of the movie and some that I just heard from my friends. Even though some may says that these are just a consequence, I found it very interesting and scary maybe because of the setting and the mood that is created in the set or maybe there are some real unseen ghosts, especially jinn.
First of all, all the actors and actresses are far away from their homes and we stay at an old hotel because there are not any good hotels at that village. So where we are staying is very scary. And of course because of the movie every other single thing is scary and there were lots of spooky jokes while we were shooting. One time everyone was concentrated for a part where the old lady was doing the spell and everyone was watching the actors. Suddenly one of the main lights fell and it was broken! There were lots of broken glasses and the women’s, who plays the old lady, hand was bleeding because of the lights broken glasses. I swear it is impossible for that light to fall because we brought it by a truck and arrange with the help of 4 people. Everyone was in shock! Everyone was looking each other and trying to learn what could be the reason for this accident. And there wasn’t any! We stopped shooting the movie for that night. Me and my roommate talked about a jinn could be the cause of this accident because we couldn’t find any explanation for it. The other they, we found out that no one had any sleep that night.
The next day during the shooting of another part where there was the old women doing her dark spell, one of the assistants went to arrange the well for the next shooting. Couple of minutes later we heard a scream. Assistant fell into the 6 meter deep well! He has taken to the hospital because of the coups. I know these things can sound to you fiction and you may think we are all exaggerating what happened during the shoots, they were not regular shooting accidents. There were couple of accidents which I can not remember but one day, one of the main actresses woke up with scratches on her face and her arms and she said that she was something weird in her dream but she cannot remember what that was. And she said that she would like to see a physiologist. So they found a new actress for this role.
I can swear there was something wrong with the movie. Maybe the dark spell was so real or maybe because it was very religious village and we were shooting things that are wrong according to the Kur’an (sacred book of Muslim).
So, despite all of the things that happened during the shooting the movie was finished. One part where there were jinn was sent to a production company to Istanbul, for editing. When that part went to Istanbul someone from the company called us and told us that the part that we sent was empty! There wasn’t any scene! And it was shot and got ready by 70 people. It is impossible for that part to be empty. They decided not to put that part on the movie and finally the movie was over and was ready to meet with the audience.
The premiere of the movie was held in a well-known shopping mall in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey. The movie had a very bad reputation because of the actors and the scenario. But the premiere was quit full and because it was a scary movie they put some candles as decorations. The movies premiere started and after 3 minutes there was a huge fire in the saloon. Everyone left the shopping mall very quickly but there were some serious injured people. Most of the shopping mall burned. Next morning everyone was talking about how the movie is cursed.
I also think that this movie is cursed! Because of this kind of event that happened during both the shooting and the premiere everyone wanted to watch the movie. Some said that it is really scary to watch the movie because they believe that the movie is cursed. I personally think that there was some abnormal stuff going around. I don’t want to say that it was jinn or other things but I believe that there were. And this is the scariest story that I ever have.”
In Turkey, everyone knows what happened in the premiere of the movie “Buyu” but everyone thinks that it is just an accident. One day I was talking with my friends about this incident and I found out that my friends brother was an internship in the movie and he told us what exactly happened during the shooting. I remembered this story and asked him again for him to tell me story. For him this is a real ghost story because he saw every single thing that happened during the shooting. They all believe that there was something abnormal with this movie. When they finished the movie they were all relieved but the premiere of the movie was also another unfortunate thing that they faced with. Some say that it was just a consequence and an unlucky movie while some like my friends brother founds it very scary. Whenever I ask him to tell me story he has goose bumps, and I saw his face turn pale and he gets into the story and just remembers what happened there. More over he always says that he is glad that he is not taking part in any other ghost story. He finds it real that is the reason why he is scared a lot.
In my opinions, I believe that, they can be in the mood for getting scared because of the shooting. Since it is all about the dark spell and jinn, and how they are opposite with the sacred book of Muslims sometimes I believe that there could be non-human things. It is spooky if I imagine myself at the shooting and the premiere. I would have been one of the people who can find this story real. However, now I find it little exaggerated about the part where there were lots of accidents that he can not even imagine but I also find it very spooky because of the broken main light and the women being scratched. Over all I believe that these thing happened because my friends brother is not kind of person who is going to believe in ghosts and spirits, that is why I believe this story.