When the world seems to be in a constant state of wild upheaval, sometimes a little genre entertainment can provide a bit of therapy right when you need it. Just for a few hours, you are in a new world and it doesn't matter if there are flying monkeys and witches surfing upside-down while blowing bubbles outside. (Wait. That would be cool...) What matters is how you bide your time, as weekends are meant to be a relaxing reprieve from stressful influences. Get your fix of aliens, freaks, monsters, and madmen while the great city of Chicago continues to offer such wonders on a regular basis. Consider it group therapy.
THE BOXER'S OMEN [35mm] - (May 19th & 20th) Midnight vengeance from the Shaw Brothers Studio! A man sets out to avenge his brother after he'd become crippled by a Thai boxer. However, he also falls into a weird world of black magic, enchanted animals, Buddhism, dark wizards, regurgitated food rituals, and more! Stylish, gory horror blended with martial arts. Presented by The Front Row and co-presented by the Chicago Film Society. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
ALIEN: Covenant - Ridley Scott's newest addition to the Alien franchise is finally in theaters. Check your local listings to find a screening near you! It's also playing at the Cascade Drive-In (West Chicago) through May 21st!
TWIN PEAKS: Fire Walk With Me - (May 19th, 21st) David Lynch films have been screening around Chicago all month (in anticipation of the television series returning this Sunday) and it's a beautiful thing. Catch the prequel Friday at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sunday at 1:30pm. Tickets are $5. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637. Facebook Event Page.HE WHO GETS SLAPPED [16mm] - (Friday at 7pm) Lon Chaney and Norma Shearer star in this 1924 dark romance-thriller. Chaney plays a betrayed scientist who becomes a clown–whose stage name is literally “HE--Who Gets Slapped!”–that endures a great amount of humiliation at the circus as he is slapped over and over by the patrons. He falls in love with a woman (Shearer), who publicly shuns him. Live accompaniments by Sun Woo Park. Introduction by Tom Gunning, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637. Facebook Event Page.
OBIT - (through May 25th) This documentary offers an inside look at life from behind the obituary desks of writers at The New York Times. Director Vanessa Gould Q&A after the 7:15pm screening tonight, and she'll introduce the 9:40pm showing. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
WATERSHIP DOWN [35mm] - (May 20th & 21st at 11:30am) Animated, apocalyptic, emotional tale about bunnies. Featuring the voice of the late John Hurt, it's considered a dark, violent allegory for freedom and political turmoil. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
COLOSSAL - (through May 24th) 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. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
GET OUT - (May 20th-25th) Still time to catch this great horror flick on the big screen! LOGAN and TRAINSPOTTING 2 are also screening. Times/dates vary. Brew & View at The Vic! 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657.
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
CREATURE - (May 21st at 8:30pm) Free screening of William Malone's alien horror film. Carbon Arc & Board (inside the Davis Theater), 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL.RUBIN & ED [35mm] - (May 22nd at 7pm) Ah, the pièce de résistance! Rare screening! Crispin Glover and Howard Hesseman star in this eccentric 1991 film that mostly follows them wandering lost in a desert while Rubin looks for a prime spot to bury his cat. Ultimate Crispin weirdness! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
SVENGHOULIA / MR. SARDONICUS - (May 22nd at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents a free double horror feature. Svenghoulia's Super Scary Late Night Scare-O-Thon at 7pm and Mr. Sardonicus at 9pm. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
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 through July 8th) 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 - (5/11-6/29) 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.
MOMMIE DEAREST Live Read - (May 22nd at 8pm) Movie Mondays Live Reading Series. Classic films will be performed as parodies, read straight from adapted scripts with props and costumes. Sing songs and enjoy popcorn and movie-themed cocktails. Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.
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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