A special limited deal for the Music Box of Horrors 2013

by Dave Jennings Monday, October 14th, 2013 10:04am

Starting Monday, October 14th at 1:00 pm, we will release a limited number of discounted tickets to the Music Box of Horrors 2013!

For a limited time today we will release tickets for only $19.99! Once they are gone, they are gone! This limited stash is for those people out there that are looking for a second ticket for a friend, or those that were on the fence about coming to see 26 hours of horror!


(Please note, this discount does not apply to previously purchased tickets to the Music Box of Horrors 2013)

The first 200 people through the doors on Saturday will get a special vomit bag of goodies for the festival!

26 hours of Horror!
Regular priced tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of! Come and go as you like!

The 2013 Music Box Of Horrors will be the an amazing 26 hours of horror films and entertainment. More films and guests will continue to be announced as they are confirmed.

The Music Box is dedicated to an awesome program of fantastic films and brilliant projection of classic 35mm film prints and high quality digital cinema.

Join us for our 9th annual horror marathon on Oct 19th, starting at noon! Like a proper marathon, we are going the distance and running a full 26-hours this year!! We’ve spent the last year scouring the earth for high-quality horror and have conjured a devilish lineup featuring 15 feature films and countless vintage trailers, including the world premiere of the new restoration of MANIAC COP 2, with director William Lustig (MANIAC, VIGILANTE) in person. Also in person will be director David Schmoeller (PUPPETMASTER) presenting his personal print of CRAWLSPACE, featuring Klaus Kinski as a murderous landlord. David Schmoeller will also be presenting his short documentary PLEASE KILL MR KINSKI, about the fraught production of CRAWLSPACE and the plot to kill Klaus Kinski for the insurance money, hatched by one of Schmoeller’s producers.

We relentlessly hunt the best-looking film prints for every title we show during the Box of Horrors, and we are excited to announce that after a several-year search, we have finally found a 35mm print of C.H.U.D. – and its a rare early cut of the film to boot! We will also be screening a print of TERRORVISION that has never been run through a projector before! Also screening will be a recent restoration of Andrej Zulawski’s POSSESSION, a 25th anniversary celebration of Chicago-shot CHILD’S PLAY, and archive prints of THE BLACK ROOM and TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE. And if that weren’t enough, we will also be featuring horror film trivia, hosted by The Wolfman, between films! Oh and a VHS presentation of Dokken’s “Dream Warriors” music video, with special guest Freddy Krueger!

Guests booked:
William Lustig (MANIAC/VIGILANTE) – presenting new restoration of MANIAC COP 2!
David Schmoeller (PUPPETMASTER/TOURIST TRAP) – presenting killer Klaus Kinski in CRAWLSPACE!

11:30 AM Trailer War (Awesome vintage trailers!)
12:00 PM Fall of the House of Usher
1:15 PM Island of Lost Souls
2:40 PM The Black Room
3:55 PM Night Monster
5:05 PM The Manitou
7:00 PM Crawlspace
9:15 PM Maniac Cop 2
11:30 PM Possession
1:45 AM Slumber Party Massacre
3:15 AM Child’s Play
5:00 AM Nightmare on Elm Street 3
8:45 AM Terrorvision
10:30 AM CHUD
12:15 PM Twitch of The Death Nerve

Films Include:

The Black Room
(Dir. Roy William Neill, 70 mins, 1935)
Boris Karloff versus… Boris Karloff!! This is a superb, underrated gothic horror film with a heavy atmosphere and double your usual dosage of Karloff, and you can thank the good folks at Sony Pictures for providing a beautiful archival print for this festival!
In a Tyrolean castle in the late 18th century, twin brothers Gregor and Anton de Berghmann live with an old family prophecy that states the younger brother shall kill the elder in the Black Room of the castle. One of these brothers is evil, natch, and we’re pretty sure its the brother murdering the wives of local peasants, but what we’re not sure about is just what the hell is down that pit in the Black Room…

(Dir. Douglas Cheek, 96 mins, 1984)
Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. There are no finer words in the English language. A government conspiracy to hide a toxic dump has transformed New York City’s underground homeless population into vile mutated freaks, feeding off human flesh. No longer content with subway commuters, these bug-eyed CHUDs have started moving to the surface, and it’s up to local homeless shelter manager Daniel Stern to stop them! Not only is this the only film print we’ve ever found, but it also happens to be the Director’s Cut of the film!

Child’s Play
(Dir. Tom Holland, 87 mins, 1988)
Terror in Lincoln Park! In this ’80s horror classic, young Andy Barclay gets the doll he wanted, nay demanded. However, what his parents didn’t know was that it was possessed with the spirit of a serial killer bent on revenge, voiced by the great Brad Dourif. Shot mere blocks from the Music Box, come celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chucky!

(Dir. David Schmoeller, 86 mins, 1987)
Gunther (Klaus Kinski) seems like a conscientious landlord who looks out for his female tenants. What they don’t know is that he plays Russian Roulette every night before going to bed and has a crawlspace from where he watches his tenants’ every intimate move and plans their murders. Oh, and his father was a sadistic Nazi doctor. Landlords, am I right? Director David Schmoeller in person for Q&A!

