Erica Leerhsen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn 2) will star in Phobia, a horror/murder-mystery to be directed by Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Living & Dying) and produced by Blake Calhoun (Killing Down, Pink) from a screenplay by Anne Gibson.

Description: Victorian era Paris 1885… The city is on edge as an elusive serial killer drains victims of their blood. Upon finishing her studies at a revolutionary French medical school teaching hypnosis, Dr. Lesley Parker (Leerhsen), prepares for her long journey home to San Francisco to open her own psychiatric practice. But her plans are interrupted when she meets Val Drakul, a young Romanian man traumatized by his family’s tragic and mysterious past. He needs help, and so at the urging of her new-found colleague, Dr. Sigmund Freud, Lesley takes Val to San Francisco – making him part of a new group of patients suffering from phobias. But when the patients start dying one by one, it seems the Parisian killer might be among them – and Val – he might be a vampire.

Rounding out the cast are Chase Jeffery (Exposed, American Virgin) as Val Drakul, the man tormented by a family curse; Matthew Tompkins (Killing Down, Missionary Man) as I.M. Casey, a mysterious stranger tracking Val; Jonathan Brooks (The Next Door Neighbor, Seasons of Gray) and Nicole Leigh (Small Timers, Karma Police) as Guy and Marcia Krusek, Val’s cousins and owners of the Theatre du Macabres; and Matt Moore (Super, Premonition) as a young Sigmund Freud.

Combining gothic horror and an Agatha Christie style murder mystery, Phobia will be produced by a seasoned genre crew including Director of Photography Richard Clabaugh (The Prophecy, Phantoms), Production Designer Eric Whitney (The Final, Fall Down Dead) and FX Make-up Artist Joshua Fread (The Mechanical Grave, After Sundown).

Production begins October 3rd in Dallas, Texas.

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