Packed anthology “PROFANE EXHIBIT” expands, adds cast


The upcoming THE PROFANE EXHIBIT, with an international roster of directors that sees Nacho Vigalondo, “Coffin Joe” José Mojica Marins, Yoshihrio Nishimura, Richard Stanley and more come together, is already bursting with talent. But it keeps getting larger.Announced at HorrorHound Weekend, where it won awards for cinematography and FX, both Tony Todd and Bai Ling have joined the cast of THE PROFANE EXHIBIT, featured in the 13-installment anthology’s wrap-around segment. The film goes deep within the underbelly of Paris, where there is a club which is the home of a secret, wicked society. At first it resembles an ordinary fetish or Goth nightclub, but within the cavernous building are many hidden rooms, one of which is known as “The Room of Souls,” a private gathering place of the world’s richest and most evil people. Their host is the elegant yet frightening Madame Sabatier. For their amusement, each member takes a turn and spins a true tale of depravity. 

Here’s the entire rundown of directors and their respective stories. For more on THE PROFANE EXHIBIT, head to its official Facebook.

•22 Rue des Martyrs (wrap-around) – Paris, France

Corruption of influence:  What is left to attain when money and power have been conquered?  Meet a group of societal elite whose only derive pleasure from two things; forcing humans into acts of unspeakable depravity and then gloating their conquests to their peers.  A secret room deep in the underbelly of Paris, “The Room of Souls”, will serve as axis mundi … the center of the world … for those who feed on the corruption of human nature.

• BRIDGE – Umbria, Italy

Director – RuggeroDeodato

Music – Killjoy [Necrophagia]

“I wanted to explore the evilness of children and used, I guess, Kubick’s THE SHINING as reference. I got into this project thanks to David Bond and in this way I could play with the curiosity of the kids and with the psychosis in general. From the meeting of these two things, came out an open ending. I think that people need to face the reality and get used to the precariousness of the human mind.” – R. Deodato

• MANNA – Edmonton, Canada

Director – Michael Todd Schneider

Music – Sebastian Komor [Icon of Coil, Zombie Girl]

Corruption of dominance: Consuming your mate makes you stronger. Ridiculous? Ask the praying mantis … ask the scorpion … ask the black widow.  A cult of women, under the banner of the Latrodectus black widow, practice the ultimate form of Vorarephilia in an attempt to claim the highest form of female dominance.

• TOCHKA – Khabarovsk, Russia

Director: Andrey Iskanov

Music: Scott Mitchell [Marilyn Manson]

Corruption of drugs: The young Anna was sold in an underground brothel for sadists, addicts and sexual perverts by her own father, but she vainly tries to run away. Her attempts to escape resulted in her punishment making her a heroin addict. Her third escape attempt results in a spectacle of torture and violence.

• GOOD WIFE – Vancouver, Canada

Director – Ryan Nicholson

Music – cEvin Key [Skinny Puppy]

Corruption of family: John has the perfect life, the perfect marriage, but there’s something he isn’t telling his lovely wife. When she finds out exactly what her husband is up to most nights, the tables turn and things get extremely bloody.  Stars Playboy favorite Monique Parent and B-movie star Tina Krause.

• MORS IN TABULA – Berlin, Germany

Director – Marian Dora

Music – Rune Eriksen [Mayhem]

Corruption of trust: A woman places her life in hands of doctor who offers her a chance for life.  But, in the hands of a monster, this level of trust presents an opportunity for gratification reserved only for God.

• TOPHET QUOROM – Rome, Italy

Director: Sergio Stivaletti

Corruption of the pure:  A pious nun is abducted off the streets of Rome.  Her purity eroded through weeks of torture and depravity.  Her existence is rendered down to a primal, feral creature whose essence is blood and violence.

• VIRAL – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Director: José Mojica Marins (a.k.a. Coffin Joe)

Music: Chris Vrenna [Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson]

Corruption of fame:  Character, integrity, self-esteem, honor … while these are honorable traits, they become expendable in the face of the enticement of fame.  For one young woman, the journey to fame will lead her down a path of degradation, ruination, defilement, and debasement. Is the pay-off worth the price?

• COLTAN – Cape Town, South Africa

Director: Richard Stanley

Music: Simon Boswell [scoring credits: Lord of Illusion, Hardware, The Crying Game, etc.)

Corruption of wealth:  The value of a rare metal causes unspeakable atrocities against men, women, and even children.  A documentarian goes deep into Africa to give us a glimpse into the mining of coltan, the most common metal in all portable electronic devices.  How many cell phones, mp3 players, tablets, etc. are in your home?  How many innocent lives are you directly responsible for? (Based on U.N. Reports of alleged crimes at African coltan mines.)

• JIGOKU NO CHORISHI (The Hell-Chef) – Toyko, Japan

Director – Yoshihiro Nishimura

Music – Sven and Vivian Fuzz-Kristiansen [Mayhem, Gallhammer]

Corruption of curiosity: A mysterious parasol-carrying woman witnesses a young girl seducing a man back to her apartment … to murder him.  But, when young girl is unable to complete her task, the parasol-carrying woman instructs the girl on the finer points of killing and the arts of culinary cannibalism.  And yet, even that does not go as planned in this tale of fetish and food.

• SINS OF THE FATHER – Getxo, Spain

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Corruption of revenge:  When a son forces his father to answer for his sexual deviancy, cameras are rolling … and an audience awaits.  However, which is more entertaining, justice or defilement?  Will a son’s hunger for revenge lead him back to hell?

• BASEMENT – Los Angeles, California, USA

Director: Uwe Boll

Corruption of home:  A man’s life in the upstairs of his house is very different from his life in the basement. Stars the amazing Clint Howard, Caroline Williams and Tara Cardinal.

• MOTHER MAY I – Los Angeles, California, USA

Director – Anthony Diblasi

Music – Steven Severin [Siouxsie and the Banshees]

Corruption of religion:  In a Catholic half-way house for wayward girls, Mabel is doing her best to please the Head Mother.  Repeated acts of violent discipline against the other girls have Mabel terrified and willing to do whatever to avoid such pain.  But, when a seemingly minor indiscretion brings the Head Mother’s attention to Mabel, will she be willing to do what it takes to appease the nun’s aggression?

Epilogue – Paris, France

Corruption of hope: Tomorrow is worse than today.


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