The Fall Of The House Of Usher
(Dir. Jean Epstein, 63 mins, 1928)
Having indirectly caused the death of his beloved, Roderick Usher stubbornly tries to resurrect her spirit by devoting himself to painting and sculpture. Director Jean Epstein studiously avoids cheap shocks in this Edgar Allen Poe adaptation of hereditary madness, conveying the twilight zone between life and death with tightly-controlled, spookily-subtle technique.

Island Of Lost Souls
(Dir. Erle C. Kenton, 71 mins, 1932)
Based on H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, Charles Laughton (in a standout early role) plays an obsessed doctor working on a remote tropical island secretly conducting surgical experiments on animals. When shipwrecked traveler Richard Arlen washes ashore, he witnesses the horrific vivisections and genetic experimentations that imprisoned animal-man hybrids endure. Or as Dr Moreau calls it, “bio-anthropological research.” This touchstone of movie terror features expressionistic photography and groundbreaking makeup effects that have inspired generations of filmmakers, plus the legendary Bela Lugosi in one of his most gruesome roles!

Maniac Cop 2
(Dir. William Lustig, 90 mins, 1990)
With the current glut of serialized Hollywood pictures, it’s necessary to remind ourselves that sometimes, the sequel is better than the original. That’s the case with the absolutely brilliant, fascinatingly violent Maniac Cop 2.
Nine months after his drowning in the east river, the titular officer (Robert Z’dar) returns from his watery grave to wreck havoc on New York, this time aided by a menacing serial killer hobo! Featuring a gleefully over-the-top script by horror legend Larry Cohen that sends our psycho 5-O in a completely bonkers supernatural direction that will have you screaming and cheering at the screen for the entire running time. Did we mention Bruce Campbell stars in it?
Fully restored to its original gory glory!

The Manitou
(Dir. William Girdler, 104 mins, 1978)
Tony Curtis plays a San Francisco fortune teller whose good friend (Susan Strasberg) appears to be suffering from a case of the ol’ shamanistic fetal neck-growth. Faster than you can say, “I’d almost describe it as…a fetus” a Native American dwarf is spawned, entering into a transdimentional battle with the baffled Tony Curtis, whose casual racism and ignorance really seems to be pissing off this reincarnated aboriginal mystic. Deliriously entertaining, nothing can prepare you for…THE MANITOU!

Night Monster
(Dir. Ford Beebe, 73 mins, 1942)
Rare Bela Lugosi! In a small town bordering a swampy region, unexplained murders and rumors of mysterious happenings surround the swamp-based home of the reclusive but respected Curt Ingston. As the mystery unfolds, the likeliest suspect may be the most surprising of all.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
(Dir. Chuck Russell, 96 mins, 1987)
After a disappointing sequel, The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise got its groove back with #3, a psychotropic fever dream filled with some of the most memorable kills Freddy has ever made. An apparent suicide attempt from a visit by Freddy Krueger has Kristen (Patricia Arquette) committed to a sanitarium, where she meets several other teens suffering from similar night terrors, plus new intern Nancy (Heather Langenkamp, our intrepid hero from the first installment, back for more!). We’re playing this pretty late at night, so, y’know, don’t fall asleep! Also screening: Dokken’s “Dream Warriors” music video!

(Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 123 mins, 1981)
An expertly crafted psychological horror mindfuck that starts with star Isabelle Adjani cutting herself with an electric knife! Things only darken from there for Adjani and her desperate, soon-to-be-ex husband Sam Neil. An uncompromising look at divorce, mental illness, and whatever else lurks in the shadows. Polish horror maestro Andrzej Zulawski notoriously pitched his film to Paramount head Charles Bluhdorn by saying it’s “a film about a woman who fucks an octopus.” We are screening the uncut European version of the film, presented by Cathode Love!

The Slumber Party Massacre
(Dir. Amy Holden Jones, 77 mins, 1982)
A few gals over for a typical high school slumber party are rudely awakened by a maniac convict with a fondness for power drills! Written by author and feminist activist Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones (writer of Mystic Pizza, Beethoven, and The Relic — what a resume!), we might not go so far as to crown this film a feminist slasher, but it is far and away one of the smartest explorations of the slasher genre ever filmed.

(Dir. Ted Nicolaou, 83 mins, 1986)
After a man installs a satellite in his back yard, he finds it the perfect receptor for a load of extraterrestrial energy-garbage that just happened to be a converted mutant, zapped into his backyard: a hideous, two-ton alien blob with a never-ending appetite. First screening ever of this vintage print!

Twitch Of The Death Nerve
(Dir. Mario Bava, 84 mins, 1971)
Mario Bava’s lavish cinematography is in full force in this video nasty about several murderous characters killing anyone standing in their way of a massive inheritance. Easily Bava’s most intensely violent film, its emphasis on graphic murder scenes was hugely influential on the upcoming slasher genre, includingFriday the 13th, with Carlo Rambaldi’s gruesome special effects a direct influence on Tom Savini. Screening in a gorgeous uncut print!


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