After Dark Films, the same folks that have been giving you your annual dose of undiscovered horror titles the last few years, is ready to expand into the world of action. They’ve launched After Dark Action, and they’ve already secured five notable titles for the franchise’s maiden voyage. Like their After Dark horror line-up, After Dark Action will be released theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and on VOD, starting May 11, 2012.
In the fest’s first year, you’ll be treated to these five titles:
“Transit” – The camping trip was meant to reunite the Sidwell family. When they are hunted and terrorized by violent bank robbers, their very survival will depend on working together. Starring Jim Caviezel, James Frain, Elisabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau and Sterling Knight; and directed by Antonio Negret and written by Michael Gilvary.
Heard about this while a few years ago but never got around to seeing it. Now’s a good time as any, especially with Caviezel doing such good work as a vigilante on CBS’ “Person of Interest”. I guess you could say he’s never had more “interest” in him. Ahem.
“Dragon Eyes” – In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself. Starring Jean Claude Van Damme, Cung Le and Peter Weller; and directed by John Hyams and written by Tim Tori.
Hyams last directed Van Damme in “Universal Soldier: Regeneration” and is directing him again in “Universal Soldier: A New Dimension”. So the dude knows his way around action, so if nothing else, “Dragon Eyes” should be pretty good on the kicking and punching portions.
“The Philly Kid” – A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend’s life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible – lose. Starring Neal McDonough, Devon Sawa and Wes Chatham; and directed by Jason Connery and written by Adam Mervis.
Hey, anything with Buck Compton, I’m in. McDonough is currently killing it on FX’s “Justified” in case you missed it.
“Stash House” — Dave and Emma have found the perfect house, until they discover a stash of heroine and end up imprisoned in it by violent thugs. Starring Dolph Lundgren, Sean Faris, Briana Evigan and Jon Huertas; and directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and written by Gary Spinelli.
“El Gringo” — A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000, and a bloody past, finds himself under sudden attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras. Starring Christian Slater, Scott Adkins and Yvette Yates, directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and written by Jonathan W. Stokes.
Heard about this a while ago. Will it further cement Adkins as an action hero? One can only hope. (Not to be confused with the Mel Gibson movie “Get the Gringo”, aka “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”.)