Film's directors include Joe Dante and Mick Garris

By Clark Collis
September 15, 2017 at 09:00 AM EDT

Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) is starring in a new horror anthology called Nightmare Cinema, it was announced Friday. The movie features five short films directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), Mick Garris (The Stand, Psycho IV), Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) and David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night, Hannibal).

In the movie, a series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit Rialto Theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by the mysterious and ghostly Projectionist. By the time our patrons realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. For once the ticket is torn, their fate is sealed at Nightmare Cinema.

Garris, who created Showtime’s Masters of Horror TV show, is producing via his Nice Guy Productions. Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton from Cinelou Films and 2016 Blood List alumni Joe Russo round out the producing team. Good Deed Entertainment’s Scott Donley and Lenny Shapiro, as well as The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones will serve as Executive Producers, along with Cinelou Films’ Scott Karol.

“I love being able to bring together visionaries of horror cinema from all around the world with their personal perspectives about what scares you,” said Garris in a statement. “This is a project I’ve been working on for some time and I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Cinelou and Good Deed to share with everyone.”

Garris, Slade, Brugués, and Dante are appearing on a panel at this weekend’s Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California, to discuss the film and show exclusive footage. There are also plans for a Tales from the Crypt-style TV show, also to be called Nightmare Cinema.

Cinelou Films