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Wicked Lit 2018: A Tighter, Brighter Darkness

It’s the 10th annual Wicked Lit program at Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena, and change isn’t just in the air — it has arrived. For this Halloween season, the crew at Unbound Productions have assembled a leaner (but not meaner) version of the beloved local anthology theater performance: Two stories […] Read more

Doctor Zomba is Back — and Still a Horror Fan’s Treat

This mini-review is just to let you Creepy LA fans know that there’s a new and improved version of Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror playing in Hollywood on Saturday nights (midnights on October 20, 27 and November 3. with a matinee on October 27, too) and one special Friday […] Read more

Queen Mary Dark Harbor 2018: Refining The Approach

  The word I associate with this year’s Queen Mary Dark Harbor (running now through November 2) is: Sophistication. The event matured a few years back, having started as a scrappy haunt with a bunch of rough edges and a lot of enthusiasm and then becoming a genuinely professional holiday […] Read more

Macabre Mambo Mayhem: Belated Bouquets for Barmy Brilliance

It takes a lot to get your Creepy Theater editor to write a Variety-style header for a review, but Macabre Mambo Mayhem — the music, burlesque and one-act melange that played so recently at North Hollywood’s Belfry Stage — was just the show to do it. Featuring the talents of Mambo […] Read more

Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror: Fast, Furious, Fun and Funny

Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror (playing Saturday nights this month at the Flight stage in the Complex Theater in Hollywood is a welcome throwback to the good old days of spookshows — those monstrously entertaining combinations of magic, horror hosting, vaudeville, burlesque and monster movies. Well, it’s most of that […] Read more

“Lovecraft’s CTHULHU” Is A Lovingly Crafted Adaptation of “The Call of Cthulhu”

“Lovecraft’s CTHULHU” (playing Fridays and Sundays through March 18 at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group) is a lean, clean, highly artistic and energetic telling of the classic short story, “The Call of Cthulhu,” written by Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft and published in 1928. It’s a story that’s generally seen as […] Read more

Halloween Stage Hit ‘n’ Run: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater

We’ve covered Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater in North Hollywood a lot in the past, so this isn’t a full review — it’s just a fast reminder that they’re one of the weirdest, most innovative dark theater troupes anywhere, and you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable time if you see […] Read more

Wicked Lit 2017: Kinder, Gentler… More Redemptive Horror/Dark Fantasy?

It was definitely a different year for Wicked Lit. The show, now running at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, is a perfect confection of macabre theater for any Halloween season. But after the years it’s been running, some would argue that it could get a little stale—that the novelty […] Read more

Say Farewell to The Steve Allen Theater — A Creepy Theater Institution

We’ve seen a bunch of great shows at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater — everything from Jeffrey Combs’ heartwrenching performance as Edgar Allan Poe to the grisly hilarity of the REANIMATOR musical; Rob Zabrecky’s magic and so much more. But now it’s time to say goodbye to this great venue, which […] Read more