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AFTER DARK FILMS EATS UP THE NEW HORROR COMEDY, ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AS FILM JOINS HORRORFEST 4: IN THEATRES JANUARY 29, 2010

Kevin Hamedani Directorial Debut Joins the “8 Films to Die For”® Lineup

Los Angeles, CA (October 22, 2009) — After Dark Films announces that the company has inked a deal with Typecast Pictures to feature ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction in its next incarnation of After Dark Horrorfest®: 8 Films to Die For®. In addition to directing the film, Kevin Hamedani co-wrote the feature with Ramon Isao. Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, and Cooper Hopkins star. John Sinno of Typecast Films produced and Ali Hamedani and John Sinno executive produced. Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark brokered the deal with Andrew Herwitz of Film Sales Co. who represented the filmmakers in the negotiations.

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In ZMD, a conservative island community is under attack! Port Gamble, Washington is being overrun with braineaters, and the people seem powerless to stave them off. A rag tag band of rebels led by Frida (Janette Armand), an Iranian college student suspected of being an Iraqi terrorist, and Tom (Doug Fahl), a gay business man who has returned to town with his partner to come out to his mother, tries to turn the tide and push the invading hoards of undead back.

“We are so pleased to offer up a gory, sharp film with such social relevance,” said After Dark Films Executive Stephanie Caleb. “It brings a new level of variety to this year’s fest and we’re happy to have such a fun film to share with our fans.”

“We’re all delighted that ZMD found a good home with After Dark Films. Their concept of a festival theatrical release is perfect for our times and for bringing ZMD to the attention of appreciative fans all across the country. I wish them all the best with Horrorfest 4.” – John Sinno, Typecast Films

Andrew Herwitz added, “Many companies pursued this film. We chose After Dark Films because we really believe that their unique marketing concept will guarantee that zombie hungry audiences across the country will be able to see this very unique film.” ZMD joins previously announced titles, The Graves, DREAD, Lake Mungo, and Hidden. After Dark Horrorfest® 4 runs for one week in theatres across the United States from January 29nd – February 4th, making it the largest nationwide film festival.

ZMD is being represented internationally by Forward Motion Entertainment.

After Dark Films:
Founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile financier Allan Zeman, After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

After Dark is perhaps best known for its creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For® (www.horrorfestonline.com). Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest ® is a one week national film festival that celebrates all areas of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 at the national box office, grossing over $2.5 million. Additionally, it reached great success with over 1.6 million DVD’s currently in circulation through distribution partner Lionsgate.

After Dark’s initial film release was the box office success An American Haunting (2006), written, directed and produced by Courtney 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, starring Jason Behr, Rhona Mitra and Matthew Knight; Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Oscar-nominee Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), and Frontier(s), directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman).

Earlier this year it was announced that After Dark Films is making its first foray into television by partnering with Lionsgate and IFC to co-produce the best selling book series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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AFTER DARK FILMS ACQUIRES NEWEST TITLE FOR HORRORFEST 4: 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR IN THEATRES JANUARY 29, 2010

Hidden fills out the fourth slot in the most recent edition of After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For!

Los Angeles, CA (October 1, 2009) — After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon has announced that After Dark has acquired the Norwegian psychological horror title Hidden after inking a deal with NonStop Films AB. The film marks the fourth title for After Dark’s latest installment of Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For. Pål Øie (Dark Woods) directed from a script he co-wrote with Brio Flint. The film stars one of Norway’s most prominent actors Kristoffer Joner (Next Door and upcoming Pax) who leads a cast including Cecilie Mosli, Anders Danielsen Lie, Bjarte Hjelmeland and Karin Park. Jan Aksel Angeltvedt of Alligator Film produced the film.

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Hidden is the story of Kai Koss who upon the death of his cruel mother unwillingly returns to the small town he ran away from 19 years ago. He is left in charge of the family home and the dark secrets that come with it. Kai soon finds himself tangled up in a series of murderous events that are beyond anyone’s control and his troubles begin to overwhelm him. He has spent the past two decades trying to forget a tortured past only to find that there are some things that you just can’t run from.

