EXCLUSIVE: Bleiberg Entertainment’s Compound B genre division will introduce AFM buyers next month to Strange Blood.

Photographer and production designer Chad Michael Ward marks his feature directorial debut on the story about a doctor whose research into a panacea goes out of control.

Pearry Teo will produce through his Pearry Teo Presents label aimed at discovering emerging genre talent. Rosie Zwaduk and Elissa Eve are also producing while Ehud Bleiberg and Nicholas Donnermeyer serve as executive producers for Compound B.

Production on Strange Blood is set to begin in November on the project starring newcomer Robert Brettenaugh stars alongside Alexandra Bard

“I cut my teeth on dark and morbid imagery in the early days of my photography, so I couldn’t ask for a more exciting or more appropriate return to horror than with this unapologetic bloodbath of a story,” said Ward.

“We are very fortunate to collaborate once again with Compound B on this project, one which I feel deeply and passionate about,” said Teo. “I believe there is a growing number of talent out there and I’m lucky to represent Chad Ward as a producer on his directorial debut. There is no doubt that quality horror is sought after in today’s market as we aim to create A-grade content for our fans.”

“It’s great to be working with Pearry again,” added Donnermeyer. “He’s been incredible in supporting Chad, who is a ridiculously talented artist with an amazing eye. This is a very creepy, unsettling film that’s going strike a nerve with a lot of people.”

Compound B is currently in post-production on i-Lived and Feed The Gods. The Dolph Lundgren action title Battle Of The Damned is due out in February 2014 through Anchor Bay Films.