'The Theatre Bizarre': Check out this new horror anthology's very very VERY NSFW trailer


I’ve been a fan of horror anthology films ever since a formative viewing of the 1972 Brit movie Asylum, in which Herbert Lom constructs a tiny, killer robot version of himself, Peter Cushing orders a bespoke suit that can bring the dead back to life, and Robert Powell must guess which inmate at an institution for the incurably insane is the establishment’s former head doctor. Now, what other movie can claim to have all that? (Apart, obviously, from Turner & Hooch.)

Anyway, the good news — for me! — is that there a bunch of portmanteau terror flicks coming down the road, including Chillerama, The ABCs of Death, and The Theatre Bizarre, whose trailer has just hit the Interwebs. The latter movie stars horror veteran Udo Kier and is directed by, amongst others, special effects legend Tom Savini and Hobo With a Shotgun cinematographer Karim Hussain. However, the most interesting filmmaker to have overseen a segment of the movie is Richard Stanley. The South African director made a hugely impressive debut with 1990s low-budget sci-fi flick Hardware, but was fired from 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau and subsequently disappeared off the Hollywood map. Whether The Theatre Bizarre will mark the start of a comeback for this talented, idiosyncratic, auteur remains to be seen. Much more certain? The movie’s trailer is not for the easily offended.

Check it out and tell us what you think.

Read more:
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  • Henri M.

    Looks pretty disturbing, but not that scary. Reminds me of a violent version of Drag Me To Hell more than anything else.

  • Meg

    Looks like artsy torture porn.

  • Zombo

    I know Theatre Bizarre. I have worked with Theatre Bizarre. Theatre Bizarre is a friend of mine. You, sir, are no Theatre Bizarre. theatrebizarre(dot)com

  • James

    Yawn, more torture porn. The classic anthology films did not rely on pure gore for scares. It can be great when the story necessitates it but this looks like overkill. I think we need a horror genre revamp.

    • John

      I agree with James and Meg. You can dress up torture porn in a fancy, frilly number of “artsiness”, but it will still be torture porn. Those anthologies of yore were truly chilling and effective because they didn’t rely on unnecessarily graphic images or gore to scare an audience.

  • RecceR

    This anthology movie looks disgustingly chilling. I might watch it, eventually. The best horror anthology is Trick ‘r Treat, in my opinion. It offers some pretty shocking and awesome moments without having to gore itself out (see what I just did there? hehe). TRT is a must see for anyone who loves good old fashioned horror and has a brain. Good luck to all involved with Theatre Bizarre though, I can see it causing quite some controversy.

    • Steve

      Trick R Treat is fantastic!

    • Laura

      I love Trick r Treat! That movie was so good!

  • ryanmc

    At least Chillerama looks fun. This looks boring and I haven’t heard of half the “masters of horror” involved.

  • Squishmar

    Now if only they’d get a *TV* horror/sci-fi anthology on the air. I think it’s way past due.

    • RecceR

      There was one, it was called Tales from the Crypt and aired on HBO for 7 seasons back in the 90s. It would be awesome if they brought it back with new stories though. You should check it out, if you haven’t yet.

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