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First Look at WATCHMEN/FROM HELL Creator’s Hallucinatory Horror Fantasy THE SHOW

Horror fans have mad love for writer/graphic novelist Alan Moore; though From Hell is his only truly terrifying tome, he’s also the creative genius behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (all of which were adapted into feature films)—and this represents but a fraction of his output.

Now, Moore is teaming up with director/cinematographer Mitch Jenkins on The Show. While the first look below is rather perplexing in a vacuum, the synopsis describes a hallucinatory fever-dream both mind-boggling and enthralling. We’re definitely excited to see what The Show becomes!

Moore released the following statement regarding The Show:

“With The Show, I wanted to apply the storytelling ability accumulated during the rest of my varied career to the medium of film.  I wanted to see if it was possible to create an immersive and addictive world with no throwaway dialogue and no throwaway characters, a world where every character is memorable, distinctive and attempting to steal the whole show for themselves, just as we do in real life. I wanted to take some very old-school approaches to film and to find out, alongside Mitch Jenkins, what would happen if you connected them up with some very modern ideas and technical capabilities, and I wanted to make a piece of radical and progressive cinema that was also ridiculously sumptuous, involving and entertaining: a genuinely spectacular show.”

The Show 2019 - First Look at WATCHMEN/FROM HELL Creator’s Hallucinatory Horror Fantasy THE SHOW

Synopsis:
A frighteningly focused man of many talents, passports, and identities arrives at England’s broken heart, a haunted midlands town that has collapsed to a black hole of dreams, only to find that this new territory is as at least as strange and dangerous as he is. Attempting to locate a certain person and a certain artefact for his insistent client, he finds himself sinking in a quicksand twilight world of deadLotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women… and this is Northampton when it’s still awake. Once the town closes its eyes there is another world entirely going on beneath the twitching lids, a world of glittering and sinister delirium much worse than any social or economic devastation. Welcome to the British nightmare, with its gorgeous flesh, its tinsel and its luminous light-entertainment monsters; its hallucinatory austerity. Welcome to The Show.

The Show is currently shooting Northampton, UK; the film stars TomBurke (Only God Forgives) supported by Siobhan Hewlett (ShowPieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Sheila Atim, Richard Dillane, and Alan Moore himself.

Are you a fan of Alan Moore? What do you think of this first look and synopsis for The Show? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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