Casting Begins On Haunting Kira

The first actor to play the iconic madman of the highest grossing horror franchise of all time, the better half of the "Re-Animator" and a duo of upcoming Scream Queens have been added to the cast of Teresa Fahs' zombie project "Haunting Kira."

It was announced in July that Rachel Grubb, star of the indie horror films "Tales of the Dead," "13 Hours in a Warehouse," "Strip Club Slasher," "Camp Kill" and "Cave Women on Mars," will play the film's lead character, a ghost that has reanimated a rotting corpse. Now not only have fellow Scream Queens Monique Dupree and Donna Hamblin joined the cast, but so has Ari Lehman, best known as Jason Vorhees of "Friday the 13th" and Katheen Kinmont of "Bride of Re-Animator."

Lehman portrayed young Jason rising from the dark waters of Crystal Lake at the end of Sean Cunningham's 1980 classic. The actor since went on to become a musician and currently fronts the metal band First Jason. In 2006, Lehman got back into acting and has since appeared in five indie horror films.

"I got a chance to work with Ari on 'Terror Overload,'" Grubb said. "He was a blast to work with, and quite hilarious as Ray Rae in the 'Mongo Chupa' segment. I knew he would be great."

"Haunting Kira" producer Chad Clinton Freeman (Regan Redding's "Killer Biker Chicks," Shane Ryan's "Amateur Porn Star Killer 3D," "Super Undead Doctor Roach") said Lehman will be playing the role of a cab driver when "Haunting Kira" shoots in Las Vegas in early 2010.

"Jason Vorhees driving a cab, loose on the streets of Las Vegas; If that's not scary, I don't know what is," Freeman joked. "But seriously, casting Lehman is one of the many fun things we have planned with this project. Hopefully we will be able to disclose all casting details before Halloween so that genre fans can get as excited about this movie as myself and writer/director Teresa Fahs are."

Among the talent the duo is excited about are their Scream Queens. So far they have nabbed Katheen Kinmont, who was also Kelly Meeker in "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers," and three of horror's up and coming beauties. Monique Dupree, Donna Hamblin and Rachel Grubb are all featured in David Byron's latest book “Queens of Scream: The New Blood.”

Dupree, who has starred in close to 30 films, is often referred to as the First Black Scream Queen. Recently she appeared in "Skeleton Key 2: 667 Neighbor of the Beast," "Plan 9," "Satan Hates You" and "Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned."

Hamblin has become a regular in the recent works of Ted V. Mikels ("Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned," "Demon Haunt ," "Cauldron: Baptism of Blood") and can also be seen in the grindhouse throwbacks "Killer Biker Chicks" and "At the House of Madness."

"I am excited to be added to what already is shaping up to be a great cast," Hamblin said. "I'm looking forward to working with Rachel and Monique, and I can't wait to see who Chad and Teresa announce next."

Other talent already nabbed for the film includes Ted LeBlang ("Dirty Martini"), Derek Houck ("Absent"), Kim Sønderholm ("The Horror Vault," "Craig"), Leo Limauco ("Devotion"), Reagan Pfifer ("Black Sunday"), Erik A. Williams (Eric Stanze's "Ratline," "The Heart: Final Pulse"), Joe Hammerstone ("Monsterpiece Theatre Volume 1," Kevin Strange's "CockHammer") and newcomers Daniel Nagelhout and Alexis Borghi.
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