Valentine's Horror Weekend: Aliens, Apocalyptic Punk, Haunted Houses

Valentine's Horror Weekend: Aliens, Apocalyptic Punk, Haunted Houses
HARDWARE [35mm] screens at the Music Box Theatre Friday & Saturday at midnight. Image Source: musicboxtheatre.com

Enjoy the strange vibe in the air tonight, as a triple whammy will be occurring in the sky. An emerald-green comet, a full “Snow” moon, and a lunar eclipse! Adding to that, some tense thrillers, haunted houses, and horror madness just might help you stay warm this weekend.

MOVIES:

HARDWARE [35MM] - (Feb. 10th & 11th) Odd Obsession Movies and the Chicago Film Society present an uncut 35mm print of Richard Stanley's cyberpunk classic at the Music Box Theatre this Friday & Saturday at midnight. 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. (Keep an eye out in March, as they'll be screening RAZORBACK!)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) - (Feb. 10th) Comfort Film and the Hyde Park Art Center present this classic screening accompanied by a live musical score by Echo Haus and special guest Zoog Von Rock (Angelspit). Doors open at 5:30pm. Film begins at 7pm. There will be a mask-making event at 5:30pm followed by a short film beforehand. After the movie, enjoy a printmaking event. Cash bar & snacks. $5 sugg. donation. 5020 S. Cornell, Chicago, IL 60615.

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE - (Feb. 10th-11th) One of my top favorites of 2016, this brilliantly crafted horror thriller is set within the basement of a morgue as a father and son find themselves with an unusual predicament after beginning an autopsy on an unidentified murder victim, whose body appears pristine on the outside. A wild storm rages outdoors as they try to solve the mystery of this curious corpse. 11:30pm. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR - (Feb. 10th at 8:30pm & Feb. 14th at 6pm) Hypnotic fantasy exploring the connectivity between the human and spirit worlds. A group of soldiers with a mysterious “sleeping sickness” are stationed at a former school-turned-hospice. Otherworldly forces may be helping the healing process, with a possible connection to the ancient site said to be beneath the clinic. Lecture by filmmaker Melika Bass on the 14th. (Thai with English subtitles.) The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM - (Feb. 11th & 12th) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.

ELLE - (Feb. 10th-16th) Dark comedy centering around a controlling woman who has an unorthodox reaction for revenge after a brutal assault during a home invasion. Times vary. The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

CONSPIRACY THEORY - (Feb. 13th) Sinema Obscura presents an evening of alien conspiracy! Doors open at 7:30pm. “In Search of Aliens: The Roswell Rock” (Season 1, Episode 4) at 8:00pm. Conspiracy Theory screens at 9pm. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647. $5 sugg. donation.

ARRIVAL - Oscar-nominated sci-fi wonder returns to the big screen at the Brew & View Sunday, Feb. 12th at 8pm (also Mon., Tues., & Thur.). Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657.

DOCTOR SPINE / HACKS - (Saturday, 6pm) Boomstick Films presents a double feature every weekend in February at the Patio Theater. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - As always, the Rocky Horror fun continues with a full cast performance each Saturday at Midnight at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. (630) 427-1880. RHPS

STRAY BULLETS - (Feb. 10th-16th) Crime thriller directorial debut by 16-year-old Jack Fessenden. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.

EVENTS/EXHIBITS:

ValentineX Haunted House Event - (Feb. 10th & 11th) 13th Floor Chicago Haunted House presents ValentineX from 7pm-10pm. 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160. $25 (Fast Pass $35).

Basement of the Dead Haunted House - (Feb. 10th & 11th) Valentine theme featuring the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, and more. Limited tickets. 10pm. 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Art Show - (through Feb. 21st) “Tales of the Chicken-Hearted” displays strange, wonderful works by Angel Onofre and Adam Augustyn. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.

Where the Wild Things Are Exhibit - (through Feb. 20th) The Museum of Science and Industry has an ongoing exhibit, Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak. View 50 artworks in the form of Sendak's illustrations, sketches, and works on paper. Museum hours: 9:30am-4:00pm. Lower level, 5700 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.

Great White Shark Omnimax Presentation - (through 5/25/17) Examine a shark's reality via divers, conservationists, and scientists during this 45-minute presentation narrated by actor Bill Nighy (Love, Actually). All ages. Museum hours: 9:30am-4:00pm. Omnimax Theater, Lower level, 5700 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.

Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours - One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.

STAGE:

CHICAGO THEATRE WEEK (Various plays) - (through Feb. 19th) Choose from over 100 stage productions in the city of Chicago! Tickets run between $15 and $30.

SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (through March 19th) The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506. (630) 896-6666. (Children under the age of 2 are not allowed.)

DIAMOND DOGS - (through March 5th) Sci-fi space opera about a group of humans and humanoids getting lost within a futuristic alien world, having breached a realm where they clearly do not belong. Puppetry, body modification, solving clues, and more! $15-$35. Presented by the House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60642.

MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH - (Dec. 7 - Feb. 19) Fans of puppetry may want to check out this Neil Gaiman-influenced fantasy mystery via Lookingglass Theatre. The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is finished. Fairy tales begin disappearing from their pages, and the Pennyworths must travel through the stories in order to restore things to the way they were before becoming lost forever. Water Tower Works, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL. For info, call 773-477-9257 x125.

HITCH*COCKTAILS - Fridays at 10pm. Improv Hitchcock-style. Skits based on audience suggestion. Live jazz band. Actors drink as the plot thickens! $20 ($15 students). The Annoyance Theater & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

EXTRAS:

THE HAUNTING TALES OF BACHELOR'S GROVE - Local artists and writers are working on a 6-issue comic series in connection with the haunted history of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery. Help fund the project HERE.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK - Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from Susan Hill's classic novel. (March 21-23 preview; opens March 24th) The Den Theatre. $25.

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