'Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things' on Tap for Accelerator, Gravesend

Accelerator's Robbie Little says teaming up with the fan-based horror company Fangoria Entertainment start-up will allow both to produce slate of theatrical titles.

Horror is the order of the day for longtime producer, sales and finance executive Robbie Little.

Little, co-president of production banner Accelerator, said the outfit is teaming with fan-based horror media company Fangoria Entertainment’s start-up entertainment division Gravesend Film Enterprises to produce a slate of theatrical titles.

A remake of Bob Clark’s 1970s zombie cult classic, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, is first up for the new team.

Gravesend is a partnership of Thomas DeFeo, owner of Fangoria, and veteran producer and distributor Steven Mackler.

Little, DeFeo and Mackler will take executive producer credits on all projects made under the pact with Little’s The Little Film Co. handing worldwide pre-sales duties here at AFM.

Mackler said Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things will be contemporized and will include a twist to keep new audiences interested.

Also on the production agenda is Cleopatra Brimstone, based on Elizabeth Hand’s novella of the same name. The story follows an attractive but repressed graduate student with a major in entomology who suffers a tragic assault on campus. Sent to London by her parents, the still traumatized student develops an ominous alter ego she calls Cleopatra Brimstone and begins to plot a murderously unusual revenge against the men who gravitate toward her. The London-based production is to start shooting in the summer of 2011.

“I have always been drawn to edgy and extreme genres and the opportunity with Gravesend and Fangoria made perfect sense for our fast growing Accelerator brand,” Little said.

DeFeo said the Fangoria Entertainment’s entry into production is something “we’ve been aiming for since he acquired the magazine and brand name three years ago.”

The deal was made by Little on behalf of Accelerator and DeFeo and Mackler for Gravesend Film Enterprises. All three will share executive producer titles. Accelerator’s parent company, the Little Film Co., will handle worldwide sales, beginning with pre-sales at AFM.

Launched at Cannes earlier this year as the genre division of the Little Film Co., Accelerator aims to house biting, edgy theatrical films.

Gravesend Film Enterprises is the latest asset for Fangoria, marking its first foray into horror film production.