After telling the story of horror fans trapped in the world of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, director Douglas Schulze (The Dark Below) continues his immersive horror franchise in Mimesis: Nosferatu, which will have a special screening at Monsterpalooza this April, and to celebrate, we've been provided with new images to share with Daily Dead readers.
The sequel takes place at a private school, where students are adapting a stage version of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu that begins to take on a life of its own. Allen Maldonado, from the original Mimesis, returns in what's described as a Van Helsing-like role, and he's joined by Lance Henriksen.
You can check out the full Monsterpalooza screening announcement and new images below, and keep up with Mimesis: Nosferatu at:
Press Release: MONSTERPALOOZA invites you to a very special screening of MIMESIS: NOSFERATU on Friday, April 12th @ 9pm at the Pasadena Convention Center. With attendance reaching 16,000 last year MONSTERPALOOZA was second only to SAN DIEGO COMIC CON in terms of horror convention attendance. So it’s only natural that a horror franchise based around extreme horror fans would screen at this year’s MONSTERPALOOZA.
In 2012 Mimesis: Night Of The Living Dead saw a group of demented horror fans using the plot of George Romero’s classic zombie film to murder unsuspecting victims. It was a meta-take on the zombie genre (and horror films in general) that starred Sid Haig (Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell), Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living Dead) and Courtney Gaines (Children of the Corn). Variety called Mimesis “A surefire fan fave” and HorrorNews.Net said “One hell of a fun film, don’t miss it”. Several critics top 10 lists and a dozen notable festivals (including Cinequest, New York Horror & Shriekfest ) led to Anchor Bay domestic distribution and a Showtime Networks deal. Overseas the film was embraced in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and several other foreign countries.
Now comes the sequel as the blood thirsty cult returns to bring to life the daddy of all horror films: F.W. Murnau’s classic Nosferatu. Mimesis: Nosferatu is far from a remake of Murnau’s 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – this is a whole new beast which blends the high school elements of the teen slasher flick with the iconic expressionist visual stylings of Murnau’s vampire film. The plot sees a Dramatic Arts school mounting a stage performance of Nosferatu, but unbeknownst to them, a group of Count Orlock inspired cult members (led by NEAR DARK, ALIENS, star Lance Henriksen) have a few bite-sized surprises in store.
Rotten Tomatoes and Screenrant critic Niall Browne gives 4 out of 5 stars and says Schulze has crafted a film which works as much as a high-school thriller as it does a horror film. Allen Maldonado (star of TBS’s hit The Last OG) returns from the first Mimesis, as a Van Helsing-like character who has been tracking the cult’s crimes. Littered with references to vampire movie lore, Mimesis: Nosferatu has plenty of easter eggs to keep genre fans entertained.
Notable genre film festivals in Spain and Rome including Italy’s famed FANTAFESTIVAL have embraced MIMESIS: NOSFERATU calling it “A brilliant homage to cult classic horror “. As Schulze lays the ground work for the third and final installment of Mimesis there’s rumor of a big studio remake of the original NOSFERATU with several A-list horror directors in talks to helm.