Halloween may be over, but the horror fun doesn't stop there. Get your last haunted house fix this weekend! There are still a ton of horror stage performances available, as well as screenings and a few events. Next week, catch a free 35mm screening of Rear Window with special guest speaker Gary Rydstrom (Academy Award-winning sound designer)!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
SUSPIRIA (2018) - (Oct. 31st-Nov. 8th) Bold, hypnotic, graphic remake of Dario Argento's striking Italian masterpiece. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
BORDER - (Oct. 26th-Nov. 8th) From the writer of Let the Right One In comes a unique Swedish fantasy-thriller about a border guard who has an unusually strong sense of smell where she can pretty much sniff out the guilt in people making attempts at smuggling. A man comes along and turns her world upside-down. A dark fairy tale of its own kind. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
DEADBEAT AT DAWN - (Nov. 2nd & 3rd) Midnight! 1988 indie revenge film created by Jim Van Bebber, who wrote, directed, starred, did the stunts, and FX. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
PLANET OF THE APES - (Nov. 2nd-5th at 11pm) Part of their “Nerdy November” film series. Future screenings include The Dark Crystal and Krull! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - (Nov. 2nd at 7pm & 9:30pm; Nov. 4th at 1:30pm) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Cascade Drive-In Horror - (Nov. 2nd-4th) Still open! GOOSEBUMPS 2: Haunted Halloween / HALLOWEEN (2018) Box Office opens at 7:00 pm. 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
MONSTER PARTY - (Nov. 2nd-8th) Teenage thieves crash a dinner party at a mansion. Problem is, the party is being hosted by a serial killer cult! AMC Loews Woodridge 18, 10000 Woodward Avenue, Woodridge, IL 60517. (Limited release.)
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
RAW NERVES: The Filmic Fluxes of Manuel DeLanda - (Nov. 2nd at 7pm) 6 provocative short films by Manuel DeLanda. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL.
JURASSIC PARK - (Nov. 7th at 9:45pm) Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
Sinema Obscura Movie Night - (Nov. 7th at 7pm) Sinema Obscura presents “Up & Atom IV: A New Hope,” offering screenings of short films, music videos, trailers, and more. Atomix Coffee Shop, 1957 W. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60622.
REAR WINDOW [35mm] with Gary Rydstrom - (Nov. 8th at 7pm) **FREE screening!** Special guest speaker, Gary Rydstrom, is a 7x Academy Award-winning sound designer (Jurassic Park, Titanic) known for his ability to tell stories on film through sound, who can offer a new way to appreciate this Hitchcock classic. Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK [35mm] - (Nov. 8th at 7pm) Peter Weir's haunting mystery about three girls who vanish without a trace. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
ANGELA OF DEATH - (Oct. 10th-Nov. 21st) Dark musical comedy surrounding teenage Angela, whose exes all start dropping dead. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
BUNNICULA - (Oct. 20th-Nov. 25th) Musical adaptation of the 1979 children's book. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.
CLUED IN: An Improvised Murder Mystery - (Sept. 6th-Nov. 8th) Interactive improv comedy murder mystery. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
EVIL DEAD: The Musical - (Oct. 19th-Nov. 4th) Theatre-on-the-Hill presents their 2nd annual campy parody combining elements from the entire Evil Dead series. Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook, IL 60440.
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.
FRANKENSTEIN - (Sept. 7th-Nov. 11th) Victoria endures a tragic death in her family and struggles to deal with the loss. She retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of meaning and brings a ghastly creation to life. World premiere production based on the story by Mary W. Shelley. Box Office 773-761-4477. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
FRANKENSTEIN - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 17th) Remy Bumppo production adapted by Nick Dear. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Mature content. Violence, sexual situations, nudity, strobe.
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 November 30th, 2018.
THE INFINITE WRENCH - (Aug. 3rd-Dec. 9th) The Neo-Futurists present 2-minute plays ranging from funny to terrifying to disgusting. Fridays/Saturdays at 11:30pm and Sundays at 7pm. The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60640.
