It should come as no surprise to anyone that a ton of horror events will be rampant whenever the thirteenth falls on a Friday. As usual, this weekend is no exception. Friday the 13th brings plenty of things to choose from in and around the city of Chicago, and continues on through the weekend. It's my hope that there's a little something for everyone.
Skinless (pictured above) opens at Music Box Theatre. An oncologist discovers what may be a cure for cancer from within a parasite. He tests it on himself and quickly becomes a monster of grotesque proportions. If you're a fan of ooey, gooey body horror and practical effects, this one's for you. Friday/Saturday at midnight. 3733 N. Southport Avenue. Trailer
Friday the 13th parts 1-3 screening at The Chop Shop on a 30 ft projection screen in the 1st ward. Sounds appropriate. 2033 W. North Avenue. Friday. Doors 7:30pm. Films at 8:00pm. $7 admission includes a free cocktail.
Zombie Breakout Chicago - “Jason Voorhees” will make an appearance tonight at this live-action zombie laser tag experience in a 12,000 sq. ft. building in Aurora. Please make phone reservations at 630-896-2466. More info HERE.
LIX Friday the 13th sale! 13% off all apparel Friday from Noon-7:00pm. Check out the wild shark items pictured above! 22 E. Springfield, Champaign, IL 61820.
Scum - Free online premiere of Zach Shildwachter's film. “Exploring the horrifying capabilities of a man pushed too far and comprised of dialogue solely from interview quotes from actual serial killers, Scum brutally exposes how close we all are from becoming monsters in the blink of an eye.” *Note from the crew: Contains excessive violence, adult situations, strong language, and drug use. Viewer discretion advised. Friday!
Night of the Demons (Kevin Tenney) online viewing as part of Scream Factory's Summer of Fear, Friday at 7:00pm PDT/10:00pm EDT. (US and Canada only)
Heavy Metal Movies book release party - Mike “McBeardo” McPadden signs his new book at Quimby's at 7:00pm Saturday, June 14th, plus readings from various persons on heavy metal, hard movies, and more. Book purchase grants a free barf bag! Afterwards, hang out with him at Dante's Pizza on Milwaukee/Diversey.
The Art of Edward Gorey - Final weekend for the amazing exhibitions focusing on the artist's life and legacy. Highly recommended. Here is a previous post with more details. Find some wonderful Gorey items in the gift shop. Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N. Michigan. $8 admission/$6 seniors 65+.
Demons screens for free on Sunday, June 15th, courtesy of Film Deviant at 4:00pm, followed by a slew of short indie horror films that are getting all sorts of good buzz on the festival circuit. Films include: Pity (John Pata), Service (Jerry Pyle), Call Girl (Jill Sixx), Blood (Zach Lorkiewicz), and Drain (Nathan Waters and Tyler Young). To round out the horror fest, Hidden Horror editor Aaron Christensen (Horror 101), publisher Jon Kitley (Kitley's Krypt) and a handful of contributors will be around for autographs on the Rondo Award-winning book and general horror discussion. Prizes and giveaways, refreshments, free parking. *Note: Not for all ages. Reel Art Collectibles, 6727 Stanley, Berwyn, IL 60402. 708-288-7378.
Enjoy your weekend and BE SAFE!
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