Bloody Disgusting has received exclusive first word that Olivier Abbou, Xavier Gens, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Pascal Laugier, Talal Selhami, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have all been tapped for The Theatre Bizarre 2: Grand Guignol, Severin’s sequel to their incredible colorful anthology that’s set to shoot later this year.
“After the critical success of the first Theatre Bizarre anthology, it felt only natural to follow yp with another serving of more over-the-top, brutal, visionary, envelope-pushing tales. And this time, carte blanche was given to the creme de la creme of French directors, who were all very happy to take Grand Guignol back to its original birthplace.”
The entirely French sequel features some of the countries best talents, including Frontier(s)‘ Xavier Gens (still in talks), Inside and Livide‘s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, Territories‘ Olivier Abbou, Enter the Void writer Lucile Hadzihalilovic, and Martyrs director Pascal Laugier.
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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.
Image Entertainment presents a horror anthology like no other with its release of The Theatre Bizarre. The film was directed by seven veterans of the horror genre including Richard Stanley (Hardware), Buddy Giovinazzo (No Way Home), Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead (1990)), Douglas Buck (Sisters), Karim Hussain (Ascension), David Gregory (Plague Town) and Jeremy Kasten (The Wizard of Gore (2007)).
This boundary-pushing film featuring stories of ancient evil, love, obsession, addiction, gluttony, sexual nightmares, pain, brutality and of course, death, is now available On Demand with cable and satellite providers, and will be available on DVD April 24, 2012.
“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.”
The Theatre Bizarre enjoyed a successful 2011 festival run, screening at Fantasia International Film Festival, Frightfest, Sitges Festival De Cine Fantastic and Toronto After Dark. The film began its theatrical release in the U.S. on January 27, 2012 in seven markets including NY & LA, expanding to additional cities across the country. READ MORE
W2 Media, the Los Angeles and Vancouver based film distribution, financing and international sales company, announced today that it will co-finance and distribute The Theatre Bizarre 2 – the sequel to Severin Films and Mataluna Productions’ gripping horror anthology The Theatre Bizarre, executive produced by Daryl J. Tucker.
W2 Media is releasing The Theatre Bizarre (review) theatrically in the U.S. in January 2012 and plans to release the sequel in January 2013. W2 Media is also handling worldwide sales for both films.
Severin Films and France’s Metaluna Productions co-produced the original The Theatre Bizarre, 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 & Richard Stanley.
Generating major buzz throughout the horror festival circuit and even causing audience members to pass out during screenings, The Theatre Bizarre is comprised of seven separate and disturbing chapters from seven cutting-edge genre directors enlisted from around the world and granted total creative freedom. READ MORE
On sale out of AFM is Severin’s new horror anthology The Theater Bizarre (review), which played at both Fantastic in Toronto and the Film4 Frightfest in London.
We have just now scored a slew of intense new imagery and a truly bizarre new sales poster that’s true to the title.
On the subject of Canada’s esteemed horror film culture, Fantasia was the site of the world premiere of the partially-made-in-Quebec (as well as the USA, the UK, Germany and France) anthology film, The Theater Bizarre (read our set visit). One of the most hotly anticipated genre films of 2011, Theater showcases the combined talents of some of the world’s most exciting and iconoclastic fantastic film figures: Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), Karim Hussain (Subconcious Cruelty, cinematographer of Hobo With a Shotgun), Douglas Buck (Sisters, Cutting Moments), Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock), David Gregory (Plague Town, founder of the Severin video label) and Tom Savini (legendary FX artist – Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th and countless others, director of the 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake and actor in such films as From Dusk Till Dawn and Machete). READ MORE
One of the biggest shockers out of the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal was Severin Films’ The Theatre Bizarre, their massive horror anthology featuring the likes of Tom Savini, Richard Stanley, Douglas Buck and many more. Quite reminiscent of HBO’s classic “Tales From the Crypt”, the anthology will be celebrated by all kinds of genre fans.
“Well-paced, absolutely hilarious, scary, bloody, grotesque and demented, ‘Theatre Bizarre’ lives up to its name. Shockingly carrying only a few missteps, an audience is recommended for one of those true movie-going experiences that’ll end with cheers and applause.”
Click the title for the entire review and watch for many more in the coming week as Fantasia continues on!