Friday, August 19, 2011

Candidate # 31

(January 2011)

For the past few years, After Dark’s annual Horrorfest (“Eight Films To Die For”) has helped bring us such winners as Nacho Cerdà’s The Abandoned, The Butcher Brothers’ The Hamiltons, Sean Ellis’ The Brøken, Joel Anderson’s Lake Mungo, and Anthony DiBlasi’s Dread.
It’s also to blame for helping spread The Gravedancers, Dark Ride, Wicked Little Things, and ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction.
Win some, lose some.

This year, After Dark’s taken it a step further by giving us the first batch of After Dark Originals. No longer content to simply pick up completed films for distribution, After Dark has gone into straight-forward producing.
I’ve been keeping track, and though I’ve yet to see a complete stinker, of the four Originals I’ve seen thus far, Antonio Negret’s Seconds Apart is the first that I feel merits some ¡Qué Horror! love.
Featuring murderous psychic twins (played by Edmund and Gary Entin), Seconds Apart’s script, written by George Richards, seems to look back at classic Cronenberg for some of its inspiration, and really, that’s a rather good thing, if I may say so myself.

Parting shot: Reviews of most of the After Dark-distributed films mentioned above can be found in the Archive.

(Seconds Apart OS courtesy of

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