Anchor Bay battles 'Stan Helsing' comedy

Film will receive late 2009 release

Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to the horror comedy "Stan Helsing," written and directed by Bo Zenga.

The movie will receive a targeted theatrical release during the fourth quarter of 2009 through the Anchor Bay Films label and will then be released on DVD in late October.

The spoof centers around a video store clerk named Stan Helsing, played by Steve Howey, who learns that he is a descendant of the monster hunter Van Helsing on Halloween night while making a routine video delivery. He finds himself in a battle with parodies of such movie monsters as Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Pinhead, Michael Myers and Chucky.

Zenga, one of the exec producers of "Scary Movie," produced "Helsing" with Kirk Shaw and Scott Steindorff.

He joined the film's stars and creative team for a panel at Comic-Con on Friday to help launch the movie.
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