Van Damme and Lundgren in New ‘Dark’ Franchise

By a Front Row Features Staff Report

HOLLYWOOD—Dark Castle Home Entertainment and After Dark Films will debut the new action movie franchise, After Dark Action which will include action stars Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, among others, Courtney Solomon, After Dark Films President and CEO announced Monday. The first generation of After Dark Action  movies includes five original, adrenaline-pumping films starring international stars including  Van Damme, Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian SlaterAfter Dark Action will showcase the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and on VOD May 11.

 “After many years with the Horrorfest ‘8 films to Die For’ and After Dark Originals brands, we are excited to expand into the action film arena,” said Solomon.  “Our mission is to create innovative, first-rate entertainment for action lovers everywhere.”


 After Dark Action combines the talents of Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Home Entertainment and After Dark Films for a series of high quality, high-octane action pictures.  “Helping Courtney and After Dark put these films together has been a great experience,” Silver said. “The audience is in for a treat.”

 The first installment includes:

  •  “Transit,” starring Jim Caviezel, James Frain, Elizabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau and Sterling Knight; and directed by Antonio Negret and written by Michael Gilvary
  • “Dragon Eyes,” starring Jean Claude Van Damme, Cung Le and Peter Weller; and directed by John Hyams and written by Tim Tori
  • “Philly Kid,” starring Neal McDonough, Devon Sawa and Wes Chatham; and directed by Jason Connery and written by Adam Mervis
  • “Stash House,” starring Dolph Lundgren, Sean Faris, Briana Evigan and Jon Huertas; and directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and written by Gary Spinelli and
  • “El Gringo,” starring Christian Slater, Scott Adkins and Yvette Yates, directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and written by Jonathan W. Stokes