One of the biggest movie weekends of the year! A handful of film festivals, 24-hour horror marathon (The Massacre), many haunted house openings, horror theatre, and even more on the way.
“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”
35mm Universal Horror Series – (Sept. 29th-Oct. 28th) The Music Box Theatre hosts a classic horror matinee series starting with DRACULA this weekend. Future screenings: The Invisible Man, Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Mummy. Sponsored by the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media and the School of the Cinematic Arts. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MANDY – (Sept. 14th-Oct. 4th) Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) directs a phantasmagoric, gonzo piece of madness with Nic Cage going full Nic Cage on a quest for vengeance. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
LET THE CORPSES TAN – (Sept. 28th-Oct. 4th) Stylish, blood-soaked thriller featuring music by legend Ennio Morricone. Inspired by 70s Italian crime films and based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Drive-In Horror: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET / FRIDAY THE 13th – (Sept. 28th & 29th) Old school horror night! Box Office opens at 6:30pm. McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The Massacre 24-Hour Film Fest – (Sept. 29th at noon to noon on Sunday) The 24-hour horrorthon returns! AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE CHANGELING, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 (with star Tuesday Knight Q&A), NIGHTBREED, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, ZOMBIE 3, and more. Tickets to the MINI-MASSACRE now available, as the main room is SOLD OUT. For a reduced price, fans can still catch a few of the films in an adjacent room, meet guest star Tuesday Knight, and shop the vendor room. More info on the Mini-Massacre. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln.
REELING Film Fest – Horror Shorts – (Sept. 28th) Check out LGTBQ horror short films screening Friday at 9pm. Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660.
RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE – (Sept. 28th-Oct. 4th) Quirky documentary following Louisiana fishermen who’ve become bounty hunters in search of gigantic nutria that have been aggressively damaging their coastline from the direct result of climate change. (Just gross enough to be a welcome addition to this list.) Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
Shortcut 100 International Film Festival – (Sept. 29th at 9pm) Independent cinema! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – (Sept. 30th & Oct. 3rd) Presented by Flashback Cinema in theaters two days only! Try Arlington Heights or Peoria locations.
THRILLER: A Cruel Picture – (Oct. 1st at 8pm) (aka They Call Her One Eye) Free screening at Atomix Coffee Shop, 1957 W. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60622.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] – (Sept. 29th) Midnight Madness with a shadowcast. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Movies in the Parks Outdoor Film Series – (Ongoing) The Chicago Park District’s wonderful annual outdoor film series is back with another fun selection of family-friendly films. Free to the public! Movies begin at dusk. Please see the site to find a participating park near you.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – As always, the Rocky Horror fun continues with a full cast performance each Saturday at Midnight at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. (630) 427-1880. RHPS
THE BILL MURRAY STORIES: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man – (Sept. 28th) This one is a must for any Murray fan. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL.
DEMON WIND – (Oct. 3rd at 8pm) Free horror films all through October! Comfort Film Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
FRANKENSTEIN – (Sept. 7th-Oct. 28th) Victoria endures a tragic death in her family and struggles to deal with the loss. She retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of meaning and brings a ghastly creation to life. World premiere production based on the story by Mary W. Shelley. Previews Sept. 7th-16th; Regular Run Sept. 20th-Oct. 28th. Box Office 773-761-4477. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
FRANKENSTEIN: Unearthed – (Sept. 30th from 1pm-3pm) A group of theatre companies collaborate and explore their four Frankenstein productions happening this season. Learn about their visions and catch sneak previews. Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – (Sept. 6th-Oct. 28th) Inspired by the 1960 horror film! Single & group rates. Dining options. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook, IL.
SECOND SKIN – (Sept. 14th-Oct. 13th) Told in three interconnected monologues, this tale delves into how one dark mistake can affect future generations. World premiere from all-women-led design team. Presented by WildClaw Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
SPLATTER THEATER – (Sept. 15th-Oct. 27th) Saturdays at 10:30pm. It’s back! Live performances parody Friday the 13th horror films. Watch common character stereotypes die in a variety of humorous ways. Sitting up front? Prepare for the blood splashes by wearing a poncho. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
THE INFINITE WRENCH – (Aug. 3rd-Dec. 9th) The Neo-Futurists present 2-minute plays ranging from funny to terrifying to disgusting. Fridays/Saturdays at 11:30pm and Sundays at 7pm. The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60640.
CLUED IN: An Improvised Murder Mystery – (Sept. 6th-Nov. 1st) Interactive improv comedy murder mystery. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
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 November 30th, 2018.
MASK MACABRE – (Oct. 4th-31st) Immersive theater experience, dark, bloody, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories. Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago, IL 60613.
Bloody Reads #33 Something Wicked This Way Comes – (Oct. 3rd at 9pm) Ray Bradbury time! Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
HELL FEST Maze at Fright Fest – In connection with the film’s release on Sept. 28th, Six Flags Great America and CBS Films have teamed up to give horror fans a chance to experience the maze and several rooms from the movie.
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago – (Sept. 21st-Nov. 3rd) 30,000+ sq. ft. Attraction themes: The Possession and Dead-End District: The Cell. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.
House of Torment Chicago – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) New shows this year: Dead By Dawn and The Shadowrealm: Slenderman. 8240 Austin Avenue, Morton Grove 60053.
Statesville Haunted Prison – (Oct. 4th-31st) Haunted Prison and City of the Dead. 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport, IL 60441.
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House – (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 3rd) This is a long haunt, roughly one hour to get through. 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.
Basement of the Dead – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.
Evil Intentions Haunted House – (Sept. 21st-Oct. 31st) 900 Grace Street, Elgin, IL 60120.
Realm of Terror Haunted House – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 421 Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.
Midnight Terror Haunted House – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 5520 W. 111th, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Factory of Fear Haunted Attraction – (Sept. 28th-Oct. 31st) 5027 4th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
Massacre Haunted House – (Sept. 28th-Nov. 3rd) 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL 60538.
HellsGate Haunted House – (Oct. 4th-31st) Go deep in the woods, find secret passageways and a giant slide! Park at 1300 S. State, Lockport, IL 60441.
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!
Bad Axe Throwing – (Days/times vary) You know you want to… Group rates apply or just do a walk-in for $20/hr. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
Saints and Sinners Walking Tour – (through Oct. 26th) Chicago’s Legacy of Virtue and Vice walking tour. 21+.
The Science Behind Pixar – (through Jan. 6th, 2019) Learn about the science and technology behind the wonderful films Pixar creates. All ages. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.
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:
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.
Horror Movie Madness Series – (Oct. 2nd-31st) The Logan Theatre has you covered all month-long!
Jack’s Pumpkin Nights – (Oct. 5th-Nov. 3rd) Largest corn maze in Chicago with a hidden full-service bar inside! Pop-up event with carnival games, beer garden, cider bar, nighttime light displays, and more. Two acres of land in Goose Island. Open Thursdays-Sundays.
Wheaton Haunted Halloween Flea Market – (Oct. 20th) Special guest Robert Mukes (Bone Tomahawk, House of 1000 Corpses, Westworld) DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL.
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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