Never fear, there are a few great options for horror genre fun this weekend in Chicago. Five events stood out that I think will entice many of you to suit a few different tastes. Classic horror, beach party horror, graphic exploitation, sci-fi fun and plays inspired by the Brothers Grimm!
In the mood for an old school classic monster marathon in a big, dark theater? The Portage Theater's got your back with a Universal Monster Classics film fest on Saturday, May 25th! For $10, you get FOUR classic horror films and all the popcorn your wallet can afford. Schedule: Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at noon, House of Frankenstein at 1:40pm, House of Dracula at 3:15pm, and Blacula at 4:45pm. Kids can win prizes by drawing a picture of Frankenstein. Vendors in the lobby. Located at 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL. Doors open at 11am. 773-875-7582.
If you're in the opposite mood from classic horror and want gory exploitation, you can't get a stronger experience than with a 35mm print of Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust. This is a rare screening, too, so if you love this movie, don't miss this chance to see a restored, UNCENSORED print at Music Box Theatre. Still highly controversial to this day in several countries, it was once banned and censored pretty much everywhere as being a Video Nasty. Fri/Sat at midnight. No children.
Starting tonight, William Shatner will be at Hollywood Cinemas all weekend hosting Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan! The latter gave me nightmare fuel for years as a child. Check the site for times and locations. Note - both an autograph and a photo each cost $50. Khaaaaaan!
GrimmFest has started and runs through June 1st! Enjoy a unique evening of 8 short plays inspired by the Brothers Grimm, thanks to First Floor Theater. This is their first annual literary festival which incorporates around 50 artists and puppeteers working to bring a great show. Located at The Charnel House at 3421 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. (Logan Square) Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $15 gen. admission. Check out their Facebook page or website for updates. If on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #grimmfest while there.
Lastly, there's a fun meetup Saturday the 25th for Horror at Party Beach at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL. Meet in the Fifth Province, the center's pub on the first floor around 6pm for food and drinks. They serve burgers, fish ’n chips, Shepherd's Pie, and more. The link says 7pm, but they mention shuffling over from the pub to the viewing room around 7:30pm, so try to make sure you've at least arrived before 7pm. Free parking in lot. $5 w/possible RSVP needed. INFO.
**UPDATE: The Portage Theater has just announced (around 11:30pm Friday) that the monster marathon is off and the doors will be closed until further notice.
Per Facebook: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Portage Theater is closed until further notice. The May 25th Monster Film Festival event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.”
Have a great, spooky weekend!
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