Cinepocalypse

Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017 to Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce their full wave of programming and guests for the debut year of CINEPOCALYPSE (an evolution to the program design of Bruce Campbell's Horror Film Festival), which will take place November 2 - 9 at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. The Midwest's largest gathering of genre films and fans, the festival's organizers are proud to announce dozens of new features, shorts, and premieres, alongside their juries, repertory, and secret screenings.

Of the over 60 films selected, highlights include the World Premiere of PRIMAL RAGE; North American Premieres of RENDEL, SNOWFLAKE, and THE TERROR OF HALLOW'S EVE; and U.S. Premieres of BEYOND SKYLINE, LOWLIFE, DOWNRANGE, and MOTORRAD! Among the guests at this year's festival are writer/director Larry Cohen, screenwriter/guest curator Joe Carnahan, actor Antonio Fargas, actor Eric Roberts, screenwriter/guest host Simon Barrett, actress Barbara Crampton, and Suspiria star Jessica Harper - with many more to be announced!

Cinepocalypse is made possible by sponsors IFC Midnight, Bloody Disgusting, The Onion's A.V. Club, and Half Acre Beer Company.


PRICING AND PASS INFORMATION

CLICK HERE to Purchase Festival Pass

Regular Screenings: $12 GA / $9 MBT Member

Opening and Closing Night (Includes Access to After-Party): $18 GA / $15 MBT Member

SUSPIRIA 35mm Screening with Jessica Harper: $15 GA / $12 MBT Member

KING COHEN & Larry Cohen Award Presentation: $15 GA / $12 MBT Member

4-day All Access Pass: $150 GA / $125 MBT Member  

  • Admits 1 to all film screenings, events, and parties from November 2-5, 2017 of Cinepocalypse at the Music Box Theatre. 

Full Festival All Access Pass: $200 GA / $175 MBT Member 

  • Admits 1 to all film screenings, events, and parties from November 2-9, 2017 of Cinepocalypse at the Music Box Theatre.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR CINEPOCALYPSE?

Volunteers will help usher, hand out brochures, set up, clean up, assist with any small tasks we might need, and assist with any after party needs. Volunteers are also entitled to a complimentary ticket to their choice of regular films during Cinepocalypse (special events not included) or any of our regular movies. Shifts that are 4 or more hours entitle volunteers to 2 complimentary tickets. Any volunteer questions can be directed to Claire Alden - claire@musicboxtheatre.com or CLICK HERE to volunteer


Since 2014, Bruce Campbell's Horror Film Festival, the mid-wests largest cinematic horror gathering, has terrorized audiences with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. In just three short years, the festival played host to the likes of: John Carpenter, Fede Alvarez, Eli Roth, Christopher Lloyd, Fred Dekker, Tom Holland, Barbara Crampton, William Sadler, Stephen Lang, comedian Doug Benson, and many more talented filmmakers from around the globe.

Leaving a trail of apocalyptic annihilation in the village of Rosemont, the festival is moving to Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre. One of the nation's most prestigious art house theatres, the year-round programming has offered genre fans some of the very finest cinematic experiences in digital, 35mm, and 70mm!

Movies & Showtimes for
Cinepocalypse

Thu, Nov 2nd
Sweet Virginia

8:00PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
Psychopaths

1:00PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
The Terror of Hallow's Eve

3:00PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
The Lodgers

5:15PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
Tragedy Girls

7:30PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
Get My Gun

9:30PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
Primal Rage

10:00PM
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Fri, Nov 3rd
Dead Shack

11:30PM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Attack of the Adult Babies

12:15AM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Shorts Program: When Females Attack!

11:30AM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse

1:45PM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Downrange

4:00PM
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Sat, Nov 4th
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker LarryCohen

6:45PM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Charismata

9:30PM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Lowlife

9:45PM
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Sat, Nov 4th
Jailbreak

11:45PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
The A.V. Club Presents: Beyond the Room - Get Even

12:15AM
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Sun, Nov 5th
Eric Roberts is the Fucking Man

12:00PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
The Ambulance

1:45PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
Poor Agnes

4:15PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
Snowflake

6:30PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
The Crescent

9:30PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
Motorrad

9:30PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
Shorts Program: Short Trip to Hell

11:45PM
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Sun, Nov 5th
Housewife

11:59PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Sequence Break

2:00PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Dead Shack

4:15PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Suspiria

7:00PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Shorts Program: Short Trip to Hell

9:30PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Veronica

9:30PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Housewife

11:45PM
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Mon, Nov 6th
Producers Challenge

