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Lemont hosts film crew shooting horror picture

LEMONT – Lemont and its residents are playing a supporting role in an upcoming feature-length horror film called “Anguish.”

Sonny Mallhi chose Lemont, Willow Springs and his native Downers Grove as shooting locations for his directorial debut.

Mallhi said he chose to film in Lemont because it has a unique look among the Chicago suburbs and is one of the only places in the area with a multitude of hills.

“It’s always one of the more scenic places around,” he said. “It’s really picturesque but also industrial.”

The Lemont Historical Society Museum has received the most attention. The film crew spent Halloween filming a scene in the chapel.

Museum coordinator Sue Donahue, who was present during the filming, said extras were seated in pews during the scene.

She said the film crew thanked her for the historical society’s hospitality by giving her a small cameo.

She also made in a cameo in the film “Children on their Birthdays” when it was shot at the museum, she said.

Donahue said friends have been teasing her about how she is a movie star now.

“I said, ‘You are absolutely right. I will have to end up hiring bodyguards.’”

Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said he is honored when people film movies in Lemont, considering the size of the town.

“That’s one of the characteristics that sets [Lemont] apart from so many communities, because of the age of the town, the uniqueness of the topography and the oldness of the buildings we have,” he said.

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