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Coppola and Dan Deacon go to Comic-Con International with 'Twixt'

Baltimore's multitalented Dan Deacon has not only been writing music for Francis Coppola's horror film "Twixt," but has also been helping Coppola develop interactive ingredients for the movie, which stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, and Ben Chaplin.

Deacon will go with Coppola to this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. There, on July 23, the cinematic maestro, Coppola, will introduce the film he calls "one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career" -- and the electronic-music maestro, Deacon, will provide live accompaniment.

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The aim, says Coppola's publicist, is to "demonstrate the interactive experience of the film," which also "incorporates both 2-D and 3-D elements."

Coppola says he based his script on a dream he had during a trip to Istanbul. But he has also acknowledged the influence of 19th-century American literary masters like Nathaniel Hawthorne -- and Edgar Allan Poe.

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I've been a fan of Coppola's low-budget personal films, including "Youth Without Youth" (click here) and "Tetro" (click here).

I hope Coppola makes good on his promise to give "Twixt" some of the unselfconscious spontaneity of a Roger Corman exploitation movie (like Coppola's own "Dementia 13").

Here's the official summary of the film:

"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. 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."

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