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Return to the Theatre of Terror

USA 2023
produced by
Russell Hackett, Diane Hackett, Kathleen Hackett, Tom Kanach, Melanie Ryan, Todd Staruch, Doug Timbie, Maria Timbie, Lisbi Abraham (executive), Jason John Cicalese (executive), Zames Curran (executive), Adam Ginsberg (executive), Addison Ginsberg (executive), Gary Gredell (executive), Ron Klein (executive), Sharon Klein (executive), Dave Maresca (executive), Tom Ryan (executive), Paugh Shadow (executive) for Theatre of Terror, Twitch Twitch Productions, Shadow Films, Novel Theory, Ironbound Empire, Hollow 9ne Network
directed by Tom Ryan
starring Jack Ryan, Tom Ryan, Anthony Robert Grasso, Samantha Lacey Johnson, Denis Ooi, Jim Thalman, Kristin Muri, Quincy Saadeh, Brett Eidman, Jennifer Plotzke, Jeanine Bartel, Jason John Cicalese, Cody Cario, Amanda Brooke Lerner, Michael Marston, Larry Mihlon, Andrew Hunsicker, Tom Martin, Joseph Amorino, Nada Elsayed, Glenn Del Grosso, Gary Koseyan, Sabrina Cataudella, Gareth Tidball, Emma Waldron, Rebecka Ray, Robert Cario, Theresa Cario, Chris Ross, Lauren McCann
stories by Tom Ryan, Todd Staruch, screenplay by Tom Ryan, music by Alfredo Morales, Tom Ryan, Karl Casey

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Young Jack (Jack Ryan) breaks into a supposedly abandoned movie theatre, but is caught by the place's projectionist Colin (Tom Ryan), who far from being mad at the intruder promises to give him the real cinema feel of the olden days by showing him four movies:

  • Soothsayer: Dr. Serling (Anthony Robert Grasso) has discovered the secret of travelling into the future, at least mentally, and when he tries the process out on his assistant Karen (Samantha Lacey Johnson), she sees them getting engaged, and sure enough so it happens in real life. Unfortunately, Serling has the bad judgment of showing off his new invention to Dr. King (Denis Ooi), like him a brilliant scientist but also Karen's ex, and as he himself looks into the future, he sees what he rather wouldn't have, and trying to make things better only makes them worse ...
  •  Splinter: Scott (Jim Thalman) steps on a splinter while renovating the new family home - and that splinter goes in deep, too deep even for Scott's doctor (Tom Martin) to remove it. Thing is, before long the splinter starts to change Scott physically - and oddly enough that change has something to do with the disappearance of his dad when he was a little kid ...
  • Haunted: Ghosthunter Carl McGavin (Brett Eidman) is a ghosthunter as phony as they come. But ghosts are real, and eventually a phony ghosthunt from years ago comes back to haunt him ...
  • Robot: One night from his bedroom window, young Jack (Jack Ryan) sees a metorite hit earth not far from where he lives, and checking out the impact site, he finds a toy robot. Thing is, the robot isn't really a toy but something much more sinister ...

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Like the original Theatre of Terror, this is basically a very charming throwback to anthology movies and series of old, where the segments or episodes were pretty much structured like (in the best way) old-fashioned short stories, as in well built up stories with interesting characters, fun twists, macabre details and surprise endings. And director Tom Ryan really understands genre filmmaking, knowing exactly when to build up suspense, when to set jump scares and the like, and proves his mastery on different kinds of horror, while the competent casts all keep things grounded enough to keep the stories relatable despite all supernatural goings-on. And the result of this all is a fun horror experience.



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