It’s back, it’s bigger and it’s got a new home, The London Horror Festival will be tingling spines and on occasion tickling the capital’s funny bone from October 10 to 30 at a new venue The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington.
There are more than twenty shows to choose from; including horror theatre, LGBTQ cabaret, live podcast recordings, comedy, clowning, storytelling, magic, a Virtual Reality immersive film experience, midnight Séance shows AND a short horror play competition, making 2016 the biggest London Horror Festival since it’s foundation in 20111. what’s more Chattering Cenobite and all round top horror icon geezer Nicholas Vince has become the London Horror Festival’s first official patron .
Continuing the LHF’s support for new writing and providing a platform for emerging horror theatre talent is Badass Women – the short horror play writing competition designed to create more empowering female roles. Three plays have been shortlisted from the dozens of entries received across the UK and will be performed on the opening night, with an exclusive prize for the winning entry and special guest judges!
CryptTV UK have joined forces with the LHF this year to present their first immersive horror film event and VR experience. Featuring Frightfest hit feature film, Kate Shenton’s Egomaniac and CryptTV UK’s the Egomaniac VR Experience, we do like Kate Shenton so this looks like one not to be missed!
For a bit of something different after dark, there are two exclusive midnight performances of award-winning ‘Ex-Theologist turned Illusionist’ Philipp Oberlohr’s ‘séance’ – a critically acclaimed interactive experience inspired by the tradition of Victorian Séances and the Spiritualist movement.
Tickets from The Old Red Lion Theatre or call the box office on 0844 412 4307 This year’s show listings:
BADASS WOMEN – Playwriting Competition Final
start time: 7pm | date: Monday 10th October 2016 | £7 (£5 conc)
Want to see more challenging roles for women in the horror genre? Look no further! As part of our dedication to supporting new writers we present three short plays, carefully selected from dozens of submissions received from across the UK, that bring ‘Badass Women’ centre stage. Join us as our special guest judges pick the winner – this is an evening of exciting new horror theatre not to be missed!
EXPERIENCE EGOMANIAC – VR Immersive Film Experience
start time: 9.30pm | date: Monday 10th October 2016 | £20
Company: CryptTV UK
Experience Kate Shenton’s ground breaking feature film EGOMANIAC, including the Egomaniac VR immersive event experience from CryptTV UK!
Egomaniac stars Nic Lamont as Catherine Sweeney, a female filmmaker determined to make a zombie romantic comedy! Blurring the lines of fiction and reality, Egomaniac is a watershed moment in innovative horror and for indie filmmakers!
BLACK SHUCK by Duncan Hands
start times: 7pm | dates: Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th October 2016 | £12 (£10 conc)
Company: Blackshaw Theatre Company
“Sea-eagle to coot, come in please, can you hear me? Over.” “Yes, yes, bloody yes!” Ruminating on the local myth of ghostly dog ‘Black Shuck’, two (inept) would-be smugglers await a shipment on the Norfolk Coast. Join us, where comedy meets horror in this hour-long new play by Duncan Hands. Directed by Ellie Pitkin.
FRED STRANGEBONE’S FREAKSHOW
start times: 9.30pm | dates: Tues 11th – Weds 12th October 2016 | £10 (£9 conc)
Company: Honky Bonk Presents …
Fred Strangebone’s mind becomes a sideshow tent of unsettling curiosities. Peel back the flapping canvas door and behold the freaks within.
A one man variety show of character comedy, clowning and spine chilling verse.
BURLESQUE IN UNDERLAND: SCARY TALES
start times: 9.30pm | dates: Thurs 13th – Fri 14th October 2016 | £12 (£10 conc)
Company: Burlesque In Underland
Enter, My Pretties… for scares, gore and glitter! Burlesque In Underland is a little bit bitter… Your favourite fairy tale characters go off the rail! Be prepared. This Halloween month we give you: SCARY TALES!
Fun fairy tale cabaret with a twist! Featuring the fabulous resident cast, award-winning guest performers and hosted by drag & cabaret star Ruby Wednesday.
KNOCK, KNOCK …
start times: 3pm | dates: Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October 2016, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October 2016, Sunday 30th October 2016 | £10 (£8 conc)
Company: The Underground Clown Club in association with Gavin J Innes
Five short stories taking a twisted, comedic look at five classic horror genres; Gothic, Literature, Sci-Fi, Ghost Story and Slasher Movie: a show for every horror fan.
MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS adapted by T. L. Wiswell
start times: 9.30pm | dates: Sat 15th – Sun 16th October 2016 | £12 (£10 conc)
Company: Vulcanello Productions
A gender switched adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic novella, this story of a scientific journey to Antarctica to discover “what lies beneath the ice” has extra added flavor from both the Shackleton and Scott expeditions. What undreamed of horrors await three adventurers in that long frozen world of certain death? Madness … or worse?
MAKING MONSTERS by Becky Cooper
start times: 7pm | date: Sunday 16th October 2016 | £10 (£8 conc)
Company: Golden Fire Theatre Company
Geneva, 1816. Dared to write a terrifying ghost story, Mary Shelley explores the darker side of her imagination to come up with an original idea. Can she come up with a tale that will ‘curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart’? Written by Becky Cooper.
POPHORROR’S BREXIT CHAINSAW MASSACRE
start times: 7pm | dates: Monday 17th October 2016 | £10 (£8 conc)
For this special LHF show, PopHorror’s cabaret stars will be dissecting our nation’s turbulent summer through the mediums of Pop music and Horror. Hosted by Baby Lame, PopHorror is the perfect night for anyone with an ear for pop, a taste for blood and a stomach full of bile.
