Ghost House Underground takes two

'Dance of the Dead,' 'No Man’s Land' on slate

CANNES -- Ghost House Underground has acquired two pics, director Gregg Bishop's "Dance of the Dead" and Dave Payne's "No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker."

A tale of high school students who band together to save their town from the living dead, "Dance," written by Joe Ballarini and produced by Bishop and Ehud Bleiberg through Bleiberg Entertainment's Compound B label, debutted at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin earlier this year.

Lionsgate will distribute the pic, screening in the Cannes market, in North America in October as part of the new Ghost House Underground's inaugural direct-to-video horror slate.

In a separate deal, Underground also acquired "No Man's," a horror thriller starring Michael Muhney, Desmond Askew, Mircea Monroe and Robert Pine, which was produced by The Institution, a financing, development and production company.

"No Man's," screening at the market on Sunday, also will be included in Underground's October slate. The film is a companion piece to Payne's 2005 "Reeker."

The "Dance" deal was brokered by Underground's Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb and Compound B's Roman Kopelevich and Shannon Banal. Underground also holds rights in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand while Bleiberg retains the remaining worldwide rights.

The "No Man's" deal was brokered by Brooker and Wertlieb and Cinema Management Group president Edward Noeltner on behalf of The Institution.