Chicago horror fans, get ready for another huge weekend of horror. It's going to be that way for a while, of course! The Massacre 24-hr film festival returns Saturday, while Splatter Theater returns to the stage with buckets of blood in tow. Countess Dracula will also spray fans with blood, and, since it's raining, maybe bring a poncho no matter what... Artist Angel Onofre's whimsical dark art opening is coming up next week. The interactive horror prop exhibit (for Instagram-friendly horror pics) continues, more haunted houses opened their doors, and there are quite a few film festivals happening around town. So much more, but that's why there's a long list. Have a ghoulish and safe weekend!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
Angel Onofre Stab Happy Art Show - (Oct. 4th from 6pm-11pm) Delightfully monstrous, creepy cute art exhibit featuring the work of talented artist Angel Onofre. STF Gallery, 1717 S. Racine, Chicago, IL.
THE MASSACRE 24-Hr. Film Festival - (Sept. 28th-29th) The annual 24-hour horror marathon is back at the Davis, running from noon to noon! Films include: ALICE, SWEET ALICE (director Alfred Sole in person!), CUJO (director Lewis Teague in person!), THE HUNGER, THE FOG, THE BODY SNATCHER, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, DEATH SPA, THE BEYOND, NEXT OF KIN, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, BRIDES OF DRACULA, and more! Short films, trailers, vendors, charity auction. IMPORTANT: Massacre tickets are sold out, but there is a MINI MASSACRE for $15 with 4 films and access to meet the special guests. All ages. Doors open at 11am. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL.
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS [35mm] - (Sept. 27th & 28th) Midnight Carpenter madness! On Saturday, join the special pre-party at 10pm in the lounge. Hosted by Metal Movie Nights and sponsored by ALTER. Preceded by Goodnight, Gracie (4 min.) Metal Vinyl Weekend spins records in the lounge; 3 Floyds Brewing, Gumballhead cans, and Zombie Dust on draft. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Reeling Film Festival - (Sept. 19th-29th) The 37th Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival continues! The closing party and screening of the documentary SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FILM will be on Sunday, Sept. 29th. Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL.
VILLAINS - (Sept. 27th-30th) Horror comedy following amateur criminals whose home invasion doesn't go according to plan as they find something awful in the basement and the owners will go to great lengths to keep this secret from escaping. Preceded by short film EAST HELL (9 min.). Sponsored by ALTER. Midnight Friday/Saturday; 7pm Friday; 9:45pm Sunday/Monday. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
IT: Chapter Two - (through Oct. 1st) Hang out in the movie poster-decorated lounge for drinks and food beforehand! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Drive-In: TWISTER / JAWS - (Sept. 27th & 28th) Horror double feature! Show begins at 7:45pm. McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
2019 Sundance Shorts Tour - (Sept. 27th-Oct. 3rd) Short films selected from this year's Sundance Film Festival. Includes Suicide by Sunlight, about a daywalking African-American vampire (whose melanin protects her from the sun) who seeks to regain custody of her daughters–if only she could control the whole bloodlust thing. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Shortcut 100 Film Festival - (Sept. 28th) 5pm reception; 6pm-9pm screening. Check out the horror animation TOE. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Ghoulish Mortals Horror Film Fest - (Sept. 27th-29th) Head to Ghoulish Mortals in St. Charles for some indie horror fun. 228 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - (Late Saturdays at 11:55pm) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH [35mm] - (Sept. 28th & 29th at 11:30am) Classic Hitchcock matinee mystery. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE GIRL IN THE CRAWLSPACE / RATS: Nights of Terror - (Sept. 29th) Windy City Horrorama presents a horror double feature starting at 7pm. BYOB. $5 sugg. donation. Sponsored by John Oak Dalton and Blue Underground. Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
The Gate Theater 16mm Film Festival - (through Sept. 30th) Projections of rare 16mm archival film prints by Paul Bartel and more! These selections all screened at the Gate Theater in NYC during the late ’60s.
Chicago Horror Film Festival - (Sept. 28th & 29th) The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654.
MIDSOMMAR - (Sept. 30th at 7pm) Director's cut! Doc Films, Max Palevsy Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
TREEHOUSE OF HORROR / TALES FROM THE CRYPT - (Sept. 30th at 7pm) Bo Deadly presents a double feature of The Simpsons Halloween episodes and Tales from the Crypt. Free popcorn, drink specials, 21+. Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.
MIRACLE MILE [35mm] - (Sept. 30th at 7pm) Cult ’80s apocalyptic sci-fi film. Includes 16mm short film, Journey to Tomorrow: Communication. Presented by the Chicago Film Society. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [35mm] - (Oct. 1st at 7pm) Jean Cocteau's brilliantly mesmerizing film with surprisingly creepy imagery. Recommended. Doc Films, Max Palevsy Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - (Oct. 1st-3rd at 10:30pm) Wonderful classic! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
PSYCHO - (Oct. 1st-3rd at 11pm) Legendary Hitchcock! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Movie Trivia Night - (Tuesdays at 8pm) Every Tuesday in the lounge! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
NOSFERATU - (Oct. 1st) FREE event! Live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, IL.
