Horror film shot at Spookers' house

Former mental health facility Kingseat Hospital is the scene for a horror movie.

The movie Compound, now in its final stages of post production, is the brainchild of director Dale Stewart of Stanmore Bay.

Mr Stewart approached the owners of the Papakura hospital property, now the haunted house themed Spookers, after visiting the ghostly attraction with friends.

"After I came out from the location I wondered why nobody had jumped at the opportunity to film there," he says. "I was just blown away by it."

The 24-year-old director was surprised to find that Spookers' management turn down many amateur filmmakers each week who request to film on site.

"They only said yes to me because of my background in film," says Mr Stewart.

A former student at North Shore's South Seas Film School, Mr Stewart has gained international recognition for his involvement in the New York International Independent Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Horror Festival.

He later went on to win best international director at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival.

Compound is Mr Stewart's first full-length feature film. It is about seven travellers who discover an old abandoned haunted house attraction site while on a road trip around New Zealand.

Curious, the travellers enter the house and meet some horrific characters.

He is working on the film at the South Seas Film School and expects the movie will be completed by April.

North Harbour News