Movies, movies, movies! The insanity is going full throttle in the city with screenings galore, haunts, a zombie prom, Splatter Theater, Halloween events, exhibits, parties, and more. Films are listed in no particular order. Have a nice weekend!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
THE MASSACRE 24-hour Horror Movie Marathon - (Oct. 14th at noon to Oct. 15th at noon) The Massacre 2017 returns to the Patio Theater this Saturday in Chicago. This long-running horror movie marathon presented by Terror in the Aisles offers 24 solid hours of horror genre entertainment. Special guests this year are Felissa Rose (star of Sleepaway Camp) and John D. Hancock (director of Let's Scare Jessica to Death). Movies include: House on Haunted Hill (in Emergo), Creepshow, Aliens, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and much more! Doors open at 6pm. See site for schedule and info. 6008 W. Patio Theater, Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - (Oct. 12th-26th) CIFF returns with more great films, including our favorite “After Dark” category. Films include: Creep 2, Sicilian Ghost Story, Thoroughbreds, Tokyo Vampire Hotel, and Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal. AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611. Also check the pop-up Box Office at 400 S. Dearborn or call 312-332-FILM (3456).
EVIL DEAD II [35mm] - (Oct. 13th & 14th) 30th anniversary 35mm screening at midnight! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
M.F.A. - (Oct. 13th-19th) Intense thriller following an art student who is brutally assaulted by a fellow classmate. After reaching out for help at her college, both faculty and students blow it off and blame the victim. She decides to go full vigilante all over campus, which results in a newfound creativity in her artwork and exposes the hypocrisy and injustices that often occur in regards to sexual assault on campus (and beyond). Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
FRIDAY THE 13th (1980) - (Oct. 13th-16th) The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE EXORCIST (Director's Cut) - (Oct. 13th-16th) The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
ENDLESS POETRY - (Oct. 13th-19th) Jodorowsky's latest film returns due to popular demand! Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
ENDLESS POETRY - (Oct. 14th & 15th) Jodorowsky's latest film! Saturday at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sunday at 4pm. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
THE SHINING / THE EXORCIST - (Oct. 13th & 14th) Drive-in double feature! Box Office opens at 6:30pm. 1510 N. Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry Outdoor Theater, McHenry, IL 60050.
LA BARRACUDA - (Oct. 13th-19th) Thriller following a strange woman who arrives at her half-sister's doorstep and is intent on staking a claim in the family's musical legacy. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
HOCUS POCUS - (Oct. 13th at 7pm) Campfire horrors at Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
FRIDAY THE 13th - (Oct. 13th at 8:30pm) Campfire horrors at Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
REAR WINDOW [35mm] - (Oct. 14th & 15th) Hitchcock matinee at 11:30am. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES [35mm] - (Oct. 13th & 15th) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
LUCKY - (Oct. 6th-19th) Definitely not horror, but one would be remiss to omit this film starring the late, great Harry Dean Stanton, as the 90-yr-old walks about his small town, meets strange characters on his journey, and ponders life & death in general. Harry was a genre favorite especially known for his roles in ALIEN, REPO MAN, TWIN PEAKS: Fire Walk with Me, and THE GREEN MILE. Feature film debut by John Carroll Lynch (AHS: Freaks as “Twisty the Clown,” Channel Zero: No End House, ZODIAC)! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE MUMMY'S HAND - (Oct. 16th at 7pm) Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th, Chicago, IL 60608.
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
Zombie Prom and Hearse Gathering - (Oct. 13th from 7pm-1am; Oct. 14th hearse show; Oct. 15th costume contests and car contests) Hardcore Hearse Club presents their zombie prom and car cruise night. Costume contests, vendors, zombie pin-up contest, and more. Brauerhouse Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard 60148.
Bones and Cones Dark Art Social - (Oct. 15th from 3:30pm-8:30pm) Sunday, enjoy an ice cream social with a side of dark art and collectibles. $5. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
Cassette Store Day - (Oct. 14th from noon-9pm) Bucket O' Blood Books & Records presents Cassette Store Day with Jump Up Pop-Up shop. 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Poster Sale - (Oct. 13th) Big poster sale at Doc Films! Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Chicago Campfire Festival - (Oct. 14th) Halloween family fun in Chase Park. Haunted house, hay maze, arts 'n crafts, food, hot cocoa, popcorn bar, ghost stories, marshmallow roast, campfires, neon fire show, and more.
Basement of the Dead Haunted House - (Sept. 29th-Nov. 4th) 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60560.
House of Torment Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 4th) Two new attractions this year! See site for full schedule and pricing. Not recommended for pregnant women or children under 12. Located at 8240 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053.
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 4th) Now open! 7pm-10pm. See site for full schedule and pricing. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Realm of Terror Haunted House - (Oct. 6th-Nov. 4th) Intense and extreme haunted house in its 15th year of haunting. Enjoy some drinks at the Haunted Bar! Not recommended for minors under 16. 421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead - (Sept. 29th-Oct. 31st) Navigate countless prison cells as undead convicts chase you! Beware the burial pit filled with prisoners in the City of the Dead. (Definitely wear comfortable shoes!) No one under age 10 allowed; Ages 11-15 must be with an adult. 17250 Weber Rd., Lockport, IL 60441.
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.
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.
Dracula - (Oct. 7th-Nov. 5th) The Hypocrites present a modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula adapted and directed by Sean Graney. Wednesdays through Sundays. Mercury Theatre Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613.
Splatter Theater - (Oct. 14th, 21st, 28th, 31st) It's back! Watch the white walls become blood-spattered by the end of the night and enjoy this parody of Friday the 13th-type slashers. Special 30th anniversary show on the 14th. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody) - (Oct. 13th-Nov. 19th) Underscore Theatre Company presents a rockin' musical comedy following the story of the sequel to Carrie.
Shriek: An Improvised Horror Anthology - (Oct. 2nd-23rd) Judy's Beat Lounge, 230 W. North, Chicago, IL 60610.
Speed of Light - (Oct. 6th-20th) Midwest premiere! Otherworld Theatre Company presents a sci-fi adventure following a physicist on the planet Nerth who races against the clock to unlock the secret of light speed travel just as alien invaders are threatening to destroy life on the planet. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to create the machine. Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan, 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.
Ghosts & Zombies - (Sept. 29th-Oct. 29th) Akvavit Theatre presents a new twist on Henrik Ibsen's classic 1881 story, Ghosts. (Link directs to my previous post about this play). Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago, IL.
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.
Friday the 13th Halloween Art Show - (Oct. 13th from 7pm-11pm) Ghastly horror art, drinks, and more! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
Something Wicked 5th Annual Art Exhibit - (All through October) Dark art exhibit. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
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.
MIASMA - (Oct. 28th) One night only 18+ event. An immersive, extreme experience exploring pitch black themes in a one-on-one interactive environment. The goal is to give each individual a personal, terrifying experience.
THE LOST FILMS OF WENG WENG - (Oct. 17th) Screening and presentation by director/author Andrew Leavold next Tuesday at 7:30pm. The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642.
You're a Good Man, Mary Shelley - (Oct. 21st, 28th) Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley join up to rent a home in Switzerland. Stuck inside, they decide to have a competition to write the scariest ghost story. Mary's won, of course, but what about the other stories? The Annoyance explores the five ghost stories that lost to Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL. (Mature content)
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+.
Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - The fest will be in late April.
Times are subject to change.
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