SHAKMA - (Oct. 2nd at 8pm) FREE! Comfort Film presents the first selection in their October horror series curated by Paul Freitag-Fey and programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera. This 1990 film is about a group of students trapped inside a research building with a rather feisty baboon! 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
NOSFERATU - (Oct. 2nd at 7:30pm) Tickets are only $6. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655.
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT - (Oct. 2nd at 8pm) FREE! Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505.
VAMPYR [35mm] - (Oct. 3rd at 9:30pm) Excellent 1932 horror film! Doc Films, Max Palevsy Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Tickets go on sale TODAY for the Chicago International Film Festival and their special After Dark horror program!
SPLATTER THEATER / I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SPLATTER - (Sept. 28th-Oct. 26th; Oct. 31st) Horror double feature! Their long-running gory play Splatter Theater starts at 8pm, followed by I Know What You Did Last Splatter at 10pm. See both performances for $30. Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL - (Sept. 27th-Oct. 20th) The eccentric family we all love is back with Wednesday grown up and in love with a guy that may not be like her family. Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
COUNTESS DRACULA - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 2nd) Set in 19th century New Orleans and New York, an African-American Countess seeks vengeance against an oppressive rich white patriarchy. Bloody violence warning. Bring a poncho or one will be provided for you! Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
WHOSE BODY? - (Sept. 6th-Oct. 27th) Murder mystery at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.
X - (Sept. 22nd-Oct. 27th) Sideshow Theatre Company presents a sci-fi story following a space crew on Pluto, billions of miles from home, who haven't had a message from Earth in three weeks. The silence becomes deafening. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.
TICKETS are now available for WildClaw Theatre's zombie western, HELL FOLLOWED WITH HER, opening Oct. 11th!
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
The Haunting Immersive Horror Exhibit - (Sept. 13th-Nov. 3rd) Walk through sets and get photos with horror props! 30,000 sq. ft. of space. Check out their creepy gift shop. Get $10 off tickets in September with their online coupon code GETSPOOKY1. The Gallery, 480 Ring Dr., Vernon Hills, IL.
Bloody Reads #45 DARK HARVEST - (Oct. 2nd at 9pm) Join them in discussing the fantastic Halloween horror story, Dark Harvest, by Norman Partridge. Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Dark Matters 24-Hr Horror Film Challenge - (Oct. 4th & 5th) Fast-paced contest for filmmakers to create a short horror film within the span of a day. Awards show the day after. Sidestreet Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
13th Floor Haunted House - (Sept. 13th - Nov. 9th) Now bigger! Almost 40,000 sq. ft. Ages 12+. 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Basement of the Dead Haunted House - (Sept. 13th - Nov. 2nd) Shoot zombies with military style laser weapon replicas. 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.
Evil Intentions Haunted House - (Sept. 27th-Nov. 2nd) 55,000 sq. ft.! 900 Grace St., Elgin, IL 60120.
Midnight Terror Haunted House - (Sept. 27th-Nov. 2nd) 5520 W. 111th, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead - (Oct. 3rd-Nov. 2nd) 17250 S. Weber Rd., Lockport, IL 60441.
Factory of Fear Haunted House - (Sept. 27th-Oct. 31st) 5027 4th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
Massacre Haunted House - (Sept. 27th-Nov. 2nd) 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538.
Hellsgate Haunted House - (Oct. 3rd-Nov. 2nd) 3101 Canal St., Lockport, IL 60441.
Jack's Pumpkin Nights - (Oct. 3rd) Outdoor pumpkin-themed celebration along 2 acres in Goose Island with games, carving activities, full service bars, food, lights, and a corn maze. 1465 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.
Realm of Terror - (Sept. 28th-Nov. 2nd) 421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Dungeon of Doom - (Sept. 27th-Nov. 9th) 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.
Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour - (Oct. 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th) Travel to several haunted houses with a package deal! Drinks, entertainment, prizes, merch, and more. Location depends on the featured haunt of the night.
Chicago Ghost Conference - (Sept. 28th & 29th) Holiday Inn Chicago, 6201 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525.
Metal Bingo - (Mondays through Dec. 30th) Play metal bingo at Brauer House! FREE event. All metal DJ. Bingo prizes, appetizers half-off, $6 Long Islands/Zombies, $2 PBR pints, $3.00 call shots. Roll call begins at 8pm; games start at 9pm. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Troll Hunt! - (through June 2020) 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.
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. (Recently ranked #1 escape room in the USA and #2 in the world for the month of March 2019.)
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.
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.
Listings are subject to change.
Editor's note: Currently dealing with medical issues that will hopefully be behind me by the time 2020 rolls around. These lists take quite a chunk of time to compose, so my posts may become less frequent until the holidays. Feel free to let me know if you have an event, genre screening, or spooky play that you'd like to make sure shows up in the list.
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