Weekend Horror: Gretel & Hansel, Audition, Evil Dead Musical

Weekend Horror: Gretel & Hansel, Audition, Evil Dead Musical
Dark fairy tale Gretel & Hansel opens Friday. Image Source: IMDb.com.

Hey horror fans, Chicago horror screenings (Gretel & Hansel, Audition, The Bad Seed [35mm], Color Out of Space, Parasite, Phantom of the Opera), stage performances (Evil Dead: The Musical, BUG), and more entertainment options are readily available! Have a great week!

“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”


GRETEL & HANSEL – (through Feb. 5th) Directed by Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter), the original Brothers Grimm fantasy is spun into much darker territory for a tale of heavily atmospheric, occult horror. Times vary. Arclight Cinema, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.

AUDITION – (Jan. 31st at 8:15pm; Feb. 4th at 6pm) Takashi Miike’s chilling horror story that’ll leave several gruesome scenes imprinted in viewers’ memories for years to come. (DCP) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.

COLOR OUT OF SPACE – (through Feb. 6th) Daily at 9:30pm; 4pm Fri. and 11:00pm Fri./Sat. The long-awaited directorial return of Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware) is finally here with a dazzling, ultra vivid, sci-fi horror film starring Nic Cage and Joely Richardson. Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, a family moves to a remote farm for a quiet life, which quickly turns into a terrifying nightmare after a meteorite lands nearby and an extraterrestrial organism begins to infect both their bodies and minds. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

PARASITE – (through Feb. 6th) Director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer) is a master at his craft and it’s worth seeking out his entire body of work. The moods, tension, horror, and even comedy within his films work exquisitely together. Times vary. Also, the fantastic whodunit, KNIVES OUT, continues through Feb. 6th. Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: Reanimated / FIRE AND ICE – (Jan. 31st from 7pm-11pm) Windy City Horrorama hosts an animated horror night at Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. BYOB. ($5 sugg. donation.)

PARASITE – (through Feb. 5th) South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) made this wonderful film that has six Oscar 2020 nominations, including one for Best Picture. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

THE TURNING – (through Feb. 6th) Loosely adapted from Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw. Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.

PARASITE – (through Feb. 6th) Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant, award-winning South Korean take on the “Eat the Rich” saying. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.

THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE(through Feb. 5th) Also screening:  PARASITE, KNIVES OUT, THE TURNING. Times vary. Arclight Cinema, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.

PARASITE – (through Feb. 6th) Times vary. Twisted, dark comedy by director Bong Joon-ho. Multiple Oscar nominations! Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – (Saturdays at 11:55pm) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.

MYSTIC RIVER – (Feb. 4th & 5th at 10:30pm) Clint Eastwood’s brooding, neo-noir mystery. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

Movie Trivia Night – (Tuesdays at 8pm) Every Tuesday in their swanky lounge! Team limit 5 people. Winning team members receive a Logan Theatre gift card! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

THE BAD SEED [35mm] – (Feb. 6th at 9:30pm) Nothing more chilling than an eight-year-old who wants you dead! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – (Feb. 6th at 7pm) Free! (1925, starring Lon Chaney) Live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren! Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL.


BUG -(Jan. 23rd-March 8th) The intense tale of a mismatched pair in Oklahoma whose relationship goes terribly, terribly wrong. When paranoia, bugs, and government conspiracies destroy any semblance of sanity! Written by Tracy Letts (The Sinner, Homeland, Lady Bird) and directed by David Cromer (The Newsroom). Starring Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, The Sinner, Fargo TV series), Namir Smallwood (Chicago Fire), Gary Cole (Office Space), and Randall Arney (Chain Reaction). Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.

DEVIL’S DAUGHTER Improv – (Fridays at 10pm) IO Chicago improv. 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago. Facebook.

EVIL DEAD: The Musical – (Jan. 23rd-Feb. 29th) This gory comedic mashup takes from all three (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness) and creates a wildly funny, bloody musical (complete with Splatter Zone seats)! Directed by Matty Gregg. (Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.) Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL. TICKETS.

NEIGHBORHOOD 3: Requisition of Doom – (Jan. 29th-Feb. 8th) Parents with teenagers addicted to horror games online cannot connect with them and the lines between reality and virtual worlds blur together. While the kids battle zombies in fake neighborhoods, their own becomes a mess in other ways. Healy Theatre, 2350 N. Racine, Chicago, IL 60614.

THE MOUSETRAP – (Jan. 16th-Feb. 16th) Agatha Christie murder mystery! Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, Chicago, IL.

WHISPER HOUSE – (Jan. 10th-Feb. 15th) Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. A young boy is sent to live with his aunt in a remote, haunted lighthouse after his father dies in WW2. He must deal with demons both around and within him. Presented by Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL.


YOU WILL DIE Extreme Metal Art Exhibit – (through Feb. 14th) This exhibit explores art and design through extreme metal music by various artists! Paintings, illustrations, mixed media. Presented by Public Works, 1539 N. Damen, Chicago, IL.

Metal Shop: Alice Cooper’s Birthday – (Feb. 4th from 9pm-2am) Celebrate Alice Cooper’s birthday with Grant from Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records and listen to shock rock tunes at Delilah’s. No cover.

Bloody Reads Book Club – (Feb. 5th from 9pm-2am) Join in on the discussion of Thomas Page’s novel The Spirit. Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

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.


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.

Please check websites for updates, cancellations, and ticket pricing information before attending.

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