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Filmmaker finds Thacher Island a perfect place for scary scenes

“Tidewalkers’’ director Greg Stone (left) and sound engineer Jeremy Bond checking out Thacher Island’s North Tower lighthouse  this spring.
“Tidewalkers’’ director Greg Stone (left) and sound engineer Jeremy Bond checking out Thacher Island’s North Tower lighthouse this spring.Jan Maliszewski

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There’s no dock at Rockport’s Thacher Island, so visitors must anchor nearby and row the last 50 yards to shore. Upon arrival, they will find no drinkable running water. If they wander too close to a sea gull’s hidden nest, they very well might be dive-bombed by a protective mother bird.

But despite these challenges, aspiring filmmaker Greg Stone thinks the island is the perfect place to make a movie about a film crew whose attempt to make a documentary about a lighthouse on a New England island goes awry when a ghostly woman appears and unexplained deaths start piling up.

Stone spent three days on the island this spring filming a trailer for the project, titled “Tidewalkers,” with a small production crew and 11 actors. “There’s a certain stark beauty and simple spookiness about the place that makes it perfect for a horror movie,” said Stone.

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