May 8th marks the third anniversary of my very first blog post on The Chicago Creepout here on ChicagoNow, where I compared the horror genre to a refrigerator in great detail (first and last few paragraphs). I still stand by that unusual statement. The genre offers so much and it's constantly evolving on its own, which is kind of magical when you think about it.
In the past three years, I have met so many new people that help make the Midwest community as strong and thriving as it is, and truly hope my readers have enjoyed this blog while finding the information useful for planning activities that fall outside the norm. Thanks for reading!
WEEKEND EVENTS IDEAS:
Roar - Extremely unique 1981 animal thriller directed by Noah Marshall, who also executive produced The Exorcist. He, his wife Tippi Hedren, and daughter Melanie Griffith along with his sons lived in harmony with untamed animals (lions, tigers, cheetahs) until two lions began a war for dominance. No animals were harmed in this film, but the majority of the cast and crew were roughed up quite a bit. Some required stitches and plastic surgery. This film took 11 years to make, as Marshall and Hedren truly believed in this project. Read the full story HERE. Friday and Saturday at Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
It Follows - Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL. Screens Friday and Saturday at Midnight.
What We Do in the Shadows - Extended through May 14th! Screens daily. The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Incall - Indie horror film by local filmmaker Brock Riebe screens at 8:00pm tonight (Friday) at the Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Avenue. (Sugg. donation $10).
It Follows - Enjoy a drink while watching this horror thriller at the Brew & View at the Vic Theatre. Sunday, May 10th at 5:45pm & 10:00pm; Mon/Tues/Wed at 9:15pm. (Arrive a few hours early to catch the brilliant Kingsman: Secret Service.) $5. Full bar and concessions. 3145 N. Sheffield.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Full cast performance every Saturday night at Midnight. Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL. For more information, call 630-427-1880.
Zombie Outbreak Chicago - Friday and Saturday, walk through a 12,000 sq. ft. haunted 100 year-old building, avoiding the zombies chasing you. Shoot the zombies to survive! $25-$50. Located at 48 W. New York, Aurora, IL. (630) 896-2466.
Hitch*Cocktails - Friday, May 8th at 10:00pm. Runs through June 5th on Fridays. Improv comedy done Hitchcock style based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games, wet bar. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. $20 ($15 students). The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 w. Belmont Avenue. 773-697-9693.
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.
Have a great weekend, you weird, wonderful people! I will be celebrating my birthday and enjoying the nice weather. Cheers!
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