Finding inspiration from one of the most frightening cinematic “monsters” put on film by F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, the students at the arts academy are just dying to be part of their school’s vampiric rendition. With MIMESIS: NOSFERATU, Douglas Schulze continues his modern tribute to the myth of the vampire.
The Mimesis films center on a subculture of extreme horror fans who engage in deadly role-playing games based on classic movies from the genre. In Mimesis: Night of The Living Dead, Schulzepaid homage to George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead following gamers who took their love of zombies to a new level complete with flesh eating. MIMESIS: NOSFERATU centers on vampirism as new recruits are lured to play a real-life version of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu.
“My intention with the Mimesis franchise is to pay homage to horror classics,” said Director Douglas Schulze. “I wanted to find a way to celebrate classic horror and explore what makes some of us so passionate about our love for the genre and with MIMESIS: NOSFERATU, do that by exploring what drives some horror fans to the extreme and how cults are born.”
Schulze goes on to note that MIMESIS: NOSFERATU is not a sequel in the traditional sense. “I consider each film a kind of homage and this film stands alone while also including nods to many versions of vampire films from every era, including Bram Stoker’s novel to German Expressionism, the 70’s era Hammer horror and even the Twilight series.”
When the curtain falls, the body count rises in MIMESIS: NOSFERATU. At Harker Arts Academy, the chance to star in the school’s upcoming play is something any student would kill for, unfortunately this year that might be the price. When it is announced the drama club will be adapting F.W. Murnau’s vampire classic Nosferatu, no one realizes that they have unwittingly been pulled into their own horror film. With opening night fast approaching, the blood begins to spill, and it is unclear if anyone will still be alive by the time the curtain rises.
The film stars Golden Globe Nominee Lance Henriksen (“Millennium”, Aliens, Alien vs. Predator), Allen Maldonado (Straight Outta Compton, “Black-ish”), Connor Alexander (C.R.T., The Golden Realm) and also features Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). MIMESIS: NOSFERATU will be available on Digital and DVD on October 13.
“Douglas Schulze found a way to celebrate classic horror and explore what makes many so passionate about their love for the genre,” said Josh Thomashow, Cinedigm’s Director of Acquisitions. ”With this film he explored what drives some horror fans to the extreme and how cults are born.”
The producers are planning a series of special Drive-In event screenings to celebrate the release of the picture.
MIMESIS: NOSFERATU was directed by Douglas Schulze and written by Schulze & Jeff Meyers. Producers include Kurt Eli Mayry, Kathryn J. McDermott and Nandan Shah, with Harper Shecter acting as Associate Producer. Executive Producers are Crystal Lucas-Perry, Allen Maldonado LaVal Perry and Amrit Pal Singh, with Tejeshwar Singh Bawa as the Assistant Producer.
The deal was negotiated by Josh Thomashow, Director of Acquisitions for Cinedigm and Douglas Schulze for CinerG.
Distribution Company: Cinedigm
Film Release: October 13, 2020
Written by: Jeff Meyers (screenplay), Douglas Schulze (story)
Directed by: Douglas Schulze
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Allen Maldonado, Connor Alexander and featuring Kristy Swanson
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
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