Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
The Theatre Bizarre
Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the dark, decrepit auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an eerie human puppet named Peg Poett who will introduce Penny to six tales of the bizarre: A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees cross paths with a lustful witch; A paranoid lover faces the wrath of a partner who has been pushed to her limit; The Freudian dreams of an unfaithful husband blur the lines between fantasy and reality; The horrors of the real world are interpreted through the mind of a child; A woman addicted to other people's memories gets her fix through the vitreous fluid of her victims' eyeballs; And a perverse obsession with sweets turns sour for a couple in too deep.
In continuing my mission to watch more horror anthologies, I thought it was time to step away from the 80s and 90s and watch a more recent genre entry. Overall, I was quite impressed with the outcome and thankful for the effort put forth in the making of The Theatre Bizarre.
More often than not, when a film is made by horror fans the subtle nods to the genre fail to be, you know, subtle...I think it is safe to say that The Theatre Bizarre took a more tasteful approach to paying homage to the macabre. Sure, it came off as a bit of a search & find at times, but I enjoyed that aspect very much.
In the first segment,…
Decidedly uneven horror anthology that I nearly switched off, but decided to stick with when Tom Savini's name came up for the third segment. As per the course for these things I'll rate each on its own terms.
Framing Segments - Directed by Jeremy Kasten.
A young girl enters the seemingly deserted 'Theatre Bizarre', located near her apartment. She is treated to a strange puppet show. The head puppet (Udo Kier) tells her the stories that become the other segments.
As a framing device it is not too bad. It is considered among the weaker segments by most, but I thought it was nice and creepy, unlike most of the fare on offer through the rest of the film. 2.5/5…
Very dark anthology with lots of eyeball trauma. That list of filmmakers is refreshing. The centerpiece by Douglas Buck called "The Accident" was the standout for me and the most subtle and accomplished piece. I have to check out his feature film Sisters. Tom Savini's "Wet Dreams" is pretty great and he appears as a smug adulterer. The wraparound segment was the weakest, as is often the case with these things.
This horror anthology does pretty much what it says on the cover; It's set in a theatre, and it gets pretty bizarre.
The wrap-around, fitting-everything-together story follows a young nameless woman as she obsesses over a theatre before sneaking in one day when the door is ajar. This sounds like this would at least take up few minutes of screen time but no the sequence lasts all of 30 seconds before we are inside the theatre. As for the theatre bits in between the shorts, they are actually some of the best bits, giving us a weird and genuinely creepy kind of reminiscent but not as good as Mulholland Dr's Club Silencio.
The first short, The Mother Of Toads is…
This was one of two horror anthologies (the lacklustre CHILLERAMA was the other) which I was gutted to miss at FrightFest 2011 due to their twilight screening hour and my need to catch the last train home.
Having finally caught up with THE THEATRE BIZARRE its some way short of previous FrightFest fave TRICK 'R TREAT but a welcome addition to the modern portmanteau horror film nonetheless.
The film is bookended by an effective wraparound story revolving around a silent female spectator drawn into an abandoned and eerily strange cinema - the titular 'Theatre Bizarre' - where upon genre icon Udo Kier acts as our guide introducing each of the film's six tales (Mother of Toads, I Love You, Wet…
Having read many mixed reviews of this I put off watching it for quite a while but I needn't have been so wary as I really enjoyed this anthology film. As with all anthologies some sections are better than others, and the wraparound in this isn't that great despite having some creepy imagery, but overall there was a thoroughly entertaining mix of sex and death that held my attention for the near two-hour running time.
A young woman finds herself drawn inexplicably to a run down theatre, becoming witness to a series of morbid tales, hosted by a human sized ventriloquial figure. Yes, we’re in the terror-tory (Ha! Pun!) of portmanteaus – a genre of horror that the term ‘mixed bag’ was genetically grown for. Whereas in the distant past, other films of this type (The House that Dripped Blood, Asylum) have tended to be headed up by one team behind the curtain, Theatre Bizarre goes the way V/H/S, with different directors and writers for each segment.
Unfortunately, unlike V/H/S, it’s just not very successful. Some stories simply substitute gore and tits for story, whilst others seem to tag on a surprise ending at odds…
A little creepy, a lot of gross
the cast's acting really sold me on this fine piece of cinema
i honestly have nothing to say about this film except FUCKING WATCH IT HOLY SHIT
DON'T DO NO BULLSHIT WHERE YOU ONLY WATCH A COUPLE SEGMENTS EITHER
WATCH TIL THE GODDAMN END
I HAD A FRIEND WHO TRIED WATCHING IT AND DIDN'T BOTHER WATCHING TO THE END AND YOU KNOW WHAT FUCKING HAPPENED?
THEY DIED. THEY'RE DEAD NOW. REST IN PIECES, SHITTY FILM WATCHER.
This horror anthology features short films by six directors, including the acclaimed makeup and special effects artist Tom Savini (“Friday the 13th”). The framing device — a young woman enters an abandoned theater where she is introduced to each film — is inspired by the actual Grand Guignol, the theater that staged gory entertainment in Paris from 1897 to 1962.
I haven't seen Debbie Rochon in a while, so that was a treat, but I really only found one of the six segments to be really interesting. Lots of blood, and some really bizarre segments, but that is the name of the film, isn't it.
There really was only one good short in this. The rest aren't terrible, but just not great.
An interesting collection of short tales incorporating, horror, magic, sex and typical euro-trash weirdness. Contains a couple of great performative moments.
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