11:59PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
The Crescent

2:30PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
Trench 11

4:30PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
Mohawk

7:00PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
Applecart

9:30PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane

9:30PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
SECRET SCREENING

11:59PM
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Tue, Nov 7th
Dead Shack

11:59PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Bullet in the Head

2:00PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Hard Times

4:50PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Rendel

7:00PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Foxy Brown

9:30PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Near Dark

9:30PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Maximum Overdrive

11:45PM
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Wed, Nov 8th
Trench 11

11:59PM
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Thu, Nov 9th
Animals (Tiere)

1:30PM
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Thu, Nov 9th
Jailbreak

3:30PM
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Thu, Nov 9th
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

6:00PM
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Thu, Nov 9th
Beyond Skyline

8:30PM
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The A.V. Club Presents: Beyond the Room - Get Even

A FILM BY: John De Hart, James Paradise
WRITTEN BY: John De Hart
STARRING: John De Hart, Wings Hauser, William Smith

Tommy Wiseau and The Room have given us countless hours of joy over the years, but for the inaugural Cinepocalypse, The A.V. Club is opening the door and taking you “Beyond The Room” with a special presentation of Get Even, a.k.a. Road To Revenge, a.k.a. Champagne And Bullets.By day, John De Hart is a trial lawyer in Los Angeles. By night, he’s the writer, director, producer, composer, and star of this DIY action-romance opus. Shot mostly in 1993 and completed in 2007, Get Even features Satanic cults, corrupt cops, hot tubs, Shakespearean monologues, Wings Hauser laying down his personal philosophy while standing fully clothed in a swimming pool, and the life-changing magic of the “Shimmy Slide,” as performed by De Hart himself. Get Even has never received mainstream distribution and is only available from the director himself, so don’t miss your chance to see this cult-classic-in-the-making that will have you asking, “Who’s Hamlet? Who gives a shit?”

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

The Ambulance

A FILM BY: Larry Cohen
WRITTEN BY: Larry Cohen
STARRING: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Megan Gallagher

***Rare 35mm Screening with Director Larry Cohen & Eric Roberts in Attendance***

Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, and Janine Turner star in a typically colorful “high concept” thriller (with humor) from Larry Cohen, one of the most reliably entertaining indie filmmakers over the past 30+ years. While this one may not be as well-known as Cohen’s classics It’s Alive, Q, or The Stuff, it’s still a smoothly entertaining flick about a mysterious ambulance that keeps snatching up all the women in Roberts’ life. And man it goes to some appreciably weird places.

 

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Technical Information

Production Year: 1990
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: 35mm

Animals (Tiere)

A FILM BY: Greg Zglinski
WRITTEN BY: Jörg Kalt, Greg Zglinski (co-writer)
STARRING: Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri

***Midwest Premiere***

A vehicle collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for a couple in this darkly comical, Lynchian nightmare. Are they in the real world, their own imaginations—or are they trapped in someone else's imagination?

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

Applecart

A FILM BY: Brad Baruh
WRITTEN BY: Brad Baruh, Irving Walker
STARRING: James Bartz, Mikie Beatty, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton

***Midwest Premiere | All-New Cut | Barbara Crampton in Attendance***

A gaggle of powerhouse horror veterans, including Barbara Crampton (You’re Next), Brea Grant (Beyond the Gates), AJ Bowen (The Signal), Daniel Roebuck (At the Devil’s Door), and Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), get together for what seems like a fairly standard “cabin in the woods” tale and then it gets weird… and weirder… and super gory, as a dear, caring mother loses her sanity. Let’s just leave it at that.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

Attack of the Adult Babies

A FILM BY: Dominic Brunt
WRITTEN BY: Joanne Mitchell (story by), Paul Shrimpton
STARRING: Kurtis Lowe, Andrew Dunn, Charlie Chuck

***North American Premiere***

High-powered middle-aged men intend to refuel the world’s economy by very sinister, sick and monstrous means. Expect characters to be given enema after enema until they literally crap themselves to death. Expect blunt satire and gross-out humor, sure to make this one a cult favorite in years to come. Any movie featuring a character named the God of Shit can’t be all bad.


$1 of each ticket sale will be donated to the ACLU to assist in continuing their support of defending us from further adult baby attacks.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

Beyond Skyline

A FILM BY: Liam O'Donnell
WRITTEN BY: Liam O'Donnell
STARRING: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais

***Closing Night Film | U.S. Premiere | Director Liam O'Donnell in Attendance***

The stars of The Purge: Anarchy (Frank Grillo, as a hard-ass detective) and The Raid: Redemption (Iko Uwais) join forces to battle the alien apocalypse in this pulpy, colorful, and wildly over-the-top action/sci-fi/horror mash-up that has to be seen to be believed. Set concurrently with 2010's Skyline but with all-new characters and in a different, undisclosed location during the nightmarish, worldwide alien invasion, this mind-bending lunacy somehow manages to be even more insane than its infamous predecessor.

