By Anthony Breznican
June 30, 2011 at 09:14 PM EDT
Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos

Francis Ford Coppola is making his first return to Comic-Con in nearly two decades with plans to bring scenes and music from his upcoming horror story Twixt to the San Diego gathering.

The writer-director describes the independently made movie as “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career.”

Considering his first film work was on titles such as Dementia 13, The Terror, and The Haunted Palace, it sounds like the eventual maker of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now is veering away from art-house fare like Tetro and Youth Without Youth and more toward the grindhouse.

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Twixt — which was formerly known as Twixt Now and Sunrise — stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin and Super 8‘s Elle Fanning, and features a mix of 2-D and 3-D.

Coppola says the story is inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne and came to him during a “vivid dream” while visiting Istanbul. The official synopsis raises as many questions as it answers:

Coppola was last at Comic-Con in 1991 to preview elements of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He will present scenes from Twixt on Saturday, July 23 in the convention’s big Hall H auditorium, joined by musician Dan Deacon, who will perform some of his score for the movie.

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