Time for more horror listings! There are some 35mm genre screenings this week, including HENRY: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Bong Joon-ho’s MOTHER. Other options include: THE LODGE, EVOLUTION, and a Q&A with actor William Forsythe for I AM FEAR. Relax and hang out at a Stranger Things official pinball launch party. Films listed are scheduled for dates through next Thursday.
“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”
MOTHER [35mm] – (Feb. 21st at 2pm; Feb. 25th at 6pm) South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Parasite) made another masterpiece with Mother, a story about a woman whose slow-witted son is accused of murdering a local schoolgirl, resulting in her taking to the streets to investigate the mystery herself since the cops and her lawyer are of no help. Part of the From Asia, with Love film series. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
THE LODGE – (Feb. 21st-26th) A woman is left with her fiancé’s two children in a cabin during a blizzard, but that’s not the only thing they have to worry about. Fantasy Island, Parasite, and Knives Out also continue their runs. ArcLight Cinema, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.
BRAHMS: The Boy II – (Feb. 20th – Feb. 26th) He’s back! A family moves into the Heelshire mansion, where the doll, Brahms, is waiting. Times vary. Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
THE NEW YORK RIPPER / AMITYVILLE ISLAND – (Feb. 21st at 7pm) Windy City Horrorama presents a double feature of New York-themed horror movies. BYOB. Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE – (Feb. 21st & 22nd) Midnight Friday and Saturday. The long-awaited directorial return of Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware) offers 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.
HENRY: Portrait of a Serial Killer [35mm] – (Feb. 24th at 7pm) Raw, cold, chilling depiction of a fictionalized account of a short, violent period during the life of a serial killer (loosely based on Henry Lee Lucas). Michael Rooker’s chilling lead performance is still haunting to this day. Filmed (without permits) in Chicago, this offers a bleak realism that quickly cemented this as one of the most truly disturbing films ever made. (Parasite also screens at 7pm & 9:30pm Sat.; Sun. at 4pm) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
PARASITE – (through Feb. 27th) 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. Don’t miss this film that just won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture! Times vary. Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
I AM FEAR – (Feb. 23rd & 24th at 7pm) A celebrity reporter is captured by terrorists. Saturday’s screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Jeremy Rosen and actor William Forsythe! Also stars Kristina Klebe and Bill Moseley. Official release is March 3rd, 2020. Also, PARASITE continues through Feb. 25th. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
EVOLUTION – (Feb. 27th at 9:30pm) Creepy French sci-fi/horror mystery featuring an island solely populated by young boys and women. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
MAD MAX: Fury Road – (Feb. 27th at 5pm) Screening as part of the 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago season. Chicago Public Library, West Chicago Ave. Branch, 4856 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651.
THE FOG – (Feb. 27th at 7pm) Ghoulish Mortals hosts free movie nights each Thursday at 7pm. 228 W. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.
THE INVISIBLE MAN – (Feb. 27th at 7pm, 8:15pm, 10:15pm) Leigh Whannell’s 2020 reimagining starring Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
KNIVES OUT – (through Feb. 27th) Smartly written whodunit. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.
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.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] – (Feb. 22nd at midnight) Includes Midnight Madness shadowcast. Sponsored by ALTER with a 7-minute intro film, Road Trash. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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.
Sinema Obscura TV Party – (Feb. 19th-July 15th) Sinema Obscura and Trust This Ghost present monthly independent entertainment in the lounge each Wednesday. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
BUG -(Jan. 23rd-March 15th) 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.
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.
POISON – (Feb. 20th – March 14th) The plight of poison-makers among rich society in 17th century Paris. Presented by The Plagiarists (Previews Feb. 14th, 15th, 19th) Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL.
SHEAR MADNESS – (Feb. 7th-Mar. 29th) Interactive, funny whodunit. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago, IL.
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
STRANGER THINGS Official Pinball Launch Party – (Feb. 21st from 7pm-midnight) Episodes streaming all night. IFPA tournament begins at 8pm. A DJ spins the Stranger Things soundtrack along with 80s dance music. (21+) Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.
Suffering Organic Impairments – (Feb. 7th-29th) Horror Floral presents a look at the beauty of death and the return to nature. Various artists. Supported by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120.
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.
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