Chicago horror fans have it good this weekend. Countless genre screenings, 35mm fun, several conventions, film festivals, and so much more.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
34th Chicago Latino Film Festival - (April 5th-19th) AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611. Gen. admission $13; ILCC members/students/seniors $10. ($10 on Mondays & Tuesdays.) Horror selections include:
- MURDER IN THE WOODS - (April 7th & 9th) Chicago writer Yelyna De Leon penned this slasher starring Danny Trejo.
- A SUBLIME LIFE (Uma Vida Sublime) - (April 6th & 8th) Psychological thriller about an unorthodox doctor.
- TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (Vuelven) - (April 6th & 8th) This one received high praise from both Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King.
- PRINCESITA - (April 13th & 15th) Dark coming-of-age story about a young girl raised in a cult who fights an expected fate of being impregnated by the cult leader.
- GOOD MANNERS (As Boas Maneiras) - (April 7th & 15th) LGBTQ werewolf tale about a woman who falls for her nanny as they wait for her baby to arrive, which happens to enter the world on the night of a full moon...
- SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS (Hay Algo en la Oscuridad) - (April 6th & 8th) 14-minute horror short about a little girl who attempts to overcome her intense fear of the dark, but what if she's right to be afraid of what lurks there?
A QUIET PLACE / ANNIHILATION at the drive-in! - (April 6th, 7th, & 8th) Films screen at 7:45pm and 9:25pm respectively. Box office opens at 7pm. Adults $10; Kids ages 5-11 $5; free entry for kids under age 5. Cascade Drive-In, 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
BASKET CASE - (April 6th & 7th) New 4K digital restoration. Classic Henenlotter! Midnight Friday and Saturday. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE [35mm] - (April 8th at 7pm) Dark comedy about a man driven to violence thanks to a barking dog. Directed by Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host). Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
GOLDSTONE - (April 6th-12th) Crime thriller. Australian “outback noir” following the story of a detective investigating a woman's disappearance and finding himself deep in a rabbit hole of crime and corruption related to the case. Times vary. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
10th Anniversary Screenings at Nightingale - (April 4th-7th) Celebrate a decade of Nightingale cinema with a variety of screenings through April 7th (which is Home Video Day 1pm-5pm). 1084 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
MACHETE - (April 6th-9th at 11:10pm) Danny Trejo at his finest! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. (Also screening: A Quiet Place, Ready Player One, Isle of Dogs, and The Death of Stalin.)
THE DRAGON PAINTER - (April 7th at 5:15pm) Silent 1919 musical fairy tale with live musical accompaniment by Goh Nakamura. Delusional, lovestruck artist Tatsu paints his muse as a dragon. Once he finds love, it becomes clear that his art can't easily continue while he is happily in love. Part of their 23rd Annual Asian American Showcase. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
READY PLAYER ONE [70mm] - (Through April 12th) Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi adventure via a 70mm presentation! Times vary. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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
Films & Music with Charm School & Sinema Obscura - (April 7th at 8pm) Local films curated by John Davies of Sinema Obscura and more. See link for info to request location. $5 donation.
FURUSATO - (April 8th at noon) Documentary exploring the devastating effects the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown had on the land and residents. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
THE SWEET HEREAFTER [35mm] - (April 9th at 7pm) Bleak drama about a town grief-stricken after a bus full of children die in a crash. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
TRUTH OR DARE - (April 9th at 9:30pm) FREE screening! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE [35mm] - (April 10th at 7pm) Director Michael Haneke (Funny Games) compiles what seems like random acts of violence in 71 episodes with unsettling moods and imagery, eventually connecting the dots. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
Be sure to catch these genre flicks currently in mainstream theaters: Annihilation, The Quiet Place, The Endless, Gemini, Ready Player One, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Unsane.
C2E2 - (April 6th-8th) The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo returns for a weekend of fan festivities in the form of photo ops, celebrity guests, panels, screenings, and more. Svengoolie, Milo Ventimiglia, Daphne Zuniga, Brandon Routh, Lennie James, CM Punk, Dave Bautista, Ricky Whittle, Troma Entertainment, vendors, and much more! McCormick Place (South Building), 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. Join Goldstar and get discount passes HERE.
Walker Stalker Con / Heroes and Villains Fan Fest - (April 7th & 8th) Two cons for the price of one! Meet the stars of The Walking Dead and other pop culture shows like Daredevil and Riverdale. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. (Please note: the official hotel is sold out.) Get Goldstar discount passes to Walker Stalker HERE.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) You know you want to... Group rates apply or just do a walk-in for $20/hr. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY - (March 2nd-April 15th) Adapted from Oscar Wilde's brilliantly disturbing novel about a truly vain man who is willing to sell his soul for permanent youth. The scene is set in NYC around 1970-1980. City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60660.
DOWN THE ROCKY ROAD AND ALL THE WAY TO BEDLAM - (April 5th-May 13th) Otherworld Theatre presents a sci-fi cyberpunk tale of a broken family dealing with the death of a daughter. An android named Zelazny struggles with conflicted feelings, dealing with her own evolution while the house of Bedlam is collapsing. Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N. Ravenswood #405, Chicago, IL 60613.
SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (March 9th-April 29th) In the mood for bloody meat pies and sweet revenge? See website for information on dinner packages. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.
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 May 25th, 2018.
MILLION DOLLAR MISERY - (April 11th) Dark comedy about a band held captive by a deranged fan. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Wednesdays at 8pm.
Gun Ballet: The Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games - (March 2nd-June 3rd) View the most common styles of violence in video game history, ranging from beautiful to excessive. Video Game Art Gallery, 2418 W. Bloomingdale #102, Chicago, IL 60647. Regular hours: Wednesdays 5pm-8pm; Sundays noon-5pm or call by appointment 773-668-6797.
On/Off Grid - (April 6th-June 3rd) Curated by Lydia Fu in the Gallery/Café, this exhibit displays contemporary Asian American and Asian Diasporic artists who've explored ideas and dreams regarding society's relationships with technology. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
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.
Mind Trap Escape Rooms - Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.
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.
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!
A Celebration of Slashers - (April 28th, all day) Pop Culture Conference with horror-themed panels and keynote speaker, director Rachel Talalay (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Tank Girl, Riverdale, Doctor Who).
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - (April 12th) Silent with live organ by Jay Warren. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln.
WildClaw Theatre's Future Echoes - (April 27th-May 27th) See previous post in link to learn more! The Den Theatre, Chicago, IL.
Juggernaut Film Festival - (June 2nd & 3rd) Music Box Theatre. More info soon.
Satanic Panic - (April 13th from 7pm-midnight) Good vs. Evil! 40+ visual artists, designers, and performers. Vendors, interactive characters, games, photo ops, and more. SAIC MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603.
Brushes with Death - (April 21st) Learn about funerary culture. Sells out fast!
Near Death Experience with Neil Tobin - (April 14th & 15th; May 5th & 6th) Interactive, mortality-themed theatre with Neil Tobin. May Chapel, Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL.
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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Fans of local fantastic, bizarre movie CHICAGO ROT can now pre-order the original soundtrack! Its official release will be on Friday the 13th of April. Pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDbaby, and Apple Music.