Mortal Coil Performance Society’s creepily brilliant Circus of Disaster at the Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train is one of the strongest—and freakiest—installations the event has ever seen. Set to a warped, carnivalesque soundscape, the ride is a trip into an awesomely twisted fun house populated by elaborate skeleton tightrope-walkers, zombie ringleaders, and Pennywise doppelgängers that keep popping out of the forest. Among the highlights: beasts that have broken out of wrecked circus cars and a knife thrower with the aim of a bombed Steve Wonder. It’s inspired, but will probably scare the bejesus out of kids under five. Unless, of course, their all-time favourite movie scene happens to be when the clown comes to life in Poltergeist.
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