The Theatre Bizarre

2012

The Theatre Bizarre

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Down a seedy city street, a young woman 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 who will introduce her to six tales of the truly 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. -- (C) W2

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Cast

Udo Kier
as Peg Poett (Theatre Guignol)
Virginia Newcomb
as Enola Penny (Theatre Guignol)
Amanda Marquardt
as Squalid Woman (Theatre Guignol)
Ameila Gotham
as Gypsy (Theatre Guignol)
Jeremy Gladen
as Naked Man (Theatre Guignol)
Liberty Larsen
as Little Girl (Theatre Guignol)
Brett Laudermilk
as Naked Man (Theatre Guignol)
Christopher Sachs
as Groom (Theatre Guignol)
Nicole Fabbri
as Bride (Theatre Guignol)
Catriona MacColl
as Mère Antoinette (The Mother of Toads)
Shane Woodward
as Martin (The Mother of Toads)
Victoria Maurette
as Karina (The Mother of Toads)
Lisa Crawford
as The Naked Witch (The Mother of Toads)
Amélie Salomon
as The Monster (The Mother of Toads)
André Hennicke
as Axel (I Love You)
Suzan Anbeh
as Mo (I Love You)
Harvey Friedman
as George (I Love You)
Cynthia Barcomi
as Mo's Sister (I Love You)
Christian Maria Goebel
as Mo's Brother-in-law (I Love You)
Debbie Rochon
as Carla (Wet Dreams)
Tom Savini
as Dr. Maurey (Wet Dreams)
James Gill (V)
as Donnie (Wet Dreams)
Jodii Christianson
as Maxine (Wet Dreams)
Halfbreed Billy Gram
as Dungeon Master (Wet Dreams)
Lena Kleine
as Mother (The Accident)
Melodie Simmard
as Daughter (The Accident)
Jean-Paul Rivière
as Motorcycle Father (The Accident)
Bruno Décary
as Motorcyle Son (The Accident)
Kaniehtiio Horn
as The Writer (Vision Stains)
Cynthia Wu-Maheux
as Junkie Girl (Vision Stains)
Imogen Haworth
as Pregnant Woman (Vision Stains)
Rachelle Glait
as Older Homeless Woman (Vision Stains)
Alex Ivanovici
as Junkie Man (Vision Stains)
Lindsay Goranson
as Estelle (Sweets)
Guilford Adams
as Greg (Sweets)
Lynn Lowry
as Mikela (Sweets)
Jessica Remmers
as Antonia (Sweets)
Elissa Dowling
as Subs (Sweets)
Erin Marie Hogan
as Test Tube Baby (Sweets)
Jeff Dylan Graham
as Buzz (Sweets)
Dave Grave
as Old Punk (Sweets)
Gregg Shore
as Guitarist (Sweets)
Erica Rhodes
as Cellist (Sweets)
Tree Carr
as Kissing Couple (Sweets)
Adam Carr
as Kissing Couple (Sweets)
Jeffrey Block
as Chef (Sweets)
Damon Packard
as Sous-Chef (Sweets)
Bobby Hacker
as Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Adam Keese
as Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Andrew Schwartz
as Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Jill Snyder
as Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Whitney Moore
as Restaurant Patron (Sweets)
Lorry O'Toole
as Server (Sweets)
Julietta Randall
as Server (Sweets)
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Critic Reviews for The Theatre Bizarre

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

  • These elements may be shocking and even bizarre. But, like a lot of midnight-movie provocations, they soon turn predictable.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An impressively good hit-to-miss ratio ... Entirely worth a horror fan's time, but is probably too erratic and violent a film for the casual enthusiast.

    Aug 22, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
  • The Theatre Bizarre is a delicious horror buffet with some gore-geous treats and gruesome confections.

    Feb 21, 2012 | Full Review…
  • As with most anthology efforts, only a few of the segments truly shine, yet the production as a whole carries itself confidently and shares a few scattered pleasures.

    Feb 17, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Absent anything scary or even shocking, the only question is why Enola sticks around for all six shorts. Or why the filmmakers think we would.

    Feb 2, 2012 | Rating: 1/4
  • A macabre horror anthology that suffers from a couple weak entries weighing it down, but still compares relatively favorably to the qualitative mean established by Anchor Bay's 'Masters of Horror' series a few years back.

    Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Theatre Bizarre

  • Sep 07, 2012
    <B><I>THE THEATRE BIZARRE</I> (2011) </B> WRITTEN BY: Zach Chassler, Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, Emiliano Ranzani, Buddy Giovinazzo, John Esposito, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, David Gregory DIRECTED BY: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini, Richard Stanley FEATURING: Udo Kier, André Hennicke, Peg Poett, Virginia Newcomb, Enola Penny, Amanda Marquardt, Jeremy Gladen, Liberty Larson, Christopher Sachs, Nicole Fabbri GENRE: <B>HORROR</B> TAGS: anthology, gruesome, graphic violence, sex and nudity RATING: 7 PINTS OF BLOOD <B>PLOT: In a dilapidated old theater, a macabre human puppet hosts six Grand Guignol-style tales of terror in this arty, atypical thriller.</B> COMMENTS: First rate makeup, eerie sets, props, and racy, gory stories, with unusual, unpredictable endings make The Theatre Bizarre a real standout in the genre of horror anthologies. When an emboldened patron of the dramatic arts (Virginia Newcomb) spots a door ajar to a decrepit told theater down a questionable back street, her curiosity gets the better of her. She enters, takes a seat, and is treated to a series of six sinister stories of sexual obsession and madness, hosted by an uncanny, animated human puppet (Udo Kier). Attempting to cultivate his patron's fear response, the puppet presents each demented segment like a circus ringmaster exhibiting a freak show of abominations, each tale more horribly harrowing and outrageous than the last. When they meet The Mother of Toads, an unwary student of anthropology touring the French countryside with his fiancee is lured to the lair of changeling witch with an offer of perusing rare books. Suffering from an unusual condition, she has an ulterior motive and a strange design in store for both of them. The socially inquisitive pair are in for the cultural shock of a lifetime. The psychological tension of unrequited love goes through the roof in I Love You, and reality bends and warps,when a smothering, obsessive, but inadequate lover plunges beyond the bounds of reason upon being confronted by the prospect of a break-up with the object of his affection. In Wet Dreams, George Romero's zombie movie makeup artist Tom Savinia (who also directs) plays a Freudian psychologist and marriage counselor who turns the tables on a philandering client when he helps a couple step to the other side of the mirror to realize their darkest fantasies. The Accident relates the story of a little girl learning the harsh, existential realities of death after witnessing the aftermath of fatal traffic accident. This serious effort is neither macabre nor racy, and stands out from the other stories in The Theatre Bizarre for its dreamlike filming style and quiet contemplative atmosphere. Vision Stains introduces a psychotic experience junkie who kills other women, drains the vitreous fluid from their eyes and injects it into her own to steal their memories. But when she chooses an "exceptional" victim, she takes a ride straight to hell. Their addiction to elaborate confections cements an uneasy alliance between an oddball beatnik couple in Sweets. The glutenous duo's precarious hold on their shaky union is challenged to the extreme when they join an exclusive club for twisted food perverts whose appetites are esoteric in the extreme. As a whole The Theatre Bizarre is a bit uneven. It's segments are divers and feature unique directorial and writing styles, but each terror tale is memorable, colorful and over-the-top without being campy or silly. The Theatre Bizarre is a portmanteau-style anthology in the tradition of Creepshow, Or Tales From The Crypt, but with adult themes and lots of nudity, it's definitely not a children's movie. Lurid, salacious, chilling, and bloody as hell, The Theatre Bizarre is the most memorable horror anthology I have seen to date. All of the directors have done prior work in horror cinema: Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware), Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock, Life is Hot in Cracktown), Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead 1990), Douglas Buck (Cutting Moments), David Gregory (Plague Town), and Karim Hussain (Subconscious Cruelty), and Jeremy Kasten (Wizard of Gore)
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2012
    Grotesque, dark, creepy and (living up to its title) very bizarre indeed. Some stories felt vapid, yes, while some were interesting and bizarre enough to satisfy every horror fan as myself. The gores were over-the-top and very painful to watch that it felt uncomfortably good. The Theater Bizarre has made me stand to my seat and scream for an encore.
    August S Super Reviewer

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