From official press release:
The creators of the hugely successful After Dark Horrorfest series are back with the release of two new twisted and terrifying original films. Lionsgate debuts After Dark Originals: Seconds Apart and Fertile Ground on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand this May. Developed by today’s leading horror film producers – After Dark Films – Seconds Apart and Fertile Ground received a limited theatrical release in select theatres on January 28th. Both DVDs contain a “behind the scenes” featurette, while Fertile Ground also features an audio commentary with the filmmakers and lead actress Leisha Hailey. Arriving on DVD May 24th, both films will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98 each.
From the minds of truly terrifying horror writers Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch (Mother of Tears, Toolbox Murders), Fertile Ground follows young twosome Emily (Leisha Hailey, Showtime’s “The L Word”) and Nate (Gale Harold, TV’s “Hellcats”) as they leave the city for Nate’s family home in the country. As the couple settles in, Emily is plagued by monstrous visions and haunted by ghosts all around their new home. Soon, Nate experiences changes of his own, and Emily fears that she may be the latest victim in a murderous family tradition.
In cooperation with Syfy and Lionsgate, on January 28th After Dark Films is releasing eight “After Dark Originals” in theaters, in a bid to take the “horror festival concept to a higher level”. Instead of acquiring the films after the fact, as with “8 Films to Die For”, these Originals were developed from the ground up at the famed genre distributor in an effort to create “high quality horror films” with full input from the After Dark team. Now, in anticipation of their release, B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen put eight questions to the directors of each of the upcoming films, in a series we’re calling “8 Questions to Die For: Interviews with the Directors of the After Dark Originals”. In this installment we interviewed Fertile Ground director Adam Gierasch, who earlier directed the After-Dark distributed Autopsy and also the recent Night of the Demons remake. Unlike the over-the-topDemons, Gierasch describes Fertile Ground as a subtler, much more character-based film about the slow unraveling of a married couple after they move into the husband’s ancestral home in New Hampshire.
Fans of down-‘n’-dirty lesbian make-out scenes (you know who you are) will probably be disappointed to hear that unlike Adam Gierasch’s last directorial effort Night of the Demons, his upcoming Fertile Ground, part of the “After Dark Originals” series, is a much more serious-minded affair with none of the gratuitous sex or nudity of that earlier film. Nevertheless, if the premise lives up to its potential this could turn out to be a spooky little gem. In our interview below you can find out why Gierasch earlier described the film as Roman Polanski meets a movie made for the Lifetime Channel, what classic films he was inspired by, and how much his real-life relationship with wife/co-writer Jace Anderson figured into the relationship between the central couple featured in the movie.
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