After Dark Films proudly announces the fourth film in its After Dark Originals 2 series (ADO2), Children of Sorrow. A film that is said to deliver a petrifying look into a cult psyche, Children of Sorrow is directed by Jourdan McClure (Rogue River, Die Maniacs Die!), written by Ryan Finnerty (Rogue River, Smosh), starring Bill Oberst Jr (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Take this Lollipop) and Hannah Levien (The Palace Players).
“Simon Leach is a very, very sick man. Thriving on despair, pain, and panic, he unites a group of broken and desperate people in the middle of the desert. He showers them with the love and affection they’re so desperate for, but Simon has a much greater plan for his followers.”
“Belongingness can be a terrifying subject, even more so when acceptance is disingenuous. Children of Sorrow is the nightmare version of that,” says McClure.
After Dark Films presents a twisted reality in Dark Circles arriving on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand May 21st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This supernatural horror film stars Pell James (The Lincoln Lawyer), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, Prom Night), Jennifer Foreman (Angry Little God) and Philippe Brenninkmeyer (Beerfest). The Dark Circles DVD includes audio commentary with writer/director Paul Soter.
“When new parents Alex and Penny retreat from the city and move into a place outside town, the stress and massive sleep-deprivation caused by their infant has both of them seeing things in the house that may or may not exist. Persistent sightings of a strange woman has each of them wondering if they are suffering from hallucinations, or if their new home holds a dark, supernatural presence. As their fragile grasp on reality spirals into delirium, Alex and Penny find themselves nearly helpless to deal with the horrific truth of what is really happening in the house.”
We’ve got a new clip that showcases a mild domestic dispute. I love Pell James, and she’s quite good in the film. READ MORE
Just four more features to go before the curtain falls on TAD 2011. It suits me well that today’s line-up seems more like a subdued offering. Calm before the storm.
A rather sweet 17-minute short about a lonely taxidermist who befriends a dog he thought was dead. Animal lovers will no doubt squirm but ultimately be moved by the film’s message.
A group of five friends take a trip to the cottage, attempting to mend their wounded relationship. What they encounter is a mysterious supernatural element that threatens to destroy them for good. The Corridor, a sci-fi/horror, is reminiscent to something you’d find in a Stephen King story. It’s driven by the characters’ rich dynamic. Each one is distinct and contains their specific internal demons. The damaged relationships between these men are the strongest aspect in this film. The ensemble delivers fine performances.
While the supernatural element is original, I found it got too increasingly bizarre that it only helped to withdraw me from the elements I liked the most. The visual effects more often than not, appeared a tad too phony for my taste. The lagging pace is also, a big determent. In the end, I just wasn’t invested enough in The Corridor.
Tonight’s screening of The Divide is a sell-out. Audiences were treated to the appearances of such genre favorites, Michael Biehn (Terminator & Aliens) and Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”). So far, this was the most enthusiastic crowd response at this year’s Toronto After Dark.
A single take 6-minute short about a guy so caught up with settling an issue with a travel agent, he doesn’t realize some serious shit is going down all around him. While the film lacks a punchy ending, the visual effects are pretty impressive.
As of late, audiences have been treated to a seemingly never-ending stream of post-apocalyptic titles such as, I Am Legend, The Road and The Book Of Eli, to name a few. The Divide is yet another entry. I came into this film with minimal expectations. The opening moments of mass destruction soon changed all that. Director, Xavier Gens (Frontier(s) & Hitman) brings us a vision that’s both equally beautiful and horrifying. READ MORE
This past July the first trailer leaked out of the San Diego Comic-Con for Valeri Milev’s Re-Kill, one of the new After Dark Originals productions. After Dark has really ramped up their Facebook page that includes a series of bloody images and a whopping 6-minute long montage clip that’s also after the break.
“It’s been five years since the Outbreak and the zombie menace is supposed to be waning. But the brave men and women of R-Division, who find and destroy the undead, are seeing signs of a second Outbreak which humanity may not survive. The footage about the men and women of R-Division and their grim, dangerous but essential job of exterminating re-animated humans, was shot the week previous by an embedded journalist during a long, deadly day. Only the film survived.” READ MORE
A quick reminder to any filmmakers: this is your last chance to submit your horror, sci-fi, action or cult short or feature film to Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The critically acclaimed annual event, now in its 6th Year, brings attention to thrilling new short and feature films from around the world, and runs Oct 20-27 this year at an exciting new venue, the Toronto Underground Cinema. For film entries to be considered, they must be submitted online at withoutabox.com or at the festival website by the final deadline of Friday, July 22. Filmmakers then have until August 5 to then send in their DVD screeners for consideration. Full details available at the Toronto After Dark festival website.
We just scored three action-packed pics from After Dark Films’ Transit, Antonio Negret’s thriller that stars Elisabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau, Diora Baird, Jim Caviezel and James Frain. Inside you’ll find the first 3 hi-res images, one of which features a super psychotic James Frain (who plays the terrifying Franklin Mott in “True Blood”). The pic is about a band of thieves on the run from a bank robbery and the suburban family they come across during their escape. When the criminals stash their stolen money in the family’s SUV at a rest stop, the road trippers unwittingly draw the murderous band of outlaws on their trail. READ MORE
That’s right, you read the headline correctly the first time around. Apparently the actor that portrayed Marvel’s half vampire/human hunter “BLADE” will be teaming with “TRAINING DAY” director Antoine Fuqua for an all new original comic book entity titled, “AFTER DARK”. The title is being published through popular indie distributor Radical Publishing, and in an attempt to lure in new readers the company plans to release the first issue (which drops tomorrow by the way) for only a $1! Inside you can get a look at the whopping 11 page preview of the book and all the details. Read on for the skinny.
An American film producer named Marie returns to her homeland, Russia, where her mother’s dead body has been found under bizarre circumstances. She never knew her, having been adopted and brought to America as a baby. The only clue to what might have happened is an isolated, abandoned farm in the mountains that supposedly belonged to her natural parents.