September 7: First After Dark Horrorfest 2 films named
With After Dark Films’ Horrorfest 2 gearing up for its November 9-18 theatrical run, Fango caught up with the company’s executive vice president of creative affairs & acquisitions Stephanie Caleb, who tipped us off on the initial two of the “8 Films to Die For” to be confirmed. First up is director Dario Piana’s THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE (pictured), produced by Stan Winston and starring Mike (2003’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) Vogel in the title role, along with Christina Cole, Jaime Murray, Michael Feast, Andrew Buchan and Michael Dixon.
“It’s an original and really suspenseful horror film,” Caleb tells us, “and we are excited to be working with Stan Winston on this year’s Horrorfest [the company previously released his production SKINWALKERS]. Not only does he have a fantastic artistic ability, but he is a true fan of the genre and a wonderful producing partner for this year's festival.” Scripted and co-executive-produced by Brendan (THEY) Hood, THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE focuses on the title character (Vogel), who is murdered each day by mysterious attackers, only to wake up in a slightly altered existence and get pursued and slain all over again. (Fango has been told to expect some rather unique creature designs for this one, no surprise with Winston on board).
The second flick to join the fest is 2006’s NIGHTMARE MAN (which we last reported on here). Written, produced and directed by Rolfe (THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE) Kanefsky, the flick revolves around a married young woman (Blythe Metz) who uses an ancient fertility mask to help spice up her sex life. Unfortunately, the artifact is inhabited by an evil presence that gives her horrific nightmares, then apparently comes to life and terrorizes her and others at a forest cabin. Scream queen Tiffany Shepis co-stars in this one, alongside Gwen Davis, Robert Donovan, James Ferris, Richard Moll and Aaron Sherry as the “Nightmare Man.”
“We are extremely excited about both movies and about the caliber of films we are entertaining for this year’s Horrorfest,” Caleb says. Stay tuned for more exclusive information, both here and in Fango’s pages, in the near future, and visit the fest’s official site here. —Sean Decker