Without spoiling, we review, “The Theatre of Terror” horror anthology, directed by Tom Ryan & written by him along with Russell Hackett.
Run time 1hr 30 min
Official Synopsis from the website:
When Amber (Lauren Renahan) answers a call for volunteers to save a mysterious movie palace, she discovers she is too late. The landmark theatre has already closed. While there she meets the eccentric Colin (Tom Ryan) who insists on taking her for a tour of the once grand auditorium. Inside, Amber cannot resist staying to watch a few short stories. What she doesn’t realize is that these tales of terror are more than just fantasy and this theatre is more than just an old movie house.
The Theatre of Terror is a unique horror anthology in which we see 4 horror shorts with unique stories and themes each which are connected by a story of a girl visiting an old theatre that’s looking for volunteers to help the theatre to remain open. She meets a guy who is currently managing the theatre and invites her to take a look around the theatre along with some horror movies. This is when the audience gets to see the other 4 horror short films along with the protagonist.
Theatre comes alive after so many years, and we see a lot of unique short films, each having a different protagonist, and different horror story. Some characters make you like them, while others turn out to be very different than what you had expected. I loved all the stories, stories like “The Gift”, and “Endangered” particularly stand out for their social/moral message and satire theme respectively, besides giving the essential horror twist in the end. The stories “Abducted”, and “Bookworm” both feel like well-made short films in their sub-genres of alien horror and psychological horror. The ending makes you want the anthology to continue and thankfully it does have a sequel planned, as we shared with an article.
The transition from the main story to the horror shorts is smooth and the brilliant editing makes things even better as it all feels like a well narrated visual novel. The horror stories as seen in the official trailer have a variety of topics covered. Their individual trailers are also publicly published by the official YouTube channel of Theatre of Terror. The stories have a lot of different characters, and good character development. The anthology has a variety of horror styles, music, and topics that keep things exciting, and like the trailer has showcased, there are werewolves, aliens, some unexpected horror twists at the right time to shake you up. There are moral messages, like why addiction of any sort of thing is bad, or being too obsessed with a particular issue is bad for you. There is some situational comedy in some stories too. Social issues are also referenced, like how cinema theatres are struggling thanks to the Internet, issue of endangered animals, a funny twist to a news channel name, how youngsters hate family parties, and overworked employee burnout effects.
All short films have different styles but they all have one thing in common and that’s the great production value. Every horror short has melodious music which is unique for each of them as seen during the end credits. I really appreciate the fact that the creators used props & costumes instead of CGI (Computer Generated Imagining) for special effects because that’s what makes the scene look realistic and scary. Practical effects by Patrick Boyer are very effective in syncing up the horror stories with reality. Everyone from the cast has done a brilliant work in acting. Every emotion is delivered precisely, and you get emotionally invested in the characters. There is mild strong language, no nudity, plenty of blood, moderate violence (Never excessive), and no suggestive scenes except a scene required to portray the bad condition of a character. It’s a great watch for mature audience.
Overall, Theatre of Terror is among the rare horror anthologies that combines horror with subtle references to social issues and moral dilemma many people face. The anthology starts and ends on a high note. There’s never a dull moment as the cast keeps you entertained while the horror freaks you out when you least expect it. The stories and performances will suck you into the world of Theatre of Terror to provide you with an unforgettable and terrifyingly entertaining experience that’s a must watch for horror fans.
Official IMDb page- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9881330/
TWITTER (Film)- https://twitter.com/Theatreterror
Twitter (Tom Ryan)- https://twitter.com/TomTerror1
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