ANCHOR BAY FILMS ACQUIRES HORROR SPOOF STAN HELSING

Anchor Bay Entertainment, the leader in horror programming, announced the acquisition of the horror comedy Stan Helsing for North American distribution through its Anchor Bay Films label. Written and directed by the executive producer of Scary Movie, Stan Helsing will receive targeted  theatrical distribution in early 4th Quarter 2009, with a subsequent DVD/Blu-ray release planned for late October.

 

“Anchor Bay established its reputation by releasing the most chilling horror films ever made, but we also have a sense of humor,” noted Kevin Kasha, senior vice president, acquisitions, Anchor Bay Films. “Stan Helsing is the perfect melding of the horrific with the hilarious, and we’re thrilled to add it to our comprehensive library of classic and contemporary horror films.”

 

“Whenever I look at the best horror films in my DVD library inevitably they belong to Anchor Bay, so I’m pretty excited about them releasing Stan Helsing,” said writer/director Bo Zenga. “Kevin Kasha and the Anchor Bay team are really enthusiastic about the movie so this Halloween is gonna be a lot of fun.”

 

In the vein of spoof cinema like Austin Powers and the Scary Movie franchise, Stan Helsing lampoons contemporary film audiences’ never-ending fascination with what makes our blood curdle. In the story, hapless video store clerk Stan Helsing (Steve Howey) and his friends must make a routine video delivery on Halloween night before going to a Halloween party. But when a chain of seemingly random mishaps strand Stan and the gang in Stormy Night Estates, Stan learns of his true destiny as a descendant of the legendary monster-hunter Van Helsing. With his motley band in tow – including his best friend Teddy (“Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson), he will battle evil in the form of parodies of movie monster icons “Freddy,” “Jason,” “Leatherface,” “Pinhead,” “Michael Myers,” and “Chucky”! The ultimate confrontation between good and evil will require immeasurable courage, grim determination – and a flair for karaoke?!?

 

In addition to riotously sending up some of the cinema’s greatest scream meisters, Stan Helsing also features the appearance of comedy film legend Leslie Nielsen (Airplane!, the Naked Gun films, Scary Movie 3 and 4) as well as a surprise cameo that will frighten the Republican Party!

 

To help launch Stan Helsing, the film will have a major presence at this year’s International Comic Con in San Diego, including a fan panel with the film’s stars and creative forces, as well as major branding throughout the show.

 

Stan Helsing was produced by Bo Zenga, Kirk Shaw and Scott Steindorff. Director of photography is Robert New (Prom Night), production designer is Chris August (I, Robot) and Ryan Shore (Cabin Fever 2) is composer.

 

Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children’s entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  It is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of the theatrical titles from Overture Films.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

 

Boz Productions (www.bozproductions.com) is a Los Angeles based feature film and television production company and the producing entity for writer/director/producer Bo Zenga. Past credits include Soul Plane, Turistas, box office champ Scary Movie and Santa Barbara Film Festival winner Everything’s Jake.  They are currently prepping the romantic comedy How To Cheat On Your Spouse.

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