Ringu director Hideo Nakata returns to horror with ‘Ghost Theatre’


Hideo Nakata is the Japanese director responsible for kick-starting the J-Horror genre, and even to this day his masterful classic Ringu (above) sets the standards for most ghostly horror films. The man is well respected among the horror community, and when Nakata decides to return to the genre, horror fans should pay attention.

Screen Daily reports that Nakata has made a new horror called Ghost Theatre, and  it is heading to the European Film Market looking for buyers, for which there seem to be plenty!

Per Screen Daily:

Japanese studio Nikkatsu is attending EFM with Hideo Nakata horror Ghost Theatre and Yuki Tanada’s Romance, which teams the female director with award-winning actress-singer Yuko Oshima.

Nakata is revisiting his roots with Ghost Theatre (working title), inspired by his 1996 horror Ghost Actress, made before he filmed The Ring franchise, which kicked off a worldwide interest in J-horror.

While Ghost Actress followed a vengeful spirit that drives a movie crew to insanity, Ghost Theatre is set in a haunted playhouse.

The film has been receiving offers even before footage is available, according to Nikkatsu reps.

Actresses Haruka Shimazaki and Rika Adachi head the cast of the film, which is currently in post-production.

Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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