Happy Friday the 13th, horror fans! While there aren't many F13-specific events going on in Chicago this weekend, Bucket O' Blood Books & Records is having a happy hour jam session at their store tonight where they'll be spinning horror records and drinking beer!
The Music Box Theatre has some great older horror films screening with a new 4K restoration at midnight: Basket Case and Ichi the Killer! The Satanic Panic rises and all are welcome (see Events section). Test your survival tactics at Zombie Apocalypse Live. Check out interesting selections at the Sound of Silent Film Festival at the Davis Theater. 35mm screenings and 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:
- 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 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...
A QUIET PLACE / PACIFIC RIM: Uprising at the drive-in! - (April 13th-15th) 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 13th & 14th) New 4K digital restoration. Back for another weekend of classic Henenlotter! Midnight Friday and Saturday. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
ICHI THE KILLER - (April 13th & 14th) Takashi Miike's weird, violent, bloody film gets a 4K digital restoration and you can see it this weekend! Midnight Friday and Saturday. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
SOUND OF SILENT FILM FESTIVAL - (April 14th from 7pm-9pm) 13 short films have been chosen and each scored by a different composer. Also includes a special late night program. Genres range from sci-fi to drama, comedy, and more. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625. (Event Page)
PEPPERMINT CANDY [35mm] - (April 15th at 7pm) South Korean drama from director Lee Chang-dong about a man who first commits suicide, then the film backtracks through different stages of his life as to help explain where it all went wrong. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
PROTOTYPE [3D] - (April 13th at 7pm) Experimental 3D film. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was one of the worst natural disasters in history. Director Blake Williams takes images from the aftermath and morphs them into a sci-fi landscape. 3D anaglyph short Red Capriccio will screen beforehand. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.
TERMINATOR 2: Judgment Day - (April 13th-16th at 11:10pm) Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. (Also screening: A Quiet Place, Ready Player One, Isle of Dogs, and The Death of Stalin.)
READY PLAYER ONE [70mm] - (April 13th-19th) 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
FUNNY GAMES [35mm] - (April 17th at 7pm) Michael Haneke's psychological thriller gets violent and unsettling as two men hold a family hostage and force them to play sadistic games. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
SISTERS [35mm] - (April 19th at 10pm) Brian De Palma's psychological horror film starring Margot Kidder as a journalist who believes she witnessed a shockingly brutal murder. After the police dismiss her claims as delusions, she searches for answers on her own. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
Sinema Obscura Movie Night - (April 16th at 7pm-10pm) They'll be screening 15-minute segments of their favorite flicks including BAD ATTITUDE aka WHITE COP. Logan Bar, 2230 N. California, Chicago, IL 60647.
Sinema Obscura's TV PARTY - (April 18th at 7pm-10pm) Film shorts, music videos, and trailers. Includes BUZZKILL, AIR CONDITIONS, and more. See site for full screening list! Logan Theatre (lounge), 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Be sure to catch these genre flicks currently in mainstream theaters: The Quiet Place, Rampage, Ready Player One, Truth or Dare.
Satanic Panic - (April 13th from 7pm-midnight) Good vs. Evil! The grand ballroom in the Loop transforms into an occult ritual space with 40+ visual artists, designers, and performers who've created works directly touching upon media stories from the Satanic Panic era. Vintage pop culture vendors, interactive characters, games, photo ops, burlesque performances, and more. An extremely inventive, entertaining cultural event! Dress in your best punk rock, goth, or heavy metal attire. SAIC MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603.
Heavy Metal Happy Hour - (April 13th starting at 5pm) Celebrate Friday the 13th with the fine folks at Bucket O' Blood! They'll be spinning their favorite horror metal and horror-themed albums! Possible screening if things get rockin'. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Another Dimension Sci-Fi Book Club - (April 16th from 9pm-11pm) Join Bucket O' Blood in a discussion about David Karp's dystopian psychological thriller novel “One.” Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Zombie Apocalypse Live - (April 13th & 14th) Fully interactive sets, real military infrared training weapons, and professional zombies in quality makeup. Not recommended for children under 12 or for pregnant women. House of Torment Haunted House, 8240 Austin Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053. (224) 888-1031.
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.
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):
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.
Gun Ballet: The Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games - (March 2nd-June 24th) 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.
HH Holmes Lecture - (April 19th at 6pm) Filmmaker John Borowski will be presenting a screening of his film, H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer and speaking afterward. Westmont Public Library, 2nd Floor, 428 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL. (It appears that guests must register on a waiting list.)
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).
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.
Brushes with Death - (April 21st) Learn about funerary culture. Sells out fast!
Near Death Experience with Neil Tobin - (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! Official release is Friday the 13th of April. Pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDbaby, and Apple Music.