Horrors at the Music Box in Chicago

While we all wait for news of this year’s Music Box of Horrors, Chicago’s best 24-hour horror movie marathon, there are more than a few interesting screenings coming up there that might peak the interests of local fans!

This Wednesday, at 9:15pm, they are screening the 1982 epic Boardinghouse, one of the earlier shot-on-video films that actually did play theaters. I know this for a fact because it played at the theater I worked at and was both confused and blown aways by it! Plenty of nudity and gore, as well as a lot of W-T-F moments, it is definitely like nothing else you’ve seen. And getting to see it on the big screen is a whole other experience! There will be an introduction to the film by author and film critic Preston Fassel, author of the book Landis: The Story of a Real Man on 42nd Street, the first ever biography of Sleazoid Express found Bill Landis. There will also be a post screening conversation as well.

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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!

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