SATANIC PANIC: An Evening of Paranoia & Power

  • Posted : February 16th, 2017
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Satanic Panic

Get ready to Shout, Shout, Shout at the Devil!

Was a generation being preconditioned for devil worship through heavy metal music and He-Man?! When those lyrics are chanting out DO IT DO IT DO IT…what was “IT”…drugs…sex…MURDER?! In a time of deep social upheaval paranoia is paramount! Remember the power that misunderstanding and moral panic holds to destroy lives; think of the West Memphis Three, the San Antonio Four, the McMartin School Trial, widespread censorship, mishandled investigations, beware thy neighbor, and media fueled fear. Is the devil at work or is it just mankind’s way?

On March 24th a grand ballroom in the heart of the Chicago Loop will transform into an occult ritual space where infamous talk show host ‘Gerald Rivers’ will conduct an expose on the dangers of Satanism!! Whether you are for or against or simply a morbid curiosity seeker be part of the studio audience while the host confronts this moral binary of good versus evil. Allow yourself to be lured by electric tabloid sensation into an immersive evening of entertainment that brings together 40+ visual artists, designers, and performers from across the country who have created pieces that touch on specific media stories and personal experiences related to the 1980s-1990s cultural phenomenon of Satanic Panic!

Ticket Tiers Range from $30-$75

In addition to 3 ritual sets of burlesque and variety performances audience members will have the chance to interact with floor characters, engage in games, be branded with unique body art, purchase from vintage pop culture vendors, engage with roleplaying photo opportunities and earn badges of “sin”. Guests are encouraged to dress in punk rock, gothic or heavy metal attire to help transport the event to a time and place. The goal is to push the boundaries of live entertainment into an engaging immersive environment where patrons can reflect on events of the past and discover ways that this same kind of moral panic and hysteria is thriving today.

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NEW: Submit Your Chicago Horror-Related News to Yourself!

  • Posted : February 16th, 2017
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In my ongoing effort to make more user-friendly and of more use to Chicagoland horror peeps, the site now has a page where you can enter and submit your upcoming Chicago-area horror-related special events, promotions, discounts, news, press releases, etc. yourself!

Head over to and try it out – as soon as you submit something, an admin will be notified and will approve it ASAP, at which point your submission will be posted to the home page news blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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Lance Henriksen & Katharine Isabelle Added to the Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con 2017 Celebrity Guest Roster

  • Posted : February 15th, 2017
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The legendary Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark) will be joining the list of celebrity guests at the 2017 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con, as will Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary).
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Clive Barker Presents: Reel Fear Horror Contest – Now Accepting Submissions!

  • Posted : February 14th, 2017
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The “Clive Barker Presents: Reel Fear Horror Contest” from Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Shudder is now accepting submissions.

From February 13th to March 17th, filmmakers can submit one-to-three minute pitches for original horror film concepts on Ten semi-finalists will be selected and voted on by the public. The audience winner automatically moves on to the next round, where five finalists will each receive funding to direct a short scene representative of their abilities. In June, those finalists will also be granted a spot in the second annual Shudder Labs, Shudder’s creative retreat for developing genre filmmakers, using the experience to enhance their submission.

Project Greenlight Digital Studios (PGLDS), a digital content initiative from Adaptive Studios, and Shudder, AMC Networks-backed horror and thriller streaming video service, are joining forces to launch a video contest to support indie horror films. The two companies have also partnered with filmmaker Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions) who is known for his directing, writing and producing credits in the horror genre. The contest will solicit pitches for original horror films, and the winner will receive $300,000 to make his or her feature film, as well as mentorship from Barker throughout production.

Shorts will be judged on originality, story, character, editing, directing, and commercial value. The final stage of the contest will consist of an interview with Barker and representatives from PGLDS and Shudder, where the five finalists will answer questions regarding crew, casting, creative execution, and more.

One director or directing team will be selected to bring their film to life with a $300,000 budget. Barker will help shepherd the film through the development process as a mentor to the winning filmmaker.

Barker said of the partnership: “When I was looking for financing while making Hellraiser, I wish there was a company like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me. Teaming up with Adaptive Studios and Shudder is a wonderful opportunity to support emerging filmmakers in creating something truly iconic. This is a great chance to scare and entertain audiences at the same time.”

“Project Greenlight Digital Studios was created to be a story-driven creative community and we believe our video contests continue to provide great opportunities for emerging filmmakers. We’re thrilled to expand this contest platform and focus on a specific genre in the film world,” said Brittany Turner, VP of Digital at Adaptive Studios.

Linda Pan, General Manager of Shudder, added: “At Shudder, our mission is to showcase and support innovative forms of storytelling in horror and suspense. We are delighted to launch our second annual Shudder Labs program in collaboration with Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Clive Barker to support and foster a new generation of creative voices in the horror genre.”

For full contest details and to enter, visit

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Win FREE Tickets to See a Special Advance Screening of Personal Shopper on 3/7/17

  • Posted : February 14th, 2017
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Dark Chicago has received a batch of tickets to a special advance screening of PERSONAL SHOPPER on March 7th; to win a set, just visit Passes are first-come, first-served, and these events tend to fill to capacity, so if you win, plan to arrive early. Location and time details will come with the passes.

Following her César Award-winning performance in Clouds of SIls Maria, Kristen Stewart re-teams with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this mesmerizing 21st century ghost story. By day, American in Paris Maureen (Stewart) works as a personal shopper, motor-biking around the city buying up deluxe couture for a jet-setting celebrity client. By night, she attempts to channel the spirits of the dead, hoping to make contact with her recently deceased twin brother. When Maureen begins receiving a series of chilling, increasingly sinister text messages, it seems she may have made contact—but with whom? And what do they want? This seductive, mind-scrambling mystery is a riveting showcase for one of this generation’s most adventurous actresses.

Personal Shopper hits theaters in Chicago on Friday, March 17.

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