Media 8 Entertainment announced that it has acquired the international rights to two new horror features, Wizard of Gore and Mulberry Street, and will be introducing these to buyers for the first time at the upcoming Cannes market.
Wizard of Gore stars Kip Pardue (Thirteen, The Rules of Attraction, Remember the Titans), Bijou Phillips (Havoc, Door in the Floor, Almost Famous), Crispin Glover (Willard, Charlie's Angels) and Brad Dourif (Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King/ The Two Towers) and is directed by Jeremy Kasten from a script by Zach Chassler.
A stylized, fresh take on the horror genre, Wizard of Gore tells the story of young journalist Edmund Bigelow (Kip Pardue), who stumbles upon the spectacularly terrifying show of underground magician Montag the Magnificent (Crispin Glover), who gruesomely dismembers female volunteers from his audience, only to reveal it to be an illusion. However, as real women begin to turn up dead, with wounds reflecting the tricks on stage, Edmund finds himself inextricably linked to the murders -- and he begins to fear the darkness might lie in his own heart. The film is an Open Sky Entertainment production, with Christopher Duddy, Glenn W. Garland, Daniel Gold, Dan Griffiths, and Jeremy Kasten serving as producers. The film was executive produced by Eric Rinestone, Jeffrey Silverman, and Jimmy Maslin.
Also in the horror genre is Mulberry Street, which is currently featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. One sweltering summer day in Manhattan, a deadly virus breaks out causing humans to devolve into bloodthirsty, rodent-like creatures. At 51 Mulberry Street, seven tenants find themselves fighting through the night for survival, as the city around them quickly spirals out of control. Nick Damici (World Trade Center, In The Cut) and Kim Blair (The Look) star for director Jim Mickle, with Linda Moran and Adam Folk of Belladonna Productions serving as producers.
Following its premiere at the Stockholm International Film Festival, the film has gone on to win rave reviews at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival and the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, and recently won a special Jury prize at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival. Horror film website Fangoria.com called it "one of the highlights of the Tribeca fest -- not be missed," while entertainment website IGN.com raved that the film's tough guy lead, Clutch, is "instantly cool...the character quickly rises through the ranks of genre movie tough-guy heroes... just about taking his place up there with such greats as John Rambo, Dirty Harry, and even Mad Max."