Comic-Con 2011 wraps up at San Diego’s Convention Center today, and among the notable first timers was Baltimore’s spastic electronic collagist Dan Deacon. The musician sat on the Hall H panel for Twixt, the Francis Ford Coppola-directed, Val Kilmer-starring Gothic horror film he scored. Here’s the plot summary from IMDB:
A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V (Elle Fanning). He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.
If that sounds appealingly surreal, you’ll like the part of the panel (presented in three audience-shot videos below) where Coppola and everyone in the audience puts on masks of Edgar Allan Poe. Prior to that Deacon told the assembled nerds, “I’d like to especially say thank you to everyone who slept outside last night. You are a special kind of insane few of us will ever understand.”
Unfortunately the third video cuts out right before Coppola and Deacon re-mix footage with different music on the spot in order to show what will happen when they’ll “go on tour with the film for a month before it opens and perform it new for each audience, like opera.” HollywoodReporter.com has a report on that experimental process (“a good weird,” according to Deacon), and also notes that Tom Waits narrates part of the film.
So consider these videos a preview of a preview, and enjoy pics of the guys bro-ing out on the press line in the gallery above.