Another great selection of movie madness is on the table for genre fans this weekend. There's a rare opportunity to see the 1946 French version of Beauty and the Beast, which is dripping with Gothic atmosphere and encompasses Expressionist attributes. I cannot recommend this one enough. (Probably a little too creepy for small children, even.)
Enjoy fresh horror like The Lodgers, a small indie fest at Antique Taco, a free Houdini screening with live organ (tonight), the Dead Guy Festival in Rockford, and more! While The Dark Crystal is not a horror film, it transcends several genres in my book. It's in theaters soon, so see it on the big screen!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE [35mm] - (Feb. 24th & 25th at 11:30am) Beauty and the Beast (1946). Jean Cocteau's version contains surprisingly creepy imagery that makes for quite a strikingly gorgeous, Gothic fairy tale. Screens Saturday & Sunday. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE LODGERS - (Feb. 23rd & 24th) - Recent Irish chiller directed by Brian O'Malley (Let Us Prey) about twins cursed by a sinister presence within their home which leaves them forced to follow a set of specific rules not to be broken. If one breaks the rules, the other's life is put into jeopardy. Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE DARK CRYSTAL - (Feb. 25th & 28th; March 3rd & 6th) This film was so ahead of its time, it still continues to inspire and impress. In theaters for four days only!
THE MAN FROM BEYOND - (Feb. 23rd at 7:30pm) FREE screening of 1922 silent film starring Harry Houdini. Enjoy a live organ accompaniment by The Silent Film Society's Jay Warren! City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero, Chicago, IL. Limited seating.
PRIMAL RAGE - (Feb. 27th) Has Big Foot returned? Theatrical tickets on sale now!
MURDERINO MOVIE FEST at Antique Taco - (Feb. 27th from 7pm-10pm) View indie horror films by Sean Richard Budde, Ready Freddy Films, and more. Tacos! Held in the Guest Room upstairs at Antique Taco, 1360 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES / THE MOLEMAN OF BELMONT AVENUE - (Feb. 24th at 7pm) Free double feature event. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
UNDER THE SHADOW - (March 1st at 9:30pm) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
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] - (Feb. 24th & March 24th) Midnight with Shadowcast performance. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
LOVE NEVER DIES - (Feb. 14th-March 4th) Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, taking place a decade after the phantom disappeared from the Paris Opera House. Living among the freak show circuit in Coney Island, news of Christine's being in town drives him to once again aim to win her love. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60603.
Hitch*Cocktails - (Fridays at 10pm) Alfred Hitchcock-themed improv skits based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs through March 23rd, 2018.
Improvised Twilight Zone - (Feb. 25th at 8pm) Performers create three all-new episodes from audience suggestions. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Performances on Sundays running through Feb. 25th, 2018.
29th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival - (Jan. 13th-Feb. 25th) $12 advance online / $15 at the door or pay what you can. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.
ELIZABETH ERNST: Shady Grove Nursing Home - (Jan. 5th-Feb. 24th) Solo exhibition with a focus on aging circus entertainers who have now retired to a nursing home. Her work is quite interesting. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior, Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60654.
LEE GRANTHAM: Reverse Acrylic Paintings - (Jan. 5th-Feb. 24th) Solo exhibition of stylized pop culture imagery painted in reverse on Plexiglass. Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60654.
RODIN: Sculptor and Storyteller - (through March 4th, 2018) Seeing Auguste Rodin's famous sculptures up close and personal is definitely an experience to remember and cherish. Hours. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL.
WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE AGE OF AQUARIUS - (through March 11th, 2018) British visionary, poet, and artist who greatly impacted American artists. This exhibit seeks to display those influences of non-conformity and self-expression. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE book discussion - (Feb. 25th at 1pm) Modernist Fiction, Lovely Kitchen and Cafe, 1130 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
Dead Guy Festival - (Feb. 24th from Noon to 5pm) Learn more about ghosts, murderers, and true crime from guest speakers. Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, 211 N. Main, Rockford, IL 61101. $20.
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.
LIPS OF BLOOD [35mm] - (March 2nd & 3rd) Jean Rollin classic! Music Box Theatre.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY - (March 2nd-April 15th) City Lit Theater.
METROPOLIS - (March 14th) Live organ performance by Jay Warren at the Davis Theater!
The SCI-FI SPECTACULAR - (March 17th) Chicago's annual sci-fi film festival returns with guest VICTORIA PRICE, a slew of genre films, and more! (Look out for a big blog post on Victoria's return to Chicago and her events soon!)
FLESH: IVAN ALBRIGHT artwork at the Art Institute - (May 4th-Aug. 5th) A nice selection of ghoulishly macabre works by Ivan Albright will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago this spring!
Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - (April 27th-29th) New independent film festival to debut at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
Times are subject to change.
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