You've heard us sing the spooky praises of Twin Cities Horror Fest for years. Won't you join us this year for the most delightful, spooky, chilling, hilarious, gory theater you'll see all year? We've been expecting you...
The Twin Cities Horror Fest Season XI (TCHF) runs from October 20 through 30 at the Crane Theater. Tickets are $15 and every bit of the ticket price goes to the artists. Support our post-pandemic artists!
This year, TCHF has eleven shows for your horror holiday fun. You can easily see them all (and you should).
Here's a quick take on the line-up of shows. (Note: We'll update this post as we see each show.)
Stabby Stab Stab presented by Special When Lit & The Winding Sheet Outfit
The Shrieking Harpies by the Shrieking Harpies
The Shrieking Harpies are a musical improv trio featuring Lizzie Gardner, Taj Ruler, Hannah Wydeven, and with Justin Nellis on the keys. Our show blends musical genres into an improvised story, with a focus on feminism and friendship. No musical styling or genre is untouchable! Known for their incredible improv, this is one horror experience no one will see coming.
Our thoughts: The Shrieking Harpies don't need props, just a pair of folding chairs, to tell a great story. This show is all about the interplay between the three talented singers/improv artists and their accompanist. Starting with a horror-related subject selected at random by an audience member (pulled out of a plastic pumpkin, of course) and an audience-suggested name, the trio creates a story that constantly surprises even the performers (to our delight). At our show, the Harpies skillfully wove a story of two unhappy teens, a single dad, a horny vice principal, and a deal with the devil. It's great fun to see how they bring all the threads together by the end of the show. With songs!
Learn more: Keep up on the Shrieking Harpies on their website and look for the amazing Lizzie Gardner, Taj Ruler, and Hannah Wydeven on stage around town. Interested in exploring more stories about the devil? Check out WatchMojo's list of the Top 20 Greatest Movie Devils.
Gillman Genesis presented by Monster Science Productions
Reverend Matt’s Monster Science returns to the Twin Cities Horror Festival with two biographies (on alternating days) of the greatest creators of horror amphibians. Learn the exciting, tragic story of Milicent Patrick, the forgotten designer of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and about the monsters of Guillermo del Toro, the greatest living monster creator. Plus jokes!
Our thoughts: You can't even go wrong with Reverend Matt and his hilarious analysis of monsters and pop culture. He's doing two alternating shows this year and we saw his show on Milicent Patrick, "the forgotten designer of the Creature from the Black Lagoon." As usual, his blend of monster facts and hilarious commentary, delivered in deadpan, professorial tones had the audience in the palm of his hand. He definitely made us want to learn more about Milicent Patrick and re-watch The Creature from the Black Lagoon. See below!
Learn more: Read Mallory O'Meara's (2019) biography of Milicent Patrick: The Lady from the Black Lagoon. For more info on the legendary Universal Monsters, check out Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror, a massive coffee-table book filled with pictures and stories. Also, definitely see The Creature from the Black Lagoon, available for free at Tubi. (PS: Tubi has SO MANY good horror films FOR FREE. Check it out.)
Spooky & Gay Cabaret presented by BC Theatricals
Who says Halloween comes once a year? SPOOKY & GAY is a queer horror storytelling cabaret featuring original songs, stories and standup - like Goosebumps, only gayer! Written and performed by award-winning Florida playwright-performer, Bruce Ryan Costella.
Writer's Room Presented By The Vincent Hovis Experience
A group of creators set to work on an undisclosed project in a remote office. As they try to figure out their combined purpose, they begin revealing their backgrounds...and other information. Writer's Room explores how people manipulate the truth in today's modern world and what that means about the grey areas between good and evil. Written & performed by Emily Dussault, Keith Hovis, Sam Landman & Leslie Vincent.
Based on the tragic events of the Dyatlov Pass Incident where nine university students perished during a ski trip in 1959. Fast forward to 2022 where a driven researcher, obsessed with finally proving her theory for what caused the hikers' demise, takes her team to the same treacherous wilderness in search of answers. Will they meet the same fate? Or survive the place known as "Dead Mountain."
Witness Victor Frankenstein’s Creature brought to life onstage in the form of a terrifying, life-sized bunraku puppet! Can the Creature find the deceased Doctor’s lost journals to cure his growing madness, or will he succumb to the bloodthirsty voices in his fractured mind?
She was a bag egg...or was she? When yet again deemed rotten and sent down the trash chute, V finds her trip to The Factory is more than pure imagination - it's a living hell. Fighting against assumptions, a crazed candy fueled hellscape, and the vicious threat of the Orange Ones lead by The Kook, this is the story of a girl not afraid to be loud and get what she wants.
Review to come ...
Edgar Perry presented by The Coldharts
17-year-old Edgar Allan's life is over. Expelled from University, abandoned by his fiancé, and estranged from his foster family, he has but one option left: to reinvent himself 'Edgar Perry' and dominate the ranks of the United States Military. A world premiere minimalist-musical from the creators of 'Edgar Allan' & 'Eddie Poe.'
Ted's Talk presented by Haunted Basement (Catacomb Collective)
Welcome to this year's Annual Expose in Hell: Dawn of a New Day! This year Ted will delight you with the year's most diabolical, ingenious, and innovative tortures! Come see which creamy curds rose to the top and revel in their achievements of blood worth spreading! "There is no escape, not really...Enjoy the show!" - Tammy, the SM