Best Weekend Bet: 24 Hours of Horror Movies at Portage Theater

Best Weekend Bet: 24 Hours of Horror Movies at Portage Theater
The Curse of the Werewolf

The Halloween season tends to be a popular time for movie fans to search for horror movies to see on the big screen with their friends. “Horrorthons” are a great option that draw viewers from all over, driving long distances just to experience the all-night movie marathon in a crowded room. This weekend is no exception. Saturday, October 20th marks Movieside Films’ 8th Annual Massacre event where fans enjoy twenty-four straight hours of horror movies and entertainment inside the cozy confines of a movie theater. However, “cozy” isn't the right word to describe the grand, historic Portage Theater, where the festival will be held this year. The Portage holds a whopping 1300 seats, which is almost double the space the Massacre has normally been allotted. I get the feeling diehard fans won't get turned away this year due to lack of space. I'm expecting at least 1,000 attendees, easy. Why don't you join us?

Celebrity guests on hand for discussions and meet 'n greets are actress Linnea Quigley and Jack Hill. Linnea is a familiar face from many fun horror flicks like Return of the Living Dead (screening here), Night of the Demons, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, and Silent Night, Deadly Night. You can read an interview with Linnea on Fangoria HERE, which was written by Chicago horror friend and fantastic writer Brian Kirst! The second guest, Jack Hill, is a well-known director in the horror and exploitation scene. You may be familiar with some of his work, notably Spider Baby, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and The Big Bird Cage.

The great thing about Movieside shows is that your ticket price pays for everything outside of concessions and shopping. Autographs and photos with the special guests are free. Where else can you find that?

Film Schedule:

11:00am - Doors Open

11:30am - Trailer Trash (Vintage trailers and shorts)

Noon - Un Chien Andalou (1929 Silent short by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali with live organ!)

12:30pm - The Black Cat (1934, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi)

1:45pm - The Curse of the Werewolf (1961, Hammer horror with Oliver Reed)

3:30pm - The Witchfinder General (1968, Rare Vincent Price!)

5:15pm - From the Drain (Rare 1967 short by David Cronenberg)

5:30pm - Spider Baby (1964, with director Jack Hill Q&A!)

7:45pm - Return of the Living Dead (1985, with Star Linnea Quigley Q&A!)

10:00pm - Phantasm II (1988)

11:45pm - The Captured Bird (2012 Short directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, exec prod. by Guillermo del Toro)

Midnight - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

1:45am - Hausu (1977 Japanese weirdness – Trust me. Print courtesy of Chicago Cinema Society)

3:15am - Nightmares (1983 anthology)

5:00am - Prince of Darkness (1987 John Carpenter classic!)

6:45am - Dead Snow (2009 Norwegian zombie comedy)

8:30am - Frenzy (1972 Hitchcock)

10:30am - Halloween II (1981)

The trailers and short films screened include: The Captured Bird by Jovanka Vuckovic, Fertile Green (High on Fire Video) by Phil Mucci, Lowcarbcomedy's Slash and Burn, The Secret Cinema by Jason Coffman, Snuff by Andrew Klass, and The Empty Chair by Tim Chapman.

Vendors will be set up in the lobby selling horror and sci-fi merchandise, raffle prizes, short horror film contest, a charity auction for Vital Bridges, a costume contest, and even a zombie make-up station.

FREE Halloween activities all day long! There will also be a kids treasure hunt where you collect stamps from local shops to win prizes, plus arts and crafts, food trucks, and entertainment. On Saturday, collect your free Sunday ticket to return to the Portage at 1pm to meet Svengoolie and see Beetlejuice at 2:30pm!

Tickets to the Massacre are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Seniors and kids under age 12 get in for only $10! Come and go as you please! Free parking nearby.

Pre-sale tickets are available at these stores:

  • Laurie's Planet of Sound, 4639 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-271-3569
  • Galactic Force Toys, 1121 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-327-1369
  • Gaymart, 3457 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 773-929-4272
  • Horrorbles, 6729 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, 708-484-7370

Who's looking forward to seeing these films on the big screen? Dali, Hitchcock, Vincent Price, Hammer horror? See you at the ultimate horror party of the year!!! Spread the word and bring your friends!

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