One of the many exciting aspects of October is the insane amount of horror movies one can find to watch on the big screen. New horror can be easily found in the AMC listings, but what about the rare classics? Here is a compilation of theaters around town that are rocking the horror scene all month long. These are the kinds of films horror fans want to see every year around this time, or to just support local independent theaters.
Doc Films at UIC - 35mm classics for $5! Choose from: Gremlins, Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing from Another World, The Fog, War of the Worlds, Escape from New York, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Halloween. Calendar HERE.
Facets Fright School Session 12: Death By Video - For a fiver, see cult trailers, a film print, get prizes, listen to lectures by local film scholars, and pick up free essays on the way in. (I still have my informational packets on The Entity!) Schedule includes: Rock ’n’ Roll Nightmare, The Sleeper, Slumber Party Massacre, Psycho Sleepover, America's Deadliest Home Video, and Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.
Gene Siskel Film Center - Experience H.P. Lovecraft on the big screen with The Whisperer in Darkness on October 26th and 31st.
Landmark Theatres Century Centre Cinema - Midnight Madness series! Late night horror every weekend! The Goonies, Tremors, The Lost Boys, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Special Halloween screening at 9pm on October 30th, and a run of V/H/S starts October 5th! Schedule HERE.
Logan Theatre - Horror Movie Madness Series! The Shining, Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Friday the 13th, Excision (Rare Chicago Premiere by Chicago Cinema Society), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Drag Me To Hell, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, Halloween. Lineup HERE.
Midway Drive-In - Maybe you'd rather watch your horror under the stars all month? Keep checking for updates, but so far, Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers are on the 90-foot screen this Saturday!
Music Box Theatre - The American Scream documentary starts this weekend, covering families obsessed with turning their homes into elaborate haunted houses every year, no matter what the price. Info HERE. Need a full 24-HOURS of consecutive horror? THE MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS is a great bet on Oct. 13th. Films like Squirm, Phantasm, Evil Dead 2, Mark of the Vampire, and more. Guests are Sybil Danning and Jeff Lieberman. Check out the lineup HERE! How about a classic silent film with live organ experience? Try Nosferatu! Midnight Movie Addict? HERE you go!
Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 - Flashback Weekend is hosting a FREE viewing party on October 14th for The Walking Dead Season 3 premiere! Drink zombie martinis while watching your favorite zombie TV show on the big screen! Also note the October 30th screening of John Carpenter's Halloween and the documentary, You Can't Kill the Boogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween! Also see ChicagoHorror.com for updates.
Patio Theater - Close Encounters of the Third Kind this weekend, Ghostbusters on the 19th & 20th, and Friday the 13th on the 26th & 27th. $5! They update their Facebook page more regularly than the website.
Portage Theater - A ton of events here! Oct. 20th is the 24-HOUR MASSACRE event! Films include Hitchcock's Frenzy, Return of the Living Dead, Phantasm II, Spider Baby, and more. Guests include actress Linnea Quigley and director Jack Hill. Full schedule HERE. On Oct. 22nd, the Silent Film Society of Chicago presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) with a live organ accompaniment. On Oct. 23rd, a FREE screening of John Borowski's H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer. On Oct. 25th, the Chicago Cinema Society presents rare 35mm screenings of cult horror favorites Xtro and Trick Or Treat for only $5! Oct. 28th is “Halloween Havoc,” the Portage's annual week-long series of horror films, including Alien, Frankenstein vs. The Wolfman, Poltergeist, and more. Keep a watch on their home events page HERE!
Wilmette Theatre - Live on the north side? Enjoy Northside Nightmares, a rare triple feature on October 19th, hosted by Days of the Dead and Horror Society. See the Chicago premiere of Scott Schirmer's Found, Toetag Pictures’ Redsin Tower, and the original 1984 classic Children of the Corn for $10. Event info HERE. There are also several Rocky Horror Picture Show events happening there.
Did I miss anything? Let me know!
Happy October! Pictured below is the spooky Logan Theatre ticket booth.