AFTER DARK FILMS AND SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIES, SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE AND 51 WILL HAVE THEIR OWN THEATRICAL DEBUT
Syfy announced (April 1, 2010) that it will join forces with After Dark Films, the independent production company behind the annual Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For, to produce two films for the channelâ€™s popular Saturday Original Movie franchise.
The first After Dark-Syfy co-production is Scream of the Banshee, starring Lauren Holly (NCIS) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens), and is directed by Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion). The second film is 51, starring, Bruce Boxleitner (TRON: Legacy), Jason
London (Jason and the Argonauts), Rachel Miner (Guiding Light) and Vanessa Branch (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), and is directed by Jason Connery (The Devilâ€™s Tomb).
After Dark announced today that it will release the two films on their own later in the year, and separate from the After Dark Originals festival which hits selected theaters around the country on January 28th this year.
After Dark Films CEO, Courtney Solomon said, â€śWe love our partnership with Syfy and look forward to expanding on this exciting line-up. Scream of the Banshee and 51, will be the first Syfy Saturday Original Movie to also get a theatrical release thru After Darkâ€ť.
Since October 2007, Syfy has celebrated After Darkâ€™s 8 Films To Die For event by premiering some of the festivalâ€™s top movies. In October 2010 Syfy will showcase the latest Horrorfest films from the Horrorfest 4 line-up making the last year of Horrorfest.
After Dark Originals replaces After Dark Horrorfest with 8 original, never seen beforefilms produced for the After Dark Originals brand.
After Dark Films, an Independent motion picture studio, was formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate AllanÂ Zeman. After Dark Filmsâ€™ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting
(2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman
formed a multi-year marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die ForÂ®” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling Theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all ancillary
forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). The Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For brand was launched in 2006, creating the first festival of its kind, a week-long nationwide theatrical event that gives horror fans the chance to enjoy 8 new films that
push the envelope and span across the genre from Supernatural to psychological to creature features. After Dark Films is releasing After Dark Originals theatrically (HUSK, SECONDS APART, FERTILE GROUND, THE TASK, AND PROWL) on January 28th, 2011. Theater listings can be found at www.afterdarkoriginals.com