Way before the beginning of horror movies, there used to be horror plays. These plays were brutal and terrifying, complete with the realistic blood, and guts that were able during the 1940s. One of the most famous horror theaters in the world was the Théâtre du Grand Guignol in Paris.
For over 60 years, until it closed in the early 1960’s, the 290-seat room staged nightly horror shows, that are nearly on par with today’s horror movies.
Imagine this happening just a few feet away from you.
The special effects were truly ahead of their time
The violence sometimes was so realistic that members of the audience would leave the theatre screaming in the middle of a production.
“We could never equal Buchenwald,” the Grand Guignol’s final director, Charles Nonon, said. “Before the war, everyone felt that what was happening onstage was impossible. Now we know that these things, and worse, are possible in reality.”