If you love genre films as much as I do then this announcement will make you as happy as it made me. According to Variety ( via Coming Soon), Joel Silver's Dark Castle Productions has raised $240 Million from a half-dozen Wall Street firms to produce 15 films over the next six years. Warner Bros. will distribute the films under an existing deal with Silver.

I wrote about Silver's dealings with Wall Street before, and its good to see those efforts bear fruit already with some new projects. First up for Silver and Dark Castle under this deal is the action thriller Whiteout, based on the Greg Rucka graphic novel about a lone U.S. marshal tracking Antarctica's first serial killer.

The next two projects after Whiteout are expected to be the psychological horror film The Summoner, directed by Victor Salva (who also directed the very scary Jeepers Creepers) and the urban action film Gangland, written by Alex Tse (who's also writing the adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen -- another pic I can't wait to see).

Dark Castle has been around since 1999 and in that time has turned out some pretty good genre films and some not so good ones. No matter what the relative merits and success of its films, it's good to see a company and a Producer like Joel Silver so committed to bringing these kinds of projects to the screen. If it wasn't for him we might never have had the guilty pleasure of seeing genre films like House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax, or the under-appreciated Gothika. Keep up the good work Joel, and I'll keep watching.

What's your favorite guilty pleasure genre movie?