Shingle teams with Ventura for speciality DVD horror

Christopher Tuffin and former NFL linebacker Glenn Cadrez have formed horror entertainment shingle BloodWorks and partnered with international consultancy the Steel Co. to produce, finance and distribute horror genre pics for the low-budget and studio arenas.

BloodWorks is also teaming with Ventura Distribution to co-finance and distribute a specialty DVD horror label and with Zomba’s Jive Records to develop soundtrack opportunities as well as feature vehicles for the label’s artists.

BloodWorks’ slate includes “Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Grim Fairy Tales: Win, Lose or Die,” to be written and directed by Lewis. It is also developing “Across the Border,” based on Gary Provost’s true crime account of the Matamoros cult killings of the early ’90s.

“Our primary focus is to develop, package and set up genre-specific properties at the studio and minimajor level while also co-financing and co-producing independent films in the $1.2 million-and-under range for direct-to-video, broadcast and foreign markets,” Tuffin said.

Steel’s Gordon Steel and John Baca will collaborate with BloodWorks, especially with regard to financing and distribution.

Tuffin produced horror comedy “2001 Maniacs,” starring Robert Englund, a remake of Lewis’ cult classic “Two Thousand Maniacs!” Tuffin produced the pic in association with “Cabin Fever” director Eli Roth’s Raw Nerve Films and VSP Entertainment’s Brett Nemeroff and Jonathan Bross. GreeneStreet Films Intl. reps the pic; a sequel is in the works.

“We would like to do for horror what record companies like Death Row, Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella have done for hip-hop,” said Cadrez, who retired from the NFL in 2002 after 11 seasons. He earned two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Denver Broncos.

Cadrez and Tuffin were football teammates at the U. of Houston.

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