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2010 AFTER DARK FILMS – 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR

It’s that time again. And as usual, my little angerufen town of Disgusta, Georgia is too small and too DUMB to bring really cool things to the theater. Cool Things like After Dark Film’s 2010 After Dark Horrorfest IV “8 Films to Die For.”

After Dark Films has been teasing me for the last couple months, sending me press releases, photo stills and movie clips of their 8 new tasty treats, slated to hit 25 cool theaters January 29-February 4, 2010. And if you are any of the lucky ones having it visit your town, suffice it to say I am extremely jealous (especially because you get to see the ZMD installment.)

For those of you living under a rock and are asking yourself “what the F is After Dark Films?” allow me to tell you - After Dark Films was founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile financier Allan Zeman, perhaps most widely known for their creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For®.

Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest® is a week long, nationwide film festival that celebrates all aspects of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 of the domestic box office, grossing more than $2.5 million. Additionally, it has sold over 1.6 million DVDs through their distribution partner Lionsgate. After Dark’s initial film release was the box office success “An American Haunting,” written, directed and produced by Solomon. An American Haunting opened at the #2 spot in the nation and maintained its position for four weeks. Subsequent releases include The Abandoned; Skinwalkers; Captivity; and Frontier(s).

2010’S LINEUP: THE GRAVES Written and directed by comic book writer Brian Pulido, The Graves is the story two inseparable sisters that are taking one last wild road trip before one of them must start a new job. While driving through Arizona in search of a kitchy roadside attraction, the sisters come accross Skull City Mine, an abandoned mine town that has been converted into a self-guided tour.

What starts out like a fun day in the sun ends up as a mind-bending fight for survival as the sisters struggle against menaces both human and supernatural.

DREAD Anthony DiBlasi makes his directorial debut with Dread, the second film in Clive Barker’s Book of Blood franchise (you might remember DiBlasi from when he partnered with Barker’s on such films as Book of Blood and Midnight Meat Train.)

Dread tells is the story of three ambitious college students who set out to produce a documentary about fear. In doing so however, they soon learn they are actually being played as pawns in someone else’s very own experiment of terror.

LAKE MUNGO Making his feature debut, Joel Anderson both wrote and directed Lake Mungo, the story of sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer who drowned while swimming in the local dam. After her body is recovered and her death ruled as accidental, her family begins to experiences a series of strange and inexplicable “events.” The Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny, who discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges.

HIDDEN A Norwegian psychological horror directed by Pål Øie, Hidden tells the story of Kai Koss who ran away from his family and home town 19 years ago. Unfortunately, the death of his cruel mother forces him to return in order to can care for his family home and the dark secrets that come with it.

It isn’t long before Kai finds himself tangled up in a series of murderous events way beyond his control, and he quickly learns there are some things that you just can’t run away from.

THE FINAL The Final is the directorial debut of Joey Stewart that takes place at scenic Workley Ranch in Rocky Branch, Texas. In the midst of a wild costume party, five previously powerless and picked upon students are giving a “Final Exam” with just one question: “What did you do to deserve this?” (thankfully I am not one of the ones forced to take their “killer” exam!)

In the words of the director “The Final is about being picked on, bullied, and tormented, and the retaliation and revenge that it incurs. As the characters feel that life has no meaning, they make a pact for revenge that will teach these kids a valuable life lesson. It’s about what happens when people are pushed to the brink of despair, and the consequences that the responsible parties must face.”

ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION Directing by Kevin Hamedani, ZMD introduces us to conservative Port Gamble, Washington while it is being overrun with braineating zombies. As the residents of this island community seem powerless to defend themselves, a rag tag band of rebels led by Frida, an Iranian college student suspected of being an Iraqi terrorist, and Tom, a gay business man who has returned to town with his partner to come out to his mother, tries to turn the tide and send the uninvited hoards of undead back to where they came from

THE REEDS Directed by Nick Cohen, The Reeds tells of a weekend boating trip through the Norfolk Broads that becomes a deadly ordeal for six 20-something year old friends who lose their bearings in the vast reedy tidewaters. Chances of escape and hopes for survival quickly diminish as inexplicable forces terrorize the lost and frightened group.

KILL THEORY Directed by Chris Moore, Kill Theory is the story of a group of college friends who visit a secluded vacation home to celebrate their impending graduation. Their fun is cut short however when they are forced to participate in a deadly experiment by a sadistic psychopath. Loyalties are tested, tensions escalate and hope fades as they quickly realize only one of them can make it out alive, and each friend must kill in order to be last one standing.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT: These are the 8 Films to Die For in this years After Dark Films Horrorfest IV. Salivating yet? I know I am!