Second Annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival at Wizard World, August 20-23

  • Posted : July 22nd, 2015
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The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.

“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” remarks Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”

“With this program we covered just about all of our favorite scary things,” says festival director Josh Goldbloom. “Vampires, psychotic breakdowns, cannibals, killer dogs, contagious diseases, mummies, bad decisions, and easily the most evil half man, half bunny rabbit of all time. I can’t wait to present it to our fellow film nerds in Chicago!”

Opening Night gives audiences the chance to see the highly-anticipated horror anthology film Tales of Halloween, which features shorts from some of the best filmmakers in independent horror including Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent), Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw franchise) and Lucky McKee (The WomanMayMasters of Horror), and starring Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Greg Grunburg, Lisa Marie and more.

U.S. premieres include the gruesome Contracted: Phase 2; the ferocious Australian import The Pack; and the certifiably insane Bunny the Killer Thing.  Special film events include a 30th anniversary screening of Fright Night (1985), with writer/director Tom Holland in attendance; a “Cannibal brunch” featuring mountains of breakfast meats followed by a 35mm screening of the infamous Cannibal Holocaust (1980) introduced by Green Inferno director Eli Roth; and a special screening of Don Coscarelli’s cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), followed by a discussion with Bruce Campbell himself. Plenty of surprises are in store for audiences throughout the four-day event.

Jason Krawczyk’s He Never Died closes the Festival, starring Henry Rollins as Jack, a social outcast thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. The film is a masterful combination of film noir, crime thriller, character study and horror story.

Films will screen at the Muvico Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., mere blocks from the Wizard World convention hall. Screenings are free for Wizard World badge-holders (space permitting), and a limited number of festival badges and single tickets are available for fans who are not registered for Wizard World.

Festival badges are on sale for $100, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view Festival schedule updates, visit www.bchff.com.Bruce Campbell Film Festival

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Win Free Passes to See a Special Advance Screening of COOTIES This Thursday!

  • Posted : July 22nd, 2015
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Dark Chicago has FREE passes to a special advance screening of COOTIES this Thursday (July 23) at 7:00 pm! To claim yours, just click HERE and then hit “GET MY PASSES”! First-come, first-served. We recommend arriving early, as these types of screenings often hit capacity.

From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), COOTIES is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings ), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. COOTIES will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on  September 18th in select theaters and on demand.

Cooties opens nationwide on September 18.

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Monster Family Fun Day! Svengoolie Live On Stage Presenting Mad Monster Party at Flashback Weekend!

  • Posted : July 7th, 2015
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Join Flashback Weekend on Sunday August 9 for some spooky fun for the entire family emceed by Chicago TV Horror Host legend SVENGOOLIE (Rich Koz) as only he can. Join us for a screening of the 1967 Rankin Bass stop motion animated classic “MAD MONSTER PARTY” starring Boris Karloff! The 2 hour stage show / movie screening will include audience participation and many more surprises!

Svengoolie will take the stage at 1:00PM. Other convention activities throughout the day include our giant vendors room to find rare collectibles, meet celebrity guests, and have the kiddies join us for some fun activities! Leave a Comment Go to Post...

Chicago Frights Zombie Walk

  • Posted : July 2nd, 2015
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Do you LOVE zombies? Do you watch TV and cheer for the “Walking Dead?” Do you dream of being undead and walking among the living? Well here is your chance! Bring out your inner monster and walk with attendees at the area’s new haunt and Halloween convention, Chicago Frights! In collaboration with Chicago Zombie March, Chicago Frights will be hosting a zombie walk 3pm, Saturday July 18, and it’s FREE!

Come to the rear of the Hilton Lisle Naperville (away from the hotel), dressed in your tattered, rotting, bloody best, or get there early and let our makeup artists undead you up for tips! Monsters of all kinds, shapes, ages and sizes are welcome to come join in the hilarity and high jinks!

The zombie horde will gather at 4pm to stumble and stagger towards Mullens restaurant and bar for adult beverages and to mingle with whatever patrons are there. Then return to the Hilton and finish in the Dealer Room. You can find more info on the Facebook Event Page. So all you ghoulies and ghastly gals, come on out to the Chicago Zombie March/Chicago Frights Zombie Walk.

The Chicago Frights Haunts & Halloween Expo is July 16-19, 2015. For full information and to get tickets, visit http://www.chicagofrights.com.Chicago Frights

 

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Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records Needs Help!

  • Posted : June 30th, 2015
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Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records is a fantastic sci fi/fantasy/horror store just off the corner of N Milwaukee and N California, owned and operated by genuine genre fans Grant & Jennifer McKee. Currently they are in danger of losing their storefront and are asking the horror community for help – from their IndieGoGo page:

Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records has been offering a wide selection of the best new and used vinyl as well as Chicago’s best selection of genre fiction for 5 years, but we will soon be without a storefront.  Moving is a daunting (and expensive) task, and we’re asking for your support to help us. Our lease is up at the end of July and we have nowhere to go. We’re seeking a larger storefront that will not only house our ever-growing collection of books and records, but also give our customers a better shopping experience and allow us to host a wider variety of store events. We cannot do this without your help!

Chicagoland horror fans, we can’t let this store wither away. Whatever you can do to help, do it, right now. If you have a couple of bucks you can donate, every penny counts. If you’re flat broke, share the IndieGoGo page so that somebody else might be able to help. We need to keep Bucket O’ Blood in Chicago!

Special thanks to Kreepylady Kristin / The Chicago Creepout for the heads up!

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