Horror Film Fests and Drive-In Terrors This Weekend

Horror Film Fests and Drive-In Terrors This Weekend
See PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with a live organ performance by Jay Warren at the Davis Theater tonight! (Artwork illustrated by Mitch O'Connell.)

Chicago horror is thriving like crazy this weekend in the form of film festivals, screenings, and the big horror fest at Midway Drive-In. Experiencing horror through 35mm screenings or with a live organ accompaniment are perfect ways to celebrate the season. Films are listed in no particular order. Have a nice weekend!

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - (Sept. 22nd at 8pm) 1925 version starring Lon Chaney! Live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Includes Buster Keaton short film “The Haunted House.” Doors open at 7pm. Vendors, free pictures with the Phantom! All ages event. Limited Seating. $15. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625.

DUSK-TO-DAWN HORROR FEST - (Sept. 23rd) Flashback Weekend offers tributes to George A. Romero and Bill Paxton. ALIENS, HALLOWEEN II, DAY OF THE DEAD, and MANIAC! Horror shorts, World of Death episodes, vendors, vintage concession ads, and more. Adults $15; Children $5. Gates open at 5:00pm. Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Rd., Sterling, IL.

RE-ANIMATOR [35mm] - (Sept. 22nd-28th) Timeless Stuart Gordon classic! Please note the 35mm screenings will only be at the 9:45pm slots from Sept. 22nd-24th. The rest will have the new digital 4K restoration. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL - (Sept. 22nd-24th) 75+ films. Hosted by Mike Flores of the Chicago Psychotronic Film Society. See NOSFERATU with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren on Sept. 23rd! $15-$35. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634.

NAPERVILLE INDIE FILM FEST - (Sept. 23rd-30th) The 10th Annual Naperville Independent Film Festival at Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.

IT at the Drive-In - (Sept. 22nd-24th) 9:35pm at the Cascade Drive-In, 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.

THE UNKNOWN GIRL - (Sept. 22nd-Oct. 5th) A woman fails to help someone who was knocking on her door for help and soon becomes obsessed with the victim's fate. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER - (Sept. 22nd-27th) (The Most Important Thing: Love) While not a horror film, this should be of interest to fans of Andrzej Zulawski's work (Possession, Cosmos). Made in 1975, it stars Romy Schneider and Klaus Kinski. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

STALKER - (Sept. 23rd, 24th, & 28th) Andrei Tarkovsky sci-fi fantasy following two men led by a guide through an apocalyptic landscape. 2K digital restoration by Janus Films. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

LAKESHORE DRIVE - (Sept. 23rd at 2pm) FREE premiere of short neo-noir film by FCHC Productions, directed by Peter Bowse. The story touches on marginalized citizens and extreme abuse of power. During a rideshare experience, a driver discovers his passenger is a transgender acquaintance from high school who is trying to escape the dark world of prostitution. Her pimp (a crooked cop) tries to find her whereabouts and the driver must decide between her life or his own. This film explores sexual and racial violence and how it impacts the minority community in Chicago. The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626.

PINK FLAMINGOS - (Sept. 22nd at 11pm) Celebrate John Waters and the beauty of the wild world of weirdness with a “Best Dressed” party before the screening at 9pm. The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.

WOMEN WHO KILL - (Sept. 22nd-28th) Dark romantic comedy / psychological thriller. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.

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

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (Sept. 23rd) Midnight Madness at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.


Bucket O' Blood Flood Sale Party - (Sept. 22nd from noon-9pm) Help out the fine folks at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records by shopping their store after a flood damaged their vinyl section (mostly, just the sleeves were damaged, so the vinyl will be deeply discounted). Raffles and craft beer! 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

STRANGER THINGS-Themed Bar - Visit this pop-up bar in Logan Square through the end of September! 2367 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.

House of Torment Haunted House Chicago - (Opens Sept. 22nd) Two new attractions this year! See site for full schedule and pricing. 8240 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053.

13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 22nd) Now open! 7pm-10pm. See site for full schedule and pricing. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.

DRAW! DRAW! DRAW! - (Sept. 23rd) 6pm-10pm. Galerie F presents a night of creativity at their gallery. 2415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.

P(r)op Salon Soiree - (Sept. 23rd) 7:30pm-2am. Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

Chicago Ghost Tours App - A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago's Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.

Haunted Chicago Walking Tour - (Sept. 2nd through Dec. 30th) America's Tours & Second City Tours, 2959 N. Springfield, Chicago, IL 60618. (Goldstar discount HERE.)

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.


1984 - (Sept. 14th-Oct. 8th) AstonRep Theatre Company presents a stage adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel. The West Stage at The Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60660.

Alias Grace - (Sept. 1st-Oct. 15th) World premiere adaptation of Margaret Atwood's story about Grace Marks, a young lady in Canada, who was charged with murder in 1843. She was imprisoned for years, despite having no recollection of having committed these brutal crimes. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.

Machinal - (Aug. 11th-Sept. 24th) Inspired by the true story of the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, who killed her husband. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.

Night in Alachua County - (Sept. 5th-Oct. 7th) By Jennifer Rumberger. Directed by Christopher M. Walsh. WildClaw Theatre presents a new disturbing play that tosses in mother-daughter woes, an eyeless demon, and necromancy. Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.

Improvised Twilight Zone - (Fridays at 8pm through 10/27) Improv comedy using audience suggestions to create three episodes. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.


Summer Exhibits at LUMA - The Loyola University Museum of Art offers three photography exhibitions this summer: Susan Aurinko: Searching for Jehanne – The Joan of Arc Project, Jeffrey Wolin: Pigeon Hill: Then and Now, and Michelle Murphy: Responsive Beauty. To celebrate, the museum offers free admission through November 11th! 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg - (June 6th - Sept. 24th) Retrospective of over 3 decades of his whimsical work! Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611.


DEATH LINE with GARY SHERMAN, WILD THINGS with JOHN MCNAUGHTON, THE DARK HUNGER - (Sept. 29th) Terror in the Aisles horror fest at the Davis Theater!

Tickets are on sale for The Massacre and the Music Box of Horrors! Both will offer 24 hours of horror movies in October!

GOBLIN Live in Concert - (October 25th) Start planning Halloween early with tickets to another rare chance to see Goblin live! Their first stop in North America this year will be in Chicago.

John Carpenter: Anthology Tour - (November 9th) The Master of Horror returns to Chicago for more chilling music at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets are now on sale! 17+.

Zombie Prom and Hearse Gathering - (Oct. 13th) Brauerhouse Lombard.

Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - Submit your entries to this new film festival by October 6th. The fest will be in late April.

Times are subject to change.

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