BLACKSHAW’S SCARE SLAM
start times: 9.30pm | date: Monday 17th October 2016 | £7 (£5 conc)
Company: Blackshaw Theatre Company
A night of chilling storytelling.
Lovers of scary stories, unite. Adding the fear factor to increasingly popular spoken word nights, storytellers from across the Horrorfest and beyond will share their worst (or should that be best?) nightmares at Blackshaw’s second annual Scare Slam. Prepare yourself for a night of chilling tales from both sides of the line of veracity.
Visit http://www.blackshawonline.com for info on how to participate
ALL BUT US by J. J. Bayliss
start times: 7pm | dates: Tues 18th – Thurs 20th October 2016 | £10 (£9 conc)
Company: I Love This Town
Mariana and Ricky have worked together for a year and cupid is slowly weaving his magic. But tonight Mariana has decided to confess something… a dark and unbelievable secret that she hasn’t uttered for a very, very, very long time.
But there are some paths you simply shouldn’t go down…
A CURSE OF SAINTS
start times: 9.30pm | dates: Tues 18th – Thurs 20th October 2016 | £10 (£9 conc)
Company: The Off-Off-Off Broadway Company
Cyprus, the 19th century. A shepherd fears the British colonisation of his motherland. He has visions of crooked saints and evil eyes. As the omens escalate, along with sightings of an Anatolian gypsy’s ghost, he knows that death is nigh. A new one-man show by an award-winning company.
THE WICKER HAMPER
start times: 7pm | dates: Friday 21st – Sun 23rd October 2016 | £10 (£8.50 conc)
Company: Stack 10 Theatre
Stack 10 Theatre proudly presents The Wicker Hamper, an evening of laughs, screams and blood on Winterisle, an island off the coast of…an island off the coast. When Winterisle loses the funding for its theatre, there’s only one thing that can bring it back…a human sacrifice!
THE TWINS MACABRE: CRIME DOESN’T PLAY
start times: 9.30pm | dates: Friday 21st – Sun 23rd October 2016 | £10 (£8 conc)
Company: The Twins Macabre
After a string of grisly murders, Detectives McKeith and Jones have two prime suspects… and they happen to be 10-year-olds… As featured on BBC3 and BBC Radio 4, horror-comedy duo The Twins Macabre present their darkest, most twisted show yet!
THE HONKY BONK HOUSE OF HORROR
start times: 7pm | dates: Mon 24th – Weds 26th October 2016 | £10 (£9 conc)
Company: Honky Bonk Presents …
A creaky door,
foot steps on the floor.
Blood drips from the ceiling,
and you get a strange feeling.
here comes the fright,
from things that go BONK in the night.
Enter the Honky Bonk House of horror. A show of creepy and chaotic clowning.
THE TRUNCATED NIGHTMARE HOUR
start times: 9.30pm | dates: Mon 24th – Fri 28th October 2016 | £10 (£8 conc)
Company: James Hamilton and Molly Beth Morossa
Listen up and pipe down! You’ve tuned in to the Truncated Nightmare Hour – the horror comedy podcast where we strongly imply that horrible things have previously occurred. Settle in with your host Sebastian Owl for an evening of strange tales, odd happenings and top-shelf almond milk with two sinister new tales told each night.
Join us and celebrate the launch of this brand new podcast by hearing it live, with your ears, and then your brain. Episode 1 will be available to download on All Hallow’s Eve…
start times: 7pm | date: Thursday 27th October 2016 | £10
Company: Molly Beth Morossa in association with Crowley & Co.
Greywing House sits precariously on the coast keeping watch over a cruel and tumultuous ocean. Miss Amelia has prepared your room, and awaits your arrival to introduce guests both past and present.
Award-winning performer Molly Beth Morossa intertwines storytelling, poetry, cabaret and original music by Daniel Cross (of Little Death Machine). This examination of isolation and loss through a classically gothic lens is sure to carry you out into deep, dark waters.
start times: MIDNIGHT | dates: Thurs 27th & Sun 30th October 2016 | £15 (£12 conc)
Company: Philipp Oberlohr
“Think of a question about your future. Maybe we can find an answer on the other side…”
Join “Ex-Theologist turned Illusionist” Oberlohr in this dark spectacle about the strange experience of knowing what can’t be known.
DANDY DARKLY’S MYTH MOUTH!
start times: 7pm | dates: Fri 28th – Sun 30th October 2016 | £10
Company: Dandy Darkly
NYC’s “King of Halloween” (Out Magazine) makes his LHF debut with latest Edinburgh Fringe smash Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth! — a storytelling cabaret focused on religion, addiction and sinister science fiction. Calling all poets, perverts, addicts and hackers. Crash land on Planet Dandy!
THE VIENNA EXPERIMENT
start time: 3pm | date: Saturday 29th October 2016 | £15 (£12 conc)
Company: Secret Soirée & The Creepy Company
Join paranormal investigators Professor Fitzroy-Smogg and Baron von Wraith at the European Institute of Parapsychology. Let them take you through their most baffling and downright disturbing cases. Watch them conduct a series of thrilling experiments with – and on – you, their ‘witnesses’. As funny as it is scary, The Vienna Experiment will chill, delight and amaze in equal measure.
start time: 9.30pm | date: Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October 2016 | £6
Company: Attila Theatre
“Do I look like someone who cares about what God thinks”
Erzsébet Báthory was rich, powerful, educated, beautiful and allegedly the world’s most prolific female serial killer, murdering over five hundred young women. Sex, death, vanity & ambition intertwine to tell the tale of how Lady Báthory became ‘The Blood Countess’.