SCI FI will partner with Lionsgate and AfterDark Films to broadcast, co-brand and promote HORRORFEST -- 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR, a spine-tingling collection of theatrical horror flicks AfterDark released last year over one weekend.
HORRORFEST will broadcast in October 2007 during SCI FI's annual 13 Days of Halloween programming block, leading up to the channel's second annual, six-hour, GHOST HUNTERS LIVE special on Halloween night.
SCI FI is the first window broadcast television partner for the HORRORFEST franchise, acquiring the rights to the existing roster of theatrical features, and for next year's titles as well. The featured films will include REINCARNATION, a suspenseful, psychological horror flick from the director of THE GRUDGE films (Takashi Shimizu); DARK RIDE starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler (THE SOPRANOS); and PENNY DREADFUL starring Rachel Miner (CULT), Mimi Rogers (SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME) and Michael Berryman (THE HILLS HAVE EYES), among others.
"SCI FIs full range of exclusive genre fare includes everything from creative reimaginings of sci-fi classics and contemporary Earth-based tales of the paranormal, to action thrillers and surreal supernatural reality shows," said Thomas P. Vitale, SCI FI's svp of programming and original movies. "Our acquisition of the HORRORFEST -- 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR theatricals further broadens our scope of exhilarating, high quality programming that resonates with thrill-seeking audiences."
SCI FI will be a promotional partner, supporting the theatrical roll-out of 2007's new HORRORFEST -- 8 MORE FILMS TO DIE FOR, slated to premiere Nov. 9-12, 2007. in major cities across the country (including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Miami and Las Vegas). "We had a fantastic response from the fans last year, and this we are honing the event to make it bigger and better," said AfterDark partner Courtney Solomon. The 2007 After Dark HORRORFEST theatrical releases will make their exclusive television debut on SCI FI in 2008.
"As the on-air and online hub for innovative genre programming that pushes the envelope on imagination, SCI FI is the perfect partner for our provocative lineup of feature films," said Rand Stoll, evp, television sales, Lionsgate Ent.
The HORRORFEST boxed set sold more than a million units in its April 2007 DVD release by Lionsgate's home entertainment division.