The Theatre Bizarre

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A curious young woman sneaks into a derelict movie theater and experiences six tales of Grand Guignol terror in this horror anthology featuring contributions by Buddy Giovinazzo, Tom Savini, Jeremy Kasten, Richard Stanley, David Gregory, Douglas Buck, and Karim Hussain. As the sinister host Udo Kier emerges to introduce the show, the screen flickers to life and the terror begins to build. In Buddy Giovinazzo's "I Love You," a bewildered man Andre M. Hennicke awakens with a gruesome hand injury and a debilitating ...
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Overview

A curious young woman sneaks into a derelict movie theater and experiences six tales of Grand Guignol terror in this horror anthology featuring contributions by Buddy Giovinazzo, Tom Savini, Jeremy Kasten, Richard Stanley, David Gregory, Douglas Buck, and Karim Hussain. As the sinister host Udo Kier emerges to introduce the show, the screen flickers to life and the terror begins to build. In Buddy Giovinazzo's "I Love You," a bewildered man Andre M. Hennicke awakens with a gruesome hand injury and a debilitating case of amnesia, and he endures a brutal verbal onslaught from his unfaithful wife Suzan Anbeh. Marital troubles continue when an abusive husband gets his gruesome comeuppance in Tom Savini's "Wet Dreams," and an anthropologist Shane Woodward and his frivolous partner Victoria Maurette encounter an enigmatic witch Catriona MacColl who casts a seductive spell before making a grotesque transformation in Richard Stanley's "The Mother of Toads." Hopelessly depressed after being rejected by his gorgeous girlfriend Estelle Lindsay Goranson, portly sugar addict Greg Guilford Adams discovers that you really are what you eat in David Gregory's "Sweets," and a female serial killer seeking to preserve the tragic memories of society's outcasts finds an unusual means of doing so in Karim Hussain's "Vision Stains." Elsewhere, in Douglas Buck's "The Accident," a mother searches for the words to comfort her traumatized young daughter after the pair witness the sudden death of a friendly motorcyclist.
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Special Features

Trailer; Directors' Commentary; Behind The Scenes; Directors' Interviews
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Grand Guignol horrors abound in The Theatre Bizarre, a gloriously twisted, frequently stomach-turning anthology horror film comprised of six segments, each from a different genre director. Anthology films are a mixed bag by definition, and that's even more apparent when multiple storytellers are involved: It's simply impossible to expect different filmmakers at various stages in their careers to all be firing on the same number of cylinders. And while the resulting variance in tone and quality can often be part of an omnibus' scabrous charm, there's always the distinct possibility that the lesser efforts will weigh down the stronger ones. In the case of The Theatre Bizarre, at least, the balance is fairly even. A curious young woman sneaks into a derelict movie theater and experiences six tales of terror from six shock specialists. As the sinister host Udo Kier emerges to introduce the show, the screen flickers to life and the terror begins to build. In Richard Stanley's "The Mother of Toads," an anthropologist Shane Woodward and his frivolous partner Victoria Maurette encounter an enigmatic witch Catriona MacColl who casts a seductive spell before making a grotesque transformation. Buddy Giovinazzo's "I Love You" tells the tragic tale of a bewildered man Andre M. Hennicke who awakens with a gruesome hand injury and a debilitating case of amnesia, only to unravel even more as he endures a brutal verbal onslaught from his unfaithful wife Susan Anbeh. The marital troubles continue when an abusive husband gets his gruesome comeuppance in Tom Savini's "Wet Dreams," while Douglas Buck's "The Accident" finds a concerned mother searching for the words to comfort her traumatized young daughter after the pair witness the sudden death of a friendly motorcyclist. Hopelessly depressed after being rejected by his gorgeous girlfriend Estelle Lindsay Goranson, portly sugar addict Greg Guilford Adams discovers too little too late that she is