Horror veteran Mick Garris and four acclaimed genre directors have teamed up with one of Hollywood’s most inventive teams, Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon, and their Independent Production Studio, Cinelou Films, along with Scott Donley’s Good Deed Entertainment for the highly anticipated feature, Nightmare Cinema, an anthology of five short horrors which all share a common thread created by some of the genre’s best directors. It’s familiar territory for Solomon as his After Dark Films spent many years masterfully delivering horror films to hungry audiences with American Haunting and Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For.
Nightmare Cinema endeavors to provide a new generation of horror fans with their own anthology. Harkening back to the days of The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, The Outer Limits, and Garris’ Masters of Horror, this film modernizes a classic genre whose recent string of box office successes can hardly be ignored. But what exactly separates it from the rest to make movie goers clamber for tickets?
One film. Five unrestricted directors. Endless different ways to keep you up at night. The collected talents of Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura, and Alejandro Brugues have come together to craft a clear, cohesive vision encased in one thrill ride of a film. These masters of horror come crawling out of the shadows boasting resumes from both the big and small screen such as 30 Days of Night, From Dusk till Dawn, The Howling, Midnight Meat Train, The Stand, and Gremlins.
“I love being able to bring together visionaries of Horror cinema from all around the world with their personal perspectives about what scares you,” said Garris. “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.”
At the center of this menacing menagerie is 3x Golden Globe-winner and Oscar-nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2, Sin City) who will guide audiences through each of their own personal nightmares.
“The anthology format is incredibly exciting to me and has worked really well in the past. It allows us to work with not only one brilliant director, but five of them,” said Courtney Solomon.
The new film will be front and center at the popular Son of Monsterpalooza event taking place this weekend in Burbank to generate buzz among horror’s most faithful followers. Garris, Slade, Brugues, and Dante will all be on hand for a panel to discuss the film and show some exclusive footage. But wait, there’s more! Nightmare Cinema has no intention of containing the fear simply to the big screen. The groundwork has already been laid to press forward with a TV series that will delight the nostalgia of those who remember shows like Tales from the Crypt from their childhoods.
“We’re excited about Nightmare Cinema,” said Cinelou’s Mark Canton. “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.”
“This film is making it possible for fans to experience the unbridled work of five legendary horror directors all in one sitting,” said Scott Donley from Good Deed Entertainment.
Mick Garris is also producing via his Nice Guy Productions. Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton from Cinelou, and 2016 Blood List Alumni Joe Russo round out the rest of the producing team. Good Deed Entertainment’s Scott Donley and Lenny Shapiro, as well as The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones will serve as Executive Producers, along with Cinelou Films’ Scott Karol.
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.
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