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The Theatre Bizarre (2011)

 -  Horror  -  9 May 2012 (France)
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Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peg Poett (framing segments)
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Enola Penny (framing segments)
Amanda Marquardt ...
Squalid Woman (framing segments)
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Gypsy (framing segments) (as Amelia Gotham)
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Naked Man (framing segments)
Liberty Larson ...
Little Girl (framing segments)
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Groom (framing segments)
Nicole Fabbri ...
Bride (framing segments)
Catriona MacColl ...
Mere Antoinette (segment "The Mother Of Toads")
Shane Woodward ...
Martin (segment "The Mother Of Toads")
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Karina (segment "The Mother Of Toads")
Lisa Belle ...
The Naked Witch (segment "The Mother Of Toads") (as Lisa Crawford)
Amelie Salomon ...
The Monster (segment "The Mother Of Toads") (as Amélie Salomon)
André Hennicke ...
Axel (segment "I Love You")
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Mo (segment "I Love You")
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Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the dark, decrepit auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an eerie human puppet named Peg Poett who will introduce Penny to six tales of the bizarre: A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees cross 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 vitreous 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 much stranger is ... Written by Anonymous

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Ain't We Got Fun?
Music Richard A. Whiting
Lyric Ray Egan & Gus Kahn
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Full of dark energy
19 February 2012 | by (Prague) – See all my reviews

This movie is really a very bizarre one, even in the context of bizarre / horror movies. It is no ordinary horror however - more or less it is unusually deep trip into the darkness. Forget "positive heroes running from demons or killers". This is way way darker and definitely not suitable for typical viewer.

The first story almost seems lame but the darkness increases from the this very point on. When it reaches "Vision Stains" you may be sure you are watching something so dark it may just come from Hell itself. Yet these stories are no gore flicks, they have their wicked souls, their own twisted logic. Some of them like the "Vision Stains" are really hard to watch.

I absolutely do love "The Accident". It is basically not a horror story, but more poem or "experience". It is very slow, gentle, almost tender story about the dying and the meaning of life and death. It is absolutely mesmerizing, brilliant example of storytelling mixed with great soundtrack and the editing. It is pure 10/10 and alone makes the whole movie worth watching. It does not fit here however - it is not dark, not twisted and in some ways almost zen-like positive. It is really beautiful.

I could not recommend this movie for everyone - the only really accessible story is "The Accident" which is the weakest in the terms of gore and the most powerful in the terms of philosophy. The other stories could be way too much disturbing for ordinary viewer - not because they are full of gore, but because of twisted and elaborated evil, abuse, loss, suffering and despair depicted here. It is very powerful and dark anthology, definitely no ordinary teenager slasher movie. No fun is here, no light at the end of the tunnel. You have to have right mood to watch this anthology or you will end up really depressed.


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