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Scares Abound at the Third Twin Cities Horror Festival

Doll Collection.

Doll Collection.

There will be blood... and guts, and tension, and frights aplenty over the 11 days of the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Nine different shows will be part of the third version of this event at the Southern Theater.

Think of it as a mini Minnesota Fringe Festival, except it all takes place at one location, and the acts have been selected to participate instead of chosen by lottery. (No, not the Shirley Jackson type.)

Oh, and they are all shows about things that "go bump in the night."

See also: Scares and Laughs Aplenty at Horror Showcase

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"Our goal is to make it feel like those 10 minutes before you go into the dentist's office. You know that something is wrong in your mouth, and you know it is going to hurt? When you know something is going to happen? We want that to be prolonged until people get home," says Diogo Lopes, whose group, Transatlantic Love Affair, will present Solitaire.

The Southern's lobby will feature tarot readings, a pair of art shows, and the opening of the venue's new bar, so you can fortify yourself in the face of some of the promised-to-be-disturbing shows.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

The horror is not just onstage at the festival. A late-night movie series runs throughout, with flicks ranging from the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to train wreck MST3K target The Brain That Wouldn't Die to the infamous Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Screenings will get the riff treatment from podcasters Hotdog Horror Show, and are free. The bar will remain open, so you can hang out and socialize or take in a cinematic classic or two (Freaks is also part of the late-night series).

Each of the nine companies will perform its show six times during the event. The schedule is:

Doll Collection Four Humors

We all know dolls are creepy, and possibly evil -- if the likes of Chucky and now Annabelle have taught us anything -- but what happens when a whole bunch of haunted porcelain creations come together?

8:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Frankenstein Dangerous Productions and Raw Red Meat

This company took us to a bloody hell last year. This time out, it's an hour-long version of Mary Shelly's kick-start to the horror genre, with promises of plenty of blood, gore, and terror. Yes!

10 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. Monday, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 10 p.m. Oct. 31

Dr. Jekyll & Dr. Jekyll Ghoulish Delights

Tim Uren's Fringe Festival hit from a few years ago makes its return. Here, Dr. Jekyll doesn't drink the potion, his maid does. He thinks he has become a monster. She knows she has become something very different in the heart of Victorian London.

10 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday, 10 p.m. Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Nov. 1, 1 p.m. Nov. 2.

Dance with the Devil Erin Sheppard

From Faust to Robert Johnson, deals with the devil never seem to work out well. This dance and spoken-word piece explores the ins and outs of signing on the dotted line in blood to get your heart's desire.

7 p.m. Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

Farmhouse The Importance of Being Fotis

Solitaire.

Solitaire.

Mike Fotis may be known for his comic storytelling, but he turns those expectations on their head here. From the start, we know the characters are going to be dead within an hour. Will we be able to take the stress?

7 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 p.m. Tuesday, 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

Gentlemen, I Have Reason to Believe That One of Us Is The Thing Gorilla Sandwich Productions

Joe Bozic offers a comic -- if potentially gruesome and bloody -- take on the iconic 20th-century tale The Thing (written by John Campbell and filmed three times, though we'd rather not acknowledge the last one) and mixes it with a Victorian parlor farce. Because, well, why not?

8:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

Panacea The Poor Nobodys

At the first horror festival, the local music group offered up a soundtrack to George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead. This time around, they've crafted an original silent film (created by Crist Dahl and Chris Delisle) as a framework for their spooky music.

5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Nov.1, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The Surgeon Hardcover Theater

Best known for adapting classic works, Hardcover Theater moves into the realm of original work. Here, a surgeon gets blackmailed into aiding people who hate parts of their body so much they want to cut them off.

11:30 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 p.m. Oct. 29, 10 p.m. Nov. 1.

Solitaire Transatlantic Love Affair

In a few short years, TLA has become a thriving, vital part of the local theater community. Solitaire digs deep into the psychology of isolation and torture, told in the company's familiar movement-based style that doesn't use any props or sets, just the actors.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 4 p.m. Nov. 2.

IF YOU GO:

Twin Cities Horror Festival III Thursday through Nov. 2 The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis $14-$15 per performance; multi-show passes $50-$75. For tickets and more information, call 612-423-4426 or visit online.