In a move that should absolutely thrill those (few) people who simply can't wait for the direct-to-video horror titles to hit the Blockbuster shelves, Lionsgate, Freestyle and After Dark Films have conspired to birth the After Dark Horrorfest, which is not a film festival at all, but a series of eight (or nine?) horror flicks that will hit about 500 U.S. movie theaters on November 17th. (Got all that?)

Well, the official site hasn't been all that forthcoming about the event, but those astute goregeeks at Bloody-Disgusting.com were able to break out the slate for the rest of us. Should you happen to reside somewhere near the specially-selected cities, these are the movies you'll be able to see:

  1. The Abandoned -- It played Toronto. I missed it. Heard good things.
  2. Dark Ride -- Slasher stalks an amusement park.
  3. The Gravedancers -- Over and over I'm hearing good chit-chat on this one.
  4. Infection -- The horror sites are assuming it's this Infection (which I liked), but maybe it's actually this Infection. We shall see.
  5. Penny Dreadful -- A girl with autophobia has Mimi Rogers for a shrink. Cool title though.
  6. Reincarnation -- Another piece of LG-owned J-horror.
  7. Sisters -- Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Rea in a tale of conjoined-twin terror.
  8. Unrest -- Young docs deal with haunted corpse. Saw it at Fantastic Fest: A little slow, but not bad.
  9. Wicked Little Thing -- Also known as The Children, it's about ghost children.
All in all, a clever little attempt to get a few extra bucks from some flicks that are heading direct-to-video anyway. If The Gravedancers plays anywhere close by, it'll get my nine bucks. The rest ... I can probably wait for the DVDs.