If you’ve been pining for some throwback horror from some old school horror filmmakers, then your dreams (ahem, nightmares) are coming true. Horror veterans Mick Garris (The Stand, Hocus Pocus), David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy), Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead, ABCs of Death 2) and Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) are teaming up to direct their own respective horror shorts as part of an anthology collection titled Nightmare Cinema.
From Cinelou Films and Good Deed Entertainment, Nightmare Cinema is being crafted as a passion project of sorts from the production’s ringleader Garris. It’s a project that harkens back to a generation when anthology horror was more prominent (think The Twilight Zone or Creepshow), and the idea is to essentially introduce a younger generation to an older M.O. To add yet another layer of intrigue to the project, Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) will star in the film, acting as the glue holding each of the five shorts together.
According to its official synopsis, Nightmare Cinema revolves around a “mysterious, ghostly figure” known only as The Projectionist who invites a small group of downtrodden individuals to view a collection of “their deepest and darkest fears.”
Regarding the project, Garris had this to say:
“I love being able to bring together visionaries of Horror cinema from all around the world with their personal perspectives about what scares you. This is a project I’ve been working on for some time and I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Cinelou and Good Deed to share with everyone.”
To jumpstart promotion for the film, the team of filmmakers (save for Kitamura) will be available for a Q&A at Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA. The event will also showcase exclusive footage from the film.
Mark Canton of Cinelou Films spoke on the success of recent horror films, which he hopes will aid in the film’s mainstream appeal:
“When Mick Garris brought us the opportunity to collaborate with a group like this, it was easy to get behind. Horror has become an industry strength again. When you look around at recent successes of films like IT or Get Out, it’s obvious there’s a hungry audience out there that can’t be ignored.”
Anthology horror has started to creep its way into making a comeback, so Nightmare Cinema may very well be showing up at just the right time – after the success of other horror anthology films, such as V.H.S., The ABCs of Death, and even Trick ‘r Treat (which you can argue put a more narrative spin on the classic anthology structure). With the presence of classic horror directors attached to the project, Nightmare Cinema has the potential to benefit from a perfect marriage of both nostalgia and timeliness within this current cinematic climate.
Nightmare Cinema currently has no official release date.
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