When director Corin Hardy was interviewed at Comic-Con about his upcoming horror movie The Nun, the latest spinoff in The Conjuring universe launched by James Wan in 2013, he described a potentially supernatural experience he had while filming at an abandoned fortress in Romania.
On a recent press junket in Mexico City, I asked stars Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga if either of them had similarly spooky experiences while filming The Nun. And while neither actor had an encounter that rivaled Hardy’s, Farmiga did claim to have had a terrifying night while filming American Horror Story: Coven (Season 3) that simply can’t be explained in scientific terms.
While it was a bit off track in terms of promoting The Nun, it was a timely conversation since Farmiga will be reprising her role from Coven in the upcoming 8th season, American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Here’s the spine-tingling tale she told a room full of journalists:
Taissa Farmiga: Okay, so we’re filming in New Orleans, which has such … there’s so much voodoo and spirits and soul down there. I’m living in this old warehouse that’s been turned into loft apartments. And I’m filming this scene, episode two. We have to put Evan Peter’s character back together, Frankenstein. So I didn’t think anything of it. We have to chant in Latin again. And Emma Roberts turns to me in the hair and makeup trailer and she’s like, “So are you … are you scared? Like of something … do you think that we’re going to like draw something out?” I was like, “What do you mean? No, like I know my lines, I’m good.” She’s like, “No, no, no. We’re chanting Latin.” So she’s the one who opened me up to it. I blame her.
We finish shooting, I get home, it’s a little after 2, and also, to point out, Vera, my sister, just recently told me she was doing research for The Conjuring. She told me that witching hours are around 3 am. So I was excited to go to bed before that. So I’m lying in bed to go to sleep. I’m passing out, [but] it’s like when you lay in bed and you can’t fall asleep. So I’m like, just so close to being in dreamland and all of a sudden I’m wide awake. My eyes aren’t open but I feel wide awake and I hear some walking. You know, on the wood floors, you hear it creak. I’m like, “Okay, that’s bullshit.”
I’m sleeping on the left side of the bed. All of a sudden, I feel someone grab the covers… Someone’s grabbing and starts pulling.
Oh man, you guys. I jump up. I freak out, turn the light on. There’s nothing there, I don’t see anything. But I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep for the rest of the night.
When another reporter asked if her covers had actually moved, she insisted:
TF: Yeah. The covers were moving. I mean, it was dark, so it was based on feeling it. But you can feel if someone’s pulling the covers down. And that was the only time I ever experienced anything [supernatural]. But, I don’t know. I let it go, I guess. But the next night I slept downstairs!
While details are still mostly nebulous, we know that American Horror Story: Apocalypse is a crossover/mash-up of Season 1 (Murder House) and Season 3 (Coven). In addition to Farmiga, Season 8 will see the return of former series mainstay Jessica Lange, who departed the show after Season 4 (Freak Show). Other confirmed cast members include series staples Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, along with Lily Rabe, Stevie Nicks, Kathy Bates, Joan Collins, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, and Adina Porter; Cody Fern, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Kyle Allen have been announced as guest stars. Look for it on FX beginning September 12th.
The Nun hits theaters on September 7th.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
What do you think of Taissa Farmiga’s paranormal encounter on the set of American Horror Story: Coven? Are you excited for American Horror Story: Apocalypse and The Nun next month? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!