The Murder Muse – USA, 2019 – overview

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The Murder Muse is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by George O’Barts. The Cole O’Barts Entertainment production stars Alan R. Johnson, Samantha Kade, Tina Marie Nigro, Drew Moore, Ben Edwards, Jeffrey Rutz and Diana Brest.


When retired Hollywood star Evelyn Brown (Tina Marie Nigro) suddenly dies, her beloved dinner theatre, Mother’s Murder Hosting, is sold at auction. Acting instructor Tom Wilson (Alan R. Johnson)  is convinced to purchase the property by a fast-talking auctioneer when he attempts to recover one of his student’s costumes from the facility.

Saddled with the failed studio, Tom is committed to turning the place around and enlists the aid if his eager community college students. Unfortunately, Tom soon discovers he got much more than he bargained for when the ghost of the former actress appears warning of “the man in the chair”.

With his life savings invested, haunted or not, Tom has little choice but to move forward. Is the ghost’s cryptic warning to be taken seriously or is she the real danger. Only time will tell if anyone makes it to the end of the semester…


The Murder Muse began shooting on June 12, 2019, and expect to wrap principal photography by the end of August with plans for a release by the end of the year.

Cast and characters:

  • Alan R. Johnson … Tom Wilson
  • Samantha Kade … Kayla
  • Jeffrey Rutz … Mario (as Jeffery Rutz)
  • Diana Brest … Madame Catarina
  • Drew Moore … Jake
  • Ben Edwards … Brad
  • Becky Jo Harris … Shelly
  • Tina Marie Nigro … Evelyn Brown
  • Marc Buck … Todd Hidebound
  • Cian Patrick O’Dowd … Slater Hamilton
  • Christina Maxwell … Deb
  • Christopher Horak … Kevin
  • Jason Eric Goldstein … Aaron Dugan
  • Robert Bielfelt … Jayson Pohler
  • Toy Taylor … Katy Roman

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