- After Dark Horrorfest
"After Dark Horrorfest" (a.k.a. "8 Films to Die For") is an annual horror
film festivalfeaturing eight independent horror movies, sometimes with "secret" bonus films, all distributed by After Dark Filmsin the USA. The first HorrorFest was held in 2006.Infobox Film Festival
name = After Dark Horrorfest III
caption = "8 Films to Die For" promotional poster
opening = January 9, 2009
closing = January 15, 2009
films = "
host = After Dark Films
date = January 9th - January 15th, 2009 "(scheduled)"
language = English
website = http://www.horrorfestonline.com/
After Dark's HorrorFest for 2008 has been scheduled for January 9th through January 15th 2009.
The titles of seven of the HorrorFest III Films have been announced:;"
The Brøken":A young woman is surprised to see what looks like herself, drive by one day. She follows the woman, which sets off a chain of events which leads her into a haunting, nightmare reality. [cite web | title="Broken" Joins Horrorfest |url= http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=54490 | publisher=SciFi.com |date= 2008-05-20|accessdate=2008-05-29 ] ;" Faithless" (aka "Slaughter"):A young woman returns to her family farm in the hope of escaping an abusive situation. Unfortunately, this safe place ends up being much more abusive than her previous one.;" Perkins' 14":Robert Perkins brainwashes 14 people, in order to create an army that will defend him from his parents' killers.cite web | url=http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/better-look-after-darks-poster | title=A Better Look at After Dark's Poster | publisher=DreadCentral.com] ;"",:A young man with the power of time-travel attempts to solve the mystery of his girlfriend's death. In doing this, however, he frees a vindictive serial killer. [cite web | url=http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/13555" | title= Latest Casting For Third 'Butterfly Effect' | publisher=Bloody-disgusting.com] ;"From Within":The residents of a small town in the USA begin to die off, supposedly of suicides. [cite web | url=http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/13681 | title='From Within' Stills, Horrorfest Date Shift | publisher=Bloody-disgusting.com] ;Autopsy:A young woman attempts to find her injured boyfriend in a bizarre hospital.; Dying Breed:Zoology student Nina and her friends go into the Tasmanian Forest in search of the Tasmanian Devil. What they discover, however, is a cannibalistic clan who are the descendants of a famous escaped serial killer known as The Pieman.cite web | url=http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/two-more-horrorfest-titles-named | title=Two More HorrorFest Titles Named | publisher=DreadCentral.com] After Dark Filmswill produce and distribute both "Faithless" and "Perkins' 14", making these the first films that the company has produced and then released as part of the 8 Films to Die For. [cite news |first= Tatiana |last= Siegel |title=After Dark to Produce Scare Pair |url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117985254.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 |publisher=Variety.com |date= 2008-05-07|accessdate=2008-05-29 ]
Miss HorrorFest 2008
The auditions for Miss Horrorfest 2008 are currently open to anyone in the country, via Youtube. [cite web | url=http://www.youtube.com/horrorfest | Title=Online Miss Horrorfest 2008 Auditions | publisher=Youtube.com] There were also on-site auditions at Jeff Gerrard Casting in Sherman Oaks California, on October 6, 2008 [cite web | url=http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/after-darks-miss-horrorfest-auditions-this-thursday | title=After Dark's Miss Horrorfest Auditions This Thursday! | publisher=Dreadcentral.com]
Horrorfest III DVD Releases
Infobox Film Festival
name = HorrorFest 2007: 8 More Films to Die For
caption = "8 Films to Die For" promotional posterHorrorFest 2007 took place from November 9 to November 18, 2007 in over 350 theatres across America. The 2007 festival's trailer stated "Horror - a genre of motion picture intended to thrill viewers by provoking fear or revulsion through the depiction of grotesque, violent, or supernatural events." As with the previous year, tickets were available to be purchased individually online or at local theater box offices. An all-access pass, which included guaranteed seating and a goodie bag, was sold through the festival's website until October 31st.
The eight films shown during this festival were:;" Borderland":Phil and his two college buddies road-trip down to a Mexican border town to celebrate their college graduation. While there, they run into a cult looking for human sacrifice and their weekend becomes a bloody test of survival. [cite news |first= |last= |title="Borderland (HorrorFest)" in HorrorFest 2 |url=http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/film/832 |work= |publisher= |date=
2007-10-14|accessdate=2007-10-14 ] ;"Crazy Eights":After a mutual childhood friend dies, six friends reunite for the funeral. While there, they find a map to unearth a time capsule. They go on a hunt for this time capsule, but discover something else as well: the remains of a dead child.;" The Deaths of Ian Stone":Ian Stone is trapped in a constant cycle of dying every night, only to wake up with a different life.cite news |first= |last= |title=First After Dark Horrorfest 2 films named |url=http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4931 |work= |publisher=Fangoria.com |date= 2007-09-07|accessdate=2007-09-19 ] ;" Lake Dead":A group of teenagers inherit a motel on a lake, only to uncover a series of dark and frightening family secrets. ;"Mulberry Street":A deadly infection breaks out in New Yorkand six evicted people find themselves having to fight off were-rats. [cite news |first= |last= |title="Mulberry St." In Horrorfest 2 |url=http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_9268.html |work= |publisher= |date= 2007-09-14|accessdate=2007-09-19 ] ;"Nightmare Man":After receiving an African fertility mask as a gift, Ellen Morris is attacked by a being she dubs "The Nightmare Man" [cite web | url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nightmare_man/ | title=The Nightmare Man Plot Synopsis | publisher=RottenTomatoes.com] ;"Tooth and Nail":A group of people in a post-apocalyptic world have to fight to survive against a band of vicious cannibals. [cite web | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0922642/ | title=Tooth and Nail | publisher=IMDB.com] ;"Unearthed" :A creature unearthed during an archaeological dig in a New Mexico town terrorizes the people of the town. [cite web | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475417/synopsis | title=Plot Synopsis for Unearthed | publisher=IMDB.com] "Frontiers" was slated to be one of the films shown at Horrorfest 2007, but after the MPAA gave the film an NC-17 rating, it was decided that it would instead be released to theatres separately in May, 2008 [ [http://www.frontiersunrated.com/ "Frontiers" official site] ] .