“Hidden represents intense psychological suspense at it’s best,“ stated After Dark EVP Stephanie Caleb. “The dark and terrifying atmosphere and intricate storyline weave together to form a film that should keep fans scared and intrigued up until the very end.” “We are proud to be working together with After Dark Films and we look forward to the release in the North American Market, but foremost we are excited that so many horror fans will be able to see this intriguing film,” says Miira Paasilinna, Sales Executive at Sales agent NonStop Sales.

Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark, brokered the deal with Sales Executive,
Miira Paasilinna and Lena Unander of NonStop Films AB.

Hidden
After Dark Films:

Founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile financier Allan Zeman, After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance,production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

After Dark is perhaps best known for its creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For® (www.horrorfestonline.com). Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest ® is a one week national film festival that celebrates all areas of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 at the national box office, grossing over $2.5 million. Additionally, it has reached great success with over 1.6 million DVDs currently in circulation through distribution partner Lionsgate.

After Dark’s initial film release was the box office success An American Haunting (2006),written, directed and produced by Courtney 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, starring Jason Behr, Rhona Mitra and Matthew Knight; Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Oscar-nominee Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields); and Frontier(s), directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman).

Earlier this year it was announced that After Dark Films is making its first foray into television, partnering with Lionsgate and IFC to co-produce the best selling book series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Non Stop Films AB:

NonStop Sales AB is an independent Scandinavian-based international sales company for quality feature films with a commercial potential. NonStop Sales represents more than 25 production companies worldwide and is a company within Millennium Media Group AB (MMG), a fast growing Scandinavian media group.

Publicity Contacts:

LOS ANGELES:
After Dark Films/Autonomous Films/Pictures: Emily Weiss
eweiss@afterdarkfilms.com Ph: 310-270-4263

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DREAD JOINS THE AFTER DARK HORRORFEST 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR LINEUP

DREADLogline:

Dread, the second in the Book of Blood franchise is a stylish horror/thriller about three college students working on a documentary for school focusing on what others dread in life.

Synopsis:

Red-hot young star Jackson Rathbone, fresh from the smash film TWILIGHT SAGA and the upcoming THE LAST AIRBENDER, stars in the stylish horror/thriller DREAD. Stephen (RATHBONE) and Cheryl (Laura Donnelly, INSATIABLE) are college students making a documentary about what people dread in life. But they have no idea that their partner Quaid (Shaun Evans, BOY A, TELSTAR), witnessed his parents being murdered by an axe-wielding lunatic and wants to make others experience his own personal horror. The three set out to document people revealing their life’s most terrifying moments. But Quaid quickly grows bored with mere interviews and decides to take the study to a much more visceral level, causing all three to become vulnerable as they reveal their fears in front of the camera. Just as Stephen and Cheryl realize they have partnered with a madman, they also find themselves subjects of the hideous experiment they brought to life… learning more about fear and dread than any human mind can stand. Clive Barker, the Godfather of modern horror/fantasy and the creator of the Hellraiser and Candyman Series, produced DREAD. His protégé Anthony DiBlasi, co-producer of the upcoming HELLRAISER and executive producer on BOOK OF BLOOD and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, masterfully directs DREAD, the second film in the terrifying BOOK OF BLOOD franchise, with mind-blowing special effects from Artem (TROY, TOMB RAIDER 2). For millions of horror fans worldwide, there will be no greater dread than missing this landmark of terror.

