We’ve just learned that ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fan-favorite Amber Benson has joined the cast of the upcoming horror drama ‘The Nightmare Gallery.’ Gene Blalock (‘Among the Shadows,”The Disappearance of Madison Bishop’) is set to direct the film with a script by Jhan Harp and Rob Stith. She’ll be joined by three-time Tony-nominated actor Kevin Chamberlin (‘Road to Perdition,”Jessie’) who is in the secondary leading role.
The story is quite fitting for fans of Benson’s work as Tara as she’ll be playing a “gay anthropology professor who investigates the mysterious, supernatural disappearance of one of her students” which sounds just like something her previous character would have been up to.
In the press release about the film Blalock had previously stated that:
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 film seems like a pretty timely piece in the vein of ‘Get Out’ though before seeing any footage and whatnot we only have the synopsis below and a few brief details to go off of. Still, mixing social issues with horror isn’t something new and a combination that has worked well in the past so here’s hoping that we have another horror hit on our hands.
Are you looking forward to ‘The Nightmare Gallery’? Do you think that we’ll be in for a horror drama that will be worth checking out? Share your thoughts below!
The story follows Amber Benson as an anthropology professor as she investigates the sudden, suspicious disappearance of her star pupil. A mysterious collection of occult artifacts leads her on a nightmarish, Da Vinci Code-esque journey toward an unspeakable truth that will threaten her career, her marriage, and her sanity. Three-time Tony-nominated actor Kevin Chamberlin (Road to Perdition, Jessie) is attached in a co-starring role as a psychiatrist who assists in the professor’s investigation.
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