Halloween may be over, but the horror and sci-fi scene in Chicago certainly hasn't slowed down! There are quite a few film festivals, screenings, and free events happening. Admittedly, the extra chilly weather has made it harder to shake off the post-Halloween blues, but it's helpful to remember that the season runs all year-long in our hearts.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
THE MASSACRE 24-Hr Horror Festival - (Nov. 11th-12th) The Massacre has been rescheduled to this Saturday from noon to noon on Sunday at the Patio Theater. Director John D. Hancock (Let's Scare Jessica to Death) will be there, along with short films and features (ALIENS, SLEEPAWAY CAMP, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (in Emergo), GRAY MATTER, TERROR TRAIN, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, CREEPSHOW, TCM 2, and more! Tickets are $25 at the door.
Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest - (Nov. 10th & 11th) Watch top short films from around the world from areas of horror, comedy, drama, arthouse, demented, and more. Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60634.
78/52 - (Nov. 10th-16th) This documentary investigates Alfred Hitchcock's famous revolutionary shower scene in Psycho and how he forever changed the depiction of violence in cinema. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
EYEWORKS Festival of Experimental Animation 2017 - (Nov. 11th at 1pm & 3:30pm) Abstract and unconventional animation by avant-garde directors. Block Cinema, Evanston, IL. FREE.
Mike Stoltz Short Films - (Nov. 10th at 8pm) Mostly 16mm shorts. Artist in attendance! The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
CIMMfest - (Nov. 9th-12th) Chicago International Movies & Music Festival.
WINDYCON - (Nov. 10th-12th) Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL.
NAIL GUN MASSACRE / LEAF BLOWER MASSACRE - (Nov. 11th at 4pm) “Massacre Night” FREE double feature! Bensenville Theater, 9 S. Center St., Bensenville, IL 60106. (Free parking)
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW & FRANKENWEENIE - (Nov. 10th at 7pm) Nitecap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th, Chicago, IL 60608.
Cascade Drive-In Horror - (Nov. 10th-12th) THOR: Ragnarok at 7:30pm. JIGSAW at 9:50pm. 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
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
DOLLY DEADLY - (Nov. 13th at 7pm) Presented by Sinema Obscura. Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL.
Other interesting options in mainstream theaters: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Florida Project, Blade Runner 2049, Jigsaw, Lady Bird.
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
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.
Improvised Black Mirror - (through Nov. 17th) Styled after the popular techno horror television show, Black Mirror, the group performs a new episode based on a suggestion. Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. $12.
Lizzie - (Nov. 11th-Dec. 17th) “Lizzie Borden took an axe...!” The debut of Firebrand Theatre, a musical company dedicated to putting women in charge onstage and behind the scenes. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
Par for the Corpse - (Oct. 12th-Nov. 19th) Murder mystery whodunit by Jack Sharkey. Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025.
Paragon 2017 - (Nov. 11th & 12th) Otherworld Theatre's 3rd Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Play Festival featuring 40 one-act plays within 48 hours. The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
The Basement Company - (Nov. 2nd-18th) Death & Pretzels present the Chicago premiere of Adam Harrel's production. Three actors wake up chained down in a basement. The owner is a psychotic playwright who forces them to do the performance of their lives to stay in the realm of the living. Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613. $18. BYOB.
RAPTURE Dark Art Exhibition - (Oct. 28th-Jan. 7th, 2018) Group dark art show featuring artists of all skill levels from around the world. 18+. Viewings available Wednesdays through Sundays 2pm-7pm. Aeon Gallery, 10331 Main St., Richmond, IL 60071.
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.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
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.
KILL BILL Vol. 1 Event - (Nov. 15th at 6:30pm) Special event! $35 gets you a movie ticket, 3 craft cocktails, and free popcorn. (21+ only.) ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.
NAKED LUNCH [35mm] - (Nov. 16th at 9pm) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
DAYS OF THE DEAD CHICAGO - (Nov. 17th-19th) Annual horror convention with celebrity guests, parties, vendors, and more. (Schaumburg)
VERTIGO [70mm] - (Nov. 18th & 19th at 11:30am) Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - The fest will be in late April.
Times are subject to change.
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