Severin Films today announced the release of the first official theatrical trailer for the eagerly anticipated feature The Theatre Bizarre – a modern horror omnibus inspired by the over-the-top shocks of Paris’ early 20th century ‘Theatre du Grand Guignol’ – which will have its Gala World Premiere at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 16th at 9:20pm. Co-produced by France’s Metaluna productions, The Theatre Bizarre features horror icon and Hollywood character staple Udo Kier (Blood For Dracula, Suspiria, Melancholia) as the master of ceremonies in the framing story, set in a sinister old theatre, of six films by “horror’s most adventurous minds,” (Fangoria) which include Richard Stanley (Hardware), Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock), Tom Savini (Night Of The Living Dead remake), Karim Hussain (Subconscious Cruelty), Douglas Buck (Sisters remake), David Gregory (Plague Town), and Jeremy Kasten (Wizard Of Gore remake) who helms the wraparound segment. The Theatre Bizarre will also have its European Premiere at London’s acclaimed FrightFest on opening night, August 25th. Fans can connect with The Theatre Bizarre on Facebook.
“The idea for The Theatre Bizarre was hatched when I was editing a DVD featurette for the 1990 art-house portmanteau Aria, directed by Jean Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell and others,” explains producer and Severin Films CEO David Gregory. “Horror anthologies have a rich history dating back to the silent era, and include classics like Dead Of Night, Black Sabbath, Spirits Of The Dead, The House That Dripped Blood, Creepshow and more. I felt that the notion of giving filmmakers a general concept, the same budget and complete creative control would lend itself perfectly to a modern horror film. In my opinion, there is no other genre where unleashing the unrestrained creative ideas of filmmakers could redeem such an outlandish array of stories and images.”