The anthology film is an animal unique to horror. There simply is no other genre as well suited or known for it. It is also often a chance to showcase the brilliance of horror directors who can then use the anthology work to get feature work. Sometimes, it is a chance to get a taste of horror from masters of the genre. That is certainly the case for Nightmare Cinema, whose new trailer has just arrived.
Nightmare Cinema, besides being a fantastic title, brings together five experienced directors for five thrilling tales. First, is David Slade, British producer and director behind the fantastic TV shows Hannibal, American Gods and director of 30 Days of Night. Next comes Ryuhei Kitamura, the Japanese director of Versus, No One Lives and the bone-chilling The Midnight Meat Train. Next we have Mick Garris, the Post Mortem host and writer director of many classics including Critters 2, Sleepwalkers and Hocus Pocus. Then there is Alejandro Brugues, perhaps the least known of the bunch, but who seems to have a great sense of horror comedy. Check out Juan of the Dead for reference. Last but certainly not least is Joe Dante, well known to you I’m sure, but just in case, he made such classics as Gremlins, Gremlins 2 and The Howling.
A series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist – a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings. By the time our patrons realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. For once the ticket is torn, their fate is sealed at Nightmare Cinema.
Beyond being experienced, this group is also varied in terms of style, age and even culture. It ought to be interesting to see how their respective visions come together. The new trailer looks fantastic and hints at the core that keeps the five stories together. It seems five strangers arrive at a theater to find they are somehow linked to the films to play out on screen. Each experiences a unique tale of terror. How they all impact each other remains a mystery I can’t wait to solve.
I love the concept and the production value looks great. I can’t wait to see how they pull this off. Nightmare Cinema premiered at Fantasia Film Festival and hopes to find wide release later this year. Take a look at the trailer and let us know what you think!