2012 Twin Cities Horror Festival
Horror, as a genre, tends to be regarded with a measure of critical respectability just a few notches above soft-core pornography. Such dismissals are even more disheartening when the few critically lauded horror tales are summarily redefined with the more respectable tag of "suspense." In this context, it's especially encouraging to consider the significance of the first Twin Cities Horror Festival. Consisting entirely of original works from some of the finest performing artists in the Twin Cities, this 10-day festival offers horror in all its disturbing guises. Gifted storyteller Mike Fotis looks for paranormal evidence in Ghost Force: Searching for Truth, while playwright Tim Uren takes on the repercussions of tarot reading in God Damned Son of a Bitch. Four Humors Theater portrays a scarecrow's vengeance with Harold, RawRedMeat Productions offers a bloodstained ode to Japanese horror with Senseless, Erin Sheppard fuses dance and storytelling to shape Bumps in the Night, and Nick Ryan & Katie Hartman sing a mournful dirge to The Legend of White Woman Creek. Rounding out the selections, the maestros in The Poor Nobodys will provide live accompaniment to a classic horror film yet to be revealed. Culminating with a costume dance party on Halloween night, this festival boldly celebrates the artistic worth of being scared silly. (Pictured: God Damned Son of a Bitch)
Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 7, 8:30 & 10 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 11:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 25. Continues through Nov. 3, 2012
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