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From Costa Communications

After Dark Horrorfest 2007 Nov 9-18

(Los Angeles, CA) Composer Elia Cmiral turns up horror-fying scores for “The Deaths of Ian Stone” and “Tooth & Nail,” two of eight films featured nationally during After Dark Horrorfest 2007. Along with its partners AMC, Regal and Cinemark, After Dark Horrorfest 2007 runs over the course of one week, including two weekends, on over 300 screens across the United States from November 9 18th, making it the largest commercial film festival in the world.

This unique festival is the first of its kind, premiering “8 Films to Die For,” celebrating the horror genre by showcasing films that run the spectrum of horror from thrillers to gore to the supernatural. Cmiral’s score adds to the mystery in “The Deaths of Ian Stone.” The film produced by Stan Winston and Brian Gilbert with whom Cmiral collaborated successfully on “Wrong Turn,” is the tale of a young man hunted by an evil presence, forced to die every day until he can solve the mystery of his own life. Filmmaker Mark Young’s “Tooth & Nail” uses Cmiral’s music to tell the post-apocalyptic tale of a group of survivors followed by a savage band of cannibals.

No stranger to the world of thrillers, Cmiral most recently provided the score to “Pulse” from director Jim Sonzero and The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films. This was Cmiral’s second collaboration with Craven, having scored “Wes Craven Presents: They” in 2002. He also scored John Frankenheimer’s suspense thriller “Ronin,” starring Robert DeNiro. Following the success of “Ronin,” Cmiral has continued to provide highly original and evocative scores for major Hollywood studios as well as independent filmmakers, including “Stigmata,” “Bones” and “Species 3.”

Born in Czechoslovakia, Elia Cmiral quickly established himself as one of Europe’s leading young composers after graduating from the prestigious Prague Music Conservatory. He wrote scores for several European films and three ballets before coming to the United States to attend USC’s famous Film Scoring Program, after which he was hired to produce tango-based music for “Apartment Zero,” composing a now-classic full length score in a scant ten days. By the mid-1990s, Cmiral had garnered a reputation with Hollywood executives, leading to his scoring the successful “Nash Bridges” television series.

For more information on After Dark Horrorfest 2007, visit the official website at


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