5 Brighton HorrorFest Shows To Sink Your Teeth Into This October

It’s that time of year when we draw our curtains ever earlier in the evenings, fearful of whatever may be lurking in the darkness beyond. However, Sweet Venues have decided to drag those lurking ghouls out into the spotlight with the third year of Brighton HorrorFest, their spooktacular celebration of all things that go bump in the night. Whether you’re looking for something a bit creepy or straight up terrifying to get you into that Halloween mood, you’re sure to find it at Sweet this October.

Whatever you choose to see this Brighton HorrorFest, you're sure to have a bloody good time

Phantasmagorical

Starting off HorrorFest with a bang is Miss Sylvia Spectre who invites you to join her on a macabre Victorian adventure. Brought to you by the talented Careena Fenton, member of The Magic Circle, Phantasmagorical is a mesmerising mix of mindreading, magic and Victorian spirit theatre. Be prepared for laughs and frights that last long into the night. Recommended age 16+.

Foo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror

From vampires necking their victims to damsels in scantily clad distress, Gothic horror has always been a flimsy facade for erotica. Embracing the sexy side of all things supernatural are the Foo Foo Fighters, who combine gruesome horror and titillating burlesque for an adult treat that is sure to scare as much as it will delight. Recommended age 18+.

Mistress To The Midnight

A witty spoof of all things Hammer House of Horror, get ready for a hilarious spin on a classic British institution. Bringing all your favourite tropes to life on stage, if you're a fan of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing you're bound to enjoy this thrilling homage stuffed with jokes. Recommended age 15+.

Doctor James’ Skary Stories

It’s the dead of night. There’s endless screaming and wailing. The latest novel from Stephen King, perhaps? No, that’s simply parenthood. If you want to take revenge on your kids for all the terrifying times they’ve put you through, then take them to see Doctor James’ Skary Stories. Ready to trick or treat everyone, Doctor James needs you and your kids to help him terrorise the city with giant monsters, vampire doctors, cake loving ghosts and more. Recommended age 7+.

Talking To The Dead – A Séance

Following their successful sell out runs at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton HorrorFest fan favourite Talking To The Dead – A Séance have returned. Magicians Griffin and Jones set an ominous atmosphere as they use the techniques honed in Victorian séance rooms for an unsettling evening where you will need to face your fear in order to discover if anyone really is out there in the spirit world. Recommended age 18+.

Whatever you choose to see this Brighton HorrorFest, you're sure to have a bloody good time.

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Phantasmagorical

Phantasmagorical

Join the merry macabre Miss Sylvia Sceptre for a Victorian adventure among the spirits. Audiences will be laughing and shivering in equal measure as Sylvia performs spooky mindreading and Victorian Spirit Theatre… 

Mistress to the Midnight

Mistress to the Midnight

One from the vaults… come witness a live stage show spoof of the classic British horror filmA respectable young lawyer is drawn to a house of promises unkept and bodies disinterred… 

Doktor James’ Skary Stories

Doktor James’ Skary Stories

Doktor James loves Halloween, it’s the one night he doesn’t try to take over the world. Instead he gets ready to trick or treat EVERYONE! Come and join him in your spookiest costumes with your naughtiest tricks and help him eat so many sweets his tummy hurts! With giant monsters, vampire doktors, and cake-loving ghosts helping him terrorise the city, this year will be the evilest Halloween ever!***** (Fringe Guru)***** (BroadwayBaby)**** (Fest) 

Talking to the Dead: A Séance

Talking to the Dead: A Séance

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Magicians Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Using techniques from Victorian séance rooms, they invite you to join them in an unforgettable journey into the unknown… 

Foo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror

Foo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror

Come to the Castle of Count Jackula so he, along with his sexy assistant, Egor, can introduce you to some of the scariest and sexiest monsters from Gothic Horror history.A macabre and sexy alternative cabaret show with burlesque and variety acts, centred around a horror theme, with each performer interpreting the best villains and monsters from classic horror literature, film, and history. 

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