As it's become normal to find horror fun in Chicago most weeks, I'm going to mention a few of this week's highlights that may interest just about any fan of supernatural, horror and sci-fi films. Midnight movies are especially fun for those nights you spend time with friends at a bar or party, and want something fun to do afterwards. Plus, the older we get, the less appealing the club/party scene becomes. Can't we just watch a movie?
Thursday, May 24:
The Portage Theater is screening Planet of the Apes for one night only for $8 at 7:30pm. Old school fun with Charlton Heston. He certainly was a one-of-a-kind actor. I admire anyone who can take on ridiculous roles and play them dead straight. It helps the audience conquer suspension of disbelief, which is basically a fun phrase for having the willingness to believe the unbelievable, i.e., sacrificing logic for the sake of enjoyment.
Friday, May 25:
Yet another double feature movie event titled, "Zombie Apocalypse" going on at Lincoln Hall. They're showingDawn of the Dead at 7pm, followed by Shaun of the Dead at 9pm. The event is presented by The 3 Penny Was Here. Cheap drink and burger specials as well! The confusing part is that the Dawn of the Dead trailer is for the original film, but the movie title link they've posted links to the remake! Which is it, guys?? Zombie Apocalypse Night is listed as a free event, but you have to RSVP on the site, which states there is a $2.75 surcharge. It's possible the fee may be waivered, but it's worth a try. RSVP here: Zombie Apocalypse
If you're not fully satisfied with zombie fun after the Apocalypse event, or would just rather wait until midnight to watch your gore on the big screen, head on over to the Music Box Theatre for Dead Alive! Its original title is Braindead, not to be confused with Brain Dead. This is one of my very favorites, and one of the funniest zombie films AND goriest you will ever see. Funny and gory don't always go hand in hand, but there you go. Lionel's mother gets bitten by a wild Sumatran rat-monkey and quickly turns into a zombie, but her transformation seems to be endless. This situation puts a real damper on his new relationship. If considering taking your teen to see this, there is an implied zombie sex scene, albeit a goofy one. Fair warning. Many favorite lines from this, including: "Your mother ate my dog!"
Tired of zombies, but still want to see horror on the big screen Friday night? The Shining is playing at Landmark Century at midnight! Make sure you have a safe way home after, as it'll be 2:30am by the time you exit the theater.
Saturday, May 26:
FREE screening of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial at Portage Theater! Film is at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm. See the event page on the Portage's site for a full list of stores to go for picking up free tickets. If obtaining these tix aren't working out well, call Six Corners at (773) 685-9300 for help.