Nightmare Cinema (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, David Slade, Ryûhei Kitamura
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Cinedigm
Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five tales.
I feel like Nightmare Cinema might be the biggest surprise of the year. Here we have a horror anthology that uses a good concept, some awesome directors, and the end result is a movie that really slaps. The movie has the concept of people basically walking into a theater where they are drawn into setting down and watching their fate on the screen. We start things off with a slasher that hops right into the good part taking place at a campsite like all the best ones are. But making it even better is the other twist that comes with it. From there we have a story of a girl trying to get some plastic surgery done that doesn’t go how she planned. It wasn’t as good as the first segment but still very good. Then we hit a religious segment where people are killing themselves and there are some demonic reasons behind it. That one comes from the same director of Versus and The Midnight Meat Train, so you can imagine how bloody and off the wall that one gets.
Then we have the most trippy segment of the bunch with a woman who is seeing things very oddly. This one gets dragged out a bit and gets all the weirder before we hit the end of it, but I still liked it for what it was. Topping it all off is one about a boy whose parents are shot during a robbery. He is then shot himself and as he struggles to stay alive he sees other dead people. This one mixed with the first segments makes it where the movie is sandwiched off by the best segments and it helps a lot. All the record the movie’s crypt keeper so to speak is called The Projectionist and is played by Mickey Rourke (who also helped produce the movie). Nightmare Cinema is a good movie, folks! A very solid anthology that anyone who loves anthologies needs to see. I feel this is one of the best movies of the year.
Quality of Transfer: 96%