Horror movie festival “8 Films to Die For” launched in 2006. Organized by After Dark Films the movie festival showcased independent horror movies from across the U.S. and abroad. I personally remember attending the inaugural festival at the Regal in Time Square, New York City. Throngs of revelers went to the screenings of paranormal thriller “Grave dancers” and the slasher-horror “Dark Ride”. The launch of “8 films to Die For” also marketed as “After Dark Horrorfest” was a huge success garnering the attention of diehard horror fans. Within the years thereafter “8 films to Die For” featured some memorable horror films to date. Unfortunately, as all good things come to an end so did “8 Films to Die for” and sadly 2010 marked its final exhibition.
In a partnership deal between After Dark Films, Lionsgate, and SyFy “8 Films to Die For” was rebranded as “After Dark Originals”. The premise was to showcase horror films yet provide After dark Films full creative control, from concept to scrip to production of each film. “Fertile Ground” “Prowl” and “51” were some of initial releases to name a few. Most recently After Dark Films delved into the action genre, notably the Jean Claude Van Damme Martial Arts flick; “Dragon Eyes”.
After Dark Original gained audiences through various avenues of distribution. However, the platform of a film festival to showcase their original content was lacking. That is until now….
“8 Films to Die For” is back! However, it will not be as a horror movie festival of yesteryear but rebranded as a boxed set though a recent partnership between After Dark Films and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The first of seven films to be released under this marketing structure is After Dark Original; “Re-Kill”.
"Re-kill" is directed by Valeri Milev whose directorial credits include “Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort” and “Code Red”. Martial Arts sensation Scott Adkins stars in this post-apocalyptic zombie film. Co-starring is Daniella Alonso, whose horror film credits include; “The Hills Have Eyes 2” “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” and “The Collector”. “Re-kill” is set to have a limited Theatrical release on October 16, 2015
Experimental thriller MURDER IN THE DARK confirmed as second installment to "8 Films to Die for"
The film is directed by Dagen Merrill whose only horror directorial credit is the film "Beneath".
Hopefully “8 Films to Die For” new lease on life will garner the attention of Horror fans once again. Perhaps enough so that horror movie festival “After Dark Horrorfest” will dawn in the near future.
Third entry to 8 films to die for is The Wicked Within
The film stars Karen Austin (Summer Rental), Gianni Capaldi (Blood of Redemption), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sienna Guillory (Love Actually), Michele Hicks (Mulholland Drive), and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight).
Fourth entry to 8 Films To Die For is the slasher horror film; Lumberjack man
Directed by Josh Bear, produced by Bill Muehl, with story by Josh Bear and Bill Muehl, and screenplay by Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin
Taking the Number fifth spot is the horror slasher film; Suspension
Suspension was written by Kevin Mosley (Puppet Killer) and produced by Jeffery Scott Lando. Sage Brocklebank (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) produced and starred in the film.