When this time of year comes around, there is one thing that you can be sure of….busy weekends! With the Halloween season right around the corner, there are plenty of different movie events coming up, from Dusk to Dawn shows at the drive-ins, to 24-hour marathons, to simple movie screenings of classic monster flicks. With so many to choose from, it’s time to start marking them down in your calendar and start making those plans. Here’s a little run down of the events that we know about coming up in the Chicagoland area. I’m sure there are more, but here’s the ones that I know about. Feel free to leave a notice about one near you in the comment section if you’d like. The more word we can get about these events, the more we can help support them!
The Midway Drive-In’s Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorfest – Sept. 24th – This year’s films are going to be John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976), Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead (1981), and David Durston’s classic exploitation movie, I Drink Your Blood (1970). Even though we were just at a drive-in event last weekend, I can’t wait for this one. We always have a blast at the Midway and they really know how to put on a great show. Of course, we will have a table set up out in front of the concessions, so stop by and say hello. For more information about the Midway and this event, just click HERE.
McHenry Drive-In – Horrific Double Features – All through October, the McHenry Drive-In will be hosting special double features of some great terror flicks every weekend. Here is their lineup:
Oct. 7th & 8th – The Shining and The Exocist
Oct. 14th & 15th – Nightmare on Elm Street 1 & 2
Oct. 21st & 22nd – Alien and Aliens
Oct. 28th & 29th – Casper & The Addams Family
For more information, just click HERE.
The Beyond at the Music Box with Live Score by Fabio Frizzi – On October 6th, you’ll be able to witness Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond like never before as composer Frizzi performs the score for this epic piece of Italian horror with live musicians. Being a huge fan of this film, this is going to redefine epic. Tickets are still on sale for this event and can be purchased HERE.
Music Box of Horrors – October 15th – For their 12th annual marathon of madness, Chicago’s own Music Box Theatre will be giving horror fans another 24 hours of horror! So far they have announced the following films: Popcorn, Dr. Butcher M.D., Eyes of Fire, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Eye of the Cat, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, with plenty more titles yet to be announced. So far, all the titles listed will be screened from 35mm prints, except Halloween III, which will be from an archival 16mm print. Got to love it when they used real film prints. They also haven’t announced any guests yet either, but am sure it will be soon.
If you buy your tickets before 9/14, they are only $25 each. If you get them between 9/15 and 10/14, they will be $30. If you wait until the day of the event, they will be $35. So if you ask me, I’d be picking your tickets up now at the cheaper price while you can!
And just like last year, we will be set up in the newly created lounge area, so please make sure you stop by and hang out for a bit. For more information about this event, just click HERE.
The Massacre at the Patio Theater – Taking place the following weekend, October 22nd, Chicago’s other 24-hour marathon will be taking place, also with an impressive lineup so far: Mario Bava’s Black Sunday, David Cronenberg’s Shivers, Dario Argento’s Inferno, Evil Dead 2, Lost Boys, Assault on Precinct 13, Friday the 13th Pt. 6: Jason Lives, and House by the Cemetery. Not sure if these are 35mm prints or just digital projection since nothing is stated on the events page. They have also announced special guests Lynn Lowry, Tommy McLoughlin, and Giovanni Frezza. Tickets for this event are only $20. For all the information about this event, just click HERE.