Weekend Horror: Overlord, Pig, Valentine-Themed Markets and Haunts

Weekend Horror: Overlord, Pig, Valentine-Themed Markets and Haunts
A horror director becomes highly offended when a serial killer murders all sorts of directors while showing zero interest in him. PIG opens Saturday at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”


OVERLORD - (Feb. 8th & 9th) Midnight mayhem! Just before D-Day, American paratroopers drop into heavy Nazi-occupied territory in France. WWII terrors are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the horror that awaits them in an underground bunker storing creatures and mutants from ongoing Nazi medical experimentation. Exciting action-horror madness! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT - (Feb. 8th-13th) Decades after assassinating Hitler, a man is called on by the US government to use those skills to hunt... Bigfoot! AMC Loews Woodridge 18, 10000 Woodward Ave., Woodridge, IL 60517.

PIERCING - (Feb. 8th, 9th, 13th, & 14th) Psychological thriller from Nicolas Pesce, the director of The Eyes of My Mother. Fri./Sat.: 11:45pm; Wed./Thurs.: 9:45pm. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

THE PRODIGY - (Starts Feb. 8th) When her young son begins displaying disturbing signs of an evil force affecting him, a mother must try to help him before it's too late. Playing at a mainstream theater near you!

WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN? - (Feb. 8th-14th) A journalist is determined to solve the mystery of a fatal car accident he'd been witness to long ago and quickly becomes involved in a much larger puzzle than previously thought. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.

PIG - (Feb. 9th & 10th) Dark comedy from Iran about a serial killer offing movie directors, which leaves one sole blacklisted director wondering why the heck the killer isn't interested in murdering him. Having made his own slasher films, he's a little bit insulted that the killer hasn't found him worthy. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

THE STRANGER [35mm] - (Feb. 12th) Orson Welles' 1946 film noir thriller where he plays an ex-Nazi living in Connecticut who is using a fake identity until his past starts catching up to him. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

THE NUN (La Religieuse) - (Feb. 8th-11th; 13th, 14th) New 4K digital restoration. Controversial 1966 film about a young woman forced to join a convent and the excessive abuse of power within the Church. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

THE CRYING GAME - (Feb. 8th-11th) Stellar performances in this dark mystery drama. No spoilers here! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

THE HITCH-HIKER - (Feb. 13th at 1pm & 7pm) Free! 1953 noir about a crazed convict who informs the men who are giving him a ride that he plans to kill them. Based on the murders committed by Billy Cook. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.

Sinema Obscura Dinner Theatre Act 3 - (Feb. 13th at 6:30pm) Films, live performances, comedy, raffle prizes. Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon, Chicago, IL.

Happy Death Day 2U - (Free screening Feb. 11th) The film officially releases on the 13th, but I have some admit-two passes for an advance screening on the 11th! It will be a packed, first-come, first-served screening, but if you like those odds, please check out the information and contact me through the info provided.

FIREWORKS (Hana-bi) [35mm] - (Feb. 13th at 7pm) Crime drama directed by Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale, Violent Cop)! Presented by the Chicago Film Society. Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University, Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL.

THE STEPFORD WIVES [35mm] - (Feb. 14th at 7pm) Free screening! In connection with Block Cinema's “Reproductive Systems: Gender, Power, and Society” series. Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.


lsLove Sucks: St. Valentine's Massacre Oddities and Curiosities Market - (Feb. 9th from 3pm-11pm) 35+ vendors. All ages! 21+ after 10pm. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.

PJ Rork Presents: The Ars Goetia - (Feb. 9th at 7pm) Exhibition on demons, interpretations and original work presented by PJ Rork. The Ars Goetia detailed various demons' ranks in Hell, their summoning rites, and more. All artwork and prints will be for sale. $5 sugg. donation. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

Wild Hearts Valentine Market - (Feb. 10th) Wild Life Flea Market hosts this Sunday event from noon to 7pm. Off Color Brewing, 1460 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642.

Love Bites: Valentine's Haunt at 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Feb. 15th & 16th) 30,000+ sq. ft. Attraction themes: The Possession and Dead-End District: The Cell. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.

