Film Shot in Rome, Georgia by Local Filmmakers
May 16, 2008 (Beverly Hills, CA) - Ghost House Underground
has acquired Dance of the Dead, directed by Gregg
Bishop, which made its international debut at the South by Southwest
Film Festival in Austin earlier this year. Written by Joe Ballarini
and produced by Bishop and Ehud Bleiberg through Bleiberg Entertainments
Compound B label, the film is to be distributed by Lionsgate in
North America this fall as part of Ghost House Undergrounds
inaugural October Horror slate.
Dance of the Dead is the hilarious, blood-drenched
adventure of several high school students from different social
cliques banding together to save their town from the living dead.
Reviews have compared the film to the works of both John Carpenter
and John Hughes.
"Between Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at Ghost House, the experience
of Barry & Stan at Grindstone, and Lionsgate, who is the king
of genre marketing and distribution... Dance of the Dead
has found the perfect home, said Bishop. I am thrilled
to be working with them both and I know they will do a fantastic
job bringing the movie to audiences everywhere."
Originally from Georgia, Bishop assembled a crew made up of veterans
from his first feature film THE OTHER SIDE, like co-producer
Stephen Caudill and stunt coordinator Nils Onsager, and a talented
group of USC alumni.
I figured the only way to get better at what I do is to surround
myself with the best, says Bishop. That was the main
reason I went to USC filmschool. These people really challenge me
and I feel we pull out the best in one another.
The team moved into the small town of Rome, Georgia for an intense
five week production period that was to be like no other.
I like to shoot movies in my home state because you can
get more bang for your buck than shooting in LA.
says Bishop. Most locations in Georgia are unique and have
never before been captured on film
and Rome, GA oddly had
every location we were looking for in town. It was as if the film
was written to take place there. So we set up camp in an abandoned
high-school so that the town became our backlot and the townfolk
became our extras.
Fresh off the plane from Hollywood, Ballarini found the injection
southern hospitality inspiring, From the Superintendent to
the Undertaker, the entire town came out to lend a hand in one way
or another. We were on the front page of the newspaper every other
day, which was always hilarious. Kinda made us feel like rockstars.
The film will have its market premiere screening in Cannes.
Ghost House Underground is the new partnership between Ghost House
Pictures and Grindstone Entertainment Group dedicated to acquiring
quality horror pictures from up-and-coming filmmakers with original
voices from around the world. The new film acquisitions company
teams Grindstone with the successful horror genre company led by
filmmaker Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-Man franchise), Rob Tapert
(30 Days of Night, The Grudge films), and Mandate Pictures' president
For more information go to www.danceofthedeadmovie.com.