For the seasoned horror fan, Valentine's Day generally means thoughts of watching fun horror films like My Bloody Valentine among others, rather than the lovey-dovey aspect shoved down consumers' throats every February. Surely, every day with a significant other should be special, so let's focus on the bloody good fun waiting to be had this weekend in Chicago. A few of the options just may surprise you.
My Bloody Valentine (1981) - The most popular Valentine's Day horror movie classic is set to screen in 35mm on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th at midnight. This is a rare, extra gory print fans might not want to miss experiencing. (Music Box Theatre)
Valentine X - Eleventh Hour Haunted House presents a candlelit night of horror on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th at 7:30pm. The “Bear Butcher” leaves a trail of victims whose foreheads have an “X” carved into them. Guests receive one candle to explore the darkness and must sign a waiver to enter. Melrose Park. (Eleventh Hour Haunted House)
Open Heart Surgery - WildClaw Theatre presents “Open Heart Surgery, A Valentine's Day Salon” at 8pm on Friday, February 14th. With their first jump into focusing on the February holiday, they're offering medically-themed horror shorts! Join them as they begin exploring anatomical delights, using original pieces. The WildClaw family always puts on a great show. Presented at The Den Theatre. (Event page)
Wristcutters: A Love Story - Enjoy a coffee with a little bloodletting at Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th St. (Okay, no bloodletting, but it is a cute film.) Free entry with menu purchase, free wifi, BYOB, 21+. (Event page)
Valentine's Zombie Massacre Bash - Fear City Chicago Haunted House and Battle Royale Laser Tag present a wild night of zombies partying on Saturday, February 15th. 7pm-Midnight. Dancing, laser tag zombie games, cash bar, free parking. 21+. Morton Grove. (Fear City)
Staying home? Vampire flicks are always great around this time of year, keeping with the theme of intense, vibrant red hues everywhere we look. The Loved Ones is a nice little horrific love story to watch this time of year as well. Whatever you do, stay warm and have a wonderful, bloody fun weekend!
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