Simon Rumley plans to film Poppy Z Brite's Exquisite Corpse
2nd Dec 06
With his latest film The Living and The Dead currently wowing the crowds on the festival circuit (see our FrightFest review of this outstanding movie here), Simon Rumley has announced his intentions for his next project, an adaptation of Poppy Z Brite’s controversial and extremely explicit novel Exquisite Corpse.
After Anne Rice, Poppy is perhaps America's leading female horror writer and Exquisite Corpse has shocked readers everywhere and remains her most controversial book to date.
Set in New Orleans it's a tale of two gay serial killers who happen to meet and then fall in love with the same Vietnamese boy - a modern update on the age-old ménage a trois / Jules et Jim theme.
Rumley has told us that ”the film will be structured like Takashi Miike's Audition; a gradual build up with a hardcore gross-out ending. Add a sprinkling of gay sex and this is sure to become one of America's most controversial films in recent years.”
With graphic scenes of gay sex, voodoo and cannibalism, we have no doubt that, like The Living and The Dead, Rumley will produce a film that will manage to appeal and repulse arthouse and horror fans alike. We can’t wait…
Synopsis A convicted serial killer leaves his prison cell a dead man and rises again to build a new life. His journey takes him to New Orleans' French Quater - to the decadent bars and frivolous boys that haunt the luscious dark corners of a town brought up on Voodoo and the dark arts.
Anticipating a willing victim he finds an equal, something he never expected even in his wildest dreams... Two men thrown together by fate share dangerous desires and a love that brings fear along with lust, and leaves a trail of blood from London to the USA.
'Treats the human body like a communion wafer...A guidebook to Hell' - Peter Straub.
'Often gross, always fascinating, Brite's romantic vision of serial killers in love, using the male body like a communion wafer is certain to disturb' - TIME OUT
'Exquisite Corpse held my attention utterly rapt until its ghastly end...the narrative is arresting... its strength the result of Brite's shocking, vivid prose... A book to devour' - THE TIMES