Happy Valentine’s Day! Take a stab at a few holiday haunts this weekend, catch a play (Evil Dead!), or relax at the movies with genre films like VFW, Brazil, Lady Vengeance, Nosferatu (with live organ accompaniment), Blue Velvet, Atlantics, a “Roses Are Dead” Valentine’s event screening horror shorts, and more!
“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”
VALENTINE’S DAY HAUNTS:
LOVE BITES – (Feb. 15th from 7pm-10:30pm) Starving vampires throw a huge Valentine’s Day party for humans in hopes of having a feast ready for when the elders wake. Be prepared to complete tasks and work with others to escape the vampire den! 13th Floor Haunted House, 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160.
VALENTINE’S DAY WONDERLAND – (Feb. 14th & 15th) Wonderland-themed haunted house for Valentine’s Day. Photo opportunities are available with the “Bad” Hatter or the “Mad” Queen of Hearts! Basement of the Dead, 42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506.
LADY VENGEANCE [35mm] – (Feb. 14th at 3:45pm; Feb. 18th at 6pm) A great entry in Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy. Part of their From Asia, with Love film series. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
ATLANTICS – (Feb. 14th-20th) Atmospheric, haunting Senegalese fantasy that elegantly connects both social commentary and the spirit world together. The less you know going in, the better. Directorial debut by Mati Diop, the first black female director to win an award at Cannes. Times vary. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
VFW, FANTASY ISLAND, PARASITE, KNIVES OUT – (Feb. 14th-19th) VFW is an action horror film by Joe Begos (Bliss) where an all-out war between war veterans, drug dealers, and mutant punks breaks out at their VFW post. Starring Stephen Lang, Fred Williamson and William Sadler! ArcLight Cinema, 1500 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60610.
FANTASY ISLAND – (Feb. 14th through Feb. 19th) A horror version of the classic TV show? Sign me up. Times vary. Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
ROSES ARE DEAD VOL. 2 – (Feb. 14th & 15th at midnight) Enjoy a collection of short horror films to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sponsored by ALTER. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE – (Feb. 14th & 15th) 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.
ATLANTICS – (Feb. 15th at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sun. at 4pm) Cleverly mixing the spirit world with the migrant crisis, this film delivers a mesmerizing, strange, dreamy trip. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
BRAZIL – (Feb. 17th at 7pm) Eccentric, dystopian sci-fi film by Terry Gilliam! Followed by a discussion. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.
PARASITE – (through Feb. 20th) 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.
NOSFERATU – (Feb. 17th at 8pm) (1922) Live organ by Jay Warren! Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL. (21+)
BLUE VELVET – (Feb. 18th-20th) Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this unforgettable David Lynch classic! PARASITE also continues through Feb. 20th. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
KNIVES OUT – (through Feb. 20th) 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.
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.
OUTBREAK – (Feb. 18th at 4pm) Part of the 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago season. Chicago Public Library, Back of the Yards, 2111 W. 47th St., Chicago, IL 60609.
MEEK’S CUTOFF – (Feb. 18th at 9:30pm) Western film considered by many to fall into the realm of horror. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
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.
THE ORPHANAGE [35mm] – (Feb. 20th at 9:30pm) Heads up for next week, a 35mm print of J.A. Bayona’s chilling tale! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
UPCOMING: Bong Joon-ho’s MOTHER, THE NEW YORK RIPPER, BRAHMS: The Boy II, Midwest Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festival.
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:
Another Dimension Sci-Fi Book Club – (Feb. 17th at 9pm) They’ll be discussing Singularity Sky, a novel by Charles Stross. Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
YOU WILL DIE Extreme Metal Art Exhibit Closing Reception – (Feb. 14th at 7pm) 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.
Logan Arcade 6th Birthday Party – (Feb. 15th from noon-3pm) Celebrate with the Logan Arcade with a vegan pizza party, drink specials, live DJ, arcade games, and a fundraiser for the koalas. All weekend long, Chicago Handshakes will be $6. $1 for each one sold will count as a donation to the WIRES Emergency Fund – NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue, & Education Service. 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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