BloodSquad

All the Horror.
Four times the Comedy.

Since 2007 Blood Squad has been thrilling and chilling audiences around the world (that means the US & Canada so far) with a blend of comedy and horror.

Utilizing a deep knowledge of and genuine love for the classic slasher flick, over the years the ongoing mission of Blood Squad has grown to include improvising various sub-genres of horror films based on a title given by the audience. The concept is simple: a completely improvised story that is high-energy with descriptive edits and asides to create a cinematic feel on stage. No blood, no props, no costumes, no mercy.

Blood Squad is veteran Seattle improvisers Molly Arkin, Jon Axell, Brandon Felker, and Elicia Wickstead.

Viewer discretion is always strongly advised.

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Blood Squad at the 2017 Seattle Festival of Improv Theater

The fifteenth annual Seattle Festival of Improv Theater (SFIT) features five unique, unforgettable nights of live comedy in the U District. From February 15-19th, you’ll be delighted by 29 of the funniest local and worldwide improv comedy groups.

Saturday night at the SFIT Second Stage features The Future (Philadelphia), Blood Squad (Seattle), and BASSPROV (Chicago). Information at seattleimprov.com

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

As children go happily costumed from house to house amidst lawns festooned with carved pumpkins, dodging Styrofoam headstones and plastic skeletons, it waits. As they pour out their bags of candy onto the soft, warm rug of their cozy living rooms and tear into chocolate, taffy & licorice with delight while an old scary movie drones serenely on the TV behind them, it waits. As the porches slowly go dark, bathing the quiet suburban street in an inky cloak of night, it prepares to strike.

All Hallows’ Cleave

As children go happily costumed from house to house amidst lawns festooned with carved pumpkins, dodging Styrofoam headstones and plastic skeletons, it waits. As they pour out their bags of candy onto the soft, warm rug of their cozy living rooms and tear into chocolate, taffy & licorice with delight while an old scary movie drones serenely on the TV behind them, it waits. As the porches slowly go dark, bathing the quiet suburban street in an inky cloak of night, it prepares to strike.

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

Timber! Is the ultimate Summer weekend getaway where guests enjoy the sounds of the best music the NW has to offer while choosing from a number of outdoor activities that include free guided paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking with naturalists, stargazing with astrophysicists and much much more.

Bang Drive Kill

Fast machines, bad boys and chicks with one thing on their mind… killing. Sharpen your switchblade as Blood Squad takes you back to the gory days of gritty Grindhouse horror. Whether your jam is such classic films as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill or modern homages like Planet Terror & Machete, join us for a night of high body count schlock horror, all grind. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except the slightly disoriented-looking guy in a red & white coat with a giant knife crawling out of the fireplace.
Tis the season for slaughter! For the holidays Blood Squad, in collaboration with Annex Theatre, presents a one-night-only show in the style of Christmas horror inspired by such classics as the original “Black Christmas”, “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and “Gremlins.” Opening by Santanist and Holiday Enthusiast Sugar Plum Gary (Emmett Montgomery).

Multum Homicidium

Listen, sir. I have to say, I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this before. This guy is relentless. And what he’s doing to his victims… it’s.. well, it put my partner in a mental institution, he couldn’t handle it. But considering the circumstances, I want to suggest something that might seem unorthodox. Goddammit, it might be the only way. I want to lure him out. I want to show him he’s not alone. I want to make myself look like the ideal disciple for this sonofabitch. And to do that, I need to leave the badge behind, and become a murderer myself.

Amber Waves of Brain

Weren’t those fireworks awesome? I just don’t know how they make all those cool shapes! Hahahaha. America. Right? Say, have you noticed it’s gotten awfully quiet out here? Like, did everyone just high-tail it home real fast? I mean how dumb is that right? You have to wait for the traffic to die down. That’s why we brought extra beer. Hey, do you see those guys over there? Man, they look reeeeaaaally drunk. Like – really drunk. I wonder if we should offer to help them out – what do you think babe? Babe? Hey, your hand has gotten super cold but it’s 85 out. Are you ok? Babe?

Slaycation

Blood Squad, in collaboration with 14/48 Projects Late Night at West of Lenin, presents a fully-improvised show in the style of European-travel-horror inspired by such films as Hostel, Don’t Look Now, and Suspiria.

Backpacking through Europe post-college was the best idea you guys. Let’s just see where the journey takes us! I met a super-hot Finnish guy in a pub last night and he tells me there’s this amazing B&B on a cliff staffed only by cute 20-somethings in a remote village about 100 miles from here that we HAVE to see. Apparently the parties there are amaaazing.

We have to hop an overnight train and we’ll be there by morning. No time to wait until we’re sober. What? No don’t call your parents to tell them where you’re going. How lame. This is an adventure!

Vancouver International Improv Festival

Welcome to the 2014 Vancouver International Improv Festival, October 6-11 at Performance Works Theatre and Studio 1398 on Granville Island! The Festival is packed with gifted performers — both from across the world and as close as your backyard — all coming together for a week of mind-expanding and mind-blowing comedy! Over 30 shows created live, using only your suggestions and the imaginations of dozens of talented improvisers.

