The Occult, a new movie currently filming in North Carolina, has turned Shelter Neck’s Universalist Unitarian Camp and the surrounding area in Burgaw, NC into the fictional village of New Bethlehem.
During the week, crews began to spread dirt over a quarter-mile stretch of Croomsbridge Road near the camp and the road is expected to be closed near 3747 Croomsbridge until April 14 for filming.
The movie is also filming on location in Wilmington and at Screen Gems Studios. In addition to the Burgaw locations, The Occult will also shoot scenes at a Chestnut Street bungalow in Wilmington on Monday through Thursday.
The Occult stars Alycia Debnam-Carey (Dream Life), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, The Tourist), Thomas McDonell (Prom), Adelaide Kane (Secrets of the Mountain), Leah Pipes (Sorority Row), Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Stacey Edwards (In the Company of Men) and Ric Reitz (Remember the Titans).
According to a recent press released, the plot revolves around the small village of New Bethlehem, a devout community kept under the tight reins of the town’s vigilant Elders and something strange that begins happening in the quiet town. “Six girls are born on the same day to different mothers. Perhaps a coincidence or as most believe a chilling omen of something yet to come. Now, on the eve of their 18th birthday, the young women are mysteriously disappearing one by one and feared dead. Terror has overtaken this quiet community. Could this be the work of a serial killer, one of the village elders or a horrific prophecy come true, born of the supernatural, The Occult?”
If you spot The Occult filming in Burgaw or Wilmington, let us know about it at [email protected]!