The After Dark Originals series, which began in 2010 as a follow up to After Dark Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For (from After Dark Films), now continues in the second series After Dark Originals 2. The new series will be composed of 8 more originally produced and acquired films.
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 going in this house.
Dark Circles stars Johnathon Schaech and Pell James, and is written and directed by Paul Soter. Soter is one of the members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, which you have seen in Super Troopers and Club Dread. Dark Circles is his second effort as director after the 2007 comedy Watching the Detectives. “Hopefully this will serve as some kind of cinematic equivalent of birth control.” – director Paul Soter.
Scene from Dark Circles
Dark Circles Trailer
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Days before the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, Karen O’Hara unwittingly unleashes a vicious Leprechaun upon the citizens of Keening, MA. As the creature runs amuck, killing and eating gold, Karen and her family must find a way to stop it before Karen falls prey to its four-day curse.
Scene from Red Clover
Red Clover is directed by Drew Daywalt, written by Anthony C. Ferrante and stars Billy Zane, William Devane (The Dark), and Andrea Frankel.
Available October 22, 2013 – Buy Red Clover on DVD
A veteran hostage negotiator’s next call leads him to an overrun insane asylum. He soon finds that dark forces are pushing the patients to commit atrocities, and that he may be the only one that can stop them.
Scene from Asylum
Asylum is directed by Todor Chapkanov, written by Chris Mancini, and stars Stephen Rae.
Children of Sorrow
Thriving on despair, pain, and panic, a man named Simon Leach 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.
Children of Sorrow
A film that delivers a petrifying look into a cult psyche, Children of Sorrow is directed by Jourdan McClure, written by Ryan Finnerty, and stars Bill Oberst Jr (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Take this Lollipop) and Hannah Levien . “Belongingness can be a terrifying subject, even more so when acceptance is disingenuous. Children of Sorrow is the nightmare version of that.” -Jourdan McClure, Director
On a cold December night, a paranormal investigations team has set their sights on the bloody Hillcrest Sanatorium to answer the age old question: Is there life after death? With rumors of hauntings and local children gone missing, they may just get their answer the hard way when members of the team mysteriously disappear, leaving behind unnerving evidence…
Sanatorium captures a Paranormal Investigation TV show’s worst fears. Directed and written by Brant Sersen, starring Kate Riley, Megan Neuringer, and Don Fanelli. “I made sure Sanatorium never wavered on its authenticity to ensure the chilling events that unfold are disturbing on the most horrific level” – director Brant Sersen
A married woman kills a man in a motel who tried to kidnap her. Her husband arrives and they discover a VHS tape that depicts a satanic ritual in which a woman is murdered. When the couple return to the scene to retrieve a forgotten lighter, they discover that the body is missing…
Scene from Ritual
A horrific tale that craftily brings you into the world of sadistic satanic rituals, Ritual marks the first feature debut for director and writer Mickey Keating, starring Lisa Marie Summerscales, Dean Cates, and Derek Phillips. “Ritual is a love letter to pulpy 1970s horror films like Race With The Devil, Punishment Park, and Hardcore.” – Director Mickey Keating
Kaylie is just like most other girls her age. She babysits, enjoys stealing from her parents’ liquor cabinet, and has boys who like her. The only difference between Kaylie and other girls is that the boy who likes her, wants to kill her. On Mischief Night, the night before Halloween, Kaylie’s true nature is revealed when she is attacked by a psycho who wants nothing more than to see her insides.
Mischief Night marks the directorial debut of Travis Baker, and stars Brooke Anne Smith (CSI), Marc Valera (Melrose Place), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Halloween).
“With Mischief Night, I wanted to subvert all expectations of the slasher film, while also demonstrating due reverence for the immortal classics of the genre. It’s a unique Halloween/Breakfast Club mash-up that’s frightening, funny, dramatic, romantic…and above all else, very mischievous.” – Travis Baker
Watch this space for more info on After Dark Originals 2 as it comes in!