Source: Press release from Bill Oberst Jr.
(Los Angeles) Actor Bill Oberst Jr. is preparing for back-to-back lead roles in major horror projects: The Asylum's 3-D feature A HAUNTING IN SALEM and Drew Daywalt's ambitious 18th century horror short NAKED.
A HAUNTING IN SALEM begins principal photography tomorrow (April 30) in Los Angeles. Oberst is cast in the lead role of a newly-arrived Sheriff in the community of Salem, Massachusetts. The film co-stars Courtney Abbiati, Jenna Stone and Nicholas Harsin. Asylum favorite Shane Van Dyke directs from a script by H. Perry Horton which spans in time from 1692 to the present.
Oberst jumps directly from wrap on A HAUNTING IN SALEM into the lead in Drew Daywalt's ensemble cast for NAKED, also starring Edin Gali of AMC's series MAD MEN, Maria Olsen of PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF and Gilbert Chavarria. The NAKED script by Daywalt, who recently wrapped production as director on season one episodes of MTV's upcoming horror series DEATH VALLEY, combines elements of Native American spiritual beliefs and Old World European superstitions to create a new mythology set in the New World of the early 1700's. A German settler (Oberst) enlists the help of his brother (Gali) and a Native American (Chavarria) to track down an Orc (Olsen) whom he blames for the death of his son.
Daywalt has enlisted big-name friends to help make the world of NAKED come to life. The film's Orc creature effects will be personally created by frequent Daywalt collaborator Jeff Farley (TROPIC THUNDER, BUFFY, BABYLON FIVE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, etc) and digital effects will be by Peter Giliberti (SPIDERMAN films, WATCHMEN, PRIEST, etc.)
|Set pic from The Bloodlet|
|Set pic from Overtime|
In writer/director Thomas Mentel's festival-bound short OVERTIME, Oberst plays a factory worker on a midnight shift who begins to see terrifying apparitions in the shadows around the machinery, including the ghost of his long-dead fiancee who wants an embrace; and an animalistic alter-ego of himself in a gas mask.