In the 1980s, there was something of a trend in the horror genre with popular directors joining forces to put out anthology films containing multiple short films each from a different director. It’s in that vein that five legendary horror directors have announced their new anthology film, Nightmare Cinema.
As the title implies, the film takes place at a haunted movie theater, with each director helming a different story taking place therein.
Actor Mickey Rourke will play The Projectionist, the framing character who ties the different stories together (much like the Cryptkeeper on Tales From the Crypt).
The five celebrated directors on board for Nightmare Cinema are Joe Dante, Mick Garris, David Slade, Alejandro Brugués, and Ryuhei Kitamura.
Dante is most famous for 1984’s Gremlins and its sequel, but he also directed Piranha, The Howling, and one of the segments in the 1983 anthology film, The Twilight Zone: The Movie.
Garris is known for his Stephen King adaptations, including Sleepwalkers, The Stand, Riding the Bullet, Desperation, Bag of Bones, and the miniseries remake of The Shining.
Slade has directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and Black Mirror, as well as the feature films 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Brugués is an up-and-coming filmmaker from Argentina who directed the well-received 2010 Spanish-Cuban film, Juan of the Dead.
Kitamura has directed a number of films, mostly in his home country of Japan, but is most well-known for 2008’s The Midnight Meat Train, based on the short story by Clive Barker.
Nightmare Cinema will feature “down-on-their-luck individuals” who “enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater” only to have their darkest fears brought to life by The Projectionist. Four of the directors will be showing scenes from the film at the Son of Monsterpalooza convention this weekend. There’s no release date yet, but a television spin-off is already in the works.