Ticket to film provides access to after party in the Music Box Lounge. All ticket holders receive complimentary Half Acre Brewery and Crystal Head Vodka beverages, catered food. Chicago Movieoke happening all party long. 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP

Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane

A FILM BY: Joe Carnahan
WRITTEN BY: Joe Carnahan
STARRING: Mike Maas, Nick Fenske, Mark Priolo

***Extremely Rare 35mm Screening | Presented by Director Joe Carnahan***

Inspired by the independent bravery of EL MARIACHI, (the directorial debut of Robert Rodriguez shot for a measly $7000), Carnahan paved his way as Hollywood’s most badass action filmmaker with this stunning first offering, also shot for seven grand!

For this very special screening, join writer/director Joe Carnahan as he discusses the trials & tribulations of low-budget filmmaking.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: 35mm

Bullet in the Head

A FILM BY: John Woo
WRITTEN BY: Janet Chun, Patrick Leung
STARRING: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee

***Rare 35mm Print | Curated & Introduced by Filmmaker Joe Carnahan***

John Woo's epic tale of three troubled friends who go from minor street toughs to fugitives to smugglers before ending up knee-deep in the Vietnam War is easily one of the most kinetic and exciting wartime action flicks you'll ever see. Plus it has some actual heart, humanity, and character, which goes a long way in an action-packed bullet-fest like this one.

In Cantonese, English, French, and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1990
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Language: English
Run Time: 136 mins
Format: 35mm

Charismata

A FILM BY: Andy Collier, Toor Mian
WRITTEN BY: Andy Collier, Toor Mian
STARRING: Sarah Beck Mather, Jamie Satterthwaite, Andonis Anthony

***Midwest Premiere | Director Andy Collier, Cast & Crew in Attendance***

A rookie female detective, struggling to find acceptance in a police department defined by a culture of bullying and intolerance, watches as things go from bad to worse as her chief suspect in a series of brutal ritualistic murders takes a personal interest in her. A game of cat and mouse degrades the detective’s grasp on reality and, as she spirals out of control, this young woman must suddenly fight for her sanity, life… and maybe even her soul.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

The Crescent

A FILM BY: Seth A. Smith
WRITTEN BY: Darcy Spidle (screenwriter)
STARRING: Britt Loder, Danika Vandersteen, Andrew Gillis

***Midwest Premiere***

A young widow and her two-year-old son take shelter in a massive, creepy seaside house after the sudden death of her husband. But rather than follow the tropes of standard jump-scare storytelling, The Crescent places a unique focus its child star, some truly impressive visual touches, and a consistently ominous sound design. This creepy Canadian import, which premiered in TIFF’s Midnight Madness program and was called a ghost story about loss, is guaranteed to get under your skin.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: DCP

Dead Shack

A FILM BY: Peter Ricq
WRITTEN BY: Phil Ivanusic, Davila LeBlanc
STARRING: Cameron Andres, Lizzie Boys, Hannah Rochelle Burr

***Midwest Premiere | Preceded by the short film BLOOD SHED***

While staying at a run down cabin in the woods, three children must save their parents from the neighbor who intends to feed them to her undead family. Fully loaded with an axe-wielding drunk dada, homemade weapons, buckets of blood, and genuinely funny one-liners for days, this Canadian zombie fare keeps things moving, with plenty of jokes and scares that play off the dysfunctional family dynamic.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP

Downrange

A FILM BY: Ryûhei Kitamura
WRITTEN BY: Joey O'Bryan, Ryûhei Kitamura (Story by), Joey O'Bryan (Story by)
STARRING: Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alexa Yeames, Jason Tobias

***Illinois Premiere***

A merciless, enigmatic sniper takes aim at a car filled with college kids, disabling their vehicle on a desolate country road and methodically picking them off, one by one. A perfect exercise in minimalist simplicity and slow-burn hysterical panic, this latest, nail-biting offering from genre veteran Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train, Versus) contains the filmmaker’s trademark creeping tension, sudden violence, and extreme nihilism. In other words, things get pretty dark, especially when a second car shows up to provide relief, but only results in upping the body count.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Eric Roberts is the Fucking Man

STARRING: Eric Roberts

***Eric Roberts in Attendance for a Live Podcast Recording***

With over 476 acting credits (and growing by the day), Oscar nominated thespian and just all around badass Eric Roberts (!!!) taks part in a very special live recording of Doug Tilley & Liam O'Donnell's acclaimed film podcast ERIC ROBERTS IS THE FUCKING MAN. Though there are dozens of episodes that have been produced without the man Eric Roberts involved, Cinepocalypse is proud to introduce the parties to each other for the first time ever!