Halloween Double Screecher

For the first time ever Blood Squad, in collaboration with Annex Theatre, presents a double-feature. Part One: Victorian Ripper Slasher – 7:30pm. Part Two: Deep Space Terror- 10:30pm. A night of a thousand scars spanning centuries of horror. Join Blood Squad as they ring in the Halloween season with chilling tales of terror in two improvised shows in totally different genres of horror. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

 

Carnevil

One warm summer evening the carnival arrived in town. The lights and smells and music called to the townspeople and they came in droves. They rode the rides, played the games, ate the cotton candy and never suspected the evil that lurked behind the Ferris wheel, the ring toss or the concessions stand. Groups of friends scattered to different attractions as the shadows grew longer. Nobody seemed to remember who they came with, or if their numbers had decreased by the time they parted. They had all forgotten that when the Carnival moves from town to town, it always takes a little something with it.

For a two-night performance in celebration of summer, Blood Squad, in collaboration with Annex Theatre, presents Carnevil, a show in the style of carnival horror inspired by such classics as “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, “The Funhouse” & all your circus-filled nightmares. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

All Hallow’s Cleave

Blood Squad is back at The Erickson Theatre, in collaboration with Balagan to presents a fully improvised show live onstage in the style of a horror film based on a title from the audience. And as a special Halloween bonus, the style of horror will also be determined by the audience – everything from occult thriller to Japanese ghost to urban legend is on the table.

Hellbilly

A horror ’bout hicks.

Demonic Phenomena

Blood Squad, in collaboration with Balagan Theatre, presents a trilogy of improvised horror films in the style of “Paranormal Activity”, “Insidious” & “The Blair Witch Project”. For those who want to see all three, the show is planned as a complete trilogy, but each individual show will stand on its own.

Review: Blood Squad Makes Demonic Phenomena Laughable (Paul Constant, The Stranger).

Camp Death

It’s summer time, and all the kids are heading back to camp, even though that horrible, gruesome thing happened not-so-long-ago (or maybe it was?). Swimming, hiking, and stealing kisses in the night are all on the camp schedule… but so is a full week of DEATH!

Slay Bells

Tis the season for slaughter! For the holidays Blood Squad presents a show in the style of Christmas horror inspired by such classics as the original Black Christmas, Silent Night, Deadly Night and Gremlins. Join us for a one-night only show and holiday party featuring music, comedy and a yule-tide improvised slasher movie.

Hell Child

Blood Squad presents a completely improvised show in the style of scary-possessed-child horror. He’s blonde, blue-eyed and he has dimples. He plays well with his friends, is obedient to his parents and always cleans up his room. He’s sweet, he’s adorable, he’s perfect…and last week he drowned the babysitter in the toilet.

Nightmare on 34th Street

T’was the Night Before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring—except the slightly disoriented-looking guy in overalls with a giant knife crawling out of the fireplace.

Dead Until Twilight

Just in time for Halloween—murder, mayhem and nasty blood-lust, vampire style. In the tradition of the new american classics Twilight & Dead Until Dark (the beloved novels that inspired True Blood), which was inspired by the old classics Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview with the Vampire, Blood Squad brings you the modern day vampire romance/horror thriller.

Killer Prom at Murder High

It'€™s prom! Where is everyone? Why is the gym so dark? Why are the doors chained? WHO’S HEAD IS THAT IN THE PUNCHBOWL!?!?



Molly Arkin

Molly Arkin

Molly Arkin fell in love with improv in high school and no one could get her to shut up about it. She took classes and became a company member at Unexpected Productions and then in 2012 went on to become a cast member at Jet City Improv. Somewhere in there she managed to go to Emerson College in Boston. Molly has trained with The Groundlings and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles. She has been a proud member of Blood Squad since 2009. She loves to read but loves Friends and Gilmore Girls more.

Jon Axell

Jon Axell

Jon Axell began improvising in high school and college (with UW’s the Collective) before joining Jet City Improv as an ensemble member in 2005. Since then that time he has appeared in and created a variety of formats and feature-length shows while also teaching sessions of Improv 101 and Improv 102 in the Jet City Improv Academy. Jon was invited to join Blood Squad in 2012 during the run of Demonic Phenomena and remains the group’s newest member.

Brandon Felker

Brandon Felker

Brandon Felker, co-founder of Blood Squad, began his career as a performer and playwright in College then later moved to Chicago studying under Joyce Sloan, Charna Halpern, and the late great Del Close. From 1993-1995 he became a performer with Second City and Improv Olympic. He joied Seattle group Unexpected Production in 1998 and has since traveled around the world as a guest performer with various groups from Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Graz, and across Canada.

Elicia Wickstead

Elicia Wickstead

Elicia Wickstead, co-founder of Blood Squad, started improvising in 1992 and joined Unexpected Productions as an ensemble member in 1994. She is also a frequent perfomer at Jet City Improv. She has improvised in a variety of different formats, styles, lengths and languages all over the USA, Canada, Germany and Austria. She enjoys teaching improv throughout Seattle to performers as well as business professionals. She practices kindness to animals but sometimes eats them.