The Daemon Lover (2004) is a short movie created by Ben Gunderson.
The Daemon Lover is a hallucinatory and colorful nightmare that was shot in the wee hours of the morning. A young man walks into a theater for an audition and meets a gorgeous and strange young woman who shows him around the theater. The night descends into a fever-dream with disturbing imagery, kissing, and lots of Christmas lights. Examines the cyclical demise of a man who succumbs to a mysterious, modern day siren.
The movie was completed as an Arts Alive 2004 project for high school with a soundtrack consisting of "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and Her Space Holiday. It was shot from midnight until sunrise on a Saturday night in Moorhead High School's auditorium. Ben Gunderson learned to program a light board for the dream/dance sequence. The movie was inspired by Shirley Jackson's short story "The Demon Lover." The movie was a response to a challenge by friends and moviemakers Nikki Rodenburg and Colin Froeber to make a pretty, colorful movie on video. The eerie Christmas lights all over the catwalks of the theater were inspired by Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.