No romance will be found here. It may be Valentine's Day this weekend, but the best options available do not require a partner and three or more is certainly not a crowd. This time, genre plays stand out above the rest. The horror genre will be there for you–especially when it's Friday the 13th! These are good times. Furthermore, this weekend marks the first major horror convention of the year, Mad Mobster (also the first of its kind in Chicago), an expo focusing on true crime and horror. Further down, we list the haunted houses that are open for this bloody Valentine's Day weekend!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - This brilliant, emotionally terrifying drama screens at 7:00pm Thursday at Doc Films as part of their prison escape series. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. 773-702-8574.
Dark Habits [35mm] - Pedro Almodóvar's film screens in 35mm Thursday at 9:45pm. A wild story of nuns on the brink of madness. Each sister represents a different deadly sin. Part of the “Behind the Convent Walls: Bad Habits and Naughty Nuns” series. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. 773-702-8574.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter [35mm] - Celebrate Friday the 13th in style (Crispin Glover dancing style) for a midnight 35mm screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613. 773-871-6604. (Friday ONLY)
North By Northwest [35mm] - Suspense and romance abound in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 thriller screening at Doc Films Friday at 7:00pm & 9:45pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. 773-702-8574.
The Addams Family: The Musical - Still creepy and kooky, the classic, charmingly macabre family is back with an original tale to tell. Now older, Wednesday Addams is in love and brings her dearest home to meet the family. Problem is, he's as normal as can be, which horrifies them. Sing along with Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Pugsley, Grandma, Wednesday, and Lurch. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. 773-325-1700. Created by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. (Goldstar members can get discounts for next week HERE.) Runs through April 5, 2015.
WildClaw Theatre's Production of The Revenants - Scott T. Barsotti directs this zombie drama focusing on two couples who seek shelter in an abandoned basement and ponder what to do about their infected spouses. When does love die? Show runs through February 22nd, 2015. Performance times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets $17-$25 (student discounts available). Box office: 773-935-6875. The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. For more information, please visit wildclawtheatre.com and athenaeumtheatre.org. (Goldstar membership discount tickets HERE!)
Carmilla - WildClaw Theatre presents a staged reading of Carmilla ONE DAY ONLY, February 14th, at 3:00pm. Tickets $20 or double it with the 7:30pm performance of The Revenants (see post above) for $40. Adapted by Aly Renee Amidei and directed by Scott Cummins. The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. For more information, please visit wildclawtheatre.com and athenaeumtheatre.org.
Bates: An 80s Musical Parody - The people who brought the successful production of A Nightmare on Backstreet are back with a musical version of Alfred Hitchcock's famous thriller, Psycho. Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. (Editor's note: Tickets are selling out fast!)
Hitch*Cocktails - Fridays at 10:00pm, partake in improv comedy Alfred Hitchcock style. Skits based on audience suggestion. Live jazz band, parlor games, wet bar (actors drink as the plot thickens!). $20 ($15 students). Runs through June 5, 2015. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-697-9693.
Dark Matter - Improv sketch comedy involving the most twisted takes on topics. Saturday at 8:00pm on the main stage. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-697-9693. Tickets $20/$15 students or $10 through a Goldstar Membership.
Improvised Twilight Zone - Saturday at 9:30pm in the small theatre. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-697-9693. Tickets $8.
Mad Mobster Con - The Mad Mobster True Crime and Horror Expo debuts in Chicago February 13th-15th during the anniversary weekend of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Meet actors and learn more about the history of true crime. Check out Kane Hodder's Friday the 13th full costume, meet Brad Dourif, Steve Railsback, William Forsythe, Nivek Ogre, John Russo, Svengoolie, Barry Boschelli (author/friend of Gacy's), Mimi Craven, and more. Photo ops are very limited. Join the murder mystery hunt, catch a pinup contest, etc. Film screening schedule HERE. Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.
Guns & Roses: Chicago's Bloody Valentine Tour - Chicago Hauntings' annual Valentine's Weekend tour runs through the end of February on Fridays at 8:00pm with Ursula Bielski and Saturdays at 3:00pm with Clarence Goodman. Tickets are $40 each or 2 for $60. Located at 610 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL. Call 773-733-2711 for reservations and information. (Goldstar membership tickets are half off!)
Valentine X Haunted House - 13th Floor Haunted House presents Valentine X. Beware of the Bear Butcher and his chainsaw! Friday and Saturday 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Not recommended for kids under age 12. Tickets are $25 or get a Fast Pass for $35. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, 60160.
The Massacre Haunted House - This Friday and Saturday only from 7pm-11pm. “The date your valentine will NEVER forget.” No lights. You will only have a red glowstick to light your way! Oh, yeah, no path, either! 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL 60538. Tickets HERE.
Basement of the Dead - Watch out for Shattered the Smashing Clown in this Aurora haunted house. Friday and Saturday only from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. 42 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Take 11 friends (or even go solo and meet in another group) to be locked up in a room with a snarling zombie in this horror-themed room escape adventure. Every 5 minutes, the chain holding it back loosens just a bit. Your group's objective is to search the room for clues and find a key. Once all the riddles are solved, freedom awaits. Race against the clock (one hour's time) and enjoy the experience. This interactive event is not intended to be scary. Ages 14 and up. Anyone under 18 must have a printed out waiver signed by parents and kids under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605. For a similar experience, please also see STILL HUNGRY. Runs through end of year. Ticket page/dates for Trapped in a Room with a Zombie HERE. Ticket page for Still Hungry HERE. Goldstar Membership discounts available!
Capricon 35 - Capricon Sci-Fi Convention is happening this weekend through the 15th. Guests, dealers, anime, art show, book club discussions, gaming, etc. A 4-day badge is $70. Located at the Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling, IL 60090.
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