Another huge weekend filled with horror movies screening in mainstream and independent cinemas is here, and the highlights dare viewers to be willing to open their minds and investigate (or at least imagine) worlds uncharted. Sometimes, taking an exploratory trip into the unknown can inspire ideas and realizations one never knew they had before.
Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World / Species / Alien – Chicago premiere of Belinda Sallin’s new documentary about one of the darkest, most creative and brilliant minds the art world has ever seen in modern times, H.R. Giger. This film specifically follows the artist around his own secluded world shortly before his death. Surrounded by his own creations and only a few close friends who were around during this time (who were also interviewed for this film), he takes time to reflect on his work. His name is almost synonymous with “biomechanical” and fans of his work know exactly why! Read more on Belinda Sallin’s thoughts HERE. This is actually a triple feature that will screen June 5th, 7th, and 11th. Species screens at 5:00pm; Alien at 7:00pm, and Dark Star should begin around 9:00pm. Tickets are only $10 for the entire evening. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.
The Nightmare – Rodney Ascher’s (Room 237) new documentary opens June 5th at the Music Box Theatre. This film explores the disturbing phenomenon of sleep paralysis (being stuck between being asleep and awake, unable to move while surrounded by frightening sounds and images) and studies eight victims who share this condition and even happen to see a similar element. Friday at 9:45pm & Midnight. Saturday at 3:30pm, 9:45pm & Midnight. Runs through June 11th. 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day – Friday and Saturday at Midnight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL.
It Follows / Kung Fury / Furious 7 – Sunday, June 7th, the Brew & View at the Vic Theatre has a great lineup in store! Fans can see Kung Fury for FREE at 5:30pm. Styled after ’80s action flicks, a martial artist cop goes back in time to kill Kung Führer Hitler. Whoops! He went back too far… Vikings! Absolute madness ensues! After that, it is $5 to see Furious 7 at 6:30pm and It Follows at 9:00pm. (Kung Fury also screens at 8:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.) Please note: If the site is still not updated, please click on the “Coming Soon” box.
Motel 666 – WildClaw Theatre presents a new horror anthology play directed by Scott Cummins at the DCASE Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL. A vacancy waits for you at Motel 666 along the lonely highways of Midwest America. Corrupt clerk, sneaky maid–what could go wrong? Runs through June 28th. $15 plus ticketing fees.
The Birds – Chicago premiere! A small group of strangers hide out inside a cabin after a bizarre, violent bird attack. Tension rises within the cabin and the strangers soon realize it may not be the birds they should be worried about. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL. Runs through July 19th. Tickets
Chalk – A science fiction play centered around the moment aliens have eradicated the human race. Maggie is holed up in an abandoned spot with supplies and a book of spells. Her daughter shows up, but something is rotten in Denmark. Has an alien possessed her child’s body? A thin line of chalk separates the two. Chalk in this case is a sort of Kryptonite to these aliens. Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. Runs through June 28th.
Bastards, Chumps, Rubes and Marks – Vivienne Marie’s circus sideshow-inspired artwork and hand-painted signs by Matthew Ryan Sharp. Exhibit sponsored by Sideshow Gallery and Revolution Brewing. 2219 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL. Runs through June 10th!
Chicago Alternative Comics Expo – CAKE 2015 runs June 6th & 7th from 11am to 6pm at the center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Indie comics, workshops, panels, shopping, and more.
Nebula Awards – The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend Runs June 4th-7th at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL.
Hitch*Cocktails – Friday, June 5th at 10:00pm. Improv comedy done Hitchcock style based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games, wet bar. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. $20 ($15 students). The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 w. Belmont Avenue. 773-697-9693.
Zombie Apocalypse – June 6th & 7th live at Fear City Chicago. Hosted by Fear City Haunted House, this tactical, live action game offers a realistic video game shooting experience using military grade replica weapons. Aim for the head! Reservations are required.
Have a great weekend and don’t let the nightmares follow you home!
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