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Horror movie filmed in Lexington premieres on TV this weekend

What it's like directing a horror movie in a decrepit home

Film director Alex Merkin talks about his experience shooting The Wiccan, a horror movie set to release this Fall, in a decrepit house off of Winchester Road.
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Film director Alex Merkin talks about his experience shooting The Wiccan, a horror movie set to release this Fall, in a decrepit house off of Winchester Road.

A horror movie filmed in Lexington in May has made a pretty quick trip to its world premiere.

“House of the Witch,” produced by Lexingtonian Bryan Sexton and shot in the old Madden family home off Winchester Road, will show at 9 p.m. Saturday on SyFy (Spectrum Ch. 70) and repeats (important to note, since some of y’all are going to be watching a football game Saturday night) at 3 p.m. Sunday. The once-grand home called Meadowcrest was prime location for its elegant history and currently dilapidated condition.

“I would call it a dream location,” director Alex Merkin said of the house in a Herald-Leader interview in May. “I am always fascinated by locations like this. It’s one of the most amazing locations I’ve filmed in and been in.”

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Lexington native Bryan Sexton, on set in the attic during filming of “House of the Witch” at Meadowcrest on Winchester Road., in Lexington, Ky., Friday, May 19, 2017. Matt Goins

At the time the movie was being made, it was called “The Wiccan.” The story centers on a group of teenagers — it’s always teenagers, isn’t it? — who decide to explore an old, creepy house. But soon, things become desperate when they find they are trapped and a demonic witch is trying to kill them.

The trailer dropped what could be a signature line when one character yells, “THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED, AND NOT LIKE SCOOBY FREAKIN’ DOO, MAN!”

“Everybody’s death is super interesting,” Sexton said to us in May.

The movie is part of SyFy’s “31 Days of Halloween” programming.

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