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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…
'The Theatre Bizarre' is an ensemble of six stories with a framing composite that runs throughout between each short as a pretty caked-up puppet (Udo Kier) offers an epilogue to the last segment and an introduction to the one that follows.
All with the help of other even more not-so-scary (for 2011) puppets. The cut-scenes and the assortment of the poorly fucked up adult dolls reminded me of Michael Jackson's video for 'Thriller' by John Landis famous for comedies and the cult black-comic-horror 'An American Werewolf in London, 1981'.
And this film has the nerve to take itself seriously, knowing it is thirty four years late.
'Bizarre' is a heavy dose of sex and a multilingual commentary on everything…
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.
A horror anthology that is a mixed bag of mixed bags.
The lead-off film, Richard Stanley's The Mother of Toads, and the middle piece by Douglas Buck titled The Accident are the most internally consistent. They plant their flags early and stand with what they have. Perhaps not coincidentaly, I found them to be the most effective. Though The Accident is not to my taste (I find it to be too slow and navel-gazey) there is no denying that it is well constructed. And Mother of Toads was a delight.
The rest of the films are all over the place, even unto themselves.
Tom Savini's Wet Dreams is at heart a fairly standard horror short, complete with well telegraphed twist,…
Wow, what a mediocre outing.
If anything I finally found a film with Debbie Rochon in a dramatic role, so that was a pleasant surprise. She's o.k, not great but o.k.
I also found the segment used in Lynn Lowry's show reel ("Sweets") which she had me flog for her on my social media accounts.
Jesus, Udo Kier just loves working, doesn't he? He'll do any piece of shit as long as it keeps him on screen. He's pretty good as a robot-like doll who gradually becomes human in the framing scenes, but for pity's sake man, have some fucking taste in what you put yourself in, you've worked with Von Trier for Christ's sake:p
The framing scenes themselves are…
The first short was terrible, and the next ones were mediocre at best. The Accident was a high point, and the visuals in Wet Dreams were good.
In a sea of anthology horror films, The Theatre bizarre stands out of the herd just enough to get your attention. Each short film stands on its own and while some are better than others, there is a disconnect with the consistency as a whole.
This is s participatory film. Bizarre is at its best when viewed with a couple of friends, gasping with shock and laughing at the insanity, debauchery and filth of it all. The concepts are creative, if a tad too heavy handed. Not perfect film, but a damn good time.
31 Days of Horror 2016: Day 27
It's very bizarre. Just not very good.
Hmm, expected more by a film with that name. Fanservice again. Well, I've seen better stuff related to Grand Guignol.
This is my kind of Halloween.
My favorite was "Sweet"
Eh. I really wanted to like this but didn't really get into it. It was acted and directed well enough and also had some well done blood and gore but the stories didn't interest me for the most part. They all seemed to be a letdown. Savini's bit was the one I would say is the best all around.
Just checked this out for Richard Stanley's "The Mother of Toads".
An Anthology movie with plenty of gore and some decent names attached.
Richard Stanley does one that unfortunately is piss poor. Which is a shame considering his name attached is what intrigued me.
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