An Oregon woman awaiting trial for the alleged murder of her uncle poses as the killer in the still-released low-budget horror movie.
30-year-old Eisling Tucker Moore-Reed remained in jail Saturday in Jackson County, Oregon, after a grand jury indicted him last year for the 2016 murder of her uncle Shane Patrick Moore. that she is not guilty.
Producers of Out of the Dark say that Moore-Reed's fame is unwanted because there are rumors that she is cast in the role of the killer, knowing she is suspected of murder. The talk is "really part of the nightmare," director Matthew Speakard told NBC News affiliate KOBI in Medford, Oregon.
"None of us wants this," he said.
The film, described in a blurry way as "a late-night thriller for a young woman living in an apartment in the isolated mountains of Oregon," was shot while the investigation continued and Moore-Reed was indicted.
"Currently, our lead actress is facing a legal battle that we were not notified of until after the shooting was over," Siskiyou Productions said last month in a statement.
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Initially, the movie was scheduled to be released around Halloween, but was delayed and the filmmakers did not schedule another date, reports KOBI.
Moore-Reed opened fire on Moore on July 26 The Jackson County Sheriff said in a statement at the time in 2016.
She was arrested on suspicion of murder, but after a grand jury examined a video on a cellphone unknown to authorities so far, she was charged with murder.  The video obtained by KOBI contains audio in which a woman complains about Moore saying, "That day he, uh, attacked me" and "He shouldn't be within me."
The video shows an older man walking outside and then the same woman's voice urgently says, "He enters the house" before a gun is heard.
Then the woman says, "I didn't want to shoot him in the chest. "
Kelly Moore, Moore-Reed's mother, said in al three hours ago, hearing that family members were afraid of her uncle.
" I was worried he might kill us all, "she said.  Kelly Moore was described by the Washington Post as "the best-selling author and former author of the New York Times California lawyer who represented model Anna Nicole Smith."
KOBI reported that Moore-Reed is a journalist who writes under the name Tucker Reed. The Huffington Post describes Tucker Reed as an associate who is a "critically acclaimed international publication and gainful civil rights activist.
"As chairman of the nonprofit Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR)," The post reads: "Reed helped organize students nationwide on gender violence and contributed to several Title IX complaints."  The trial of Moore-Reed will begin next year, according to prosecutors.