Halloween in San Francisco isn’t complete until you’ve absorbed the bloody mayhem of Shocktoberfest, now in its twelfth year of gore and festive holiday shrieking. The bloodthirsty Parisian theater tradition of Grand Guinol meets film noir in Fear Over Frisco, Thrillpeddlers' latest.
Presenting three shorts by playwright Eddie Muller, this year’s Shocktoberfest does some time traveling through San Francisco’s history - modern day deja vu in The Grand Inquisitor, post-WWII hysteria in An Obvious Explanation, and back to the Prohibition for The Drug. We meet a disfigured artist, the reclusive widow of San Francisco’s most notorious serial killer, and a doctor who plays fast and loose with some un-FDA approved substances.
September 23-November 19. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street. Tickets are $25-35 at 415-377-4202 or brownpapertickets.com.