18 & Over trailer: Ashley Benson slasher will be released as a $263 NFT

Last year, we heard that Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) would be starring in the erotic “pandemic slasher” 18 & Over. Now a trailer for the movie has arrived online – you can check that out in the embed above – and along with that comes the news that 18 & Over is going to be released this Friday, August 5th. As an NFT!

Variety reports that

the producers are granting an exclusive two-month streaming window to fans who buy one of 10,000 limited-edition NFTs with character art based on the movie. The price of entry? The NFTs will go on sale for $263 each on Aug 5 — which, if they all sell out, would work out to a $2.63 million total haul. Then, starting Aug. 12, each NFT owner will be able to watch the “collector’s cut” of the film for a two-month period via a private link.

To be fair, producers Hercules Film Fund and Rhea Films say that “long-term holders” of the NFTs will receive perks in addition to early-access streaming, including exclusive access to the collectors’ community and virtual hangouts with the movie’s talent and director. In addition, NFT owners will receive “rewards in the form of a rebate linked to success in the traditional distribution market,” according to the companies. More info on the movie and the NFT drop is available at this link.

If you’re not into NFTs, it has already been confirmed that a “theatrical cut” of 18 & Over will be receiving a traditional release sometime down the line.

18 & Over stars and was produced by Benson, who is also credited with creating the project with writer/director Jimmy Giannopolous and co-writer Diomedes Raul Bermudez. Benson takes on the role of

Vicky, who’s looking for an escape after going through a relationship breakup. While in a remote cabin, she models lingerie for her followers on an adults-only livestreaming website (called 18 & Over) — before the power goes out… and she’s terrorized by a masked, crowbar-wielding murderer.

Benson is joined in the cast by Jon Foster, Jake Weary, Sky Ferreira, Luis Guzman, Winnie Harlow, G Eazy, Duke Nicholson, A$AP Nast, John Robinson, Paris Hilton, and Pamela Anderson. 

18 & Over was also produced by Purpose Film’s Bermudez and Artemis Pictures’ Siena Oberman, plus Cassius Corrigan. Jamin O’Brien is executive producer.

By being released as an NFT, 18 & Over is following in the footsteps of Kevin Smith’s anthology horror film Killroy Was Here, which was released as an NFT last month. Are you a fan of NFTs? Have you gotten in on the Killroy Was Here action, and will you be doing the same for 18 & Over? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Here’s the Vicky character art:

18 & Over Ashley Benson
Source: Variety

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