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07.16.2005

SHOWTIME'S SHOCKING NEW 13-PART ANTHOLOGY SERIES "MASTERS OF HORROR" TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th AT 10:00 PM ET/PT WITH MULTI-PLAYS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Acclaimed horror film legends including Dario Argento, John Carpenter,
Larry Cohen, Don Coscarelli, Joe Dante, Mick Garris,
 Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, William Malone and Takashi Miike to film original one-hour installments of terror and mayhem
 
Los Angeles, CA, July 16th, 2005 – Showtime Networks has joined with IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions to present a shockingly entertaining new 13-part anthology series entitled Masters of Horror. Just in time for Halloween, the series will premiere Friday, October 28th at 10:00 PM ET/PT with multi-plays on Saturday and Sunday.
 
For the first time, these prominent directors of the horror film genre have joined forces to produce a series of new original horror films that promises to shock, terrify and captivate even the most discriminating horror film fans. Slated to direct are Dario Argento (“Suspiria,” “Opera”), John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”), Larry Cohen (“It’s Alive”), Don Coscarelli (“Phantasm” “Bubba Ho-tep”), Joe Dante (“The Howling,” “Gremlins”), Mick Garris (“Riding the Bullet,” “The Stand”), Stuart Gordon (“Re-Animator”), John Landis (“An American Werewolf in London”), Tobe Hooper (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Poltergeist”), William Malone (“feardotcom”) and Takashi Miike (Audition) for 13 one-hour films.
 
The premiere episode will be Don Coscarelli’s “Incident On and Off A Mountain Road.”   Based on Joe Lansdale’s short story of the same title, this episode pits Ellen (BREE TURNER), a seemingly defenseless young woman, against Moonface, a deformed and demented serial killer.  As the story cuts back and forth in time, we slowly discover that our heroine is not as helpless, nor as innocent as she initially seems. 
 
Trained by her abusive husband Bruce (ETHAN EMBRY) to be a survivalist, instructed to use any and every available object as a weapon in a time of need, Ellen gets to test the real life application of these lessons.  This gritty episode pits a strong female protagonist against evil incarnate.
 
 While some of the masters will be directing from their own screenplays, an equally impressive roster of writers will be contributing to the anthology, including Richard C. Matheson (“Tales from the Crypt”); celebrated horror comic book creator Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night,” “Aleister Arcane”); noted horror writer David Schow (“A Nightmare on Elm Street 5”); Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (“2 Fast 2 Furious”); and renowned horror screenwriters Lawrence D. Cohen (“Carrie,” Stephen King’s “It”) and Matt Greenberg (“1408”).
 
Masters of Horror grew out of an informal bi-monthly dinner attended by many of the horror genre’s most highly regarded directors. Mick Garris transformed their collective desire to work together into reality, and will serve as the series Showrunner.
 
 “These are the stories the directors have always wanted to tell; but until now, the right venue had not existed. SHOWTIME is the perfect partner given the filmmakers’ belief that, in order to deliver something truly terrifying, they need as much creative freedom as possible, and their films need to be free of commercial interruption,” said Andrew Deane, Partner, Industry Entertainment. “We are thrilled that Showtime Networks will enable us to reach its important premium cable audience.”
 
“For its high profile directors, writers and producers, Masters of Horror is a labor of love which we hope will become a classic,” said Morris Berger, CEO of IDT Entertainment. “We are delighted to work alongside Showtime Networks, Industry Entertainment and Mick Garris as we enter the production phase of this exciting project.”
 
The Executive Producers of Masters of Horror are Mick Garris, Andrew Deane and Keith Addis. Reunion Pictures’ Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe are serving as Producers. Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning are Associate Producers on the series. Principal photography will began in Vancouver in late April. The first six directors have been scheduled as follows:
 
John Landis will direct “Deer Woman,” starring Brian Benben, which he co-wrote with his son Max Landis; Dario Argento will direct “Jenifer,” based on the comic book by Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson which was adapted by and will star Steven Weber; Don Coscarelli will helm “Incident On and Off A Mountain Road,” adapted by Coscarelli and Stephen Romano from Joe Lansdale’s short story; Mick Garris is set to film “Chocolate,” adapted from his own short story; Stuart Gordon will direct “Dreams in the Witch House,” adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft classic; and John Carpenter will shoot “Cigarette Burns,” an original teleplay by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan.
 
IDT Entertainment Sales will provide worldwide distribution of the series, and Anchor Bay Entertainment will handle all video releases.
 
IDT Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content.  IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT, IDT.C), an international telecom, entertainment, and technology company.
 
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