The horror lineup for this weekend is great as usual, including a midnight delight courtesy of Grindhouse Releasing... A 35mm print of The Beyond! Good news for horror fans regarding It Follows, which is now opening in theaters near you. Spring has been extended a few more days at Facets, and a nice zombie festival helps round out the weekend in Chicago horror.
The Beyond [35mm] - Lucio Fulci's 1981 Italian cult horror film arrives at the Music Box Theatre in all its 35mm glory thanks to the great folks at Grindhouse Releasing. Catch their print of Pieces April 17th & 18th! The Beyond screens Friday and Saturday at midnight. 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Spring - Any body horror film containing lines like, “I've got a medical condition” is sure to bring something interesting to the table. A boy backpacking through Europe meets a beautiful girl who harbors secrets that may be too much for anyone to handle. “A beautiful, fluid genre-bender as well as an unforgettable romance of mythical proportions.” This sci-fi/horror romance gone wrong screens Saturday at 6pm & 8pm and Sunday at 4:45pm, 6:45pm, and 8:45pm. Runs through March 28th. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.
It Follows - The horror film that got everyone to stop talking about The Babadook and gush about even more original scares screens at the Music Box Theatre through April 2nd. An unseen menace is slowly following teens and will not stop until they take a certain action in order to try to break the cycle. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Listen to the eerie soundtrack by Disasterpeace (available for purchase). UPDATE: New theatrical run opening tonight at AMC River East, Showplace Icon, and many more. Please check your local theater listings!
What We Do in the Shadows - Hilarious vampire mockumentary. Ends March 28th. Midnight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
What We Do in the Shadows - Opens tonight at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Runs through April 2nd.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Full cast performance each Saturday night at midnight. Hollywood Blvd Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. For more information, please call 630-427-1880.
Scary Sleepover - New web series created by director Adam Green (Hatchet, Spiral, Digging Up the Marrow). Each Friday, a new episode with a horror celebrity guest goes online at Ariescope.com as they snuggle up in sleeping bags and talk about their deepest fears. Episode 4 starring guest Derek Mears releases today.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Live action stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel. Presented by The Strawdog Theatre Company, live action, music, and even some squid action will come alive as you delve deep into Captain Nemo's world. Directed by Mike Mroch and adapted by Ann Sonneville and Clint Sheffer. Runs through April 7th, 2015. 3829 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613. Call 312-409-4357 for more information. (Goldstar members can still get discount tickets for certain dates.)
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.) Extended through April 12, 2015.
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. Discount tickets HERE.
The Dead Walk Fest - Celebrate all things zombie March 28th & 29th with films, a zombie walk, contests, and feature screenings of Dead Weight (cast and crew Q&A) and Chrysalis. Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. Please see my previous article on this event HERE.
WildClaw Theatre Fundraiser - The city's only all-horror theatre offers a free night of spooky fun for their Spring Metamorphosis benefit. Raffles and drink specials will help fund their future endeavors. Games and Scary-Oke (acting out scenes from classic horror films). Sunday, March 29th from 7:00pm-10:00pm at Four Moon Tavern, 1847 W. Roscoe, Chicago, IL 60657.
The Bizarro Hour - G-Mart Comics presents a free storytelling event by “the weirdest authors in the Midwest” from 8:00pm-10:00pm on Saturday at 2641 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. The event will be streaming live from this channel.
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.
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