Another great week of genre events in the city includes screenings of: The Elephant Man, Come to Daddy, Color Out of Space, Silence of the Lambs, The Brood, Disco Godfather, Mars Attacks!, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, The Hitch-Hiker, a black-and-white version of Parasite (!), and 24 hours of b-movies at B-Fest.
Be sure to catch Evil Dead: The Musical and Bug on stage, the extreme metal art and death art exhibits, or the Love Sucks: St. Valentine’s Massacre Oddities and Curiosities Market!
“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”
THE ELEPHANT MAN – (Feb. 7th-10th at 11pm) Unforgettable, beautiful work by David Lynch about Joseph Merrick, born with a congenital disorder. PARASITE continues through Feb. 12th. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
B-FEST – (Feb. 7th at 6pm to Feb. 8th at 6pm) A&O Productions’ annual 24-hr film festival celebrating B-Movies with extremely low budgets (such as Plan 9 from Outer Space). Please see the site’s FAQ page for everything you need to know about this unique fest! McCormick Auditorium, Northwestern University, Norris University Center, Evanston, IL.
MARS ATTACKS! [35mm] – (Feb. 7th & 8th) Midnight. Tim Burton’s wild sci-fi, pulp-infused comedy directly inspired by the ’60s Topps trading cards of the same name. Screening in connection with the Overachievers: Musicians in Film series. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
COME TO DADDY – (through Feb. 13th) 9:45pm. Elijah Wood stars in this horror / dark comedy by Ant Timpson (The Greasy Strangler). Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
GRETEL & HANSEL – (through Feb. 12th) 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. THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE continues through Feb. 12th. ArcLight Cinema, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE – (through Feb. 13th) Daily at 9:50pm; midnight Friday and Saturday. 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.
DISCO GODFATHER [35mm] – (Feb. 10th at 7pm) The Chicago Film Society presents this 1979 blaxploitation film starring Rudy Ray Moore. An ex cop-turned-disco club owner wages war on drug dealers after losing his nephew to angel dust. Throw in dance numbers & martial arts and you’ve got a classic. “Put your weight on it!” Includes 10-minute blaxploitation trailer reel. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
PARASITE – (through Feb. 13th) 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. 13th. Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
PARASITE in Black & White! – (Feb. 7th-12th) Revisit this fantastic film presented in black and white! ArcLight Cinema, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.
BLACULA / TALES FROM THE HOOD – (Feb. 10th at 7pm) Bo-Deadly presents a horror double feature with drink specials and free vegan popcorn. Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.
TETSUO: The Iron Man – (Feb. 11th at 6pm) (DCP) Cyberpunk classic! Part of their From Asia, with Love film series. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
KNIVES OUT – (through Feb. 13th) Smartly written whodunit. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – (Feb. 12th at 1pm & 7pm) One night only! Hosted by Patrick Bromley of the Chicago Film Critics Association. Elk Grove Theatre, 1050 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
THE HITCH-HIKER – (Feb. 12th at 7pm & 9pm) Ida Lupino directed this chilling classic. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE BROOD [35mm] – (Feb. 13th at 9:30pm) Cronenberg body horror! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
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.
THE TURNING – (through Feb. 12th) Loosely adapted from Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw. Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
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.
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.
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.
SHEAR MADNESS – (Feb. 7th-Mar. 29th) Interactive, funny whodunit. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, 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.
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
LOVE SUCKS St. Valentine’s Massacre Oddities & Curiosities Market – (Feb. 9th from 1pm-7pm) Over 50 vendors. Free parking! $5 advance/$10 door. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
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.
Suffering Organic Impairments – (Feb. 7th-29th) Horror Floral presents a look at the beauty of death and the return to nature. Opening reception with live music Feb. 7th from 6pm-9pm ($5 sugg. donation). 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.
Death Chat with a Mortician – (Feb. 9th from 1pm-3pm) Enjoy an informal discussion with mortician Christy Chiappone. Presented by Suffering Organic Impairments. ($10 sugg. donation.) 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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