Music Box of Horrors 2013

Saturday, October 19th – Sunday, October 20th, 2013


The 2013 Music Box of Horrors will be an amazing 24 hours of horror films and entertainment. More films and guests will continue to be announced as they are confirmed.

Guests booked thus far:

  • William Lustig (Maniac, Vigilante) – presenting new restoration of Maniac Cop 2!
  • David Schmoeller (Puppetmaster, Tourist Trap) – presenting killer Klaus Kinski in Crawlspace!




Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 6:45am


Over the many years we’ve been in business, we’ve come across some weird stuff. Whether its a fly-by-night distributor that closed up shop before we could return a film, or a collector who ran out of room at their house, a number of film prints have come into our possession at the theater. For various reasons, we’ve not been able to share them with an audience. But what the hell, we like you! Come see something you’ve likely never seen before on 35mm. Featuring the infamous “Dick Reel” and other storage room oddities!

<cite>The Black Room</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 2:40pm

The Black Room

directed by Roy William Neill starring Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh

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…


Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 10:15am


directed by Douglas Cheek starring Daniel Stern, John Heard, Christopher Curry

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!

<cite>Child’s Play</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 11:30pm

Child’s Play

directed by Tom Holland starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif and Alex Vincent

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!


Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 7:15pm


directed by David Schmoeller starring Klaus Kinski,

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!

<cite>The Fall of the House of Usher</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 12:00pm

The Fall of the House of Usher

directed by Jean Esptein starring Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance

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.

<cite>Island of Lost Souls</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 1:15pm

Island of Lost Souls

directed by Erle C. Kenton starring Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Leila Hyams, Richard Arlen

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!

<cite>Maniac Cop 2</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 9:15pm

Maniac Cop 2

directed by William Lustig in English starring Bruce Campbell, Michael Lerner

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!

Selected Awards

<cite>The Manitou</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 5:15pm

The Manitou

directed by William Girdler starring Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg

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!

<cite>Night Monster</cite>

Sat 19 Oct, 2013, 3:55pm

Night Monster

directed by Ford Beebe starring Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson

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.

<cite>A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors</cite>

Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 5:00am

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

directed by Chuck Russell starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette

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!


Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 2:45am


directed by Andrzej Zulawski starring Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neil, Margit Carstensen

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!

<cite>The Slumber Party Massacre</cite>

Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 1:15am

The Slumber Party Massacre

directed by Amy Holden Jones starring Michelle Michaels, Michael Villella

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.


Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 8:30am


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!

<cite>Twitch of the Death Nerve</cite>

Sun 20 Oct, 2013, 12:00pm

Twitch of the Death Nerve

directed by Mario Bava starring Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli

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, including Friday 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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