Amber Benson – also known as Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer – will be starring in the new film The Nightmare Gallery, presented by Seraph Films. The film is being co-produced by AWOL Studios. I, personally, love Amber Benson, but I may be biased because I loved her as Tara. The story for this new film revolves around Benson’s character, an anthropology professor, as she goes to investigate her star student who has gone missing.
The Nightmare Gallery follows Dr. Samantha Rand, an anthropology professor whose life is turned upside-down by the sudden, suspicious disappearance of her star pupil. But when a package of paranormal artifacts arrives on Rand’s doorstep three years later, she embarks on a nightmarish journey into mystery that will shake her and her wife to their cores. Through a terrifying, Lynchian lens, the film follows Professor Rand’s horrifying loss of self in pursuit of an extra-dimensional truth that could doom the world.
The cast also includes Mat Devine (former frontman of Kill Hannah) and Kevin Chamberlin (Road to Perdition, Jessie). Gene Blalock is helming the project as director with the script by Jhan Harp and Rob Stith. Harp is also a producer, while Chad Carpenter, Paloma Bilson, Maria Wimmer and Phil Goldberg from Seraph films are executive producers on the project. Charles Hilliard from AWOL projections is also an executive producer and had this to say about the film:
“What really excites us about this film is that we believe it achieves that very rare balance of creating an entertaining movie with an enduring message, but that it also has clearly defined target audiences and commercial value.”
Director Gene Blalock said this about the project:
“One of the driving forces behind this film is the realization that very few movies, particularly in the horror genre, feature LGBTQ characters and treat them like normal people, rather than caricatures. So while the anthropology professor is married to another woman, her sexual orientation doesn’t tokenize her or diminish the nuance of her characterization. Our intention with this film is to craft an outstanding horror film in its own right, but also one that would promote the idea that genre films can be about someone other than straight, white men and women.”
The Nightmare Gallery looks like a horrific version of Da Vinci Code, which is awesome. Plus they throw in some creepy occult items. I can’t wait to see this flick. Benson is in it, so I am pretty much down. The film is set to start principle photography in the summer of 2017 in Southern California. We will be seeing a final cut in January 2018. PopHorror will keep you updated! Will you go into The Nightmare Gallery?