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This Theater From 1940s Showed The Most Terrifying Plays In History

Before modern horror movies, there were live fear and trembling plays. These plays were full of all the semi-realistic blood spilling and guts that made the 1940s special.

The most famous of these terrifying theatres was the Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris. For 65 years, till the permanent closure of the theatre in 1962, the 290-seat room presented nightly scenes of horror and brutality that they are virtually on par with today's horror movies.

This Theater From 1940s Showed The Most Terrifying Plays In History

This Theater From 1940s Showed The Most Terrifying Plays In History

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Just imagine being in a closed theater and seeing this happening on stage, just a few feet from your seat, scary!

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The special effects for manufacturing at Grand Guignol were absolutely forward for their time.

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The clashes on the stage at Grand Guignol were sometimes so realistic that the audience would leave the theater while a show was going on.

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The stage was also entirely refined

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The Crowd watched with interest!

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The theater hired some top notch makeup artists.

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He looks like a crazy doctor

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That may hurt!

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After World War II, the people at the Grand Guignol slowly declined and the theater was eventually closed.

After World War II, the people at the Grand Guignol slowly declined and the theater was eventually closed.

It still is the most terrifying of all the theaters.

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The Grand Guignol's director, Charles Nonon said...

The Grand Guignol’s director, Charles Nonon said...

…"Before the war, everyone felt what they were playing was impossible. Now we know that these things, and worse, are possible in reality."

The scary and the hysterical stage acts at the Grand Guignol's is a memory that everyone misses!

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