Bizarre Theatre Of Horror Stories Come Together

A new film project called The Theatre Bizarre is a horror anthology that is coming stateside in January 2012 in a limited release.  The film has already premiered at Montreal’s “Fantasia” film festival on July 16, 2011.  It features stories from David Gregory, Buddy Giovinazzo, Richard Stanley, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, Tom Savini, and Jeremy Kasten.  

If you are  fan of the gory, the scary or anthology films, then this new one is going to be just what you are looking for. it is very rare to find horror anthology films, mainly because they tend to be television shows normally. (Think Masters of Horror, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, or Tales From The Crypt). Thanks to W2 Media, the film is going to be released January 27th.

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 Down a seedy city street, a young woman (Virginia Newcomb) is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees the front door slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the vast, eerie auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an odd marionette-like man (Udo Kier) who will introduce her to six tales of the bizarre…

A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees crosses 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 fluid of her victims’ eyeballs; and a perverse obsession with sweets turns sour for a couple in too deep. But as the stories unfold, something strange is happening to the woman. Something irreversible and horrific.

The film is a co-production between United States based Severin FIlms and France based Metaluna Productions.  Each director was given the exact same budget, schedule, and narrative directive.  Although their budget was the same, each director was free to do with it as they pleased, as long as it ranged within the 10-20 minute window.

Richard Stanley’s segment is an adaptation of the short story Mother of Toads by Clark Ashton Smith.  Stanley is an accomplished film director and screenwriter and is best known for his work in the 1990 production of the film Hardware.  (Hardware was also based on a short story; one found in 2000 AD, a weekly science fiction-oriented comic).We also recently published an article regarding Hardware that you can read here.

I’m pretty excited to see this movie.  I don’t know how well the 6 stories are going to interact with each other though.  It might be like watching six episodes of Tales From the Crypt instead of watching a actual movie.  Either way, the stories portrayed are brutal and gory ones, so viewer discretion is advised.  That means:  Parents, leave your kids at home!

You can view the trailer below:

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