TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 28, 2019
The horror anthology film is nearly as old as the genre itself, allowing bigger filmmakers to commit to telling much smaller stories. They've had a bit of a renaissance lately with flicks like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and the trend continues with Nightmare Cinema, a new anthology film billing itself as telling "5 Tales of Terror" all united by a bewigged Mickey Rourke playing "The Projectionist."
Don't expect this to become a new iconic horror character, however, because even if this movie hits, Rourke will crash and burn his way out of any and all sequels somehow. He'll figure out a way, don't worry, this is Mickey Rourke we're talking about. This man loves burning bridges and then building them back up again so he can once more torch them right to the ground.
The only reason I'm not writing this one off wholesale is the talent involved. Joe Dante—director of Gremlins, Innerspace, and The Howling, among others—directs one segment, as does Mick Garris who was the premiere Stephen King adapter until Frank Darabont came along. Among the cast you'll find Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, and my grandma's favorite actor Richard Chamberlain. Thank goodness she didn't live to see him come out, I don't know how she would have taken it.
Nightmare Cinema hits select... wait for it... cinemas, as well as On Demand on February 14.
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