Technical Information

Run Time: 90 mins

Foxy Brown

A FILM BY: Jack Hill
WRITTEN BY: Jack Hill
STARRING: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown

***Antonio Fargas in Attendance***

Cult legend, blaxploitation goddess, and overall bad-ass actor Pam Grier stars as a very angry woman who heads out for revenge after her boyfriend is murdered by a cabal of scumbags who run everything from prostitution rings to drug dens. It gets very gruesome and unpleasant on occasion, but Ms. Grier always brings some steely class to even the cheesiest of moments. Plus our guest Antonio Fargas does some fine work as our anti-heroine’s conflicted (and untrustworthy) brother.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1974
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins

Get My Gun

A FILM BY: Brian Darwas
WRITTEN BY: Brian Darwas, Jennifer Carchietta (co-writer)
STARRING: Kate Hoffman, Rosanne Rubino, Christy Casey

***Midwest Premiere | Director Brian Darwas in Attendance***

This wonderfully executed homage to beloved and controversial exploitation classics of the past (namely Abel Ferrera’s Ms. 45 and Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave) proves itself not just as an imitator, but in a self-styled league of its own. After a horrible attack leaves Amanda pregnant and out of a job, she finds herself on the verge of motherhood and the target of a psychotic stalker who will stop at nothing to get her hands on the unborn child.

After an innocent prank leaves Amanda pregnant and out of a job, she finds herself on the verge of motherhood and the target of a psychotic stalker who will stop at nothing to get her hands on the unborn child.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse

A FILM BY: Lukas Feigelfeld
WRITTEN BY: Lukas Feigelfeld
STARRING: Haymon Maria Buttinger, Aleksandra Cwen, Claudia Martini

***Midwest Premiere***

Set in the Austrian Alps during the middle ages, this morbid and visually stunning tale deals with the fine line between ancient beliefs in magic and delusional psychosis. An impressive, haunting, and almost entirely silent first feature.

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 102 mins
Format: DCP

Hard Times

A FILM BY: Walter Hill
WRITTEN BY: Walter Hill, Bryan Gindoff
STARRING: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland

***Brand New 4K Restoration Premiere | Curated & Introduced by Filmmaker Joe Carnahan***

Charles Bronson. James Coburn. Director Walter Hill. Gambling, boozing, and boxing their way through New Orleans during the Great Depression. Guaranteed you've never seen this one on the big screen.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1975
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: DCP

Housewife

A FILM BY: Can Evrenol
WRITTEN BY: Can Evrenol, Cem Özüduru
STARRING: Ali Aksöz, Resit Berker Enhos, Defne Halman

***Midwest Premiere***

On a snowy evening, a young girl’s sister and father are killed by her mother. Twenty years later, the survivor is slowly losing her grip on reality and runs into a celebrity psychic who claims he is destined to help her. And then things get ultra weird. From the Turkish director of Baskin.

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Turkey
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: DCP

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

A FILM BY: Keenen Ivory Wayans
WRITTEN BY: Keenen Ivory Wayans
STARRING: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas

***Antonio Fargas in Attendance***

If you’re a big fan of flicks like Shaft, Coffy, Black Caesar, Foxy Brown, The Mack, Super Fly, and Cleopatra Jones, then you’ve probably already seen this Airplane!-style parody more than once. And even if you’re a total newbie to the wonderful world of blaxploitation cinema, you’ll still find lots of good, goofy, silly material in Keenen Ivory Wayans’ affectionate, on-point lampoon of ‘70s street crime cinema. And yes; our friend Antonio Fargas earns a few big laughs of his own.


