It's about that time of the year when creepy, crawling, scary people are among us, and no, it's not another night on the Red Line. Halloween is nearly here, which means a perfectly bloody good selection of ghoulish movies to put you in a festive mood. Here are a few of the best 2012 Halloween film events in Chicago.
Just like the infamous Windy City debates of "Who has the best pizza?" or "Cubs vs. Sox," there will be a battle of classic movie theaters between Portage and Music Box, who are each offering 24-hour horror festivals. Which one do you choose? Both, of course! Here's the scoop on the big day-long entertainment:
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport
"Music Box of Horrors" has an action-packed 24 hours of chills starting at noon on October 13, 2012, featuring "The Invisible Man," "Phantasm," "The Burning," and "Mark of the Vampire," with live appearances by Sybil Danning and Jeff Leiberman, plus vendors, food trucks, and more. Tickets purchased prior to October 12 are $35 -- $40 day of show.
This is one of the best, most beloved movie palaces in the city, and don't forget to say hello to "Whitey," the lovable ghost who has been known to roam the auditorium. He adds a little extra touch to the whole Halloween mystique!
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
"The Massacre," which includes 24 hours of nonstop thrills beginning at noon on October 20, 2012, will be showing "The Black Cat," "Return of the Living Dead," "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," "Phantasm II," "Halloween II," and more.
There will be a couple of special guests, shorts, zombie make-up, contests, vendors, and other cool things. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for kids 12 and younger. You can pay once and come and go as you like.
Portage Theater is a great place to see a movie, with a huge, comfortable seating area and excellent public transportation that will bring you to the door. Plus, they have a new parking area at the Sears lot, which is just down the street.
More Ghoulish Delights
2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
This lovely old movie house has been around forever, and they just recently got a facelift! Enjoy frightening classics late nights each weekend through Halloween during "Horror Movie Madness."
You can check out the original "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff in "Frankenstein," awesome thrillers "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist" (which are my two personal favorites of all time), along with "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th."
Schedules vary for each weekend, so check the Logan's website for all the details and prices. Note: Some movies will be shown on Mondays, too.
The Wilmette Theater
1122 Central Ave.
If you want to see terrifying kids scare the you-know-what out of you, you'll love "Children of the Corn," a horror film cult fave that is part of the triple feature "Northside Nigtmares" fest at the Wilmette Theater on Friday, October 19, 2012.
For just $10, you can see "Corn," plus a Chicago premiere of "Redsin Tower" and the indie creeper "Found." Liquor and food are available for sale at this event.
1022 Lake St.
Oak Park, Illinois
Can't get enough of Mike Myers? (The mass murdering loon, not the funny one who hangs out with a guy named Garth.) The psycho killer with the hockey mask is back in the original (and best) "Halloween," starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
All of the Classic Cinemas, including Lake Theater in Oak Park, North Riverside, and York, will be screening "Halloween" on October 30, 2012, along with a special 10-minute short on how the horror film helped transform the genre. General admission is $6.
Happy Halloween, Chicago!
- Arts & Entertainment