Just as countless horror anthologies of past years have been defined by their own grab bag results, Nightmare Cinema is a mixed collection of eerie crescendos and deflating downswings. Joe Dante. Mick Garris. Alejandro Brugués. Ryûhei Kitamura. David Slade. These directors would fill the roster of any movie lover’s Murderers’ Row, and their collective worth skews towards positive reactions with an emphasis on differentiation. Their segments take ambitious swings and rarely skimp on absurdity, to a degree where the highest peaks overshadow the shallowest valleys.
Could this be thanks to Mr. “Projectionist,” Mickey Rourke’s wraparound purveyor of nasty delights whose old-school theatrical torture ushers in each story with opening night menace? Maybe not entirely, but boy does Nightmare Cinema introduce one maliciously memorable mascot. Read More »
While it’s easy to look at the past through rose-colored glasses (or bloody ones, in this case) and think that there have been many great horror film anthologies, that’s just not the case. There are certainly a lot of horror anthology films, but few amount to much. I’m hoping that Paris, I’ll Kill You, a horror riff on Paris, je t’aime, will be the exception.
This project boasts a hell of a directorial lineup: Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Frontiere(s), Hitman), Joern Heitmann (Tokio Hotel), Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Midnight Meat Train), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Paco Plaza ([REC], [REC] 2) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Triangle). I can’t imagine any genre film fan not anticipating this at least a bit with that set of filmmakers corralled into one space. Read More »
Advance word on James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin hasn’t been too hot, but perhaps this newly released red band trailer can change your mind. Not surprisingly, it’s blood drenched and features more gore than in previous trailers—and we also see far more extensive use of CG this time around. We’ve previously reported on footage of Rain training for the film, but with this trailer it’s hard to see any of that put to use.
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Shock Till You Drop has some fun news: Ryuhei Kitamura, who made a name for himself with the fun low-budget Japanese film Versus and recently directed Midnight Meat Train, is directing a film called Teratoma. The writers are Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, who penned Dario Argento’s upcoming Giallo. (And that gives me pause, since the early Giallo reviews haven’t been wildly positive.) A teratoma is a type of tumor in which other…growths…can be identified: hair, teeth, even eyes and limbs. That could put the film right into the realm of body horror, a sub-genre that doesn’t get enough attention these days. Joel Soisson, of co-producers Neo Art & Logic, says “Teratoma is The Fly meets Rosemary’s Baby.” Read More »