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Lionsgate Bows Horror Slate

11 Jan, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf

Lionsgate is prepping a strong Spring horror slate.

Lionsgate will release the “After Dark Horrorfest 2006” collection March 27 (prebook Feb. 28), featuring seven horror films that played in 500 theaters across the country in November.

The titles will be available individually for $19.98 each. All the films include DVD extras.

The collection includes Dark Ride, starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”). The DVD includes two featurettes, deleted scenes and director commentary.

Reincarnation is from The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu and the disc includes deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and an interview with Shimizu.

The Hamiltons is the winner of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Malibu Film Festival. DVD features include bloopers, deleted scenes and audio commentary with co-writers/co-directors The Butcher Brothers and star Cory Knauf.

Penny Dreadful stars Rachel Miner (The Black Dahlia) and Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers), with DVD extras including a “Behind the Screams” featurette and the “Stay Away” music video from Sanity.

The Gravedancers is from Mike Mendez, director of The Convent and Killers. Mendez provides DVD commentary with the film's composer Joe Bashara. Other extras include deleted scenes, two featurettes and storyboard comparison.

Unrest stars Corri English from “CSI Miami.” The disc includes audio commentary with director Jason Todd Ipson and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Wicked Little Things is a twisted, Tim Burton-esque fairy tale from director J.S. Cardone of The Forsaken. DVD extras include commentary with Cardone and star Lori Heuring (Mulholland Drive).

The “After Dark Horrorfest” films are backed with $15 million in advertising and publicity from Lionsgate. The titles broke into the top 10 box office during their three-day run in November, with per-screen earning averages of more than $5,000.

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