After Dark Films, SyFy, and Lionsgate are coming together to bring us horror fans a new festival to get excited about. It's called After Dark Originals and from the first trailer on the website, I'm expecting it to supply us with a bloody good time. Now here's hoping that it will make a stop in the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX area. All you horror fans out there that show up at Texas Frightmare Weekend and other horror events need to come out to this if they have it here and show After Dark that there is a reason to put Dallas back on the horror festival map. After the horrible turnouts the last couple of years at the 8 Films To Die For screenings, why would they want to come back here? Check out the official announcement after the jump.
NEW BLOOD FOR AFTER DARK FILMS AS COMPANY ANNOUNCES ORIGINALS FESTIVAL
After Dark Films Together with Lionsgate & Syfy Produces A New Generation Of Horror With Eight ORIGINALS Set To Release Third Quarter 2010
Los Angeles, CA (March 11, 2010) — Building on the success and brand awareness of the After Dark Horrorfest 8 Films To Die For ® brand, After Dark Films, in cooperation with Lionsgate and NBC Universal’s Syfy, has created a new series, After Dark Originals (ADO).
Tapping into the vast and innovative talent of directors and filmmakers from Horrorfest’s acquisitions over the past 4 years, After Dark has taken the horror festival concept to a higher level. After Dark Originals showcases eight new cutting edge horror films spanning the genre. The mission is to create high quality horror films that provide After Dark full control from script concept through final editing. The first installment of ADO includes Husk, Fertile Ground, Scream Of The Banshee, Prowl, The Task, Re-Kill, Seconds Apart and 51. Notable directors and writers include Brett Simmons, whose short film Husk took Sundance by storm several years ago, Steven C. Miller of Automaton Transfusion fame, and previous After Dark writer/director Adam Gierasch (Autopsy). All ADO films were shot in the US and Bulgaria.
"The writers and directors in our After Dark Originals line are outstanding. We are excited to showcase their work and to give a home to all this fresh young talent that we will continue to develop over time", says After Dark Films owner and CEO, Courtney Solomon.
Currently seven of the eight films have been filmed and are in post-production. The eighth to slated to start production this month. All eight Originals will be released in Third Quarter 2010 with a new and innovative marketing and release strategy. Additionally, the second set of Originals has already been green lit and will start production in July 2010.