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Hump-Day Threesome: Hag Horror!

Open from 1897 to 1962, The Grand Guignol Theater in Paris was famous for mounting horror productions, and as such, the name of the theater has since proliferated the horror genre. It’s now a general term used to describe graphic or morally ambiguous horror productions. Everything from Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) could be considered within the tradition.

Among the most famous plays mounted at The Grand Guignol was a play called Un Crime dans une Maison de Fous by André de Lorde. The play concerned the adventures of two old hags in a booby hatch who viciously attacked another patient with scissors. It’s this particular play that is of interest to a girl like me. (This particular kind of story was eventually dubbed “Grand Dame Guignol.”) While I might never get to see this production mounted, I can get my fix of what is

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