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For some crazy reason, I was looking forward to this.  Word of mouth may have been mixed, but I still thought, if nothing else, a few of these "shorts" would stand out.

After "I", I was all done and actually pulled the Blu Ray out and said, "this sucks".

Personally, I was impressed with anything I saw.  A few seemed to have a chance, but either went nowhere or had something that turned me off.

I like the idea here but was not impressed with the execution.  I think the film makers gave each director too much leeway in terms of the "words" they chose and the direction their films went.

IMO, very few will find this watchable.


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After taking such a sound beating for suggesting "Theater of the Bizarre", I hesitate to climb out on the same limb -- but dang, I really dug this very (justifiably) divisive film.

Yes, there are some utter throwaways here.  It is far, far, far from a perfect film.

"I" (where Jeff gave up) is a poor one, and "O", which overstays its welcome long past the point where we "get it", is another.  "G" is a total waste of film. "M" was totally not for me, and is probably where many may decide to just shut this whole thing down altogether -- a very misguided misfire from Ti West, who I am beginning to suspect may be a bit overrated.  And a couple of the directors going for a meta-thing (bad idea) fall into the trap of being far too self-indulgent.

But there is so much diversity of style here that I cannot imagine how any fan of horror could not get into this.  I mean, if you dislike something, it is gone in a minute or two anyway, and I found at least a little something to like in the vast majority of the 26 films here.

  • "D" has got style to spare, with a compelling story.
  • "H" delivers something totally unique with an undeniable visual flair, regardless of what you may think of the "story" there, which is a bit whack.
  • "N" wins my prize for best premise, and could be an excellent short on its own, with best performance by a bird.
  • "P" may also cause some viewers to bail, but tells its (distasteful) story brilliantly nevertheless.  
  • "T" is the best Claymation I've seen in ages.  The voice work is priceless.  
  • "V" boasts ideas worthy of a feature.  
  • "X" is heartbreaking while still delivering cringe-worthy gore and a fantastic payoff.
  • "Y" is working on so many different levels, I am still not sure what to make of it.  
  • "Z" is utterly-out-of-its-f***ing-mind naked-people Asian lunacy at its finest.  I loved it, but coming last, it may have biased my view of the whole film, too.  At least a bit.

This one is on streaming now.  If you think you may be game for such an oddball pick, give it a spin.

But I absolve myself of all responsibility if you totally hate it -- and you just might.  For real.  Lots of people do.


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After taking such a sound beating for suggesting "Theater of the Bizarre"

I liked Theater Bizarre and suggested it to a few others.  


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