Just the other day I was bemoaning the lack of horror hosts in the modern day genre. In a world where Peter Vincent becomes a suave magician, I have no choice but to shake my head and pity this upcoming generation of genre fans. Thankfully, we have guys like writer/director Andretti Dante to attempt to restore balance to the world.
You see, he’s just wrapped his upcoming anthology flick, Book of 1000 Deaths, which we’re told will unfold as a mash-up of Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow with an Elvira-esque wrap-around for good measure.
Here’s the synopsis from the Book of 1000 Deaths Facebook page:
Lila the Legend Teller and her frisky sidekick Whiskers bring you four stories that are more then just myths or fairy tales … these are urban legends with endings that are far from happy.
The first legend is “The Clown Statue” with Jasmine, a college freshman, struggling to make ends meet so she takes up babysitting to make cash while going to school. Jasmine watches the Newtons’ kids, Allie and Jonas. But little did Jasmine know that she would be a victim to a deranged serial killer who dresses up like a clown out to kill all babysitters.
The second legend is “Kidney Jacking”. Misti, an everyday nine-to-five office desk worker has the worst Friday after she stops by her boyfriend’s house that morning to catch him sleeping with another woman. Misti decides to go out with friends from work to their favorite bar. Misti ends up meeting James, a British fellow that is buying Misti drinks to make her feel better about what happened with her boyfriend. After one too many drinks Misti blacks out, only to wake up in a bathtub filled with ice and her kidney missing. Misti must do whatever she can to escape from the house and find help before it’s too late.
The third legend, “Bloody Mary”, involves six mid-20-year-old friends who meet up for a friendly get-together at Scott and Jessica’s house. When the friendly bunch find out that Monica has never played Bloody Mary growing up, they peer pressure her into playing to show her it’s not real. After some drinking and joking around, the group performs the ritual of calling Bloody Mary … not knowing that on this night Bloody Mary will appear and is coming to kill everybody.
The fourth legend is “The Man, The Myth, The Legend”, which follows two college roommates, Nate and Vince. Vince happens to be a real ladies man while Nate has just recently been dumped by his girlfriend. They go out for a college party with Vince’s teammate, Briggs. This is one party Vince wishes he would’ve missed because on this night he may have met his match when it comes to the ladies.
Sounds like a good time. Adult film star Misti Dawn will be your horror host Lila (sign me up, and up again!) as she navigates you through these four gruesome tales of unspeakable horror! It’s true that these things are often more miss than hit lately, but no one can say their hearts aren’t in the right place. Color me excited about this one, which I’ll be expecting to completely deliver on its delightful premise.
Dig on the short film that inspired its big brother creation below, and keep an eye out for the official Book of 1000 Deaths website opening soon!
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