NI Films Secure US Distribution
Genre films Vampires vs Leprechauns and DEADlocked, both part funded by NI Screen, bought up by Inception Media
A new production outfit, Causeway Pictures, which based in Belfast, is coming to the market with two genre features that have already secured US distribution.
Inception Media has secured US rights to the two films, Vampires vs. Leprechauns and DEADlocked, which are both currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in November 2012.
Due to film on location in Northern Ireland, both films were written by Belfast man Spencer Wright (Red Mist) and will be directed by local talent Allan Gidea (The Patrol) and The Tohill Brothers (Eyeline).
Horror comedy Vampires vs. Leprechauns (pictured above and main) is set in the small Irish village of Comhla Breac, which, during the course of one night, is besieged by a group of vampires seeking to open a gateway to hell.
Locals find themselves attacked by creatures of the night intent on releasing the evil that lurks in the deep. But hidden beneath the sleepy village lies a secret, known only to Conroy, the last of the Seanchai (Irish storytellers), who will lead the townspeople in a fight to survive.
The second feature film is similarly dark horror entitled DEADlocked (pictured below). When a volcanic ash cloud turns the residents of Belfast into frenzied zombie-like psychopaths, a group of bankers find themselves trapped in their offices as the epidemic rages outside.
The only means of escape is a dangerous floor-by-floor journey to the roof, as the office workers contend with both an exploitative CEO bent on getting himself out at any cost, and a ravenous hoard, increasingly succumbing to a 'grey fever', with eyes and mouths streaming grey ichor, and brains bubbling in the grip of a blood lust.
Both DEADlocked and Vampires vs. Leprechauns received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen fund supported by Invest NI and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The acquisition of these two Northern Ireland projects marks the first time Inception has pre-bought a film prior to the start of production. Inception has secured all North American rights to the films, including theatrical, digital, television and home video.
Andy Reimer, partner at Inception Media Group said: 'The marketplace continues to demand quality horror films and we look forward to bringing them to audiences in the coming year.'
Founded by producers Chris Patterson and Paddy McCarney in 2009, Causeway Pictures provides a launching pad for young and emerging talent by concentrating its projects regionally using Northern Irish locations, crew and actors, where possible.
'We are very pleased to be working with Inception Media Group to bring these two exciting Irish genre projects to audiences in the US and Canada,' said executive producer Patterson. 'Inception has the retail relationships we need to bring these titles to market.'
Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, added: 'We have always sought to nurture local talent and support our indigenous film-makers. We are excited about the emergence of genre film-makers in Northern Ireland and look forward to more projects of this nature coming out of the wealth of local talent here.'