Wednesday, September 13, 2006

24 hour horror movie fest, Chicago on Sat, Oct 14th...

Last year Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre, a classic '20s movie house gorgeously refurbished a few decades ago, ran a 24 hour horror film fest for Halloween. Apparently they will be making it a yearly event.

Running from noon on Saturday, Oct 14th until noon on the following day, the fest is a goofy event with lots of audience participation, etc. I didn't stay the whole 24 hours last year, and won't this year. There are parking issues for those who so stay(you basically have to find a new spot for your car in the wee hours, although I imagine it's not that tough to do so). However, I'm an old man, and anyway, once the films start getting overtly gory, I lose interest.

That's why it's great that they run the movies-basically-chronilogically, starting with the oldest film and moving on through the decades. And at $25, if you stay for only the first six or seven films (or the final six or seven films), you can't say you haven't gotten your money's worth.

This is a tentative line-up, and will probably be added to:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (with live organ accompaniment)
Bride of Frankenstein
It Came from Outer Space
Masque of Red Death

Homecoming (Joe Dante personal appearance; this was his episode from the Masters of Horror TV show)
The Thing (Carpenter's)
Let's Scare Jessica to Death

-An Exhausted Ken Leaves-

Deep Red (Argento)
Night of the Creeps
Friday the 13th Part 2

More details here.


At 1:15 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

I've heard a lot of good about Night of the Creeps. Looks pretty gory, though, from the few stills I've seen.

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous The Rev. D.D. said...

It's a fun little flick along the lines of Evil Dead 2, i.e. some good scary bits and some good funny bits. It's not at the level of ED2 (what is, really?) but the acting's decent, the effects are good (a couple are very cheesy, but I think they were done that way on purpose), and it's got a nice sense of fun to it (for the most part...there's a couple of nasty moments to it.) Biggest surprises: the comic relief is actually a sympathetic character, and he never becomes odious; and their attempts at intentional campiness work for the most part. Peter Jackson may have seen it before making Dead Alive (there's a zombie attack featuring a certain lawn care tool). There are a couple of gory bits, but most of the gore is suggested or cut away from. It'd probably rate a PG-13 these days. Definitely see it if you get a chance.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Jessica R. said...

I'd love to see Masque of the Red Death on the big screen.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger nshumate said...

If Ken leaves before seeing Night of the Creeps on the big screen, I'll... well, I won't do anything. But I'll think about doing things. Really nasty things.

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous BT said...

Seriously Ken, if you haven't seen Night of the Creeps (and I can't believe you haven't), I think you'd really love it. It's moderately funny, is a great snapshot of '80's fashion, and has Tom Atkins. What's not to like? It's defnitely one of my underrated favorites from the 80's along with "The Hidden".


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