Five strangers watch their deepest and darkest fears play out before them in an abandoned theater as the Projectionist preys upon their souls with his collection of disturbing films from some of todays finest filmmakers including Joe Dante (Gremlins, Piranha), Mick Garris (The Stand, Sleepwalkers0, David Slade ( 30 Days Of Night, Hard Candy), Alejandro Brugues (Juan Of The Dead, ABCs Of Death 2 Segment E) and Ryûhei g Kitamura (Versus, The Midnight Meat Train)
With its two hour run time, we are taken at a fast pace through several stories of different natures and styles by filmmakers from across the world. In a similar style to shows such as Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside, and Tales From The Crypt, Nightmare Cinema is such a fun ( and gruesome) ride with a story to cater to everyone whos a fan of the genre that is horror.
Whilst the stories are all very different and some people may find that they struggle to’follow’ Nightmare Cinema from start to finish, as long as you realise that you are watching 5 separate stories whos only link is that they are being ‘viewed’ in a creepy classic cinema and arent meant to be linked to form a complete storyline, youll be fine. I wonder if those who found Nightmare Cinema a little incoherent also though the same of other anthology films such as ABC’s Of Death and the VHS series. I found Nightmare Cinema to be a lot of fun, and with each film created by a Master of Horror who gives us a love letter to the world of horror films from modern classics to earlier classics.
It did take me a few moments to settle into the style of Nightmare Cinema, as whilst I was familiar with the Masters Of Horror television series (Nightmare Cinema began its life as a somewhat planned sequel to that show) Nightmare Cinema is far quirkier and more insane that the Masters series. But that doesnt name it any less fun to experience. In a world where there have been thousands of films that venture into the horror word, its always a pleasure to see something that dares to try something different and NIghtmare Cinema not only tries something different but also succeeds in what its trying to do.
Nightmare Cinema is available on Digital Download and Disc formats, but is also available to watch on the horror streaming platform Shudder, which is where I spent a very strange and wonderfully unique couple of hours watching it.