Severin Films and France’s Metaluna Productions have announced their international co-production The Theatre Bizarre, a modern horror anthology inspired by the over-the-top shocks of Paris’ early 20th century ‘Theatre du Grand Guignol’. The feature will be comprised of six separate chapters from six cutting-edge genre directors enlisted from around the world and granted total creative freedom. The Theatre Bizarre is executive produced by Daryl J. Tucker, and produced by Severin’s Carl Daft, David Gregory & John Cregan, Metaluna’s Fabrice Lambot & Jean-Pierre Putters and Michael Ruggiero of Nightscape Entertainment. Production on Richard Stanley’s segment ‘The Mother Of Toads” began 10/10/10 in the French Pyrenees.
The project’s six filmmakers have all made at least one modestly budgeted and internationally acclaimed movie in the horror field. The films of Douglas Buck include the 2003 Sitges sensation Family Portraits: A Trilogy Of America and the recent remake of Brian DePalma’s Sisters. Buddy Giovinazzo exploded onto the genre scene with 1986’s Combat Shock and went on to write and direct such features as the Tim Roth-starrer No Way Home and last year’s acclaimed ensemble drama Life Is Hot In Cracktown (adapted from his novel), as well as numerous works for German television. UK native David Gregory is the industry’s foremost documentarian of horror films on DVD, and his 2008 feature debut Plague Town was hailed as “a nightmare captured on celluloid” by Fangoria. In addition to writing and directing Subconscious Cruelty and La Belle Bête, Karim Hussain is also an accomplished cinematographer whose features include the upcoming Hobo With A Shotgun. Arguably horror’s best-known special effects wizard for his landmark work on classics that include the original Friday The 13th and Dawn Of The Dead – as well as a popular actor in such films as From Dusk Til Dawn and Machete – Tom Savini directed the 1990 remake of Night Of The Living Dead. South African born Richard Stanley is one of the genre’s most distinctive talents, whose visionary cult classics include Hardware and Dust Devil. THE THEATRE BIZARRE marks his triumphant return to horror for the first time in 18 years.
“These filmmakers are all working with the exact same budget, delivery schedule and narrative directive,” says Executive Producer Daryl J. Tucker. “They must deliver a short film of 10-20 minutes inspired by the term Grand Guignol. No other creative restrictions exist. We’re expecting great things from six of modern horror’s most distinctive writers and directors.”
“From Dead Of Night to the Amicus anthologies of the ‘60s and ‘70s like Tales From The Crypt to modern classics such as Creepshow, the ‘portmanteau’ approach has always held a unique place in the horror genre,” says Carl Daft, co-founder and CEO of Severin Films. “Theatre Bizarre, with its wraparound segments shot by French filmmaker Romain Basset in an ominous Parisian theatre that encase six shocking visions, will be a ferocious return to a legendary concept.”