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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I realize the likelihood of any reader getting to this local event is remote, but I can’t imagine anything better to do on Halloween. My friend Chet Williamson – author of several wonderful horror novels including the classic “Soulstorm” and “Ash Wednesday”, BTW – is playing a number of roles in it. I think the idea is a scream (as is the trailer video below).

When I first saw the title, I thought it was a "Child's Play" type story -- only the killer was a sock puppet instead of a doll. Turns out it's even crazier than that -- it's a spoof of "Psycho" enacted by sock puppets!

Sock puppet community theater parody of movies is apparently not new -- YouTube has several videos -- but I've never seen one before, and I'll bet you haven't either. I loved "Superstar," the brilliant cult movie with Barbie dolls playing Karen and Richard Carpenter. Why not sock puppets as Norman, Marion and company?

Here’s the press release copy:

“Sock Puppet Psycho” is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho performed by a cast of hands wearing button adorned hosiery and wielding fake knives. The show’s creators are experts in their field, having worn socks for most of their lives.

This first production in a planned series of sock puppet shows will be presented at Lancaster Dispensing Company (Dipco), located on the corner of Market and Grant Streets, Lancaster, Pa., on Halloween Day, Sunday, October 31st.

Performances will be held at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm. The show is intended for adult audiences, and donations are cheerfully accepted.

Food and drink will be available, and patrons are invited to stay for the entire evening.

And here's the very amusing trailer:


  1. Thanks for the plug, Jack!


  2. Oh wow, this is the most awesome thing ever! I would so love to be able to see this. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!

  3. My partner and I are going, and I'm really -- pardon the expression -- psyched!