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Supernatural thriller The Black Dahlia Haunting scares up distribution

Mar. 13, 2013by: Kevin Woods

The mystery surrounding the murder of Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia, has provided inspiration for several films, including 2006's Brian De Palma-helmed THE BLACK DAHLIA as well as Ulli Lommel's exercise in patience BLACK DAHLIA, as well as being integrated into the storyline of the first season "American Horror Story". One film that seems to be taking a clever approach to the story is Brandon Slagles THE BLACK DAHLIA HAUNTING, and today we have news that the film has just scored itself US, Canadian and Chinese distribution.

Zeroinside Films and Pinnovating Productions passed along the information that their paranormal thriller THE BLACK DAHLIA HAUNTING has signed distribution agreements with JY Entertainment (China) and the newly-formed Origin Releasing (United States and Canada). The film is also represented internationally by Phoenix Group Releasing. The acclaimed film, which nabbed Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Monster at Shockfest in Hollywood this past November will hit Video-on-Demand outlets in China later this Spring and stores, VoD outlets, and other markets in the US and Canada 3rd Quarter 2013.

THE BLACK DAHLIA HAUNTING stars Devanny Pinn (Hold Your Breath, Nude Nuns With Big Guns), Britt Griffith (SyFy's Ghosthunters), Noah Dahl (Bad Teacher, Henry Poole is Here), Alexis Iacono (World of Warcraft, Blue Caprice), Cleve A. Hall (SyFy's Monster Man, Troll), Jessica Cameron (Silent Night, TLC's Brides of Beverly Hills), and Sarah Nicklin (Alice D, The Disco Exorcist), and is about:

LOS ANGELES, 1947 - an aspiring actress named Elizabeth Short is found brutally murdered in an empty lot in Los Angeles. The media dubs her "THE BLACK DAHLIA" due to her penchance for dark clothing. Her murder remains unsolved to this day. Although, it's not without its suspects.

LOS ANGELES, NOW - a young woman, Holly, is visiting Los Angeles from New York City after she is informed of the brutal murder of her father and stepmother by her younger brother Tyler, who is blind. Upon meeting Tyler's psychiatrist, Dr, Owen, Holly soon becomes aware that she is not in full possession of the facts surrounding the murder. Plagued by violent dreams, Tyler has been drawing the face of a woman he could have never possibly met, a woman identical to Elizabeth Short.

As Dr. Owen continues to evaluate Tyler's condition, he learns that Tyler "speaks" to Elizabeth, and may have ordered him to murder his parents. In essence, "hurting the ones who hurt him". Holly soon begins seeing Elizabeth as well, culminating in Elizabeth's spirit paying her a visit, proclaiming to Holly that she can set her free from all of her burdens...

Consumed by the spirit of the Dahlia, Holly engages in a war with not only herself, but also the dark figures revealing themselves around her, encouraged by Elizabeth to "hurt the ones who hurt her"...

In addition to the distribution news, the film was recently selected for inclusion in the HORRORHOUND convention's film festival in Cincinnati as well as Lone Star Comic Con in San Antonio.

Extra Tidbit: In your opinion, what has been the best Black Dahlia-inspired film/television show so far?

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7:59AM on 03/13/2013
ET: E! Mysteries and Scandals was a documentary series running in the late '90s. The show had a very informative episode called "The Black Dahlia."
The DePalma film, the AHS episodes, and this trailer are all merely okay. I would like to see a historical piece focusing on the actual events and the actual Elizabeth Short. I would like to see an informative true crime movie about the case. It could resemble Zodiac, Grimm Love, or The Deliberate Stranger.
ET: E! Mysteries and Scandals was a documentary series running in the late '90s. The show had a very informative episode called "The Black Dahlia."
The DePalma film, the AHS episodes, and this trailer are all merely okay. I would like to see a historical piece focusing on the actual events and the actual Elizabeth Short. I would like to see an informative true crime movie about the case. It could resemble Zodiac, Grimm Love, or The Deliberate Stranger.
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