The Theatre Bizarre Reviews
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En The Theatre Bizarre esto sigue cumpliéndose y en la mayoría de los casos, los cortos que se nos muestran ideas muy interesantes, incluso cuando te puedes esperar como va a terminar la jugada. A veces es la trama, a veces por cómo se ha estructurado el guión. "I Love You", "Visions Stains" o "The Accident" son una prueba de ello.
¿Lo malo con esta película? Que la dirección, fotografía, realización, edición, interpretación, etc...son horrendas. En algunos casos casi parece que estamos ante cortos de unos estudiantes con su trabajo final de carrera. Las interpretaciones son realmente abismales, y eso que contamos con el maestro Udo Kier, que tampoco se salva. Es más me resulta imposible creer que Tom Savini, que casi consigue superar al maestro Romero con su remake de La Noche de los Muertos Vivientes, haya sido de crear un corto TAAAN mal planteado, rodado, e interpretado (casi parece hecho a desgana...y él sale en él!).
El único que se salva medianamente es The Accident, por como plantea su trama, lo bien rodado que está y su música...pero aun así se me antoja un poco críptico y anticlimático.
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.
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.