Horror film shot in Northeast Wisconsin opens in Grand Chute

Published: Apr. 7, 2017 at 12:20 PM CDT
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A horror film shot in Northeast Wisconsin opens Friday at Marcus Hollywood Cinema in Grand Chute.

"Wraith" is about a family living in a haunted mansion in Neenah.

The filmmakers used the exterior of the mansion, however the interior shots were filmed inside different homes in Neenah.

The film follows a family experiencing a supernatural presence.

The director, Appleton native Michael O. Sajbel, says it is inspired by local ghost stories.

"Wraith" features some veteran actors, like Lance Henriksen of "Aliens."

Director Sajbel says the film is a dream come true. He says viewers will spot local landmarks.

"You will see recognizable parts of the city. We shot at Cannova's restaurant. We shot in the library. We shot at Fox Valley Tech because they have a hospital simulation there and we have some hospital scenes. Also we shot at St. Mary's Church in Menasha. We really are a Fox Valley production and I think people will enjoy the fact that a film was made here," Sajbel says.

Producer Dennis Ranke says, "I think they're going to like it. I think there's something really neat about seeing a movie where you've actually been or a movie in a town you've grown up in and you're watching and you go, 'Oh, that's so and so's house, that's like where I used to walk to school.'"

"Wraith" will play at Marcus in Grand Chute for two weeks. If it does well, the chain will show it statewide.