LES INNOCENTS (Oct. 7th-Nov. 4th) Prowl the catacombs and witness a search for love. Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60640.
THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Talking Potatoes - (Oct. 7th-Nov. 4th) Barrel of Monkeys presents silly scary stories imagined by Chicago elementary school students and performed by adults. Directed by Brandon Cloyd. $20 Adults; $5 Children 12 and under; $12 Students, Veterans, and Groups of 10+. Sundays at 3pm. Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL.
THE WALLS OF HARROW HOUSE: An Immersive Puppet Haunted House - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 10th) Tour the Harrow House without a guide. Become entangled in the terrifying tale that surrounds you. Deal with cosmic horrors and revel at the puppetry and sonic design. Ages 14+. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60642.
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.
A WET DREAM ON ELM STREET: The Musical - (Oct. 7th-Nov. 4th) A group of friends hanging out in Boystown run into TEDDY Krueger, Freddy's sadder, sexier younger brother. Once in the dreamworld, each must come to terms with things... Raunchy things. 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.
YOU'VE GOT RED ON YOU - (Oct. 11th-Nov. 3rd) Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's new unauthorized musical parody of Shaun of the Dead. (While the flyer says Nov. 4th, the ticket page lists the 3rd as being the last date.) Chief O'Neill's Irish Pub, 3471 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 21st-Nov. 3rd) 30,000+ sq. ft. Attraction themes: The Possession and Dead-End District: The Cell. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.
House of Torment Chicago - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) New shows this year: Dead By Dawn and The Shadowrealm: Slenderman. 8240 Austin Avenue, Morton Grove 60053.
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 3rd) This is a long haunt, roughly one hour to get through. 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.
Basement of the Dead - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.
Realm of Terror Haunted House - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 421 Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Midnight Terror Haunted House - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 5520 W. 111th, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Chase Park Haunted House (through Nov. 3rd.)
Massacre Haunted House - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL 60538.
Jack's Pumpkin Nights - (Oct. 5th-Nov. 3rd) Largest corn maze in Chicago with a hidden full-service bar inside! Pop-up event with carnival games, beer garden, cider bar, nighttime light displays, and more. Two acres of land in Goose Island. Open Thursdays-Sundays.
Night of the Stripping Dead 2018 - (Nov. 2nd) Adults only! Night of the Stripping Dead: The Final Chapter will be hosted by special horror celebrity guest, actor BILL MOSELEY (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects). Admiral Theatre, 3940 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60625. ($25 online/$30 door)
Bloody Reads - (Nov. 7th at 9pm) Discussion on Michael Talbot's creepy book about a labyrinthine house, Night Things. BYOB. 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.
The Loneliest Stranger: A Solo Show by Baldur Helgason - (Nov. 2nd from 6pm-10pm) Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. (Runs through November 25th, 2018.)
Deadly Prey Gallery Horror Exhibit - (Oct. 6th-Nov. 3rd) Hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters featuring both American and West African horror & action films. Electro Pepper Gallery, 1109 W. Berwyn, 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.
Chicago REEL SHORTS Film Festival - (Nov. 9th & 10th) Work by Chicago Filmmakers. 5720 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660.
Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation - (Nov. 10th) FREE! Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.
Days of the Dead Chicago Horror Con - (Nov. 16th-18th) Meet horror legend Clive Barker (with a HELLRAISER II reunion), music legends like Jello Biafra, Kane Hodder, and more. Chicago Schaumburg Marriott, 50 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, IL.
Alien Prom - (Nov. 17th at 7pm-11:30pm) Atomix Coffee Shop & Co-Prosperity Sphere present an “interstellar evening of live music and dancing.” 3219 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60608.
Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN - (Nov. 18th at 3pm) Performing the live score to SUSPIRIA. (8pm show is sold out.) Reggie's Rock Club, 2105 S. State, Chicago, IL 60616. (17+)
Chicago Pop Culture Con - (Nov. 24th & 25th) Meet Butch Patrick (The Munsters). Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL 60174.
Times are subject to change.
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