colder than soft serve in David Gregory's "Sweets," and a female serial killer seeking to preserve the tragic memories of society's outcasts finds an unusual means of doing so in Karim Hussain's "Vision Stains." Though it's difficult to recommend The Theatre Bizarre as a whole, at least three of the featured segments are strong enough to warrant a look from devoted horror fans, with one among them standing out as a mini-masterpiece that transcends the genre altogether. Nearly 20 years after seeing his last horror feature 1992's Dust Devil gutted by Miramax and later having his Island of Dr. Moreau adaptation hijacked altogether, South African writer/director Stanley proves that he still has what it takes to craft an atmospheric frightener in "The Mother of Toads." Imbued with the dark esoteric concepts that have always been Stanley's specialty, the perverse tale finds Lucio Fulci muse MacColl returning to her genre roots with striking effect, and it gets things off to a suitably grim start. The second entry, Giovinazzo's "I Love You," gets points for its mind-bending tale of emotional cruelty, though the segment ultimately feels a bit too rushed to be genuinely effective, and despite containing a few gruesome surprises, Savini's "Wet Dreams" only offers further proof that the talented makeup-effects artist should probably stick to his specialty. After a pair of forgivable misfires, however, things really get back on track in Buck's affecting segment, "The Accident." Despite the grim subject matter of a child attempting to grasp the concept of death after witnessing a fatal motorcycle accident, Buck's story is difficult to label as outright horror, and to do so would be a bit of a misnomer. We all remember that profound moment when we realized that we wouldn't live forever, and any parent who has struggled for the words to speak honestly with their child about death will instantly recognize the perceptive writing and skillful direction displayed by Buck as he tackles a very real and very difficult subject in a way that's genuinely moving. Perhaps it's simply due to the placement of the shorts within the feature, but to follow "The Accident" with Gregory's alternately revolting and darkly comic "Sweets" makes the latter come off as a bit forced. Still, for those who like their shocks served with a side of ghastly humor, "Sweets" does manage to deliver at least a few enjoyably foul laughs. And if the malevolent ringmaster of this sick spectacle was seeking to send us out with a bang, it's hard to imagine a more effective means of doing so than ending on Hussain's "Vision Stains," a heady, high-concept short anchored by the repeated, disturbingly realistic imagery of eyeballs being pierced by hypodermic needles. But as unsettling as the sights of "Vision Stains" may be, Hussain proves that he isn't simply interested in making us squirm by taking us deep into the tortured psyche of his troubled protagonist and shooting his story with a sense of grimy, stylistic flair. Director Jeremy Kasten, meanwhile, makes the most of horror legend Kier lumbering around the stage like a possessed marionette in the spooky framing segment, which casts an intoxicatingly eerie yet weirdly playful spell over the whole macabre endeavor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • UPC: 014381863758
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: A
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 40,875

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Udo Kier Peg Poett (Theatre Guignol)
Virginia Newcomb Enola Penny (Theatre Guignol)
Amanda Marquardt Squalid Woman (Theatre Guignol)
Ameila Gotham Gypsy (Theatre Guignol)
Jeremy Gladen Naked Man (Theatre Guignol)
Liberty Larsen Little Girl (Theatre Guignol)
Brett Laudermilk Naked Man (Theatre Guignol)
Christopher Sachs Groom (Theatre Guignol)
Nicole Fabbri Bride (Theatre Guignol)
Catriona MacColl Mère Antoinette (The Mother of Toads)
Shane Woodward Martin (The Mother of Toads)
Victoria Maurette Karina (The Mother of Toads)
Lisa Crawford The Naked Witch (The Mother of Toads)
Amélie Salomon The Monster (The Mother of Toads)
André Hennicke Axel (I Love You)
Susan Anbeh Mo (I Love You)
Harvey Friedman George (I Love You)
Cynthia Barcomi Mo's Sister (I Love You)
Christian Maria Goebel Mo's Brother-in-law (I Love You)
