With summer in full swing, that means that the Halloween season is not too far off. But in between now and then, there are a lot of different movie events happening that gives horror film lovers a chance to experience some titles in a way never before for some fans, on the big screen, either indoors or outdoors. There are older films here that might have been played and gone before you were born, or others that might not have ever played on the big screen before, going straight to video. No matter how great of a set-up you might have for your home theater, there still is nothing like experiencing seeing a film on the big screen. So below are some events that I know about, some of which are near the Chicago area, while others might be a bit further away. I know there are plenty more, so if you know of one, please post it in the comments so we can get a nice variety of cool events for fans to check out that might be closer to one of those.
Music Box Theatre – Chicago, IL
We’ve posted before on some of these events, but have added some more, and to remind you of the others!
July 6th – Job Bob’s Indoor Drive-in Geek Out: Screenings of The Brain (1988) starring David Gale of Re-Animator fame, and Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage (1988), with Joe Bob hanging out in the Music Box Lounge before and after each film, with exclusive merch for sale, as well as doing a meet-and-greet with autographs for ticket holders.
July 13th – Night of the Bigfoot: Presented by Shudder, they will be screening Cry Wilderness (1987), a kid’s movie with Bigfoot. Yeap, that’s right. Then followed up with Night of the Demon (1980), which is not a kid movie, especially during the infamous scene that shows you never pee on the side of the road! Both Vinegar Syndrome and Severin Films will have Pop-Up Shops in the Music Box Lounge starting at 4:30pm and will be there throughout the evening.
Sept. 2nd to 4th – The Creepshow: A Stephen King Film Festival: They will be screening a series of films all based on the works of Mr. King. I’m not sure if there are going to be more titles announced, but right now, they have 5 titles listed, The Shining (1980), Doctor Sleep (2019), Christine (1983), Creepshow (1982), Misery (1990). We’ll announce more details if they change.
Oct. 22nd to 23rd – Music Box of Horrors – The best 24-hour marathon in Chicago! They’ve only got 2 titles listed (Idle Hands & Flesheater) but I know they will have a quite a few great titles added.
You can always get the latest updates by going directly to the Music Box Theatre website by clicking HERE.
Aug. 26th & 27th – The Skyline Drive-In’s Super Monster Movie Fest: This year’s theme is Size Matters, with Tiny Terrors on Friday and Huge Horrors on Saturday! Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children, or at the door, they are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Two-day passes are only available in advance and not available at the gate. You can camp out at night for free with a paid admission. For all the latest info, head over to their Facebook page HERE. Here is a list of times and titles they are screening this year:
Friday Tiny Terrors
8:15pm Sammy Terry on stage
9pm The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
10:30pm Sammy Terry on stage
11:15pm Child’s Play (1988)
12:45am Magic (1978)
2:45am The Devil Doll (1936)
4:15am The Gate (1987)
Saturday Huge Horrors
8:15pm Sammy Terry on stage
9pm The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
10:30pm Sammy Terry on stage
11:15pm King Kong (1976)
1:30am The Host (2006)
3:30am Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
5:15am Alligator (1980)
Sept. 23rd & 24th – The Drive-In Super Monster-Rama at the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift, PA: The have announced the final lineup for this fall’s movie marathon, and if you’re a fan of Christopher Lee, this is one you won’t want to miss. They are doing a Christopher Lee Centenary Celebration. They will be screening 8 different Lee films over two nights, and they have one hell of a lineup there. See their lineup below. For all information about this event, check out their Facebook page HERE.
If I lived closer, I would be there several times a week! They always have a huge list of events going on there but here are just a few that I thought would be worth mentioning. But to see their entire events page, and for all the info about the drive-in, head over to their website HERE.
July 29th to the 31st – Schlock-O-Rama VI: This event goes on for 3 days and has some unbelievable classic sci-fi/horror titles being screened.
Friday the 29th
The Creeping Unknown (aka The Quatermass Xperiment, 1955)
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
Man from Planet X (1951)
Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)
Saturday the 30th
The Monster that Challenged the World (1957)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
Beast of Paradise Isle (1953)
Sunday the 31st
Have Rocket Will Travel (1959)
Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)
Aug. 19th & 20th – Universal Monster Mash VI
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
The Mummy (1932)
Invisible Agent (1942
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
Sept. 1st to the 4th – Camp Blood VIII
Thursday the 1st
The Mutilator (1984) – An uncut 35mm print, with special guests Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, and Bill Hitchcock
Friday the 2nd
Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) – With special guests Larry Zerner
Graduation Day (1981)
Blood Rage (1987)
Saturday the 3rd
Children of the Corn (1984) – With special guest director Fritz Kiersch and stars John Franklin, Courtney Gains, and John Philbin
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
Night Warning (1981)
Sunday the 4th
Dressed to Kill (1980)
New Year’s Evil (1980)
Blood Games (1990)