I just came back from the Fantasia Film festival press conference and I am already overwhelmed. I’ve been looking over the schedule all afternoon (which includes around 126 films in just over three weeks) trying to figure out how to find time to watch everything I want to see. One of this year’s most anticipated films is a horror anthology titled The Theatre Bizarre featuring cult icon Udo Kier (Blood for Dracula, Melancholia) with film segments directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead remake), Buddy Gionvinazzo (Life is Hot In Cracktown), Douglas Buck (Sisters remake), Karim Hussain (Subconscious Cruelty), David Gregory (Plague Town), and Jeremy Kasten (Wizard of Gore remake). The film will have its World Premiere at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 16th at 9:20pm, and you can be guaranteed we will be reviewing it. Severin Films has just released a trailer which you can see below.
The project’s seven filmmakers, who were granted total creative freedom, have all made at least one modestly budgeted and internationally acclaimed movie in the horror field.
“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.”
Evan Husney of Severin Films
I’ll be posting a list of what the Sound On Sight staff feels is essential viewing at this year’s fest sometime tonight.
The anthology has already been hailed by Fangoria as “a film that will give an eye-injection to horror fans everywhere.” And in the end, The Theatre Bizarre stands tall as a daring new take on a classic theme, a bold experiment in creative freedom, and an uncompromising statement on the possibilities of independent horror.