Valentine's Day in Wonderland at Basement of the Dead - (Feb. 15th & 16th) 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.

Love is Blind at Factory of Fear - (Feb. 8th & 9th from 7pm to midnight) 5027 4th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.

Metal Bingo - (Mondays through June 24th) Play metal bingo at Brauer House! FREE event. All metal DJ. Bingo prizes, appetizers half-off, $5 Long Islands/Zombies, $1.50 PBR pints, $2.50 call shots. Roll call begins at 8pm; games start at 9pm. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.

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!

Space Golf - (Daily) Alien-themed outer space fun with blacklight mini golf, 3D golfing, holograms, a Sci-Fi Cafe, and more. 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462.

Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) Group rates apply or do a walk-in for $20 for one hour. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.


(pictured) Caitlin Jackson in a publicity image for Black Button Eyes Productions’ Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL. Photo by Cole Simon.

(pictured) Caitlin Jackson in a publicity image for Black Button Eyes Productions’ Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL. Photo by Cole Simon.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL - (Jan. 11th-Feb. 16th) Black Button Eyes Productions presents this hilarious musical tribute to Sam Raimi's glorious Evil Dead legacy. Splatter Zone seats! Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago 60613.

BONNIE AND CLYDE: The Musical - (Feb. 8th-24th) The non-traditional score blends rockabilly, gospel, and blues. Directed by Stephen M. Genovese. Music Direction by Aaron Kaplan. Skokie Theater, 7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL.

DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE - (Feb. 7th-March 10th) Film noir comedy about how we memorialize the dead. The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL.

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - (Jan. 25th - March 16th) Porchlight Music Theatre presents this Tony Award-winning, comedic musical with Matt Crowle portraying eight separate characters. An heir to a family's large fortune attempts to bypass the line and get rid of the 8 people ahead of him. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610.

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 31st, 2019.

THE MOUSETRAP - (Jan. 31st-March 16th) Long-running murder mystery play from the brilliant mind of Agatha Christie. Tickets $35-$40. Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL.

ON CLOVER ROAD - (Feb. 1st-March 16th) Thriller set in an abandoned motel where a mother searching for her daughter meets up with a cult deprogrammer in hopes of finding her. Presented by American Blues Theater. Stage 773, 1225 w. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.

SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN SPACESHIP - (Sundays at 8pm) The crew receives a distress call from Earth to investigate an explosion. They encounter a mysterious life form and a very disgruntled employee! Runs through Feb. 24th, 2018. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

THE STRANGER AND THE SHADOW - (Jan. 18th-Feb. 16th) Presented by Adventure Stage Chicago and Rough House Theater in connection with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Inspired by the Golem of Prague, written with help from Chicago youths, and acted by both live actors and life-size puppets. 1012 N. Noble, Chicago, IL 60642.

TRUE CRIMES - (Feb. 8th-March 22nd) Through improv and suggestions from morbid audience members and the “Wheel of Misfortune,” we get answers to questions like, “What makes serial killers kill?” Comedy ensues! The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

THE 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.


Open Heart Charcuterie - (Feb. 2nd-24th) New works by artist Vivian Le. Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL.

Sacred Heart Art Show - Over 40 artists take on themes of love, pain, and sacrifice through the depiction of a traditional heart. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL.

Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical... The Murders - (Opens Jan. 26th) The famous play, Chicago, premiered in 1926. This led to inspirations for 3 films and a long-running Broadway musical. Lead characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly were based on two real-life murderesses in 1920s Chicago. This exhibit includes rare posters, photographs, and original artifacts documenting the play's evolution over a span of nine decades. Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Lobby, 1st Floor North, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602.

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.


Fox in a Box Escape RoomFox in a Box Escape Room - Visit their newest room, Zodiac, which is themed on the successor to the Zodiac Killer. The room was scenically designed by a designer from the Field Museum. 47 W. Polk, Suite L5, Chicago, IL 60605.

Chicago Rage Room - Got rage? Get rid of it pronto with the sweetest release (without hurting anyone!). Pay for items to break or bring your own! Room prices begin at $15. (Reservations required.) 153 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL 60654.

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.

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