Horror anthology films used to be a common sight in US theaters with films like Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Cat’s Eye, and others scaring and entertaining audiences with short tales of terror, but somewhere along the line they disappeared. Asian filmmakers still crank them out (ex. Phobia, Three Extremes), but US audiences have been unable to catch one in theaters for many years now. Trick ‘r’ Treat came close… but we all know how that turned out.
Well things may be about to change for the better… Paris, I Kill You is scheduled for production next year, and the film will consist of ten story segments exploring the horrific underbelly of the city of love. Several directors have already signed on including Joe Dante (Gremlins), Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury (Inside), Xavier Gens (Frontiers), Joern Heitmann (Rammstein), Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Paco Plaza (REC), and Christopher Smith (Severance).
Spanning the gamut of the genre including fantasy, suspense and pure, terrifying horror, Paris IKU is a twisted look at the City of Love. Through its diverse stories, woven together by one connecting story, it will take its audience deep into the seedy underbelly of a Paris a long, long way from the pretty honeymoon cliche. Say producers Darryn Welch and Mathieu Robinet: “The Stars of this show are the Directors. Since we started with the project we’ve had tremendous response from Directors willing to collaborate, it’s something fresh and something they can really sink their teeth into; it’s also a true fan boy project.”
“Paris I’ll Kill You is a fantastically exciting prospect” says K5 International´s Carl Clifton. „A great concept with not just one great horror name behind the camera but a whole gang of them – the finest horror directors working today. It’s a franchise-in-the-making too. Today Paris, tomorrow New York, Moscow, London…“
I love this idea, and I hope to hell it makes it through production and into theaters. The franchise idea could work beautifully, at least as well as the similarly themed Paris I Love You/New York I Love You have managed, and a theatrical feature means there will be no limits like those that hampered NBC’s Fear Itself. And if it does well enough they may be able to draw in some bigger names too… directors like David Cronenberg, Clive Barker, Peter Jackson, and others who no longer have time or interest in horror features but may be able to squeeze out a horror short. Any way you slice it, this announcement is good news.