The Theatre Bizarre

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The Theatre Bizarre
The Theatre Bizarre.jpg
Directed byDouglas Buck
Buddy Giovinazzo
David Gregory
Karim Hussain
Tom Savini
Richard Stanley
Produced byDaryl J Tucker
Written byScarlett Amaris
Douglas Buck
John Esposito
Buddy Giovinazzo
David Gregory
Karim Hussain
Emiliano Ranzani
Richard Stanley
StarringKaniehtiio Horn
Victoria Maurette
Lena Kleine
Catriona MacColl
Udo Kier
Virginia Newcomb
Music bySimon Boswell
Marquis Howell of Hobo Jazz
CinematographyKarim Hussain
Edited byDouglas Buck
Distributed bySeverin Films
Release date(s)
  • July 16, 2011 (2011-07-16) (Fantasia)
Running time114 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Not to be confused with Theatre Bizarre.
The Theatre Bizarre
The Theatre Bizarre.jpg
Directed byDouglas Buck
Buddy Giovinazzo
David Gregory
Karim Hussain
Tom Savini
Richard Stanley
Produced byDaryl J Tucker
Written byScarlett Amaris
Douglas Buck
John Esposito
Buddy Giovinazzo
David Gregory
Karim Hussain
Emiliano Ranzani
Richard Stanley
StarringKaniehtiio Horn
Victoria Maurette
Lena Kleine
Catriona MacColl
Udo Kier
Virginia Newcomb
Music bySimon Boswell
Marquis Howell of Hobo Jazz
CinematographyKarim Hussain
Edited byDouglas Buck
Distributed bySeverin Films
Release date(s)
  • July 16, 2011 (2011-07-16) (Fantasia)
Running time114 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Theatre Bizarre is a 2011 American horror anthology film. The six segments are directed by Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Tom Savini and Richard Stanley.[1]

Plot[edit]

The film contain six stories, each inspired by Paris’ legendary Grand Guignol theatre.[1]

The six stories are presented within a connecting framework, "Theatre Guignol": Enola Penny is intrigued by an abandoned theatre in her neighborhood. One night the theatre door mysteriously opens and she enters. A puppet host (or Guignol) introduces six short films. "Mother of Toads", "I Love You", "Wet Dreams", "The Accident", "Vision Stains" and "Sweets". As each is shown, the host becomes more human and Enola becomes more puppet-like.

"I Love You", "Wet Dreams" and "Sweets" match the Grand Guignol genre: physical or psychological conte cruel horror with natural explanations, cynical, amoral, ironic, sexy or gory in combinations.

"Mother of Toads" is loosely based on a supernatural horror story by Clark Ashton Smith. In "Vision Stains" a writer/serial killer injects fluid extracted from her victims' eyes into her own to experience their lives for her journals. Most reviews note "The Accident" seems out of place: a mother and daughter thoughtfully discuss the nature of death after witnessing an accident.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film is a co-production between United States based Severin Films and France based Metaluna Productions.[1]

Each director was given the same budget, schedule and narrative directive. Other than that, they were given free rein to create their 10-20 minute segments.[1]

Richard Stanley's segment is an adaptation of the short story "Mother of Toads" by Clark Ashton Smith.[1]

Reception[edit]

The film has received mainly mixed reviews, it currently holds a score of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] In an excerpt from the July 17, 2011 Fangoria review of the film, written by Michael Gingold, he says, "The many different flavors and tones in The Theatre Bizarre, courtesy of the many distinct talents who took part, means the movie ought to inspire lively debate among fans as to their favorites among the assorted stories. But regardless of your feelings about this or that individual episode, it’s guaranteed you’ll find enough to like to warrant enthusiastically recommending the movie overall."[3]

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