Last week I brought you what I thought was the final list for the 2008 After Dark Horrorfest, but since that time the event A) tossed out Unearthed, B) added a flick called Crazy Eights, C) removed Frontiere(s) from the mix, and D) wedged Unearthed back on to the slate. So what's going on here?

Apparently Xavier Gens' Frontiere(s) (review here) did not receive an R rating from the MPAA, which means (for some reason) that After Dark / Lionsgate won't release it for the festival. Call me nuts, but didn't last year's After Dark trailer promise movies that were "too extreme" for mainstream? And now they ashcan a solid horror flick instead of trying to go "unrated" with it? Then again, After Dark chief Courtney Solomon hasn't made many friends over at the MPAA. It was his advertising gimmick "faux pas" on Captivity that angered the ratings board a few months back. (More on that here.)

Apparently the plan is to give Frontiere(s) its very own release date, precisely like After Dark did with The Abandoned. But if they won't release it "unrated" for the Horrorfest, then what are the odds that Lionsgate will go "unrated" on a later theatrical release? (Very slim?) Or maybe I'm just annoyed because I saw Frontiere(s), dug it, and now believe that Horrorfest jettisoned a really fine flick from their line-up. Impatience aside, as long as Solomon and Lionsgate plan don't snip the flick down, then they're doing the right thing.

After the jump: The full press release on the After Dark Horrorfest.

October 25, 2007 (Los Angeles, CA) – Crazy Eights and Lake Dead are the final two films to be acquired by After Dark Films for After Dark Horrorfest 2007 it was announced today by After Dark Films' CEO Courtney Solomon. Crazy Eights and Lake Dead join Borderland, The Deaths of Ian Stone, Mulberry Street, Nightmare Man, Tooth and Nail and Unearthed in the 2007 line-up of "8 Films To Die For" which plays November 9 – 18, 2007 on over 300 screens across the country.

Starring Traci Lords, Frank Whaley, Dina Meyer, Gabrielle Anwar, George Newbern and Dan DeLuca, Crazy Eights follows six childhood friends as they face their past and the secret they share. Crazy Eights was co-written and directed by James Koya Jones, co-written by Dan DeLuca and was produced by Jones, DeLuca and John Kaila.

Directed by George Bessudo and written by Daniel P. Coughlin, Lake Dead follows three sisters and a group of their friends as they take a trip to the home of the recently deceased grandfather to learn more about the promise of an inheritance, only to encounter a family of psychos who have taken up residence in the old man's cabin. Lake Dead stars Edwin Craig, Pat McNeely and James C. Burns and was produced by Todd Chamberlain, Hector Echavarria, Jason Hice and Mike Karkeh.

"We are very excited to be announcing our final slate for After Dark Horrorfest 2007," said After Dark's CEO Courtney Solomon. "Both Crazy Eights and Lake Dead are thrilling horror films made by gifted filmmakers. We are incredibly proud of all 8 films and look forward to sharing them with our audiences nationwide."

Frontiers, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews will receive it's own separate theatrical release. The film, which in its original state did not meet the requirements for an R rating from the MPAA will bow at a later date to be announced by After Dark Films. Solomon stated that, "rather than sacrifice the artistic integrity of this beautiful film, we've chosen to allow audiences to view the film in its unedited form as a separate theatrical release. We'll be announcing details of this release on horrorfestonline.com shortly."

Along with its partners AMC, Regal and Cinemark, After Dark Horrorfest 2007 runs over the course of one week, including two weekends, on over 300 screens across the United States from November 9 – 18th, making it the largest commercial film festival in the world. This unique festival is the first of its kind, premiering "8 Films to Die For," celebrating the horror genre by showcasing films that run the spectrum of horror from thrillers to gore to the supernatural. After achieving groundbreaking success in its inaugural year, now After Dark Films is back with an even bigger and better Horrorfest.

In 2006, After Dark Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the top 10 at the national box office, grossing over 2.5 million dollars, on only a quarter of the screens of any other film in the top ten that weekend. The "8 Films to Die For" package, released on DVD by partner Lionsgate Films, has reached great success with over 1.8 million DVDs in circulation.

In conjunction with YouTube, After Dark Films has renewed its search for the next great queen of scream – Miss Horrorfest 2007, the official spokesperson of Horrorfest. Last year the Miss Horrorfest contest proved to be the most successful contest in YouTube history. This month, contestants have submitted 90-second videos on YouTube and participated in live auditions across the country in the hopes of winning $50,000 and the coveted title of Miss Horrorfest 2007. Log on to http://www.youtube.com/horrorfest and watch the top contestants complete today.

For more information on After Dark Horrorfest 2007, including how to purchase tickets and all access passes to this hair-raising national event, please visit the official website at http://www.horrorfestonline.com/
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