Debbie Rochon Carla (Wet Dreams)
Tom Savini Dr. Maurey (Wet Dreams)
James Gill Donnie (Wet Dreams)
Jodii Christianson Maxine (Wet Dreams)
Halfbreed Billy Gram Dungeon Master (Wet Dreams)
Lena Kleine Mother (The Accident)
Melodie Simmard Daughter (The Accident)
Jean-Paul Rivière Motorcycle Father (The Accident)
Bruno Décary Motorcyle Son (The Accident)
Kaniehtiio Horn The Writer (Vision Stains)
Cynthia Wu-Maheux Junkie Girl (Vision Stains)
Imogen Haworth Pregnant Woman (Vision Stains)
Rachelle Glait Older Homeless Woman (Vision Stains)
Alex Ivanovici Junkie Man (Vision Stains)
Lindsay Goranson Estelle (Sweets)
Guilford Adams Greg (Sweets)
Lynn Lowry Mikela (Sweets)
Jessica Remmers Antonia (Sweets)
Elissa Dowling Subs (Sweets)
Erin Marie Hogan Test Tube Baby (Sweets)
Jeff Dylan Graham Buzz (Sweets)
Dave Grave Old Punk (Sweets)
Gregg Shore Guitarist (Sweets)
Erica Rhodes Cellist (Sweets)
Tree Carr Kissing Couple (Sweets)
Adam Carr Kissing Couple (Sweets)
Jeffrey Block Chef (Sweets)
Damon Packard Sous-Chef (Sweets)
Bobby Hacker Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Adam Keese Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Andrew Schwartz Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Jill Snyder Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Whitney Moore Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Lorry O'Toole Server (Sweets)
Julietta Randall Server (Sweets)
Technical Credits
Douglas Buck Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Buddy Giovinazzo Director
David Gregory Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
Karim Hussain Director, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Jeremy Kasten Director
Tom Savini Director
Richard Stanley Director
Scarlett Amaris Screenwriter
Nicco Ardin Producer
Robert Bohrer Editor
David M. Brewer Cinematographer
PJ Cardinal Musical Direction/Supervision
Marianne Caron Makeup
Tree Carr Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Carr Art Director
Zach Chassler Screenwriter
Autumn Cook Costumes/Costume Designer, Makeup
John Cregan Producer
Jerami Cruise Costumes/Costume Designer, Makeup Special Effects
Carl Daft Producer
Aubrie Davis Makeup
Arnaud de la Giraudière Production Designer
Susan DiBona Score Composer
Annie Dufort Costumes/Costume Designer
Emilie Dupérier Makeup
John Esposito Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Scotty Field Special Effects
Eduardo Fierro Cinematographer
Bobb Freund Score Composer
Autonomous FX Makeup Special Effects
Mathieu Giguère Art Director, Production Designer
Maxx Gillman Editor
Buddy Giovinazzo Screenwriter
Gesine Giovinazzo-Todt Casting, Producer
C.J. Goldman Makeup Special Effects
Carrie Grace Costumes/Costume Designer
Katharina Grethlein Makeup Special Effects
Aaron Griffith Casting
Bobby Hacker Art Director
Johanna Herr Sound/Sound Designer
John Honore Cinematographer
Brian Kinney Makeup Special Effects
Jacqui Knapp Producer
Marcus Koch Makeup Special Effects
Michael Kotschi Cinematographer
Fabrice Lambot Casting, Producer
Erika Larsen Producer
Lisa Loher Production Designer
Melissa Lyon Low Special Effects
Robert L. Lucas Co-producer
Victoria Sanchez Mandryk Casting, Producer, Production Manager
Pierre Marchand Score Composer
Amanda Marquardt Choreography
Mareike Mohamand Makeup
Veronica Morgentaler Makeup
Adam Neubauer Associate Producer
Lorry O'Toole Production Designer
Oddtopsy FX Group Makeup Special Effects
Pauline Pallier Editor
Caroline Piras Producer
Eric Liam Powell Score Composer
Jean-Pierre Putters Producer
Emiliano Ranzani Screenwriter
Mark Raskin Score Composer, Sound/Sound Designer
Philipp Rathgeber Makeup Special Effects
Claudia Ribbisch Art Director
RUDI Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Ruggiero Producer
David Scherer Makeup Special Effects
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Stacy Smith Makeup Special Effects
Kirsten Sohrauer Producer
Alexandra Spector Producer
Kyle Stanfield Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Stanley Screenwriter
Romchat Tanalappipat Casting
Stephanie Trepanier Associate Producer
Daryl J. Tucker Executive Producer
David Uystpruyst Sound/Sound Designer
Shelby L. Vogel Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Manager
Carsten Waitz Associate Producer
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