Sisters, sisters... There were never such devoted sisters....
At least, none so devoted to horror.
There seems to be a growing correlation between sisters and all things horror in Vancouver. The Soska Sisters, aka the Twisted Twins, have already made their mark on film. Meanwhile, also here in Vancouver, the 'Macabre Mauchlines' Voodoo Pixie and Mama Fortuna have been dedicated to the same theatre show for four years now.
That show, of course, is the AbraCadaver Cabaret.
While there might be something especially spooky about the bond between siblings, the show couldn't have achieved the success it has over the years without the help of a makeshift family worthy of any chainsaw massacre. Melody Mangler, international burlesque star, co-produces the show alongside Voodoo. Travis Bernhardt, who was Top Pick at the 2012 Victoria Fringe festival, provides one half of the magic. And veteran actor/director David Quast and the top brain at Dashing Rogue Productions, Andrew Harron, also lend their talents for the theatrical portions of the show.
"We like to try and make sure there is something for everyone in the show." Voodoo says with an impish smile. "We're like a vile variety show in that regard."
But make no mistake, even with all the black glitter and lavish set designs (courtesy of Haunted House fanatic Ben Krakowsky and magician Aleister Crane) this is a horror show. Not a Halloween show.
Voodoo Pixie explains the difference:
"When people ask me what AbraCadaver is, I always say it's a 'horror show'. To me, a 'Halloween show' has a certain jovial nature - it's spooky, but you're not not going to be truly frightened. That's not to say that you won't get a laugh or two at AbraCadaver, but we're also going to try and scare the hell out of you.
This show isn't about guts and gore. It's about being deeply unsettled. A trick, an image, a story - these are all vehicles for terror. At AbraCadaver we invite you to come in, sit down with us as we turn off all the lights and see what we can find in the darkness...."
The WISE Hall (View)
1882 Adanac St.
Vancouver, BC V5L 4E5
|Minimum Age: 19|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|