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Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was a theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris (at 20 bis, rue Chaptal). From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962 it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Webster's The White Devil) and has been the point of inspiration for a variety of contemporary artists including film directors Clive Barker and Mario Bava to musicians Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie. 

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