When a production begins to unravel, the brutal rules of a zero-sum game take hold. The ultimate accomplishment of completing the picture reflects the reverse image of a relentless struggle. The memories of endured hardships are as lasting as the narrative itself and become inextricably linked to a film’s director, cast, crew and studio.
Welcome To My Nightmare is about these disasters.
Many of the dark events that unfurled throughout the making of these films bear an unsettling resemblance to the equally bizarre and uncanny stories woven into their scripts. This seems to accentuate the irregularities and uncertainties of real life in comparison to the balanced plots of fiction.
The eight chapters recount the plight of those caught within the storm of a deteriorating production.
When strung together, these chapters provide a kaleidoscopic exploration of the unique nature of the movie business. The eras, genres and people that make up each film provide a composite image of the common urge that embattled filmmakers increasingly feel to surrender to the fatalistic circumstances of a film held captive by misfortune or outside influences. What remains inspiring is that each of these movies reached completion under a tremendous inertia of difficulty.
Just as viewers of the final cut are urged to be captivated by the struggle of the protagonist, those who follow the misadventures of these cinematic endeavors in the following chapters will discover that truth is stranger than fiction, reality is more volatile than narratives, and fate more improbable than plots.