While drowning in a temperamental sea of candy corn, cobwebs, and horror movies, I almost dropped the ball on the weekend events post! Actually, I despise candy corn. Little, waxy “Satan's Nuggets.” So pretty, yet so not tasty. It's okay. You can disagree. Now is a great time to fight about candy preferences. Actually, I've been working on my October Movie Challenge. Have you? I've been getting some great feedback from friends and fans alike who are starting the challenge for the first time. It's great seeing their steady determination to school themselves on as much horror as possible this month. The more, the merrier.
This weekend is once again PACKED with movies, festivals, plays, parties, and gore-soaked Halloween-inspired mayhem. Pick your poison, have a blast, and be sure to survive so you can do it all again next weekend!
FRIDAY, October 12th
Music Box Theatre - Enjoy two genre events at one place! At 7:30pm, silent classic NOSFERATU screens in all its classic 1922 glory while Dennis Scott plays the organ, further enhancing the creepy vibe. $10. Info here. Then, at 9:30pm, Mr. Skin presents a screening of CHAINED HEAT with actress Sybil Danning in person! Also $10. Info here. Sybil will also appear at the 24-hour festival here on Saturday.
Logan Theatre - The Chicago Cinema Society presents the Chicago Premiere of coming-of-age horror festival hit EXCISION on both Friday and Saturday at midnight. Tickets are only $7. Also, the Logan's Horror Movie Madness series continues with FRANKENSTEIN at 11pm and FRIDAY THE 13TH at 11:30pm. These last 2 flicks also screen on Monday, October 15th in case your weekend is too busy!
Facets Fright School - Tonight, local film scholar Jason Coffman presents SLEEPER with a lecture titled, “Let's Do That Again: A Look at Cinematic Mimicry.” Learn about films being portrayed as replicas of early teen slashers. Tickets are only $5, and you get free essays, prizes, and cult trailers screen before the film begins at midnight. Info here. (View trailer at end of this post)
Wilmette Theater - The World of the Weird Monster Show hosts their monthly screening of ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at 9:30pm. Tickets $10. Info here.
Landmark Century Centre - Their Midnight Movie Series continues with TREMORS at midnight both Friday and Saturday!
SATURDAY, October 13th
Horrorbles - Monster-A-Go-Go Beach Party with star Julie Adams! Julie will be signing copies of Dreamhaven Books’ Creature from the Black Lagoon and her autobiography, Julie Adams: The Lucky Southern Star, Reflections from the Black Lagoon and anything else purchased at the Horrorbles store! Enjoy music from garage-a-billy band The Dyes. 3-6pm at Horrorbles, 6729 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL.
Annoyance Theater - Splatter Theater returns with their original gore-soaked show that spoofs slashers like Friday the 13th, joyfully eviscerating the usual character stereotypes, while blood sprays upon the stark white walls and fans alike. Poncho recommended. Runs throughout October. Info here.
PONTYPOOL - Strawdog Theatre Company presents PONTYPOOL on the stage with its Midwest Premiere, adapting Tony Burgess’ wild tale of linguistics and the undead. Runs Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $15. Info here.
SUNDAY, October 14th
THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 premiere party at Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 presented by Flashback Weekend. First come, first served as there is a limited seating capacity, so arrive early! Wristband distribution begins at 6pm at Bogart's on the 2nd floor of Muvico. Head to the screening room for the season 2 finale at 7pm, then the season 3 premiere starts at 8pm sharp. Sony 4K digital projection, plush stadium seating, enjoy food and zombie-themed drink specials during the show! Entry is FREE, but munchies are not. No advance RSVPs.
The Walking Dead Season 3 premiere zombie/costume party at Grace Street Tap. 8pm-11pm. Prizes (Win The Walking Dead Blu-Ray), zombie-themed cocktails and shots. Facebook event page.
A DAY OF CHICAGO FIRSTS Independent Horror Fest at the Portage Theater from 1pm-9pm. Cult horror directors Jose Carlos Gomez and Wisconsin filmmaker Bernard Anthony Lewandowski join forces at this daylong fest. First up will be Gomez’ comedy, MUCHACHOS FRESCOS at 1:15pm. Features are zombie film BLED WHITE (Chicago premiere), DOVE, and SUNDAY IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Raffle prizes, special guests. Ticket price is $11 which is one entry into raffle. More raffles all day. Info here. Facebook event page.
T-C-S Convention - Toys, Comics, Statues Convention at Holiday Inn of Midway Airport 6624 S. Cicero, Chicago. Kids are free with paid adult! 8:30am-2:30pm. Free parking at hotel. t-c-s.webs.com
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