grand guignol theater

Crime In A Madhouse: ‘Eye-gouging with surgical scissors by two insane women, jealous of a beautiful fellow patient who is about to be released… - A high point in a theatrical performance by the actors of the legendary Théâtre du Grand Guignol in Paris, 1947. ‘…the Grand Guignol featured staged killings, mutilations and scenes of torture so realistic that audience members often fled the theater in terror—when they weren’t transfixed by the grisly scenarios enacted mere feet from their seats.’  Photographer: Hans Wild (via TIME & LIFE Pictures/Getty Images)