10 of the best horror shows at the Edinburgh festival 2017

10 of the best horror shows at the Edinburgh festival 2017

From spooky soundtracks to terrifying plays and creepy comedy

Edinburgh is a gorgeously Gothic city crammed with towering spires and dark alleyways. There are plenty of opportunities to check out the Capital's horrific history with walking tours, trips into the haunted vaults or by visiting Edinburgh Dungeon (all of which are putting on extra shows and special performances through August). There are also a number of Fringe shows heading into darker territory and here are our ten favourite horror shows at this year's Festival.

Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead
Modern Robot provide a live score to a specially edited version of George A Romero's ground breaking zombie feature.
ZOO, until 28 Aug (not 16), 10pm, £10 (£8).

Father of Lies
New play from Bête Noire Productions pitched as 'Making a Murderer meets Rosemary's Baby' retelling the story of a bloody murder in Germany, 1973, that had supernatural and Satanic links.
Silk, until 26 Aug, 4.20pm, free.

Midnight Beast: All Killer
The comedy pop / rap group return with a slasher themed show mixing blood, guts and comedy covers.
Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug (not 15), 8.30pm, £9-£10.50 (£8–£9.50).

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves
Governess Frances Glass (aka Nick Coyle) provides the period horror tales with a comedic twist.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug (not 15), 5.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Plan 9 From Outer Space
Ed Wood's sci-fi / horror disasterpiece comes to the stage in all it's creaking glory. Expect wooden acting, cardboard effects and unintentional laughs.
Sweet Grassmarket, 21–27 Aug, 7.30pm, £7 (£5).

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead
Splatter classic Evil Dead 2 retold via the songs of Elvis Presley for a bizarre rock / gore mash up.
Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, until 27 Aug (not 15, 16, 22 & 23), midnight, £5 or Pay What You Want.

Séance
Confusingly there are two shows called Séance this festival. The first (at Summerhall) is a 15 minute pitch black exploration of superstition. The second (Sweet Grassmarket) is a recreation of a Victorian séance with Peter Antoniou.
Summerhall, until 26 Aug, times vary, £5; Sweet Grassmarket, 16 & 23 Aug, 12.30am, sold out.

Toxic Avenger: The Musical
A nerd is transformed into a hulking mutant superhero after being dunked in toxic sludge in this musical take on Troma's trashy low budget comedy.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 14), 10.30pm, £14–£17.50 (£12–£15.50).

The Twins Macabre: Double Feature
Horror comedy with creepy kids the Twins Macabre, mixing vaudevillian theatrics with morbid sketches.
52 Canoes, until 26 Aug (not 21), 6.45pm, free.

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories IV
End the night in the effervescent company of veteran teller of spooky stories Will Seaward back with his fourth instalment of nonsense ghostly tales.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug (not 9, 4 & 21), midnight, £10 (£9).

Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead

Civil Disobedience presents Modern Robot Almost 50 years after George Romero launched the zombie film genre on a shoestring budget, Night of the Living Dead holds a dear spot in the hearts of horror film fans. Modern Robot presents a live performance to accompany this film. Ben Singer brings together the tradition of…

The Zoo, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 662 6892

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 28 Aug

Father of Lies

Bête Noire Productions / PBH’s Free Fringe Making a Murderer meets Rosemary's Baby… Father of Lies is the new show from critically-acclaimed theatre company Bête Noire Productions. It tells the chilling true story behind a macabre and mysterious murder in West Germany, 1973. It is a horror show about belief, grief…

Silk, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Middle

Free / 0131 229 9433

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Middle

Free / 0131 229 9433

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Middle

Free / 0131 229 9433

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 26 Aug

The Midnight Beast: All Killer

Live Nation A singalong slasher comedy somewhere between Flight of the Conchords and Sweeney Todd, leaving a trail of bloody musical numbers in its wake. The Midnight Beast bring their own inimitable brand of lunacy from screen to stage, unleashing an irreverent spin on musical theatre, packed with razor-sharp lyrics…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

KingDome

£12 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

KingDome

£12 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

KingDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 28 Aug

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves

Berk's Nest Blackbell House has a new governess: poor, plain, Frances Glass. But as odd things start occurring, Frances realises it's difficult to be governess when the children are dead. From Nick Coyle (Guided Meditation, Double Tribute) comes Queen of Wolves, a terrifying gothic comedy. Get ready to scream your…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Iron Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Iron Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Iron Belly

£9 (£8) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 27 Aug

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Off World Productions The worst movie of all time comes to the Edinburgh stage. Come and see Ed Wood’s classic tale of flying saucers and gothic horror just to laugh at how bad it really is. This is a play made against all the odds about a film made against all the odds. We present a terrifying vision of the future…

Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Aug

Grassmarket 1

£7 (£5) / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Grassmarket 1

£7 (£5) / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Grassmarket 1

£7 (£5) / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 27 Aug

Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead

Rob Kemp Heroes / PWYW Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis*. Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. A tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an…

Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh

Sun 20 Aug

Banana Skin (Basement)

£5

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Banana Skin (Basement)

£5

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Banana Skin (Basement)

£5

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 26 Aug

Séance

Peter Antoniou / DBS Productions The exclusive and intimate event returns to Edinburgh after its 2013 to 2016 sell-out Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe runs. Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a thrilling and shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact. Modern techniques and the heritage of Victorian…

Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Wed 23 Aug

Grassmarket 3

£15 / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Séance

Glen Neath and David Rosenberg present a séance inside a completely dark shipping container. Probably not for the faint-hearted.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

…and 5 more dates until 26 Aug

The Toxic Avenger

Aria Entertainment and Flying Music From the Tony Award-winning writers of Memphis comes the story of Toxie, a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match – out to save New Jersey, end global warming, win the heart of his beloved and get home in time for dinner. Prior to London run…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Pleasance One

£17.50 (£15.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Pleasance One

£17.50 (£15.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Pleasance One

£14 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 28 Aug

The Twins Macabre: Double Feature

The Twins Macabre / PBH's Free Fringe As featured on BBC Three and BBC Radio 4, horror-comedy duo The Twins Macabre return to the Fringe with not one, but two shows! Witness the 10-year-olds in their murderously manic sketch cabaret, Playtime. Dark comedy intertwined with vaudevillian theatrics, ghoulish music and just…

52 Canoes, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 18:45 – 19:40
Basement Lounge

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 18:45 – 19:40
Basement Lounge

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 18:45 – 19:40
Basement Lounge

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 26 Aug

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories IV

Will Seaward The ghosts are back! Will Seaward's legendary late-night torch-wielding vampire-flavoured witch-shaped comedy storytelling spookstavaganza returns for a fourth consecutive year! Ghosts! Cobwebs! Ruined castles! Zombie dinosaurs! Skeletons! Ghouls! Wailing! Warning: May cause audience members to melt with…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Aug

Wee Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Wee Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Wee Room

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 28 Aug

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