FILMMAKERS are targeting a Halloween 2012 release date for a new horror movie about the world-famous Enfield poltergeist story.

Pre-production on the film, which is being produced by Brimsdown-based company Dead House Productions, is nearly complete, with filming due to start early next year.

The big-screen production will tell the story of the alleged paranormal activity in a Green Street council house in 1977, but will be set in the present day.

Recordings at the house captured a variety of unexplained incidents that plagued mother Peggy Hodgson and her four children, including banging on the walls and moving furniture – witnessed by police and journalists.

Executive producer Jay Stewart said that he wanted the film to be the “rebirth of British horror”, and was aiming to break the American market.

He said: “We are just wrapping up the financial side of the film, and tying people down to contracts.

“There's not been anything out there for British horror since Danny Boyle made 28 Days Later, and went to change that.

“We've had 500,000 hits on our Facebook page and people from all over the world have been getting in touch telling us 'it's about time that this story was told'.”

Although the last recorded incident at the house took place in 1980, the story has continued to receive widespread media attention and inspired the BBC's infamous paranormal mockumentary Ghostwatch in 1992.

Mr Stewart added that he had a group of “A-list celebrities” that wanted to take part, but that he wanted to offer technical and manual jobs on the film to Enfield residents, in a bid to help the area after August's riots.

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