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It's debatable how successful the After Dark Horrorfest has been as a theatrical endeavor since it began in 2006, but its performance on home video has helped pave the way for other "branded" horror movie series, from After Dark's own "Originals" to Ghost House Underground to the latest, Fangoria FrightFest.
A collaboration between horror magazine Fangoria and film distributor Lightning Media, FrightFest gathers eight movies -- Fragile, The Tomb, Grimm Love, Road Kill, Dark House (pictured), Hunger, Pig Hunt and The Haunting -- featuring an impressive array of talent, including stars Calista Flockhart, Keri Russell, Wes Bentley, Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts, Christa Campbell and Jeffrey Combs and the directors of REC, Jason X and The Hills Have Eyes II.
Unlike the Horrorfest, only one of the eight will receive a theatrical run -- to be determined by YOUR votes from June 22 through July 19 at www.FangoriaFrightFest.com. The winner will get a limited release in late July, and then all eight will hit DVD on September 28 (although Blockbuster will get them on August 6). They will air on basic cable (SyFy?) sometime after Halloween.