As always, there are plenty of events to tide Chicago horror fans over this weekend, plus a few festivals outside the city that are well worth attending. It's only going to get more eventful over these next two months. The Halloween season has officially begun!
Saturday, meet Svengoolie at Lisa Marie Varon's Squared Circle restaurant for a special viewing party. Lisa (formerly “Victoria” in WWE) will join Svengoolie on the show live on Me-TV at 9pm! Enjoy a Svengoolie burger and a pumpkin pie shake! Sven buttons and t-shirts will be available for purchase. This event is dedicated to the memory of the original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop. 2814 N. Ashland. More info.
While the flyer says it all, Flashback Weekend presents another great night of horror this Saturday at the Midway Drive-In! Fright Night, Death Race 2000, Friday the 13th Part VII, and Barn of the Naked Dead (aka Nightmare Circus)! Classic horror trailers, vintage ads, and more. Gate opens at 7:00pm. Located at 91 Palmyra Road, Dixon, IL 61021. Adults $10; Children $5. NOTE: The deadline for winning a digital projector through Honda's Project Drive-In has been extended to September 21st at 7:00 PST. You may vote at http://projectdrivein.com/#vote_80 every day until then! A second vote counts by texting “Vote80” to 444999. If they win this vote, the Midway Drive-In will become a theatrical outlet for Full Moon movies! One random winner will win a Six Shooter Replica from the Puppet Master series!
Blackfish (2013) screens Friday through Sunday at 2:00pm at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. This chilling documentary tells the story of a performing whale named “Tilikum,” who shockingly killed several people while in captivity. Haunting interviews and tales delve into what went wrong and suggests these intelligent creatures cannot be controlled the way humans want them to be.
The Cascade Drive-In has two horror movies in their weekend schedule! Following Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters at 7:30pm, enjoy Insidious: Chapter 2 at 9:25pm, and The Conjuring at 11:05pm. Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. 1100 E. North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185.
Saturday, September 21st: Short Bus to Insanity! Indie Short Horror Film Festival. Four hours of matinee movies from noon to 4pm. Presented by Bloody Brit Productions in association with the Great Lakes Artist Group, independent filmmakers offer short horror films for the big screen. Tickets $5 each. Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines, IL. Short Bus Film Fest
Saturday, September 21st: Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow cast. Do the Time Warp... Again! Purchase a “Madness Virgin Kit” for all the props you need to experience it properly. Midnight at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Click Info for more information and a list of tips for newbies!
Lastly, an interesting horror convention just a few hours away: Freaks 'n Geeks Kalamazoo's Horror Fest. Over 50 vendors, more than 20 celebrity guests, a film trailer contest, costume contest, parties, artists, and much more at Wings Stadium this Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $15/day, $30 weekend pass, or $100 VIP pass. Guests include horror icons Sid Haig, Kevin VanHentenryck, John Dugan, Dick Warlock, Ari Lehman, Alex Vincent, and even Eric Roberts! Freaksngeekscon.com
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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