The Ghost of Richard Ramirez Haunts Indie Film Set

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Paymon, an independent film directed by Anthony DiBlasi struggles to finish production as strange occurrences persist following the death of The Night Stalker.

“More blood!”, director Anthony DiBlasi shouted to the crew of his latest Horror film titled “Paymon”, a feature film shooting at a decommissioned police station in Sanford, FL. The crew began to settle except for production assistant Samantha Ubeda. She stood in her tracks after checking her phone, hearing of news that will impact these filmmakers more then others. “Richard Ramirez just died.”

“Paymon” is a feature length horror film following Officer Jessica Loren on the last shift at a transitioning police station. Unbeknownst to Jessica, it’s more than just an old station. Radical cult leader John Michael Paymon has haunted the department ever since he and two of his followers committed suicide in their cells on the night they were captured. The script (written by Diblasi and producer Scott Poiley) was inspired by the criminal events surrounding Charles Manson, and the most recently deceased Ramirez. When the news story broke, the crew had just finished take two in a scene where the character John Michael Paymon and his two female followers hang themselves in their jail cell. The cast and crew received chills as the news came over the walkies.

Since the death of Ramirez, the set has experienced it's share of supernatural occurrences in the closed police station, from strange noises, power fluctuations and local transients wandering in off of the street looking for the lockup. With only half of the production in the can, the crew works steadily, but always keeping a nervous watchful eye to what could happen next.

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