Nightmare Cinema was released in the U.S. on June 21, 2019. It is a horror anthology film with stories directed by Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura, and David Slade.
The story features five people who are brought to a theater to view films that show them their worst fears. The movie featured 5 short stories titled The Thing in the Woods, Mirare, Mashit, This Way to Egress, and Dead.
I won’t dive into each story specifically, however my favorite out of the five was probably the first one titled The Thing in the Woods. This story features Samantha, who is trying to run away from “the welder” who is trying to kill her. The killer already murdered basically all of her friends, however he does have a reason for the killings. Overall, I felt as if this was just the most well-rounded story out of the five. It had some of the best acting and I just thought that the story was the most entertaining out of all of them.
There were several things that I liked about this movie. First off, the story was fairly unique as we aren’t use to having a lot of anthology films during this day and age. It was refreshing to see something that hasn’t been used much during the 2000’s used very effectively. I thought that the concept of bringing the people to the theater to watch these films was a perfect way to make sense of why we were watching five different stories. The movie also remained mostly entertaining throughout. During the middle portion of the film, it did become a little bit boring, however they found away to pick up the pace again. I was intrigued by all of the stories and I appreciate all of the work they put into each of them.
The first negative aspect of this film was that there was a lot of sub-par CGI. Some of the scenes looked very cheesy which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I also particularly didn’t really like seeing a priest stabbing and killing several young children. I’m not against killing in movies, however I don’t think that there was that much violence necessary in killing children. The next negative was the story aspect. While I liked the concept of the people coming to the theater, I don’t think that there was enough attention put towards that so it was kind of a waste. Overall, there weren’t too many things wrong with this movie.
Nightmare Cinema is a film that probably won’t be watched by a vast majority of people. However, I still think that it can be enjoyed by most people and is worth checking out.
Rating- 6.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. It is a refreshingly different horror film that is fairly enjoyable.
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