Cast:
Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Evans, Laura Donnelly, Hanne Steen

Director:
Anthony DiBlasi

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AFTER DARK FILMS ANNOUNCES LAKE MUNGO AS THE NEWEST ADDITION TO HORRORFEST: 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR IN THEATRES JANUARY 29, 2010

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Lake Mungo Joins the After Dark Horrorfest 8 Films to Die For Lineup

Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2009) — After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon has announced that After Dark has inked a deal with Arclight Films to feature Lake Mungo in it’s next incarnation of After Dark Horrorfest®: 8 Films to Die For®. The supernatural mystery is written and directed by Joel Anderson making his feature debut. Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger and Martin Sharpe star. Georgie Nevile and David Rapsey produced. Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark brokered the deal with Arclight Films who represented the filmmakers in the negotiations.

In Lake Mungo, sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges.

“Joel has created an eerily crafted, suspense piece that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and will leave them with a sense of unease for days to come.” stated Solomon. “We’re pleased to bring such an original film to audiences in the US.”

Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films, added, “Arclight is extremely proud of the continuing success of Joel’s film and feel that After Dark has the right vision to bring maximum success for Lake Mungo in the US market.”

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After Dark Films will continue to announce their line up over the upcoming months leading up to the January 29, 2010 release. “With Horrorfest entering its fourth year, we’re pleased that we can continue to bring to our fans exciting, new films that expand the entire horror genre.” added Solomon.

Joel Anderson is repped by UTA.

After Dark Horrorfest® 4 runs for one week in theatres across the United States from January 29nd – February 5th, making it the largest nationwide film festival.

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DREAD

DreadLogline:

Dread, the second in the Book of Blood franchise is a stylish horror/thriller about three college students working on a documentary for school focusing on what others dread in life.

Synopsis:

Red-hot young star Jackson Rathbone, fresh from the smash film TWILIGHT SAGA and the upcoming THE LAST AIRBENDER, stars in the stylish horror/thriller DREAD. Stephen (RATHBONE) and Cheryl (Laura Donnelly, INSATIABLE) are college students making a documentary about what people dread in life. But they have no idea that their partner Quaid (Shaun Evans, BOY A, TELSTAR), witnessed his parents being murdered by an axe-wielding lunatic and wants to make others experience his own personal horror. The three set out to document people revealing their life’s most terrifying moments. But Quaid quickly grows bored with mere interviews and decides to take the study to a much more visceral level, causing all three to become vulnerable as they reveal their fears in front of the camera. Just as Stephen and Cheryl realize they have partnered with a madman, they also find themselves subjects of the hideous experiment they brought to life… learning more about fear and dread than any human mind can stand. Clive Barker, the Godfather of modern horror/fantasy and the creator of the Hellraiser and Candyman Series, produced DREAD. His protégé Anthony DiBlasi, co-producer of the upcoming HELLRAISER and executive producer on BOOK OF BLOOD and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, masterfully directs DREAD, the second film in the terrifying BOOK OF BLOOD franchise, with mind-blowing special effects from Artem (TROY, TOMB RAIDER 2). For millions of horror fans worldwide, there will be no greater dread than missing this landmark of terror.

Cast:
Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Evans, Laura Donnelly, Hanne Steen

Director:
Anthony DiBlasi


THE GRAVES

THE GRAVESWritten & Directed by Brian Pulido

Synopsis:
On their last weekend together, Megan and Abby Graves are lost in a remote part of the Arizona desert where they are lured to Skull City Mine, an abandoned mine town. But they soon learn Skull City is anything but abandoned — and there’s no way out.

The sisters are now prey, forced to unleash their most primitive instincts in a desperate, all-out battle for survival against unspeakable horrors — both human and supernatural.

Can they unlock the terrifying secrets of Skull City in time to save themselves or will they become the latest in a long line of victims?

Stars:

Clare Grant, Jillian Murray, Bill Moseley, Lamb of God singer D. Randall Blythe and Tony Todd.

www.thegravesmovie.com

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CLIVE BARKER CREATES A SENSE OF “DREAD” FOR
AFTER DARK FILMS’ HORRORFEST 4® LATEST ACQUISITION

–Directorial debut of Anthony DiBlasi in the

“8 Films To Die For”® Festival set for January 29, 2010–

Los Angeles, CA (July 21, 2009) — After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon announces the latest addition to After Dark Films’ Horrorfest®4 lineup today in Hollywood. Anthony DiBlasi directs his own script of the eagerly anticipated Clive Barker tale, “DREAD,” which goes out to theatres January 29, 2010 as part of After Dark Films Horrorfest®4 “8 Films To Die For”.

