Lightning Media strikes on assortment of pics

Four films include horror spoof, comedy, drama

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CANNES -- Upstart U.S. theatrical distributor Lightning Media had picked up four new films.

The company has bought the drama "Life Is Hot in Cracktown," the horror spoof "Diagnosis Death," comedy "The Break-up Artist" and genre tale "Clive Barker's Book of Blood."

The company plans to release the films either this year or in early 2010.

Buddy Giovinazzo's "Cracktown" stars Brandon Routh and Lara Flynn Boyle and centers on residents of a crack-infested neighborhood.

"Blood," directed by Steve John Harrison and written by Clive Barker and Darin Silverman, tells the story of a paranormal expert who, attempting to solve a murder, discovers pathways between this world and the afterlife.

Steve Woo's "The Break-Up Artist" focuses on a woman who is hired to break couples up but decides to turn her career around and become a matchmaker.

And Jason Stutter's "Diagnosis Death" stars "Flight of the Conchords" topliners Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby and Jemaine Clement in a send about characters locked in a medical laboratory who begin having odd hallucinations.

Rich Goldberg's and Paul Gardner's Lightning label has been beefing up its theatrical acquisitions, recently releasing Amy Redford drama "The Guitar."