Movie Event: John Dies at the End Premiere with Director Don Coscarelli

Movie Event: John Dies at the End Premiere with Director Don Coscarelli

Director Don Coscarelli will make a rare appearance in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre showcasing his new movie John Dies at the End this weekend. Even better, he'll be presenting two double features on two consecutive nights. These films are prime examples of why Coscarelli is a hero in the genre and why his films tend to gain cult status. He's well known for the Phantasm series, which are wildly bizarre, darkly entertaining films that expertly dance that delicate line between comedy and horror.

Friday, February 8th

7:20pm: John Dies at the End, followed by director Q&A

9:45pm: Bubba Ho-Tep

Saturday, February 9th

7:20pm: John Dies at the End, followed by director Q&A

9:45pm: Phantasm II

John Dies at the End is a surreal, dark, comedic horror film adapted from David Wong's popular novel. The story is simply over-the-top madness, revolving around a street drug nicknamed “Soy Sauce” that delivers more than the average hallucination. Users can move across time and into other dimensions, but they rarely return in their previously human form. Two young men unmotivated in life become the unsung heroes that must try to save the world and all of humanity from an otherworldly invasion.

Bubba Ho-Tep is based on a short story by cult horror author Joe Lansdale, telling the tale of what really happened to Elvis. Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) stars as an elderly Elvis staying in a rest home where he befriends Jack (gloriously performed by Ossie Davis), who swears he is actually President John F. Kennedy. Together they battle an Egyptian mummy with hilarious scenarios, yet also displaying some surprisingly tender moments.

Phantasm II is a fun sequel where Mike (James LeGros playing the teenage version of Mike) and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) team up again to continue the fight with the endlessly creepy Tall Man played by Angus Scrimm.

On a personal note, I met Mr. Coscarelli a handful of years ago at a Fangoria convention in LA. Hundreds of fans (including myself) waited several hours in line outdoors in the sweltering heat for the chance to meet Don and members of Phantasm parts I and III. Coscarelli was so cordial and friendly that he apologized to me for the long wait we'd suffered through. His kindness was unforgettable. I was sure to tell him that it was well worth the wait.

Tickets are $12 for each double feature in advance or $15 at the door. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60613. Click to purchase tickets here.

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