Italians have been responsible for some of the most infamous trash heaps in cinema history, from Nightmare City and Cannibal Holocaust to Troll 2. And like a pilgrim towards Mecca, filmmaker and proud defender of the B-movie tradition Joe Dante has made the trek to the Holy Land.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dante is currently at the Rome Film Festival’s co-production market on a quest for some Euros to make his new movie, Ombra Amore. Set in subterranean Rome, the story concerns a werewolf whose family has all but decimated a rival vampire clan—not through the traditional, violent means, but by screwing them over on the stock market. Some sort of Romeo & Juliet-type thing ensues, until we all learn that although the blood-sucking metaphor appears more apt on the surface, rich people are actually more like shape-shifting wolf creatures. Timely! Dante is billing the film as “a compelling new take on a classic genre,” which yeah, sure, why not.