Dead Weight Anniversary Screening

dead-weight-sceening

Hard to believe that it has been five years since the release of the independent film Dead Weight. Sure, this post might be a little jaded since I’ve known one half of the writing/directing team for, Mr. John Pata, for something close to ten years now, when he was trying to peddle his little zombie short film, Better Off Undead. I can’t say how impressed I’ve been with what John has accomplished in those ten years either, and can’t wait to see where the next ten take him.

Continue reading

An Indoor Drive-In?

That’s right…an indoor drive-in.

When I first heard news of this new $10 million indoor drive-in near Nashville, I actually thought it was a regular drive-in but had a cover over it, like one of those indoor sports field. At that point, I thought that was the coolest idea since the invention of the corndog! But the more I read through a few different articles on this, it isn’t what I thought it was. While it is an indoor theater, the cars are just permanently parked there. Not sure if they are actual even real cars or just seats fabricated classic car. So while it has the look and set up of a drive-in, not sure if it is going to have the real feel of one.

august-moon-drive-in

Continue reading

Cult Movie Screenings

hardware
Next weekend at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Odd Obsession Movies with another midnight screening. This time it will be Richard Stanley’s Hardware (1990), coming from Stanley’s own personal 35mm print. This movie is a visual, audio, and sensory overload, all intertwined in a story about a killer robot in an apartment building. It was Stanley’s first feature film and it remains one of my favorites. Starring Dylan McDermott, John Lynch, Stacey Travis, William Hootkins, Mark Northover, and even Lemmy from Motorhead has a cameo! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see a film like this on the big screen.

Continue reading

Horrors at the Music Box

Chicagoland horror fans have two new flicks coming to the Music Box Theatre in February, ones that have been making quite a rumble in the horror world!

The first one is The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which I seen on a lot of Best of 2016 lists. Directed by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) and stars Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, and Ophelia Lovibond. The story is about a small town in Virginia where the local sheriff comes across a terrifying murder scene, with multiple bodies. During the search of the residence, they discover another body in the basement, which is an unidentified female corpse, which is named Jane Doe. Once the body gets to the family-owned morgue, things start to get even more weirder. The more the coroner and his son dig deeper into Jane Doe, unnatural forces take hold of the place. This film opens this Friday at the Music Box.

autopsy-of-jane-doe

Continue reading

Dead of Winter Film Fest

dead-of-winter-short-film-festival

So Chicago area horror fans…getting bored with all this cold weather and nothing to do? Then how about coming out on Thursday, January 26th for the first Dead of Winter Film Fest! This is a film fest highlighting some of the best Horror Short Films and will feature 11 different shorts from directors like Adam Krause, Daniel DelPurgatorio, Jerry Pyle, Jill Gevargizian, and more!

Continue reading

BoardingHouse Midnight Screening

boardinghouseBack in the early ’80s, when I worked at a movie theater, we had a strange movie playing there that looked very grainy for some reason. Years later I would find out that it was actually shot on video and then transferred to film to get an actual theatrical release. It looked cheesy, terrible acting, ultra gory, and one of the strangest films I’d seen. It was called BoardingHouse. And now, I’ll have the chance to see it in the theater once again!

This coming weekend, on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th, the Music Box Theatre will be having a midnight screening of this film, presented by Odd Obsessions Movies, and co-presented by Chicago Film Society. Though the film starts at midnight, there is a pre-party in the Music Box Lounge at 11pm. The fact that this is being screened from a 35mm print is just unreal.

I have checked with the theater and was told that it will in fact be screening in the large theater, which makes this event even better! If you haven’t seen this film and love cult and strange cinema, not to mention a gorefest, then you will want to check this out. Just watch the trailer below and see if it doesn’t make you want to see it!

Continue reading

The Tale of Two 24-Hour Horror Movie Marathons…Part 2

Massacre 2016 sign.jpgThe very following Saturday, on the 22nd of October, was when the other 24-hour marathon, called simply The Massacre, was being held at the Patio Theater. This is another old Chicago theater that is just beautiful. The lobby is just incredible, like stepping back in time. It thrills me to no end  that someone is trying to keep this place open and alive. The theater itself is just huge, with plenty of seating for all the fans coming out to enjoy these movies. In the past, there had been issues with heat, either not having any or in the summer being just way too warm. Lucky for all of us, there weren’t any of those issues now, which was a great relief. Plus, I was not working this event, but was there just to sit back and enjoy the films, which was going to be a nice change of pace after the previous week. Since this time of year tends to be pretty busy for me, it’s tough for me to actually have time to sit and watch a flick every now and then. So this was going to be a great opportunity to do just that.

Continue reading