Whether exposed to bitter temperatures or heavy snowfall, anyone living in the Midwest can handle whatever winter may bring forth. This weekend is expected to be in the low/mid twenties, but that won't stop horror fans from having plenty of fun. A lot of genre events are happening in and around Chicago this weekend, and this list probably doesn't include everything! Several allow you to get your Krampus on! Bundle up, grab some hot cocoa or wine at the Christkindlmarket at the Daley Center beforehand, and enjoy the city!
Blood on the Cat's Neck - 20th Anniversary season at Trap Door Theatre! A vampire comedy (written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder) about a beautiful space alien who tries to get useful information about humans while at a cocktail party, but when it doesn't work out, she sucks the knowledge out of them the old school way. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. Tickets $20-$25. (Discounted tickets available for Goldstar members.) Runs December 5th-28th.
Black Swan - 35mm presentation of Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece at Doc Films on Friday, Dec. 6th at 7:00pm, 9:15pm, & 11:30pm and on Sunday, Dec. 8th at 1:00pm.
Contracted - Eric England's 2013 gory body horror film has been extended through Sunday, Dec. 8th at Facets! Screens Fri., Sat, & Sun. 1517 W. Fullerton.
Krampus Night at D.A.N.K. Haus German American Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 6th from 7pm-10pm. Food and drinks, cash bar. Readings from Michael Esposito and Ursula Bielski's “Krampusnacht Book of Cautionary Tales,” traditional German folktales, plus ghost stories and music by Phantom Airwaves. Possibly a visit from Krampus! 4740 N. Western Avenue. Tickets $10. New, unwrapped toys will be collected for donations.
Krampuslauf - A Krampus-inspired art show in Elgin! Opening night is Friday, December 6th from 6pm-10pm. Side Street Studio Art, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
Silent Night of the Living Dead - New Millennium Theatre Company presents a zombie Christmas for all as a family refuses to let a zombie apocalypse ruin their holidays! Runs weekends Dec. 6th - 29th at Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-248-5900. Goldstar members receive half off pricing! (Article feature photo with hands in the window is promotional for this event. Photo credit: Larissa Zageris.)
All Girl Frankenstein - The all female cast play continues its successful run until December 14th! Presented by the Chicago Mammals, The All Girl project allows women acting opportunities that are rarely performed by women. Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood. Tickets $25.
Return to Nuke ’em High: Vol. 1 - Troma returns to Chicago this weekend for a special movie screening at the Music Box Theatre both Friday and Saturday at midnight, but director Lloyd Kaufman will only be present Friday night! This new film is a redux of the 1986 version of Class of Nuke ’em High. A couple must defeat the school Glee Club which has mutated into a gang called The Cretins and save Tromaville High.
Svengoolie - Meet “Sventa Claus” on Friday, Dec. 6th at Comic Collector, 3246 S. Harlem in Riverside from 6-8pm.
Rocky Horror Picture Show screens at Music Box Theatre Saturday the 7th at midnight. I probably don't need to explain how this event works. You know the drill.
The Visitor - The highly entertaining, beyond weird midnight madness flick returns to the Music Box Theatre at midnight Friday, Dec. 6th!
Killer Christmas Double Feature - Live in Peoria? Catch a double feature of Caesar and Otto's Deadly X-Mas and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians at Landmark Cinemas, 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria, IL 61604. 8:00pm. Tickets $7.
Edward Scissorhands - Enjoy a Tim Burton classic at the Logan Theatre at 10:30pm on Friday, Saturday, and Monday.
Facets Annual Warehouse Sale - Media blow out prices at $1.99 DVDs and VHS tapes for a dime! One day only on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 1517 W. Fullerton.
Have a great, spooky weekend, everyone!
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