Miss HorrorFest 2007
Mistress Malice (aka Melissa Jones) was chosen as Miss HorrorFest 2007. [cite web | url=http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_13393.html | title=Miss Horrorfest 2007 Is... | publisher=Moviesonline.ca] In 2008, she joined the cast of , which will be shown as part of Horrorfest III. [cite web | url=http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/13555 | title=Latest Casting for 3rd Butterfly Effect | publisher=Bloody-Disgusting.com]
HorrorFest 2007 DVD Releases
DVDs of all 8 films were released March 18, 2008.
Infobox Film Festival
name = HorrorFest 2006: 8 Films to Die For
caption = "8 Films to Die For" promotional posterHorrorFest 2006 took place from November 9 to November 11, 2006 in over 500 theaters in 35 American cities. Tickets were available to be purchased individually, either through the festival's website or through local theater box offices. The 2006 films' trailer stated "the content of these films are considered too graphic, too disturbing, and too shocking for general audiences."
The movies shown during the course of the festival were:;"The Abandoned":A film producer who was adopted as a baby and sent to America returns to her native Russia and the family farm. Once there, strange things begin to happen. ::After completion of the festival, this film was re-released to general theatres on February 23, 2007, due to being named the Fan Favorite.;"Dark Ride":Ten years after he brutally murdered two girls, a killer escapes from a mental institution and returns to his turf, the theme park attraction called "Dark Ride". ;"
The Gravedancers":A group of friends' lives are invaded by a trio of hostile ghosts after they engage in a drunken bout of gravedancing during a wake for an old chum. ;" The Hamiltons":A picture-perfect American family is always kind, loving and respectful to their neighbors… except that they usually wind up killing them. ;"Penny Dreadful":A young girl and her therapist take a road trip to help her overcome her phobia of riding in cars. This trip turns deadly as an escaped mental patient starts a new spree of killings. ;"Reincarnation":A film crew recreates a gruesome mass murder at a hotel only to find themselves suffer fates they are acting out in the film. ;"Unrest":A med student collapses upon sensing a "presence" about her cadaver. Her fears are strengthened by the mysterious death of a friend. She must discover the connection before an angry spirit can wreak further vengeance.;" Wicked Little Things":Recently widowed Karen Tunny and her two daughters, Sarah and Emma, move to a remote mountain home which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband. However, she is unaware that the home is situated near an old mine, the site of an early 20th century tragedy in which many children were buried alive.
Two bonus films were also added to the festival, to be shown after the first lineup of eight films had completed showing.;"Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror":The Hound of Hell (Snoop Dogg) narrates a trilogy of films, all involving the actions of a group of inner-city residents, and how those actions will affect where they go in the afterlife. [cite web | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475298/ | title=Hood of Horror | publisher=IMDB.com] ;"
The Tripper":A serial killer obsessed with Ronald Reagan hunts a group of hippies on their way to a concert. [cite web | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0760187/ | title=The Tripper | publisher=IMDB.com]
On Thursday, November 16, 2006, Dark Delicacies, a horror-themed bookstore in
Burbank, CAhosted a signing event with about 30 filmmakers and talents from the movies. [ [http://www.dreadcentral.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=848 Pre-HorrorFest Celebration article] at Dread Central]
Miss HorrorFest 2006
A contest for the 'official spokeswoman' of the film series and for After Dark Films, was announced September 2006 on
YouTube. Participants auditioned both online and in person at Los Angeles and New York locations, and were later flown to those cities to appear at the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, the Fangoria Radio Show with Dee Sniderand Debbie Rochon, PlayManiaand a short series of reality-style movies featured on YouTube. The four finalists were [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=chieko13 chieko13] , [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=msblackbetty msblackbetty] , [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=darkspidernyc darkspidernyc] , and Ysabella Brave[http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ysabellabrave] . Internet voting ended on November 9, 2006. Msblackbetty was named Miss HorrorFest 2006 on November 18, 2006.
Horrorfest 2006 DVD Releases
7 of the original list of 8 films from the 2006 festival were released on DVD on March 27, 2007. "The Abandoned" was released on June 19, 2007, the delay having been caused by the theatrical re-release. Of the bonus films, "Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror" was released on September 11, 2007, and "
The Tripper" was released by Fox Video on October 23rd, 2007.
* [http://www.horrorfestonline.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/8filmstodiefor/trailer/ "8 Films To Die For" trailer at apple.com]
* [http://www.youtube.com/horrorfest Miss Horrorfest competition videos] at
* [http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2007/11/15/after-dark-horrorfest-wrap-up After Dark 2007 Review]
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