The weekend is upon us and there are a few options that may convince you to turn off the electric blanket and get out to the movies. The highly-anticipated release of The Void is finally here, a film which has been called a throwback to ’80s chillers and the deliciously disturbing practical FX horror fans love so dearly. Definitely one for the midnight crowd! Stay warm, safe, and properly entertained!
THE VOID - (Friday & Saturday at midnight) A police officer finds a bloodied man limping along a deserted road and takes him to a hospital. Mysterious, cloaked figures surround the place while most of the people inside the hospital go mad. The officer tries to protect the survivors, but they soon find a gateway to an incredible evil. The creatures and beasts in this film have been compared to those from the glory days of The Thing, From Beyond, and Hellraiser. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
INCALL - (April 7th at 8pm) Presented by Comfort Film and Odd Obsession, Incall follows the story of two young men who become serial killers for profit after an accidental death of a massage client (appearing to be a murder) sets off a bizarre set of events. The filmmaker and crew will be in attendance. 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647.
PERSONAL SHOPPER - (opens April 7th) Kristen Stewart plays a personal shopper for a celebrity in the Paris fashion world. She seems to be able to contact her recently deceased twin brother and begins receiving messages from an unknown source in the great beyond. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091. (Also screens at Landmark Century Centre Cinema and Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema.)
RAW - (through April 13th) 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 [35mm]- (Saturday at midnight) Midnight Madness returns! 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
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW [35mm] - (Sunday at noon) One day only! This controversial, bizarre, dark horror fantasy isn't one you'll soon forget. Shot guerrilla style, a family takes a trip to Disney World and reality collapses around them as they go deeper inside the park. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
WOMAN IN THE DUNES [35mm] - (April 10th at 7pm) Japanese art-house drama/thriller. After missing his bus, a man is stranded in a village and thrown into a sand pit. He is forced to dig holes with a strange woman with whom he falls in love. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
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.
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.
CHIRP Record Fair - (April 8th-15th) The 15th Annual CHIRP Record Fair and other delights returns to offer shopping among thousands of crates of vinyl, DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. Chicago Journeyman, Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607. (8am-6pm.)
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.
EXTRAS / UPCOMING FILMS:
Call for Artwork - SideStreet Studio Arts in Elgin wants your creepy 2D & 3D artwork for the 5th Annual Monster Mash-Up! Themes follow Halloween, Day of the Dead, and Classic Monsters. Submit your work online through April 21st at 10am. No late submissions accepted. All work must be dropped off between noon and 3pm on Sunday, April 23rd.
REAR WINDOW - Muvico Rosemont 18 will be screening Hitchcock's masterpiece at 8pm on April 11th! 9701 Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, IL 60018.
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