8 DAYS: You’ve spent so many years telling ghost stories on air. Has that made you extra sensitive to the paranormal?
DENNIS CHEW: I always thought that that I’d be very sensitive to ghosts after telling so many years of such stories, but many masters have told me ‘Wow, it’s no wonder that you can tell ghost stories — you have an ‘antibody’!’ (Laughs).
What they mean is that I can’t feel ghosts, or rather, they don’t really like to come near me because of the yang energy that I have.
I said, ‘Huh, are you sure? I’m so small-sized and a bit gu niang and you’re telling me that I have a lot of yang energy?’ They told me that it’s not based on height or anything like that. You’re just born with it.
Is your antibody 100 per cent effective then?
(Laughs) No lah. In fact, I remember this very scary incident.
In 1991, I was filming The Future Is Mine with Chew Chor Meng and it was my first SBC drama. We went to this lighthouse at East Coast — do you remember the Big Splash? It’s near there. [Ed: He's referring to Amber Beacon Tower.]
After we finished shooting, I was so enthusiastic to watch the playback that we went back to SBC immediately after. I was quite concerned about how I had done because I was crying in that scene.
But when the cameraman put the tape in and pressed play… It was supposed to be a wide shot with only Chor Meng and myself, but instead we saw three girls waving to the camera. We couldn’t see their faces but they had very messy hair. They were frantically waving to the camera and although I couldn’t see their faces, I felt like they were asking for help.
Once we saw that, the cameraman stopped the playback and said in Cantonese, ‘There’s something dirty [in the clip]’. The next thing I remember is Chor Meng and I going to the nearest drain and vomiting because we were so afraid.
We were so sure it was only the two of us on top of the lighthouse when we shot that scene.