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$200 million Chinese horror feature recycling sets for a new themepark

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Aug 21, 2020, 1:50 PM EDT (Updated)

You might think you're doing your part to help Mother Earth by separating your cardboard and plastic for the neighborhood recycling center, but a Chinese/Japanese co-production horror film has got you beat.

Instead of tearing down all the sets and buildings created for their mega-budget fantasy horror movie, Legend of the Demon Cat, they've decided to leave it intact and transform the lavish $200 million sets into a multi-use theme park open to the public.

Produced by Moonstone Entertainment/Emperor Motion Pictures and directed by Chen Kaige (The Emperor and the Assassin; Farewell My Concubine), Legend of the Demon Cat takes place over a thousand years ago during the Tang Dynasty and is one of the most expensive films ever filmed overseas. It's adapted from Yumemakura Baku's best-selling fantasy novel, Shamon Kuukai.

“For the production, Chen Kaige arranged the construction of an entire city as the set with lakes, rivers, palaces, caves, glamorous buildings and parks,” stated Moonstone in a press release. The kicker? “The city will be housing people and serve as an amusement park after filming is completed.”

Here's the epic film's synopsis:

“A Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and wreaked havoc on the Imperial court. The investigation takes gruesome and unexpected twists, resulting in the monk and the poet unraveling the mystery behind the death decades earlier of legendary, beautiful concubine Yang Guifei.”

Shot over the course of five months using a cast of thousands, 15,000 costumes and an international crew of hundreds, this effects-laden legend opens in China on December 22. Check out the gorgeous stills in the gallery below.

How do you like the idea of leaving the fantastic Legend of the Demon Cat sets to be repurposed for posterity?

(Via Bloody Disgusting)

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