The "thrill peddlers of terror and titillation" return with boatloads of both for their 16th year. Taking inspiration from the "cold" terror and hot "comedies" of Paris' legendary and infamous Grand Guignol, Shocktoberfest 16: Curse of the Cobra lets loose with five entirely new one-act performances, set everywhere from a Gold Rush-era brothel to a South Seas island, complete with songs by SF theater legend Scrumbly Koldewyn. The lights-out spookshow finale is back, of course, and with its guillotine, thunder sheet, strobe lights and secret doors, San Francisco's The Hypnodrome provides the perfect spot for all the wild antics. For couples who'd like a little something extra from the night, check out the signature "Shock Box" private booths. With their sheer curtains, they offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of Parisian theaters.
For couples seeking privacy or an extra jolt from their visit to The Hypnodrome, “Shock Box” seats are just the thing. Winner of SF Weekly’s “Best of San Francisco” Award for “Best Bonus Theater Experience,” the Shock Boxes are themed loveseats (Heaven and Hell, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, and The Asylum of Shock) which offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of many Parisian theaters — thanks to a sheer curtain that can be drawn to conceal the goings on inside each private booth.