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The Theatre Bizarre (2012)




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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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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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

The Theatre Bizarre is a delicious horror buffet with some gore-geous treats and gruesome confections.

Full Review… | February 21, 2012

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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012

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.

February 2, 2012
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Theatre Bizarre


This was a rather classy horror anthology featuring some fairly big names in the indie horror field both in front of and behind the camera, and I'm happy to have finally given it a spin for my Halloween 2014 viewing. Well worth tracking down.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

An engaging horror anthology film that brings together some of the most daring film directors today; A young woman wanders inside a old, decrepit theatre where a bizarre puppet hosts six acts of the dark, grotesque, and sexually perverse.

MARS Del Toro
MARS Del Toro

One line summary: Five of the six shorts were good in this horror anthology. -------------------------------------- This is an anthology. Theatre Guignol: The overarching segment. A young obsessed sleepless woman goes across the street in the dead of night and goes into a theatre lightly populated with life sized puppets. The puppets introduce her to the following six stories. The Mother Of Toads: Set in Mirepoix which is near the Pyrenees in southern France. A young couple takes pictures of wood carvings of pagan gods. The woman wants a pair of earrings, which depict an image from HP Lovecraft's works. The vendor claims to have a true copy of the Necronomicon at another site. They drive there; Katrina goes to a nearby spa while Martin talks to the vendor, samples the local (drugged) wine, and leafs through the book. Katrina's return is not a happy one. The next day, Martin has a glimpse of what he spent the night with. He goes looking for Katrina. I Love You: Set in Berlin, Germany. Axel wakes up with a bloody cut on his hand. He has no idea why. Mo shows up to get a few things before she leaves him. They talk; she's a multiple betrayer, he's a controlling idiot, she's too young for him. Did I forget lying witch? It does not end well. Wet Dreams: Donnie accidentally slugs Carla when he wakes up from a nightmare. Dr. Maurey asks him about the nightmare of a beautiful girl who coaxes him to bed, only to emasculate him with her 'Lovecraftian' vagina. The Dr. tells him a strategy for interrupting the nightmares, so Donnie tries it. It fails; instead, he dreams of the other times he's hit Carla, and of her suicide attempt. The doctor's wife Maxine and Donnie did some things together; the doctor and Carla settle scores. The Accident: Mother talks about death with her young Daughter: growing old, being in accidents, Old Yeller. Sad tale, nicely done. Vision Stains: Junkie girl shoots up in an alley. The writer uses a surgical procedure to steal the dying visions of the junkies she murders. In this short, she first murders the junkie girl, and writes up her experiences. Then she murders an old homeless woman. The writer despises men, and kills women only, because the women have suffered more and better, somehow. Right, sure, whatever your excuses are for serial murder. The writer gets quite a surprise when she injects fluid from the belly of a pregnant woman. Sweets: Estelle and Greg are a couple drowning in sweet food. Estelle created the circumstances in which they find themselves; now she rejects it. Greg's hopelessly in love, and cries a lot while trying to bargain his way out of this trap. Estelle and a new friend Antonia go to an exclusive food club and talk about moderation. The club kills Greg, guts him to general applause, then eats various parts of him raw. --------Scores-------- Cinematography: 10/10 Excellent. Sound: 9/10 Fine. Acting: 8/10 Enjoyable, by and large. Liked Udo Keir in particular. The Mother and Daughter actors in 'The Accident' were wonderful. Screenplay: 9/10 Well-made horror anthology.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

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