Producer/manager Christopher Tuffin, who has managed such metal acts as PAINMUSEUM, as well as members of the band HALFORD, has teamed up with former NFL star Glenn Cadrez to form a new horror entertainment company, BloodWorks.
Tuffin says that he wants to build stronger ties between the hard rock/metal community and the horror filmmakers.
"Like metal, horror isn’t just a genre — it's a way of life for a lot of fans," he said. "They both allow their artists to question authority, explore fears and lash out at the status quo, so it makes perfect sense to build their respective awareness via soundtracks, casting and other cross promotions that will expose each of them to a wider audience.
"We would like to do for 'metal' and 'horror' what companies like No Limit, Death Row and Roc-A-Fella have been to 'hip-hop' and 'urban' in terms of versatility and brand recognition," said Cadrez, who recently retired from the NFL after 11 seasons during which he garnered two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Denver Broncos.
BloodWorks (in association with Velvet Steamroller and Raw Nerve) just wrapped production on "2001 Maniacs", a remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis' cult classic "Two Thousand Maniacs!" The remake stars Robert Englund ("Freddy vs. Jason") and Lin Shaye ("There’s Something About Mary").
In addition to partnering with feature film consultants The Steel Company to produce, finance and distribute horror pictures, BloodWorks is also teaming with StudioWorks (a division of Ventura Distribution) to co-finance and distribute horror titles.
BloodWorks' upcoming slate of films includes another HG Lewis gorefest titled "Herschell Gordon Lewis' Grim Fairy Tales: Win, Lose or Die" (written and directed by Lewis) and "Across the Border", based on Gary Provost's true crime account of the Matamoros cult killings of the early '90s. A sequel to "2001 Maniacs" is also in the works.