Weekend Horror: Drag Me to Hell [35mm], Little Shop of Horrors Musical

Weekend Horror: Drag Me to Hell [35mm], Little Shop of Horrors Musical
Alison Lohman in Drag Me to Hell. 35mm midnight screenings at the Music Box Theatre Friday and Saturday at midnight. Image source: IMDb.com.

Screenings this coming week in the realm of horror for Chicagoans include: Frankenstein, Drag Me to Hell, Destiny, Lords of Chaos, Border, Burning, and more. The Little Shop of Horrors musical begins today at the Mercury Theater, Deadly Prey Gallery's hand-painted movie poster exhibit continues at Great Lakes Tattoo, Metal Bingo, a horror fundraiser, horror book club, as well as a great many other options!

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”

MOVIES:

DRAG ME TO HELL [35mm] - (March 1st & 2nd at midnight) Hard to believe it's been ten years since Sam Raimi made this outlandishly entertaining, sinister flick. A young woman (Alison Lohman) makes the worst possible choice at work when she chooses someone (who happens to be a witch) to deny a loan extension in hopes of keeping her boss happy. (35mm print courtesy of Brett Berg of Alamo Drafthouse.) Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

LORDS OF CHAOS - (Through March 7th) Norwegian black metal documentary about the incredible true story of the band Mayhem. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

BORDER - (Sat. at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sun. at 4pm) Oscar-nominated Swedish dark fairytale written by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In). Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.

BURNING - (March 1st-6th) Intriguing South Korean mystery-thriller starring Stephen Yeun. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

FRANKENSTEIN - (March 2nd at 2pm) (1931) Part of the 2018-2019 “One Book, One Chicago” season, which explores an “Imagine the Future” theme and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? book. Chicago Public Library, Near North Branch, 310 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60610.

Chicago Irish Film Festival - (March 2nd & 3rd) Check out the “Just One Thing” shorts program (95mins) at 7pm on March 2nd, which includes a zombie-themed short titled “Vegetable.” Filmmakers will be in attendance. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

LEVEL 16 - (March 1st-7th) Canadian Sci-Fi dystopian thriller. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - (Late Saturdays) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.

GRETA - (March 1st-7th) In theatres now! A young woman finds it's not always rewarding to be kind to strangers! Catch it at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.

Jarmusch Films - (March 4th from 7pm-midnight) The Logan Arcade will be screening two films by Jim Jarmusch (director of Only Lovers Left Alive), DOWN BY LAW and COFFEE & CIGARETTES. Drink specials, free popcorn. (21+.) 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.

THE HITCH-HIKER - (March 4th at 7pm) 1953 film noir thriller. New 2K digital restoration. Introduced by film critic Elizabeth Weitzman, who will do a post-film signing of her book, Renegade Women in Film & TV. Copies will be available for purchase at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

JURASSIC PARK - (March 6th at 8pm) Only $5! Limited seating will be available for this Drink-a-Long at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

BORGMAN - (March 7th at 9:30pm) Psychological thriller about a vagrant who puts the lives of an affluent family into a state of upheaval. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.

DESTINY - (March 7th at 7pm) FREE! The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents Fritz Lang's 1924 silent masterpiece with a live score by Jay Warren on the organ. Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect, Park Ridge, 60068.

Chicago European Union Film Festival - (March 8th-April 4th) 60+ films from the European Union. Pricing: $5-$11. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

STAGE:

littleshopofhorrorsLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - (March 1st-April 28th) Head down to Skid Row where Seymour, Audrey, and Audrey II are stuck in a bloody love triangle (of sorts!). Ages 10 and up. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.

AN INSPECTOR CALLS - (Feb. 19th-March 10th) An inspector crashes a dinner party to investigate a young woman's murder. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier at the Yard, 800 E. Grand, Chicago, IL 60611. (Directions)

CAGED: An Allegory - (Feb. 15th-March 2nd) Horror comedy about a group of people who find a covered mass inside a gallery that reveals a frightening, but beautiful creature. Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, 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.

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.

EVENTS / OUTINGS:

From Dreaming to Running: Putting the Android on Screen - (March 5th from 6pm-8pm) Discussion with DePaul University professors Paul Booth, Samantha Close, Blair Davis, and Rob Steel regarding Blade Runner comics, fanfare, adaptations, designs, the score, and more. Part of the 2018-2019 “One Book, One Chicago” season, which explores an “Imagine the Future” theme and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? book. DePaul University Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60614.

Bloody Reads Book Club THE GRIP OF IT - (March 6th at 9pm) They'll be discussing Jac Jemc's horror novel, The Grip of It, which was a finalist in the Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award, among others. BYOB. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

Windy City Horrorama Fundraiser - (March 6th from 7pm-2am) Giveaways and drink specials. Reed's Local, 3017 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.

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.

EXHIBITS:

deadly prey galleryDeadly Prey Gallery at Great Lakes Tattoo - (through late March) View a great selection of large hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters (including horror), sculptural works, West African masks, and haircut & pharmacy boards. 12-8pm. Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand, Chicago, IL 60642.

Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical... The Murders - (Jan. 26th-July 28th) 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.

TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:

Fox 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.

Times are subject to change.

Have a great weekend!

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