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June 30, 2011 at 09:14 PM EDT

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.

See below for more on the film …

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:

A  writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.  That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V.  He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him.  Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

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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