Nightmare Cinema

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USA | 2018 | 119 minutes | Joe Dante, Alejandro Brugués, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura, David Slade

Five strangers face their deepest, darkest fears in a dilapidated movie theater in this omnibus horror film, featuring terrifying tales from genre legends.

The title on the marquee of the old movie palace is somehow familiar so you head inside. The house lights dim, an image flickers on the silver screen, and you realize with horror that this will be the last movie you ever see. Welcome to Nightmare Cinema, an anthology from "Masters of Horror" creator Mick Garris featuring five fearsome shorts from a murderers' row of global genre filmmakers, each presented by sadistic curator the Projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Alejandro Brugués (Juan Of The Dead) starts the show with a killer in a welding mask gruesomely exterminating a group of teens in a subversive tribute to cabin-in-the-woods slasher cinema. The legendary Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) presents a darkly comic slice of body horror featuring a malevolent plastic surgeon (Richard Chamberlain). Gonzo Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura's (Versus) blasphemous demon battle gleefully descends into a hellscape of naughty nuns and deadly schoolchildren. David Slade (Hard Candy) revisits the moody black-and-white style of his acclaimed Black Mirror episode "Metalhead" to illustrate a mother's descent into madness. And for the final reel, Garris himself takes the helm for the disturbing story of a young boy who wakes up in the hospital after a brutal attack only to discover that he can now see the dead—and his nightmare is just beginning.

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Director Biography
Alejandro Brugués was born in 1976 in Argentina, and studied advertising, psychology, philology, and screenwriting at the San Antonio de los Baños' International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Havana, Cuba.

Ryuhei Kitamura is a director and writer known for The Midnight Meat Train (2008), Azumi (2003), and Versus (2000). He was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan.

David Slade is a British film and television director and actor born in 1969. His works include the films Hard Candy (2005), 30 Days Of Nights (2007), and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).

Joe Dante is an American director, producer, editor, and actor born in 1946. He is best known for his work on Gremlins (1984) and The Howling (1981).

Mick Garris was born in Santa Monica, CA in 1951. He is best known for his adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as Sleepwalkers (1992). He is the creator of the Showtime series "Masters of Horror" (2005) and the NBC series "Fear Itself" (2008). As of 2015, he is a member of the board of advisors for the Hollywood Horror Museum.

Sponsored by Scarecrow Video

  • Director: Joe Dante, Alejandro Brugués, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura, David Slade
  • Principal Cast: Mickey Rourke, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Richard Chamberlain, Annabeth Gish
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Mark Canton, Mick Garris, Joe Russo, Courtney Solomon, Stephanie Celeb
  • Screenplay: Sandra Becerril, Alejandro Brugués, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson
  • Cinematographers: Andrew Russo, Matthias Schubert, Jo Willems
  • Editors: Mike Mendez, Tony Kearns
  • Music: Aldo Shllaku, Kyle Newmaster, Richard Band, J.G. Thirlwell
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Dante: Burying the Ex (2014) The Hole (2009) Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Small Soldiers (1998) Matinee (1993) Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) The Burbs (1989) Innerspace (1987) Explorers (1985) Gremlins (1984) Brugués: Juan of the Dead (2011) Personal Belongings (2006) Garris: Riding the Bullet (2004) Sleepwalkers (1992) Critters 2: The Main Course (1988) Kitamura: Downrange (2017) Lupin the 3rd (2014) Baton (2009) The Midnight Meat Train (2008) LoveDeath (2006) Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) Azumi (2003) Alive (2002) Versus (2000) Slade: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) 30 Days of Night (2007) Hard Candy (2005)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Cranked Up Films
  • International Sales: Cinelou Releasing