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Lionsgate Scares Up More 'Films to Die For'

18 Jan, 2008 By: Kyra Kudick

Lionsgate will release the second installation of “After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For” on DVD March 18 (prebook Feb. 20).

The eight films in the set were shown theatrically nationwide during the second annual After Dark Horrorfest Nov. 9-18, 2007. The weeklong festival is the brainchild of Courtney Solomon, CEO and partner of After Dark Films, who wanted to bring horror films with more graphic content to theaters.

“He looks for films that are a little bit out there — extreme,” said Chela Johnson, VP of marketing for Lionsgate. She said the films, found at both major film festivals and smaller horror festivals, are all chosen for their excellent quality.

The previous “After Dark Horrorfest” DVD collection (released last March) contained seven of the top 10 best-selling direct-to-video horror titles, and represented 28% of all DTV horror sales, said Johnson citing extrapolated Nielsen data.

This year's collection features Crazy Eights, Nightmare Man, Tooth and Nail, Unearthed, The Deaths of Ian Stone, Mulberry Street, Lake Dead and Borderland. The titles are available separately for $19.98 each, or in an eight-DVD boxed set for $159.84.

All the DVDs include the “Miss Horrorfest Contest” webisodes. The popular webisodes, with a reported 45 million hits, feature the eight semifinalists living in a house and competing in a variety of contests for the crown. Filmed in a reality TV format, the webisodes also are available at YouTube.com.

Nightmare Man, Mulberry Street and Borderland include features such as audio commentary, extended or deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, storyboards and makeup tests. Borderland, which is based on a true story, also has a featurette that includes actual police footage from the investigation of the events.

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