This weekend offers a huge list of options for Chicago-area fans of monsters, movies, zombies, and more. Plus, the drive-in season is now in full swing! The Midwest horror scene is thriving and the list below is verifiable proof that it's a good place to be when you need a horror fix.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival is the first to be programmed by film critics alone, and some of the works are still undistributed. Starting today through May 15th at the Music Box Theatre, attendees can see up to 23 Chicago film premieres, 2 shorts programs of 14 film shorts, as well as a handful of Q&As in person. The festival offers a vast array of genres, including some exciting horror entries: atmospheric, comedic horror thriller Housebound screens tonight at midnight; Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead screens Saturday at 9:45pm (Q&A with Martin Starr and Jocelyn DeBoer); That Guy Dick Miller / A Bucket of Blood double bill screens at 7pm on Sunday (Q&A with Dick Miller); Willow Creek screens at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 14th (Director Bobcat Goldthwait Q&A). Full schedule can be found HERE.
Godzilla (1954) - The Music Box Theatre presents a special DCP restoration of this classic for its 60th anniversary, showing an uncut version with 40 minutes of unseen footage! Runs through May 15th. Times vary.
Proxy - Midnight showings of this intense horror drama at the Music Box Theatre May 9th & 10th. Q&A with director Zack Parker!
APP - The Chicago premiere of App is at Facets Cinémathèque May 9th & 10th at 11:15pm and Sunday, May 11th at 9pm. This one may not be for everyone, as a free downloadable app is recommended for an added viewing experience, meaning anyone with a smartphone who downloaded the app will receive notifications throughout the film. Instructions available on Facets' site. Dutch with English subtitles.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom - The Gene Siskel Film Center presents controversial film Salò on May 10th and May 15th. It revolves around the Marquis de Sade's “120 Days of Sodom,” being the circles of Madness, Excrement, and Blood. Warning: graphic content.
Drive-In Outdoor Movies: The Midway Drive-In screens The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Robocop. The Cascade screens The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Brick Mansions. The McHenry Outdoor Theater screens The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transcendence.
Chicago's 7th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl in Andersonville hosted by pH Productions begins at 2pm on Saturday, May 10th. Winner of Best Zombie Costume wins tickets to Zombie Outbreak Laser Tag (see next entry). Register with Uber for a free ride home.
Zombie Outbreak in Aurora, IL is a live-action, zombie laser tag experience that allows you to shoot zombies using tactical laser weapons in a 12,000 sq. ft. haunted 100 year-old building at 48 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506. 630-896-2466. It appears that you may still get a promo discount of $5 off by typing “HI” in the promo code. Friday and Saturday until 11pm. Catch updates on their Facebook page. Limited tickets HERE.
The Hidden Truths of Lincoln Park cemetery tour Saturday, May 10th at 11:00am. Presented by LUMA, artist Pamela Bannos (Northwestern University) speaks about the area that was once a cemetery and explores the one remaining grave, the Couch Mausoleum. Meet at 10:45am in the Chicago History Museum at the North & Clark Cafe, 1601 N. Clark. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-915-7608. $5-$8.
Logan Theatre Movies - The Raid 2: Berandal and Under the Skin run all weekend.
Blue Ruin continues its run at Music Box Theatre through May 15th. Don't miss this intense, indie revenge thriller.
Only Lovers Left Alive - Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play centuries-old vampires in love dealing with the mundaneness of modern life in this Jim Jarmusch's lovely horror film oozing with atmospheric mood and an incredibly cool soundtrack. Screens through May 15th at Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Tickets.
The Art of Edward Gorey exhibit at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) continues on through June 15th. Highly recommended! Free on Tuesdays and enjoy a puppet show on Saturdays! 820 N. Michigan Avenue. See previous post on this exhibit HERE.
Deathprov - Improv murder comedy by Corn Productions continues through June 29th, 2014. Final Destination-inspired scenarios using audience suggestions. The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. Goldstar members get half off discounts!
Best of luck in choosing which horror event to get your groove on this weekend! Luckily, many of the screenings continue throughout the week. Have fun and be safe, Creepsters.
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