It's great to see another fantastic weekend enabling horror fans to find quality genre films in both independent and mainstream cinemas! Chicago events include benefits to help support organizations (WildClaw Theatre, the ACLU) and a wild afternoon of listening to McBeardo talk about heavy metal, horror films, a mixture of the two, and the direct connection to the Satanic Panic.
THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER - (Limited release March 31st in theaters and On Demand) Directorial debut by Osgood Perkins (Anthony Perkins' son!). Well-received at festivals, with raves regarding its cinematography, acting, brooding vibe, and scares. See it at AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, IL.
BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut - (through April 5th) Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece. This gorgeous noir thriller was well ahead of its time and will always have some form of relevance in society. The final cut contains updated special effects, remastered sound, and extended scenes. (DCP) Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
DEAD WEIGHT - (April 1st from 7pm-10pm) 5-year anniversary screening! This event is in Wisconsin. The cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film, which includes Chicago actors and producers. Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St., Oshkosh, WI 54901. Doors open at 6:30pm. ($5 cash entry fee.)
ELLE - Instead of alerting the police, a woman decides to take the matter into her own hands by pursuing her attacker after being assaulted in her home. Friday at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sunday at 1:30pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM - Presented in connection with the Gene Siskel Film Center's “New Sensory Cinema Series,” this strange comedy-mystery by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson offers multiple narratives which are nested into each other, springing off into yet another story, and inspired by the titles of long lost films. April 1st at 5:30pm & April 4th at 6pm (with a lecture by Melika Bass, Assistant Professor, SAIC). 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST - (April 2nd & 5th) TCM Big Screen Classics presents an opportunity to see one of Hitchcock's greatest on the big screen. Type in your zip code to find a screening near you!
RAW - (through April 6th) Julia Ducournau's grisly French horror drama about a teenager whose life dramatically changes after she eats meat for the very first time. This coming-of-age story is not recommended for weak stomachs! “...a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.” - Variety. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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
Heavy Metal Horror Films Lecture - (April 2nd from 4:30pm-6:00pm) Mike “McBeardo” McPadden hosts “6.66 Heavy Metal Horror Films of the 1980s-Satanic Panic” at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records this Sunday. BYOB free event! Complimentary beer supplied by Baderbräu. Event Page.
“Spirits and Demons” WildClaw Theatre Benefit - (April 2nd from 6pm-9pm) Raffle benefit, Jug band “The Devil in the Woodpile,” ghost storytelling, and more! The Globe Lounge, 1938 W. Irving Pk. Rd., Chicago, IL 60613. Tickets $40.
ACLU Benefit - (March 31-April 2nd) Raffles, refreshments, music to benefit the ACLU. Opening reception is Friday, March 31st from 5pm-10pm. The benefit continues Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6. Check the link to view a portion of the great Resistance artwork donated by an impressive roster of artists! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
Wax Trax! Records Event - For my fellow industrial music peers, a great chance to learn more about the company's history in Chicago is happening April 1st at the Brew & View at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL. The artists and staff will be present for 2 separate panels with intensive Q&As, as well as private test screenings of the upcoming documentary, Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records, beforehand. Please see the links for all the details and current schedule. Tickets available HERE. (May sell out fast!)
Alternative Spring Handmade Market - (April 2nd from 3:30pm-8:00pm) Shop alternative clothing and collectibles at Ostara Mart, where one can find all sorts of handmade items. Music provided by DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Free entry. All ages. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
Great White Shark Omnimax Presentation - (through 4/23/17) 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.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK - (March 24th - April 23rd) WildClaw Theatre presents live performances of Susan Hill's classic creepy Gothic novel adapted by Stephen Mallatratt and directed by Elly Green. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. $25. TICKETS.
A PRINCESS OF MARS - (Ends April 1st) Otherworld Theatre presents a world premiere of their adaptation of the novel, A Princess of Mars. John Carter mysteriously appears on Mars and finds himself in the middle of alien wars. He must choose sides in order to help save the planet. Directed by Tiffany Keane Schaefer. Tickets. Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60660.
STRANGEST THINGS! The Musical - (through April 1st... Extended April 14th-May 13th!) The group behind Ladies Night of the Living Dead brings Strangest Things! The Musical. Based on the hit television series, Stranger Things, the story is told through singing and plenty of hits from the eighties. Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets $15.
EXTRAS / UPCOMING FILMS:
CHICAGO ROT - The ultimate bloody revenge story shot and produced in Chicago. Screening April 6th at 9:30pm at the Music Box Theatre (also hits multiple On Demand outlets April 4th, but you definitely want to see this one on the big screen. Trust me!). Please check back soon for a full blog post about this production!
BLOOD SIMPLE - This brilliant Coen Brothers classic will be screening April 6th at Doc Films! $5.
THE RAID: REDEMPTION [35mm] - Coming soon to Doc Films (Univ. of Chicago) on April 6th!
THE VOID - Midnight at the Music Box Theatre April 7th & 8th and at the Normal Theatre, Peoria on April 14th.
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.
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