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On-set with ‘Kingdom Come’

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Matchbox scored a hit with its first film, Devil Seed, a horror picture released last year.

Kingdom Come is about a group of strangers who wake up in an abandoned hospital and are stalked by evil spirits.

While shutting down major roads for film shoots is not unusual in Toronto and Vancouver, it’s almost unprecedented in London.

Producers Dwight Coughlan and Robbin McDonnell spent about six weeks meeting with city engineering, fire and police officials, to work out a plan to shut down the busy highway for a night.

“There was a lot of back and forth, but the city was most accommodating,” said Coughlan. Local businesses got in on the action. The cars came from Baker Auto Wreckers and most were towed to the scene by Simpson’s Towing.

While shooting on a highway on a cold March night wasn’t easy for the cast and the crew, it was an improvement over the Southwest Regional Centre, south of Chatham, where most of the film was shot during the past month.

McDonnell said the abandoned institution, which has been shut down for five years, was even colder and darker. And it was sinister, to boot.

“There was a creepiness to the place as soon as you entered it,” she said.

 

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