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Dark Castle Entertainment
Company typeLabel
IndustryMotion pictures
Founded1998; 26 years ago (1998)
FoundersJoel Silver
Robert Zemeckis
Gilbert Adler
Headquarters
Key people
Alex Mace
ParentSilver Pictures

Dark Castle Entertainment is an American film production label and a division of Silver Pictures, It was formed in 1998 by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, and Gilbert Adler. Susan Downey was the Vice President of Development until February 2009, a term running congruent to her tenure as a VP of Production at parent company Silver Pictures.

Overview

Dark Castle Entertainment's name pays homage to William Castle, a horror filmmaker from the 1950s and 1960s. When first formed, the goal was to remake Castle's horror films. After two remakes, it moved on to producing original material, along with remakes of non-Castle films. Starting with RocknRolla, the company began producing films in genres other than horror. While most of the company's films were initially poorly reviewed by critics, their 2009 film Splice eventually received better reviews.

Dark Castle Entertainment originally acquired the US rights to The Loft, as they did for Splice, with the intention of releasing the film through Warner Bros. When Joel Silver moved his office to Universal Pictures (with whom Silver had a 5-year, 12-picture, North American marketing and distribution deal[1]), he took Dark Castle, and the film, with him. Universal planned to release the film on August 29, 2014, but the studio pulled it from the schedule in favor of Legendary Pictures' As Above, So Below. Universal and Dark Castle dropped the film, which was then picked up by Open Road Films and released on January 30, 2015.[2][3][4][5]

Jason Blum reportedly has spoken to Silver twice about a co-production between Blumhouse Productions (with whom Universal has a 10-year first-look deal[6]) and Dark Castle, for Universal to distribute, but they have yet to find the right project.[7]

When featured at the start of a film, the studio's logo is presented with the point-of-view focused on a roaring gargoyle head. As the camera zooms out, it's shown that the statue is on the titular castle, with a full moon shining behind it, after which lightning strikes across the entire scene.

Filmography

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Release date Film Director(s) Distributor
October 29, 1999 House on Haunted Hill William Malone Warner Bros. Pictures
October 26, 2001 Thirteen Ghosts Steve Beck
October 25, 2002 Ghost Ship
November 21, 2003 Gothika Mathieu Kassovitz
May 6, 2005 House of Wax Jaume Collet-Serra
April 5, 2007 The Reaping Stephen Hopkins
October 16, 2007 Return to House on Haunted Hill Víctor Garcia Warner Premiere
May 13, 2008 Botched Kit Ryan Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
October 8, 2008 RocknRolla Guy Ritchie Warner Bros. Pictures
February 27, 2009 Echelon Conspiracy Greg Marcks After Dark Films
July 24, 2009 Orphan Jaume Collet-Serra Warner Bros. Pictures
September 11, 2009 Whiteout Dominic Sena
September 29, 2009 The Hills Run Red Dave Parker Warner Premiere
November 25, 2009 Ninja Assassin James McTeigue Warner Bros. Pictures
April 23, 2010 The Losers Sylvain White
June 4, 2010 Splice Vincenzo Natali
February 18, 2011 Unknown Jaume Collet-Serra
August 24, 2012 The Apparition Todd Lincoln
February 1, 2013 Bullet to the Head Walter Hill
February 19, 2013 The Factory Morgan O'Neill
August 30, 2013 Getaway Courtney Solomon
October 27, 2017 Suburbicon George Clooney Paramount Pictures
May 21, 2021 Seance Simon Barrett RLJE Films
August 19, 2022 Orphan: First Kill William Brent Bell Paramount Pictures
TBA Untitled horror film[8] TBA Sony Pictures Releasing
Old Guy Simon West TBA

Lifetime grosses

Year Film Budget Domestic Box Office Foreign Box Office Total US DVD sales Total (with DVD sales)
1999 House on Haunted Hill $37 million $40.8 million[9] $3.5 million (A) $44.4 million N/A N/A
2001 Thirteen Ghosts $42 million $41.7 million[10] $26.6 million[11] $68.5 million N/A N/A
2002 Ghost Ship $20 million $30.1 million[12] $38.2 million[12] $68.3 million N/A N/A
2003 Gothika $40 million $59.7 million[13] $81.7 million[13] $141.6 million N/A N/A
2005 House of Wax $40 million $32.1 million[14] $36.7 million[14] $68.8 million N/A N/A
2007 The Reaping $40 million $25.1 million[15] $37.6 million[15] $62.8 million $19.8 million[16] $82.6 million
2008 RocknRolla $15 million $5.7 million[17] $20 million $25.7 million $7.4 million[18] $33.1 million
2009 Orphan $20 million $41,596,251[19] $36,741,122[19] $78,337,373 $12,250,443[19] $90,587,816
2009 Whiteout $35 million $10,275,638[20] $7,565,229[20] $17,840,867 $3,192,934[21] $21,033,801
2009 Ninja Assassin $50 million $38,122,883[22] $23,471,000 $61,593,883 $13,841,623[23] $75,435,506
2010 The Losers $25 million $23,591,432[24] $5,385,903 $28,977,335 $6,462,496[25] $35,439,831
2010 Splice $30 million $17,010,170[26] $6,964,022 $23,974,192 $3,695,686 $27,669,878
Budget Overall Total US DVD Sales Total
$374 million $646 million $62.9 million $708 million

(A) Indicates minimum, as that is only two countries totals merged.

See also

References

  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Joel Silver Going Indie And Making 12-Film Distribution Deal With Universal For Post-Warner Bros Producing". Deadline.
  2. ^ "'The loft' is gekocht door producent van 'Die hard'-films" ['The loft' bought by same producer as 'Die hard'-movies] (in Dutch). Belgium: Het Nieuwsblad. 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ "'The Loft' nog maar eens uitgesteld" ['The Loft' once again delayed] (in Dutch). Belgium: De Standaard. March 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Universal Sets 'The Loft' For Summer 2014, Zac Efron's 'Townies' For May". Deadline. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Universal Pulls 'The Loft' From Sked, Moves Legendary Pic 'As Above/So Below' Into Slot". Deadline. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  6. ^ Cunningham, Todd (July 20, 2014). "Blumhouse Signs 10-Year Production Deal With Universal Pictures". The Wrap. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Twitter / @RyanLeger2 @blumhouse @DCastleE @UniversalPics twice". Twitter.com. 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2015-08-23.
  8. ^ Lang, Brent (2017-12-07). "Hayes Brothers, Joel Silver Teaming on Horror Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  9. ^ House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  10. ^ Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
  11. ^ Thirteen Ghosts (2001) - International Box Office Results
  12. ^ a b Ghost Ship (2002)
  13. ^ a b Gothika (2003)
  14. ^ a b House of Wax (2005)
  15. ^ a b The Reaping (2007)
  16. ^ The Reaping DVD (2007)
  17. ^ RocknRolla (2008)
  18. ^ RocknRolla DVD (2008)
  19. ^ a b c Orphan (2009)
  20. ^ a b Whiteout (2009)
  21. ^ Whiteout DVD (2009)
  22. ^ Ninja Assassin(2009)
  23. ^ Ninja Assassin DVD (2009)
  24. ^ The Losers (2009)
  25. ^ The Losers DVD (2010)
  26. ^ Splice (2010)