A young woman wanders into a theatre and finds herself as an audience of one to a strange puppet show including bizarre sexuality and incredible horror. With tales such as a couple's encounter with a seductive witch and a woman who sees others' memories by stealing their eyeball fluid, what will her story be?
Udo Kier (Peg Poett), Virginia Newcomb (Enola Penny), Amanda Marquardt (Squalid Woman), Amelia Gotham (Gypsy), Jeremy Gladen (Naked Man), Liberty Larson (Little Girl), Christopher Sachs (Groom), Nicole Fabbri (Bride).
The Bizarre Theatre is, well, indeed bizarre. A compilation of short horror stories held together by a freakish marionette storyteller, the stories themselves are actually quite good. Several scored quite high on our 'ewww' meter for gore and sensitivity. Or, lack thereof actually. The stories were unique with no real ties so having a storyteller brought things together nicely. With good variation between stories horror fans should check this one out.
Acting was decent enough. Kier was an excellent choice as storyteller (Peg) and Newcomb played the innocent quite well. The remainder of the cast did well overall.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were as varied as the stories adding even more contrast and variety to the film. Effects were nicely done throughout, particularly some of the gore and eyeball shots. Dialogue was good and moved along well in every segment. Sound and soundtrack were again, quite varied and most were good.
Overall The Theatre Bizarre is like candy for horror fans. A variety of stories with good gore, suspense, horror, and fear factors make this one that horror genre fans should enjoy quite a bit. Those who are squeamish will probably enjoy it the least.
With plenty of blood, gore, and some nudity save this one for the oldest teens and above.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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