This weekend, Chicago will be a great place for movie buffs to be, as the Sci-Fi Spectacular Film Festival returns with 14 hours of fantastic films and the Music Box is hosting a complete David Lynch Retrospective Film Fest! As if that's not enough excitement, The Devil's Candy brings heavy metal horror madness and the Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl is back for another ghoulish event, among more options!
David Lynch: A Complete Film Retrospective - The Music Box Theatre has bestowed a lovely gift to Lynch fans by making their dreams come true. From April 27th-May 4th, you can see every David Lynch film on the big screen! Curated by Daniel Knox, fans will enjoy a special pre-show, 35mm screenings, the 40th Anniversary of Eraserhead, and Peter Braatz's rare behind-the-scenes documentary, Blue Velvet Revisited. This also includes the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, shorts, music videos, ads, and bonus footage. Saturday's TWIN PEAKS: Fire Walk With Me all-night event includes fresh pie slices from Bang Bang Pie Shop. Lynch's Signature Cup Organic Coffee will served at the concession stand through May 4th. An All-Access Pass costs $100 and single tickets are $12 (MBT member discounts $80/$9). Surprises galore and bonus screenings. Check the website for the full schedule! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE SCI-FI SPECTACULAR Film Festival - The annual Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon is back and ready to rock your world. Saturday, April 29th, the fest offers 14 hours of genre films including DARKMAN, REPO MAN, TOTAL RECALL, VIDEODROME, and more. Special guest Vernon Wells will introduce ROAD WARRIOR! Photos with Vernon and autographs (if supplying your own items) are free of charge. Also: a good selection of short films and the annual ’50s faux trailer competition. Vendors, auction, raffle, and more! Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Tickets are only $20 or $25 at the door. Doors open at 11:00am.
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT - (Opens April 28th) Horror thriller directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn that follows a Battle Royale-styled formula with the victims being adult office workers in Colombia. (Trainspotting 2 and The LEGO Batman Movie also screen over the weekend.) Brew & View at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.
THE DEVIL'S CANDY - (April 28th-May 4th) If there was ever a movie perfectly tailored for the midnight crowd, this is it. Directed by Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones), the haunted house / possession story follows a family that finds themselves in a gnarly, heavy metal-driven battle with Satan after relocating to a new town. I had the pleasure of seeing this at the premiere in 2015, introduced by star Ethan Embry at the Music Box of Horrors. He had a very intimate, down-to-earth Q&A and was gracious when I asked him for a photo on his way out. He is a class act. This film is wild, creative, sweet, funny, and creepy. Recommended! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
COLOSSAL - (April 28th-May 4th) Highly acclaimed dark sci-fi comedy about a woman going through struggles in NYC moves back home and soon realizes she has a bizarre connection to a giant creature wreaking havoc in South Korea. Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
ARBOR DEMON / NAILBITER - (April 28th at 7pm) Director Patrick Rea is scheduled to be in attendance for this double feature, along with extra film shorts. Sponsored by Baderbrau Brewery. Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.
GET OUT - (through May 4th) Still time to catch this great horror flick on the big screen at the Logan Theatre! Times vary. 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
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
EL TOPO [35mm] - (May 1st at 7pm) Alejandro Jodorowsky's films simply must be seen as largely as possible. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
SUNSET ROCK / ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW - (May 1st at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a double feature at Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
TERROR ISLAND - (May 2nd at 7:30pm) 1920 Silent Film starring Harry Houdini! Live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.
THE BLOOD LINE: A CTA Horror Story - (April 8th - May 27th) Gorilla Tango Originals presents a tale about subway riders facing a “28 Days Later meets No Exit scenario,” where paranoia and tempers rise as their phones reveal the city being destroyed above them. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
STRANGEST THINGS! The Musical - (Extended to run 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.
ASSAULT ON THE GRINDHOUSE - (4/20-5/11) B-movie interactive, variety-style horror improv where each show reinvents a classic horror or cult film. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
Art Exhibit - (April 29th - 7pm-10pm) View artwork by Joseph Rade, Ken Carrano, and more artists at Royal Flesh Tattoos and Piercings, 4005 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613.
Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl - (April 29th) Dress up and drag your feet to these bars: The Sofo Tap, Simon's Tavern, Farragut's on Clark, Atmosphere, Andersonville Brewing Company, and The Call. First, check in at the pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn Avenue in Andersonville.
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.
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