DREAD is the second film in the Book of Blood franchise. The action follows three college students who set out to produce a documentary about fear, only to find themselves the subjects of an experiment in terror. DiBlasi, a producing partner of Barker’s on such films as Book of Blood and Midnight Meat Train, makes his directorial debut with DREAD, working from his own screenplay. Jackson Rathbone (Twilight Saga and The Last Airbender) stars alongside Shaun Evans (Boy A), Hanne Steen and Laura Donnelly.

Clive Barker is a versatile artist and pop culture icon who hardly needs introduction to legions of fans worldwide. An author, director and producer, the English born Barker is renowned for his horror fiction and fantasy writings. The creator of the Hellraiser and Candyman series, Barker is also an acclaimed visual artist and distinguished playwright.

After Dark Films CEO Courtney Solomon calls the production “relentlessly disturbing and truly scary,” adding, “We are thrilled to have beaten the competition on this film as we just HAD to have it for Horrorfest!”
“Anthony, Clive, Joe and I couldn’t be more excited about After Dark featuring DREAD in this year’s festival, and handling its national release,” said Jorge Saralegui of Midnight Picture Show. “Their legendary, provocative marketing campaigns make them the perfect partners for a sexy and intense psycho-thriller like DREAD.”

Nigel Thomas of Matador Pictures added, “We’re delighted to be involved with After Dark. DREAD is a real crowd-pleaser and there’s nobody better to showcase it to our audience.”

Dread was produced by Clive Barker, Joe Daley and Jorge Saralegui of Midnight Picture Show, Nigel Thomas and Charlotte Walls of Matador Pictures and Lauri Apelian of Ocean Sky Entertainment. Essential Entertainment CEO Jere Hausfater and Director of Sales and Distribution, Mark Padilla, negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers with Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark Films.

Both Barker and DiBlasi are repped by APA and Evolution Management.

After Dark Horrorfest® 4 runs for one week in theatres across the United States, from January 29nd through February 5th, making it the largest film festival in the nation.

About After Dark Films:
Founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile
financier Allan Zeman, After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production
and the acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

After Dark is perhaps best known for its creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For® (www.horrorfestonline.com). Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest ® is a weeklong, 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 distribution partner Lionsgate.

After Dark’s initial film release was the box office success, An American Haunting (2006), 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, starring Jason Behr, Rhona Mitra and Matthew Knight; Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Oscar-nominee Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields); and Frontier(s), directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman)

Earlier this year, After Dark Films announced its first foray into television, partnering with Lionsgate and IFC to co-produce the best selling book series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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AFTER DARK FILMS ANNOUNCES FIRST ADDITION TO HORRORFEST: 8
FILMS TO DIE FOR® IN THEATRES JANUARY 29, 2010

The Graves Joins the After Dark Horrorfest® 8 Films to Die For® Lineup

Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2009) — The first addition to After Dark Horrorfest®4 was announced today by After Dark Films’ CEO Courtney Solomon. The After Dark Horrorfest will take place January 29, 2010. The new title joining the 8 Films to Die For® lineup is The Graves, written and directed by Brian Pulido. Pulido, a well known comic book writer and creator of such titles as Lady Death and Evil Ernie, makes his feature directorial debut on the film. The films stars Clare Grant, Jillian Murray, Bill Moseley, Lamb of God singer D. Randall Blythe and Tony Todd. Brian Ronalds and Dean Ronalds of Ronalds Brothers Productions and Francisca Pulido of Mischief Maker Studios produced. Adam Goldfine is the Director of Photography. Dana Lambert, VP of Acquisitions at After Dark Films brokered the deal with Ted Chalmers of Moving Pictures Film & TV who represented the filmmakers in the negotiations.

