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Amber Benson Gives Us The Lowdown on Her Upcoming Project The Nightmare Gallery

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For the die-hard “Buffy” fans, you’ll more than likely remember her as Tara, but for the rest of you lunatics, she’s Amber Benson, and she was gracious enough to give us a few minutes of her time to discuss the latest film she’ll be starring in called The Nightmare Gallery – read on and enjoy!

DC: Can you give us a look at the film’s premise as well as a description of your character, Samantha?

AB: I was drawn to The Nightmare Gallery because it was a thoughtful psychological thriller about a woman’s journey into the darkness of her own soul. Though the main character Samantha (who I play and who is a total badass!) is on an actual physical journey – looking for an artifact connected to a mysterious disappearance – the film is so much more about the exploration of how guilt, power, sexuality, and magic can warp and transform the human psyche.

DC: What was it specifically about this role that appealed to you?

AB: I think what drew me to Samantha was how well-written she was…she was multi-layered and smart and she physically kicked ass. I also loved that she wasn’t a nice guy – that she didn’t care what other people thought about her and that she wasn’t perfect, made bad choices and even failed.

DC: There are fans who still mourn the loss of your character on Buffy – do you miss the role after all this time?

AB: I was so lucky to have played Tara for three seasons on Buffy – and, of course, I will always have a little hole in my heart where she is concerned. Getting to play her was one of the greatest things I’ve done in my career.

DC: Alongside your impressive acting credits, you’ve written, produced and directed – any one of those you’d like to solely focus on in the future?

AB: I’m looking to run my own TV show – which is really just a way to do all the things I love at once

DC: After The Nightmare Gallery has wrapped, what will be keeping you busy next?

AB: Lots of little secret projects that I’m not allowed to talk about right now.

 

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Will Billie Lourd Return in AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 8?

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For those of you who might not know, Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher. She was one of the stars of Ryan Murphy’s horror-comedy series Scream Queens and has since followed Murphy over to the world of American Horror Story.

Lourd starred in the recent AHS: Cult and it looks like Deadline is confirming that she will return for the upcoming 8th season, which is rumored to be called AHS: Radioactive. Lourd will star alongside Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins, who will play Evan Peters’ grandmother.

Are you excited about this casting? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

American Horror Story is an anthology horror-drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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Live-Action F.E.A.R. Adaptation Coming To Machinima

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Screenwriter Greg Russo has signed a deal with Machinima to pen an adaptation of the F.E.A.R. video game franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The article did not specify whether the adaptation would be in the form of a film or a series.

Russo, who is a lifelong gamer, will work with Machinima on creating and developing the F.E.A.R. adaptation, although we don’t know much else at this point. Machinima are a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the F.E.A.R. franchise has also been owned by WB since 2009. In other words, Warner Bros. were bound to give us a live action adaptation of F.E.A.R. at one point, so we’re not too surprised by this development.

Russo, who is also writing the scripts for the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil reboots, was quoted as saying the following:

“As a lifelong gamer, it’s an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide. F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I’m excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here.”

An acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon, the F.E.A.R. games focus on an elite task force who fight to stop Alma Wade, a young girl with incredible psychic powers, from tearing apart the fabric of reality. Legendary film director John Carpenter served as story consultant on the third game, which we awarded a highly positive review back in the day. We’ll bring you more on Machinima’s adaptation when it becomes availalbe.

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Short Film RETINA Will Strain Your Eyes

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We’ve been paying a lot of attention to the young filmmaker Alex J. Mann around these parts, because his projects are so unique and innovative that we can never wait to see what he’ll cook up next. Mann has just released his latest short, Retina, on his Space Oddity Films YouTube channel, and you can give it a watch below. It’s just under two minutes long and doesn’t contain any dialogue, but this is still a short which will keep you up at night.

Retina is described as being about “A young man’s fight to shut off his laptop camera turns deadly.” It was written and directed by Mann, and stars Dan J. Johnson in a singular performance. Retina also contains some gruesome images, and is most definitely not safe for work.

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