One of the best things about last March's South By Southwest Film Festival was that I got to hang out with a bunch of Cinematipals like Kim, Erik, Pete, Jette, Snider and Gene ... and one of the best times we had together was during the world premiere midnight screening of Gregg Bishop's Dance of the Dead. It certainly helped that we were chilling at the Alamo Drafthouse, but the flick should play well in traditional cinemas as well.

Which brings me to the point: According to a recent press release, Dance of the Dead is now co-owned by the horror-lovin' Lionsgate and Sam Raimi's Ghost House outfit. I'll leave the specifics for the after-the-jump press release, but suffice to say that Dance of the Dead is sort of like George Romero meets John Hughes. (Read Peter's review here and mine right here.) Congrats to the Dance gang for snagging a pair of partners who actually specialize in high-quality indie-style horror stuff. (And while you freaks are waiting for Dance of the Dead to hit your town, feel free to rent Bishop's first flick. It's called The Other Side and (after watching it) you wouldn't believe how much it cost to make.
Press release direct from the filmmakers:


GHOST HOUSE UNDERGROUND ACQUIRES HORROR COMEDY DANCE OF THE DEAD FROM BLEIBERG ENTERTAINMENT'S COMPOUND B

Beverly Hills, CA, May 16, 2008 - Ghost House Underground has acquired Dance of the Dead, directed by Gregg Bishop, which made its international debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin earlier this year. Written by Joe Ballarini and produced by Bishop and Ehud Bleiberg through Bleiberg Entertainment's Compound B label, the film is to be distributed by Lionsgate in North America this fall as part of Ghost House Underground's inaugural October Horror slate.

Dance of the Dead is the hilarious, blood-drenched adventure of several high school students from different social cliques banding together to save their town from the living dead. Reviews have compared the film to the works of both John Carpenter and John Hughes.

"Between Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at Ghost House, the experience of Barry & Stan at Grindstone, and Lionsgate, who is the king of genre marketing and distribution... Dance of the Dead has found the perfect home," Bishop said. "I am thrilled to be working with them both and I know they will do a fantastic job bringing the movie to audiences everywhere."

The deal was brokered by Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb of Ghost House Underground and Roman Kopelevich and Shannon Banal for Bleiberg Entertainment's Compound B. Ghost House Underground also holds rights in the UK, Australia and New Zealand while Bleiberg Entertainment retains the remaining worldwide rights. The film will have its market premiere screening in Cannes.

Ghost House Underground is the new partnership between Ghost House Pictures and Grindstone Entertainment Group dedicated to acquiring quality horror pictures from up-and-coming filmmakers with original voices from around the world. The new film acquisitions company teams Grindstone, the largest distributor of direct-to-video films, with the successful horror genre company led by filmmaker Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-Man franchise), Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night, The Grudge films), and Mandate Pictures' president Nathan Kahane.


For further information and downloads for "Dance of the Dead", please go to www.danceofthedeadmovie.com

About Ghost House Underground:

The newly formed venture between Ghost House Pictures and Grindstone Entertainment Group will extend the successful "Ghost House" brand to the home entertainment market. The new film acquisitions company teams Grindstone, the largest distributor of direct-to-video films, with the successful horror genre company led by filmmaker Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-Man franchise), Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night, The Grudge films), and Mandate Pictures' president Nathan Kahane. Ghost House Underground has lined up a slate of eight provocative, independent horror films that will launch the brand, with a focus on groundbreaking product from cutting edge young talent. Ghost House will primarily partner with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, to distribute many of its planned 12 to 20 genre films annually through Lionsgate's $600 million a year worldwide home entertainment business. Some of the films on Ghost House Underground's slate include Dark Floors from Eurovision Award-winning rock group Lordi and director Pete Riski, which had its international premiere at the European Film Market in Berlin in February; director Gregg Bishop's Dance of the Dead; director Davis Payne's No Man's Land: Rise of the Reeker; director Martin Barnewitz's Room 205; director Ole Bornedal's The Substitute; director Igor Shavlak's Trackman; writer/director Gabriele Albanesi's Last House in the Woods; and writer/directors Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer's The Brotherhood of Blood, which Lionsgate will distribute in North America.

About Bleiberg Entertainment

Los Angeles-based Bleiberg Entertainment was launched in September 2005 with a slate of projects geared both toward the theatrical and DVD/TV markets. Founded by producer Ehud Bleiberg, the company develops, funds and produces a diverse array of feature films. The company is currently in post-production on the Holocaust drama "Adam Resurrected," which is being directed by Paul Schrader and stars Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe and is in pre-production on Danny Lerner's sophomore effort "Kirot" to star Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace").