One anthology we’re really looking forward to seeing around these parts is without question The Theatre Bizarre. Especially since there’s already a sequel in the works. So when will you be able to dig the original?
W2 Media has announced that it will release the horror anthology in New York, Los Angeles, and other select markets on January 27th, 2012.
Severin Films and France’s Metaluna Productions co-produced the original The Theatre Bizarre (positive Fantasia review here), a modern horror anthology inspired by the over-the-top shocks of Paris’ early 20th century ‘Theatre du Grand Guignol,’ featuring films by directors Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini, and Richard Stanley. The film’s original producing team will also produce the sequel.
Generating major buzz throughout the horror festival circuit and even causing audience members to pass out during screenings, The Theatre Bizarre (somewhat different Film4 FrightFest review here) is comprised of seven separate and disturbing chapters from seven cutting-edge genre directors enlisted from around the world and granted total creative freedom.
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 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. Something that awaits its next audience in THE THEATRE BIZARRE.
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