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Horror-sci fi shingle Dark Ride bows

Struans Media to fund first slate

Los Angeles-based Dark Ride Entertainment is launching with a combo of horror and sci-fi pics, aiming for eight genre films to be completed by 2015, with Struans Media fully funding the first slate.

“Dark Ride was created to fill a void in fun, entertaining horror and sci-fi films with great production values that can be made at an affordable cost,” said William Butler, president of the company. “The team at Dark Ride has all done this successfully before; we’re fortunate to have developed a cost effective system of production, and we’re excited to go on this ride with Struans Media.”

Butler previously directed “Madhouse” for Lionsgate/Lakeshore and “Furnace” for Weinstein Co. and has written for the Syfy Channel. Dark Ride’s creative team also includes VP John Vulich, who has won three Emmys for sfx and makeup on “The X-Files” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

The first film will be “Hell Storm,” a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horror project written and to be directed by Butler, with filming in Los Angeles in late summer. The films will all be exec produced by Struans Media partners George Malasek and John Cole. Peter Garcia will oversee physical production.

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