„He has his father’s eyes“ – that is moment in which everything goes haywire in Polanski’s horror classic „Rosemary’s Baby“. Just like the one in which Lila Crane realises that Norman Bates’ mother is anything but alive. Or when Samara comes crawling out of the television in “The Ring”. We love and hate those moments in which we really want to run and hide but just can’t stop watching. We want the horror. The creeps, the shudders, the pounding heart. Speaking of Samara: breaking through the seemingly safe telly screen was such a genius stylistic device because it robbed us of the fourth wall. What if the horror is no longer encased in the TV, monitor or display but all around me, proximate and real? The Swedish director Jakop Ahlbom and his ensemble are bringing the thrill of the movie genre to the theatre stage. The piece HORROR is an homage to the scary movie, an ode to the obsession that ruthlessly involves the viewer, leaving him unprotected. It tells the story of a woman who returns to the house of her family where she was tortured for years. An empty house during a stormy night. The soulless woman confronts her past – all the way to the bloody end. It’s horror without words. Dance, pantomime, light effects and music completely replace dialogues. The actors succeed in creating a breath-taking atmosphere with their mere presence. The piece has everything horror needs: reference to the greats of the genre, drama, fear, inevitability, shock and mind games. But also splattering blood, zombie fights, surrealism and absurd humour. We say: go and see this! But make sure to file your nails first, otherwise you might seriously injure your neighbour when you clutch his arm in fear.
HORROR – A breath-taking nightmare | September 13th – 18th 2016 | Deutsches Theater München, Schwanthalerstraße 13, 80336 München | horrortheshow.com | Facebook