After Dark Films, a film production and distribution company and creator of Eight Films to Die For: After Dark Horrorfest, announced that the opening date for psychological thriller/horror film Captivity, starring Elisha Cuthbert and Daniel Gillies, is June 22. On March 29, the controversial film received a one-month suspension of the ratings process from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), due to advertising in Los Angeles and New York that was deemed "inappropriate for public viewing." The film is to receive a rating within the next seven to ten days, though there are no assurances that the MPAA will give it an "R." Captivity, previously scheduled to open on May 18, now joins three other summer releases from After Dark Films.
"After Dark Films is cooperating with the MPAA to assure them that advertising and promotional materials for all our films will abide by their rules and procedures," said Courtney Solomon, partner, After Dark Films. "We have moved the release date of Captivity so that we can continue building awareness of the film while giving our fans what they have been eagerly waiting for as soon as possible, within the parameters of the current ratings review process. We are planning additional ad campaigns for Fierce People, Skinwalkers and Wristcutters
this summer, and in addition to submitting the materials for all of these films to the MPAA for approval, we ensure our continued compliance with their guidelines."
Captivity, a Foresight Unlimited production, will be distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment and After Dark Films.
The After Dark Films summer movie schedule:
Release date: June 22, 2007
Rating: Pending MPAA review
Director: Roland Joffe
Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Laz Alonso and Michael Harney
Synopsis: Inspired by the fact that over 850,000 people are reported missing every year in the United States, many of whom are never seen again, CAPTIVITY, follows the story of Jennifer Tree (Elisha Cuthbert) who is abducted and tortured, held against her will in a place where days turn into weeks. Her will to escape and survive is challenged every moment by a maniac's desire to demoralize innocent victims and play out his sick game that has been played many times before Jennifer was taken.
A combination of SAW and HOSTEL meets SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, CAPTIVITY is a psychological thriller/horror film that shows us the true terror of the crimes of abduction and confinement that are committed every day by serial killers and psychopaths at large.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Roland Joffe (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION), CAPTIVITY delves deeply into the minds of both captor and victim with a fresh and terrifying view of this epidemic horror.
Web site: www.captivitythemovie.com
Release date: July 20, 2007 (limited)
Director: Griffin Dunne
Cast: Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland, Chris Evans and Kristen Stewart
Synopsis: Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin) has an opportunity to visit his anthropologist father during the summer, helping with his study and observations of a primitive South American tribe called Yanomamo, or Fierce People.
After a series of events prevent this trip from happening, Finn and his mom Liz Earl, (Diane Lane) end up spending the summer with Ogden C. Osborne (Donald Sutherland) and observing his very wealthy family on their sprawling estate in the 'wilds' of New Jersey. The summer turns out to be a life-altering experience for everyone, especially Finn, who learns more about fierce people in New Jersey than he might have if he had joined his father in South America.
Release date: July 27, 2007
Director: James Isaac
Cast: Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Kim Coates, Natassia Malthe and Matthew Knight
Synopsis: Creatures, bound by the blood of the wolf, that can kill with curses and move at lightning speed, watch the night sky for the rise of the blood-red crescent moon. They are SKINWALKERS. They feed on our flesh and thirst for the taste of human blood. The red moon signals each pack, divided by principles, hell bent to survive an ancient prophecy.
On his 13th birthday, Timothy (Matthew Knight) a half-blood, is about to reach the time of his transformation. He's been guarded since birth by those around him. They know the power he holds. He alone has the power to control the destiny of his family, and their kind, a gift that has placed his very life in danger.
On the third night, at the rise of the red moon, a war will rage for control of their kind. There are two warring factions: one would like the curse to end, the other embraces bloodlust, and revels in the immortal freedom of the beast within. Under the full red moon, the violent feud pits brother against brother, lover against lover, and good against evil.
Web site: www.skinwalkers.com
Release date: August 31, 2007 (limited)
Director: Goran Dukic
Cast: Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits and Will Arnett
Synopsis: From the moment Zia (Patrick Fugit) cuts his wrists and enters a bizarre afterlife reserved for suicides, this film becomes a strangely uplifting, darkly comic tale about finding love on a journey through the hereafter. Theirs is a world where everyone still bears the scars earned from the manner in which they "offed," existing in a culture and an everyday reality that is a twisted mirror image of that of the living.
When Zia begins his search for his long lost love, Desiree, he encounters a variety of memorable individuals, be it a disillusioned suicide bomber or an angel in disguise. But it is Eugene (Shea Whigham), an inscrutable Russian musician, and Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), an accidental tourist, that he finds his closest friends. This trio of lost souls forms an uncommon bond as they set out on a journey across the afterlife in search of what they could not find in their previous lives.
A critically-acclaimed film that has won, among others, Best First Feature at the 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the 2006 Gen Art Film Festival and been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, WRISTCUTTERS tackles the dark subject of suicide with heart-warming humor and sensitivity. Hailed as "a razor sharp comedy" by Harlan Jacobson of USA Today, this film will leave audiences with an entirely new perspective on love and the afterlife. "This is one you haven't seen before," declares David Ansen of Newsweek.
Web site: www.wristcutters.com