Alan Moore's very first original screenplay, titled The Show, is coming to life on the big screen. Presently filming in Northampton, UK, The Show features an impressive cast that includes an appearance by Alan Moore! Also in today's Horror Highlights: info on Thomas Dekker's (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) third album, Into the Night, and release details for Bill Thompson's new novel The Nursery (the third installment of The Bayou Hauntings series).
New Image and Production Details for The Show, Written by Alan Moore: Press Release: "Thrilled to announce that Alan Moore’s first original screenplay, THE SHOW, is currently shooting up in Northampton and we have the first official image to share with you.
Moore is the famed author of seminal graphic novels and comics, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Despite much of his work being adapted for the screen, this is his first original feature film screenplay to be realized. Directed by Mitch Jenkins, who has worked with Moore on a cult series of short films, Show Pieces, The Show is a mysterious, luminous detective story set in the heart of the Midlands.
The film stars Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Souvenir, Only God Forgives), Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country), Richard Dillane (The White Princess, The Last Post) and Alan Moore himself. THE SHOW follows FLETCHER DENNIS (Burke) who has been hired to track down a stolen artifact, an investigation that brings him into contact with the most unusual and dangerous elements in Moore & Jenkins’ hometown Northampton.
Outlining his vision for the project, Alan Moore said, “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.”
Added Director Mitch Jenkins, "Having spent the previous decade collaborating with my dear friend Alan Moore and the last seven years of it working on our film project Show Pieces, to finally find myself directing THE SHOW is a wondrous thing. Being able to take our world and Alan’s words to the big screen is nothing less than magical. Breathing life into these amazing characters that Alan has created, in collaboration with the actors has been one of the highlights of the project to date.”
A frighteningly focused man of many talents, passports and identities arrive 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 artifact for his insistent client, he finds himself sinking in a quicksand twilight world of dead Lotharios, 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.
About Alan Moore:
Alan Moore, born in Northampton in 1953, is a writer, performer, recording artist, activist, and magician. His comic-book work includes Lost Girls (2009) with Melinda Gebbie, From Hell (1991) with Eddie Campbell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (for which he won a Bram Stoker Award in 2000) with Kevin O’Neill. He has worked with director Mitch Jenkins on the Show Pieces cycle of short films and on the forthcoming feature film The Show, while his novels include Voice of the Fire (1996) and his epic Jerusalem (2016). He lives in Northampton with his wife and collaborator Melinda Gebbie."
Thomas Dekker's Into the Night Album Release Details: Press Release: "'Into The Night”, Thomas Dekker’s third studio album is an eleven track journey into mystery, magic, desire and all things that live in the shadows. Returning to his roots of solely electronic-based production, the record evokes the sounds and moods of a bygone era and universe, specifically 1980s synth pop and genre film scores. Drawing inspiration from the likes of John Carpenter, Depeche Mode, New Order, Goblin, Vangelis and Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album is a swirling collage of Dance, Electronica, Goth Rock, Synthwave and Experimental.
With “Into The Night”, Dekker creates a universe that is musically expansive while lyrically intimate. On instrumentals like “Lightstorm”, “After the Smoke Clears” and “The Pink Cloud”, the listener is beckoned to wander the limits of their imagination, while tracks like “Boys in Eyeliner”, “Pale and Mine” and “Shadowman” provide direct and personal confessions from singer to audience. Strongly based around a single mood and audio aesthetic, the record is a cohesive and immersive experience offering one dreamy revelation after another.
Thomas Dekker began composing electronic music when he was fifteen, playing with soundscapes that range from Ambient to Industrial and beyond. In 2008, he released the genre-bending experimental album “Psyanotic” and in 2014, the Electro-Rock record “Equals Zero” under the moniker “Zero Times Zero”. In 2012, he co-wrote and performed the tracks “Ultraviolet” and “Half of Me” for the Catherine Hardwicke helmed “Plush” soundtrack alongside legendary record producer Nick Launay and co-scored the underground hit “Laid to Rest” and its sequel under the pseudonym “DeadBox” in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He also co-produced and performed on the soundtrack to his directorial debut feature “Jack Goes Home” in 2016."
The Nursery Novel Release Details: "How this novel will captivate readers: A house that sat empty for fifty years as its dead owner instructed. A locked room with no key. A single father with eight-year-old twin girls. A dusty, dank nursery from long ago that no child ever played in.
Description: There are eerie things going on at The Arbors in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Architect Bart Blanchard is joined by his friend Callie Pilantro (“Callie – The Bayou Hauntings 1”) and Landry Drake (“Forgotten Men – The Bayou Hauntings 2”) to learn the secrets of a domineering matriarch whose two husbands died in bizarre manners. As they discover more secrets in the house, someone watches from a hidden room at the very top of the huge old mansion. “The Nursery” will keep you up late at night wondering what’s behind the next door, what lies beyond a mysterious mirror and who waits to kill one of the people at The Arbor.
Author Bill Thompson is a former corporate entrepreneur who travels the world in search of action and adventure for his thrillers. He lived in New Orleans and played honky-tonk piano on Bourbon Street. Today he lives with his wife and two dogs in Dallas, Texas.