Well another CINEPOCALYPSE has come and gone. Team Gregula had the extreme pleasure of spending a week full of horror, action, mayhem and madness at Chicago's Music Box Theatre with no regrets!
Cinepocalypse 2019 kicked off on Thursday June 13th with a screening of Glenn Danzig's Verotika. The movie was fun but had a bit of unintentional humor and repetitive scenes, click on the link for the full review.
We also checked out the Child's Play pop up bar in the Lounge based on the 2019 movie. It had a spooky yet chill atmosphere and had horror themed drinks like the Bloody Martini, a blend of bloody mary and a dirty martini. Creepy characters added to the fun.
Friday night was a night full of fright, laughs, thrills and rock n roll. It started out with a rare 70mm showing of Flatliners starring Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts. Surprisingly I had never seen this movie before for some reason and I never realized how creepy it was. I always thought it was going to be more of a drama than a horror film but I was pleasantly surprised. The next film up was the Midwest premiere of Villains , a really good black comedy thriller starring Bill Skarsgard (yep Pennywise from IT) where two home invaders get a nasty surprise when they discover the victims are even more sinister than themselves.
But the absolute highlight of Friday night was a showing of 1987s Rock and Roll Nightmare with special guests BälSäc the Jaws 'o Death and Sleazy P. Martini from the band GWAR in attendance to provide commentary "Riff Trax" style. The movie was godawful but the riffing was hilarious and well worth staying up way past midnight for.
Saturday was a HUGE day at Cinepocalypse with the return of BälSäc the Jaws 'o Death and Sleazy P. Martini to introduce a showing of GWAR's 1992 film Phallus in Wonderland, preceded by a showcase of their most memorable, boundary-pushing, and just plain vulgar videos. There was a post show Q & A with their alter egos Don Drakulich and Mike Derks and we also got to hang out with them in the Lounge after the show was over.
The main event of the day was a special 70mm screening of Total Recall with an appearance from esteemed Canadian actor Michael Ironside, who also received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Ironside not only did a Q & A after the movie was over, but was also kind enough to do a meet and greet with fans.
There was lots more fun to come, but I will have to post it in my next blog because I'm running out of room here haha. So far the fest was a big **FOUR FANGS UP**.
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