Now available via various VOD platforms (on DVD April 24) is Severin’s fantastic The Theatre Bizarre, their anthology inspired by the over-the-top shocks of Paris’ early 20th century ‘Theatre du Grand Guignol’.
Hellacious Acres (now on VOD and DVD via BD Selects) producer/writer/director/editor Pat Tremblay served as the behind-the-scenes documentarian on “Vision Stains”, Karim Hussain‘s episode of Theatre Bizarre. Tremblay made a short film of his footage set to music by Jean-Francois Deshaies. It unfortunately will NOT be on the DVD release of Theatre (though there will be commentary tracks), therefore we’re excited to exclusively present it here!
Doug Buck, director of the other Montreal set episode of Theatre Bizarre, the must-see “The Accident”, can also be seen in the footage here as, in addition to being editor on “Vision Stains”, he served as script supervisor.
“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.””