The Severin co-produced horror anthology The Theatre Bizarre had its gala world premiere this past weekend at the 15th annual Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. The much anticipated debut screening featuring all seven directors (Richard Stanley, Buddy Giovinazzo, Tom Savini, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, David Gregory and Jeremy Kasten), most of whom are Fantasia alumni, was warmly received by fest attendees and present media. The reception by leading horror film centric press is unanimously celebratory for this unique collaboration between some of genre film’s most visionary minds.
Dread Central lauds The Theatre Bizarre is “easily one of the best horror anthology films not just recently, but in the history of the sub-genre. Each director has created his own wildly unique film, unhindered by creative restrictions, and yet the result remains unified.” “Well-paced, absolutely hilarious, scary, bloody, grotesque and demented,” says Bloody Disgusting, “The Theatre Bizarre lives up to its name.”
For Fangoria’s Michael Gingold, the film is a “sheer variety of grotesqueries and perversities truly worthy of its Grand Guignol inspirations, and will sate any horror fan seeking a gruesome good time.” And Fangoria’s Ariel Esteban Cayer, in an accompanying review proclaims it,”an engaging anthology with a wide array of influences and tastes that should please hardened horror fans.”
“Totally brilliant — and seriously disturbing!” hails the The Montreal Gazette in their feature interview with local provocateurs Buck and Hussain. And the UK’s Empire Magazine tells its readers, “if you’re a fan of Creepshow or The Masters Of Horror movies, then keep an eye out for this!”
“In Horror, in any genre, storytelling is the still the key,” says Twitch Film in their review, “and this, keeps hard-core fans and curious bystanders coming back for the chills and thrills of cinema’s most transgressive genre.” And for Devin Faraci of Badass Digest, The Theatre Bizarre is “fun in the grand and gory Amicus tradition!”
The Theatre Bizarre also made the cover of Montreal’s popular weekly newspaper The Montreal Mirror and also features an interview with director/producer David Gregory.