Museum staff claim that a creepy doll from a Hollywood blockbuster movie is haunted as she sometimes has dirty socks and she appears to move around her case from time to time.
Labelled as too “grotesque” to appear in the final movie of the Twilight franchise, the animatronic doll was replaced as her appearance was considered disturbing. Instead, the doll which was meant to play the half-human half-vampire daughter of Edward and Bella was placed on display in Forks, Washington, which is where the hit movie was set.
According to museum staff, the doll Renesmee was meant to appear in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, yet as her appearance turned out creepy instead of striking as described in the books, the doll was replaced with a real baby and the use of CGI enhanced features.
The doll, which has been dubbed “Chuckesmee”, is a part of Fork’s permanent Forever Twilight fixture, where there’s plenty of props from the films. Over time, the doll has received quite a bit of a reputation, with many claiming she has a life of her own.
A TikTok user (@abbie23456789) claimed that when she went on a trip to Forks to check out the exhibit, she was informed by one of the museum staff that the doll was haunted.
In the video, she explained what she was told about the prop: “Things would always move around her case and sometimes they would come in in the mornings and she would be in a different spot.
“Her socks used to be white but now they are a different colour because they ‘get dirty’ when she walks around.”
She continued”: “So she is haunted. Just thought everyone should know.”
The collection is operated by the Forks Chamber of Commerce and the executive director, Lissy Andros, confirmed to Jezebel that the doll does appear to move on occasion. However, she insisted that she had never said the word haunted.
She said: “One day she might be standing up straight and the next when you come in on another day, she’s in a weird position.
“It’s like, is she moving around in there? We don’t know. But we tell everybody that the cover is on her for their protection.”
Laughing, she added: “We don’t know what’s going on inside that case. She could be alive. We have no idea.”
Regardless of whether or not Chuckesmee is haunted, apparently her time on planet earth is limited – with the end drawing nearer.
Andro said that the heavy doll is “actively melting” and can be “tacky to touch”. Despite all these factors, she’s a crowdpleaser.
As so many people, especially children, are eager to touch her, Andros explained that they had no choice but to get a glass display case.
Director of both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Bill Condon, has admitted that when it came to Chuckesmee, it was a big mistake.
Initially, he had requested an animatronic doll as he wanted to show Edward and Bella’s half-human half-vampire spawn as it rapidly matured.
In 2013, he told Entertainment Daily: “Chuckesmee was a giant misfire on all fronts.
“Truly, it was one of the most grotesque things I’ve ever seen. It was a horror show! There was one shot where I call, ‘Cut!’ and suddenly she turns her head and mechanically stares right into the camera. It was incredibly disturbing.”
As the doll was considered so dreadful, the puppet was never actually shown in the film. Condon felt that he had no choice but to use a real baby with CGI enhanced features that would depict Renesmee’s otherworldly maturity and knowledge.
However, Chuckesmee was featured in the bonus features of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 when the film was released onto DVD.
Wyck Godfrey, a producer of the film, agreed that the doll was awful and a terrible idea.
He explained: “You’re trying to create something that’s otherworldly with Renesmee in the movie that has to be preternaturally intelligent yet still look like a baby but actually look a little bit more mature than one would be at one-day-old.
“So we ended up pulling the thing out on the day and shooting it. The second you’re holding it up you realize this is never going to work. No fake thing is ever going to do the trick. If you’re Bella, you’re looking at it going, ‘I don’t want that thing. Put it back!’.”