Events 11/22-11/29: Chicago Pop Culture Con, The House that Jack Built

Events 11/22-11/29: Chicago Pop Culture Con, The House that Jack Built
Meet Butch Patrick (The Munsters) at the Chicago Pop Culture Con this weekend! (Image source: IMDb.com)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Thank you kindly for reading this horror-filled blog over the years. Things are finally slowing down a bit in the land of Chicago genre entertainment, but there are still some interesting selections offered now through next week!

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”

MOVIES:

SUSPIRIA (2018) - (Oct. 31st-Nov. 29th) Bold, hypnotic, graphic remake of Dario Argento's striking Italian masterpiece. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

OVERLORD - (currently in theaters) It would be remiss to omit this one from the list. Who knew a film about D-Day could be so fun? It's a perfect split between being both an action film and a horror film. A group of American soldiers survive after their plane catches fire from being attacked over enemy territory. Their one job is to destroy the radio tower so the Nazis will have no way of knowing what's heading their way. This proves to be a daunting task after a few distractions, like finding hybrid creatures (results of highly unorthodox Nazi experimentation) in an underground laboratory! Check your local listings for a theater near you!

Logan Theatre's Nerdy November - (November) Nov. 20th-22nd - Planes, Trains, & Automobiles; Nov. 23rd-26th - Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan; Nov. 27th-29th - Watchmen. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

AKIRA [35mm] - (Nov. 23rd & 24th) Midnight madness with cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic Japanese animation. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

MEEK'S CUTOFF - Slow burn historical horror portraying the bleak life wagon train families endured, from physical exhaustion to living in terror from being told violent tales of what may be waiting for them. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

VENGEANCE [35mm] - (Nov. 27th at 7pm) Next Tuesday. A French chef wants revenge for the murder of his daughter's family. He hires three hitmen to do the job. Elegant cinematography. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.

THE UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR - (Nov. 28th at 8pm) Free! Hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey (writer at Daily Grindhouse); sponsored by The Daily Grindhouse. Curated by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera. Comfort Film, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

The House that Jack Built screens one day only at the Music Box Theatre November 28th.

The House that Jack Built screens one day only at the Music Box Theatre November 28th. (Image source: musicboxtheatre.com)

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT - (Nov. 28th at 2pm & 9:30pm) Director's cut of Lars von Trier's controversial film screens ONE DAY ONLY. Starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon. Through Jack's point of view, viewers see the incidents and murders which helped develop him into becoming a strategic serial killer. He sees each incident as an art form and takes further risks in spite of the police getting closer to catching him. His ultimate art piece is a collection of his killings all within the house he builds. *Strong violence/sadistic behavior, grisly images, nudity.* Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

TWISTED PAIR - (Nov. 29th at 9:30pm) Sci-fi thriller. Identical twin brothers become hybrid A.I. entities... From the director of Fateful Findings. Watch the trailer HERE. 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

STAGE:

BUNNICULA - (Oct. 20th-Nov. 25th) Musical adaptation of the 1979 children's book. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.

FRANKENSTEIN - (Nov. 1st-Dec. 2nd) Manual Cinema presents the timeless creature story using handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound & music for an immersive visual experience. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.

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 January 25th, 2019.

TRUE CRIMES Improv - (Nov. 2nd-Dec. 7th) What makes serial killers kill or cult leaders lead cults? Random audience selections of true crime stories inspire improv performances. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

WITCH - (through Dec. 16th) Inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker, & Ford. Ages 14+ (violence and stage blood). Presented by Writers Theatre. The Gillain Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022.

woman in blackTHE WOMAN IN BLACK - (Nov. 15th-Feb. 17th, 2019) The American premiere of the original London West End production (recreated with a Chicago-based cast) of an adaptation of Susan Hill's unsettling, timeless Gothic ghost story. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30pm; Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $49-$69. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.

EVENTS:

chicago-pop-culture-conChicago Pop Culture Con - (Nov. 24th & 25th) Meet Butch Patrick (The Munsters). Comics, toys, fantasy, horror, collectibles, and more. Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-3pm. Pheasant Run Resort (Mega Center), 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.

Black Bag Operation Friday Party - (Nov. 23rd from 11am-9pm) Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

Sketchy Discussions - Infidel - (Nov. 27th at 9pm) Comic book discussion at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

Troll Hunt! - (through the summer of 2019) Search across 1700 acres of The Morton Arboretum for troll sculptures ranging from 15ft. to 30ft. tall! Tips: Check the site for info, maps, and locations so you do not get lost and please do not go without wearing some form of strong bug spray. Extra tips HERE. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Troll Cheat Sheet!

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.

EXHIBITS:

Return to the Peppermint Forest - (Nov. 3rd-Dec. 2nd) New works by artist Kelly Vivanco. Rotofugi Gallery, 2780 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL.

The Loneliest Stranger - (Nov. 2nd-25th) Solo show by artist Baldur Helgason. Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.

Rapture 2 - (Oct. 20th-Jan. 5th, 2019) Dark art exhibit. 17+. Aeon Gallery, 10331 Main St., Richmond, IL 60071.

The Science Behind Pixar - (through Jan. 6th, 2019) Learn about the science and technology behind the wonderful films Pixar creates. All ages. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.

Svengoolie Coffin & More - One of the cooler things to do on a tight budget 6 days out of the week! The highlight for horror fans, of course, is the Svengoolie exhibit with his original coffin and the show's set, along with pieces from Shock Theatre. There are plenty of other cool things to see related to Chicago television and film, like a large display of items from Bozo's Circus, retro TV sets, journalism history, advertising artifacts, and so much more. The SNL exhibit is also stationed in the building. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State, Chicago, IL 60654.

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.

Times are subject to change.

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