In The Graves, two inseparable sisters, Megan and Abby Graves, are taking one last wild road trip before Megan has to start a new job. The journey includes a trip through remote Arizona in search of a kitchy roadside attraction. Instead, Megan and Abby happen on Skull City Mine, a weather-beaten, abandoned mine town converted into a self-guided tour. What seems like a fun day in the sun turns into a mind-bending fight for survival against menaces both human and supernatural.

“Brian’s background and knowledge of the horror world has served him incredibly well. He has directed a film that audiences are going to find both scary and immensely entertaining. The Graves is simply great edgy fun and we’re excited to have it as part of our line up.” stated After Dark Partner/CEO Courtney Solomon.

“Mischief Maker Studios and Ronalds Brothers Productions are pleased that their first foray together has produced a theatrical feature film,” says Mischief Maker Studios COO Francisca Pulido. “Brian Pulido continues to deliver the goods to horror fans. The Graves is a fun, date night horror flick.”

After Dark Horrorfest® 4 runs for one week in theatres across the United States from January 29nd – February 5th, making it the largest nationwide film festival.

After Dark Films:
Founded in 2006 by film producer/director/writer Courtney Solomon and real estate and textile financier Allan Zeman, After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

After Dark is perhaps best known for its creation and execution of After Dark Horrorfest® – 8 Films to Die For® (www.horrorfestonline.com). Debuting in 2006, After Dark Horrorfest ® is a one week national film festival that celebrates all areas of the horror genre. In its first year,
Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 at the national box office, grossing over $2.5 million. Additionally, it has reached great success with over 1.6 million DVDs currently in circulation through distribution partner Lionsgate.

After Dark’s initial film release was the box office success An American Haunting (2006), written, directed and produced by Courtney 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, starring Jason Behr, Rhona Mitra and Matthew Knight; Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Oscar-nominee Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields); and Frontier(s), directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman).

Earlier this year it was announced that After Dark Films is making its first foray into television, partnering with Lionsgate and IFC to co-produce the best selling book series, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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HORRORFEST 4 MAIN EVENT

HORRORFEST 4 MAIN EVENT

HORRORFEST 4 MAIN EVENT – 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR

DREAD

DREAD

THREE COLLEGE STUDENTS WORKING ON A DOCUMENTARY FOR SCHOOL FOCUSING ON WHAT OTHERS DREAD IN LIFE

HIDDEN

HIDDEN

19 YEARS AGO KK RAN FROM HIS CRUEL MOTHER AND A CREEPY HOUSE IN THE WOODS

KILL THEORY

KILL THEORY

ARE YOU CAPABLE OF THE UNTHINKABLE? THAT’S THE QUESTION SEVEN COLLEGE STUDENTS FACE

LAKE MUNGO

LAKE MUNGO

IN LAKE MUNGO, SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ALICE PALMER DROWNS

THE FINAL

THE FINAL

IN THE SCENIC AND REMOTE COUNTRY OF ROCKY BRANCH, TEXAS, THE WORKLEY RANCH HOUSE WOULD BECOME A INFAMOUS SCENE

THE GRAVES

THE GRAVES

MEGAN AND ABBY GRAVES ARE LOST IN A REMOTE PART OF THE ARIZONA DESERT

THE REEDS

THE REEDS

IN THE REEDS, A WEEKEND BOATING TRIP THROUGH THE NORFOLK BROADS BECOMES A TERRIFYING, DEADLY ORDEAL FOR SIX 20-SOMETHING

ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION

ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION

IN ZMD, A CONSERVATIVE ISLAND COMMUNITY IS UNDER ATTACK! PORT GAMBLE, WASHINGTON IS BEING OVERRUN WITH BRAINEATERS