'Tripper' buy is a buzz kill for After Dark

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After Dark Films has acquired all North American rights to "The Tripper," David Arquette's feature directorial debut. The satirical horror movie stars Jamie King, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Jason Mewes, Balthazar Getty and Paul Reubens.

The film, produced by the director and wife Courteney Cox's company Coquette Prods., follows a Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer who attacks drugged-out hippies at a rock concert. Jane plays the local sheriff, Reubens plays a concert promoter, and the rest of the featured cast appear as the conservative killer's potential victims.

The Arquettes appear in cameo roles and produced the film with Evan Astrowsky and Neil Machlis. Steve and Jane Niles of Raw Entertainment served as executive producers.

After Dark is the independent production and distribution company originally formed by filmmaker Courtney Solomon and financier Allan Zeman to produce and then distribute their "An American Haunting." It plans to roll out Arquette's film in 200-500 theaters during the first half of 2007 via Freestyle Releasing.

The film will have a sneak preview this weekend in 50 U.S. theaters as part of After Dark's Horrorfest.

William Morris Independent negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with After Darks' Solomon and Greg Bernstein.
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