Werewolf at door...

HORRIFIC reports from Chatsworth this week where there have been werewolf sightings and ghoulish goings-on.

Chatsworth staff are sworn to secrecy, they say, but it seems a remake of 1941 horror classic The Wolf Man is underway in the stately gardens.

The Universal films production stars Benicio Del Toro in the title role, with Anthony Hopkins as his father and Emily Blunt as the female lead.

It was to have been directed by Mark Romanek, but he withdrew at the last minute, citing 'creative differences', and Joe Johnston took over.

The film tells the story of a man who returns home after his brother's death, but is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself.

Chatsworth is being used for exterior shots - outward signs of activity include a giant green crane - while other locations include Pinewood Studios and the picturesque village of Castle Combe in Wiltshire.

Simon Seligman, Chatsworth promotions manager, says: "Legally we're not able to confirm or deny any cast member, but we can say that scenes are being filmed here.

"It's very intensive, incredibly expensive filming. They have been dressing the set on-and-off for a month, but all filming will be complete before we open on March 12."

Chatsworth has served as a film location on numerous occasions, most recently in Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and the BBC TV production of Jane Eyre.

The Wolf Man is due for UK release in May 2009.