After film screening a lifetime achievement award will be given to Antonio Fargas

Shaft. Across 110th Street. Cleopatra Jones. Foxy Brown. Starsky and Hutch. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka! These are just a few of the exploitation classics that have been enlivened by the presence of character actor extraordinaire Antonio Fargas, whose body of work stretches from the late 1960s to our closing night film, BEYOND SKYLINE. Join us in celebrating this beloved veteran performer, as we highlight his eclectic and extensive body of work.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 88 mins

Jailbreak

A FILM BY: Jimmy Henderson
WRITTEN BY: Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson
STARRING: Celine Tran, Tharoth Sam, Jean-Paul Ly

***Midwest Premiere***

Sometimes all you need is a kick to the gut or a punch in the face to make you happy. Jailbreak marks an energetic action entry from Cambodia, helmed by a filmmaker who seems intent on giving his viewers a throwback to a time when action films were nothing but action. Using some very talented stuntpeople to populate the film as either police or inmates in this story of a massive prison riot and standoff, the brutality of the martial arts on display is breathtaking at times. This isn’t a pretty movie; it’s not slick or polished; it’s unfiltered, equal-opportunity ass kicking.

In Khmer, English, and French with English subtitles 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Cambodia
Language: French
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker LarryCohen

A FILM BY: Steve Mitchell
WRITTEN BY: Steve Mitchell
STARRING: J.J. Abrams, Rick Baker, Eric Bogosian

***Larry Cohen, Eric Robert, Director Steve Mitchell & Producers in Attendance***

Indie film legend Larry Cohen has directed cult classics like Black Caesar, It's Alive, Q the Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. Hollywood screenwriter Larry Cohen delivered enjoyable "high concept" matinees like Best Seller, Phone Booth, and Cellular. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Fans will savor every minute of this documentary as it covers Mr. Cohen's highly impressive career -- and newcomers will simply dig the classy old guy's attitude.


After film screening a lifetime achievement award will be given to director Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen is the sort of filmmaker who creates movie geeks. Upon discovering discover Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, or The Stuff, you’re immediately tempted to see all of the director’s other movies. Between his directorial work and his (non-stop) screenplays, it’s safe to say you’ve seen and loved a few Larry Cohen movies without even knowing it. And this year, he’s here to hang out with the audience at Cinepocalypse and watch some movies!

Presented in partnership with DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: DCP

The Lodgers

A FILM BY: Brian O'Malley
WRITTEN BY: David Turpin
STARRING: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Eugene Simon

***Midwest Premiere | Director Brian O'Malley in Attendance***

This eerie Irish offering is another example of how to combine classy scares and intermittent nastiness into a solid thriller. Director Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) brings us the tale of two young twins in the 1920s, the edicts that govern their existence, and what happens when a handsome newcomer threatens to upset the order of things. Each night, the property where they live becomes the stomping ground of a sinister presence, from which they are kept safe if they follow three rules. Things are disrupted when a war veteran returns home to the nearby village and falls in love with one of the twins, who is then tempted to destroy the stability of their home in the name of love.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Ireland
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP

Lowlife

A FILM BY: Ryan Prows
WRITTEN BY: Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Ryan Prows, Maxwell Towson
STARRING: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald, Mark Burnham, Shaye Ogbonna, Santana Dempsey
***U.S. Premiere | Director Ryan Prows, Cast & Crew in Attendance***

One of the most talked about films out of Fantasia 2017, Lowlife is nothing short of the brutal, often explicit, stripping away of any facade that still exists to hide society’s gross and desperate underbelly. The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a failed luchador collide when an organ-harvesting caper goes very, very wrong. The feature debut from director/co-writer Prows, this film is a calling card as both a wholly original crime thriller and a weigh station for some of the most memorable on-screen characters of the year.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP

Maximum Overdrive

A FILM BY: Stephen King
WRITTEN BY: Stephen King
STARRING: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington

***Rare 35mm Screening | Curated & Introduced by Filmmaker Joe Carnahan***

Stephen King's first (and last) directorial effort is certainly something to see. And hear. And (almost) smell! It's a goofy, grungy, gory tale of homicidal machines, several ill-fated humans, and the greasy truck stop diner where "vehicular homicide" is the special of the day.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1986
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: 35mm

Mohawk

A FILM BY: Ted Geoghegan
WRITTEN BY: Ted Geoghegan, Grady Hendrix (co-writer)
STARRING: Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Eamon Farren

***U.S. Premiere | Director Ted Geoghegan in Attendance***

Late in the War of 1812, violent hostilities have arisen between the British and their erstwhile American colonial subjects. While the powerful Mohawk nation of the New York region maintain a position of neutrality, wanting no part in the killing–but the killing is coming to them. An impulsive attack on an American encampment has drawn the vengeful attentions of a ragged band of American military renegades, led by the vicious, racist Hezekiah Holt. Oak, Calvin, and their British lover Joshua flee into the woods so familiar to them, but the murderous musketeers are on their trail, hungry for blood. From the director of We Are Still Here.

In English, French, and Mohawk

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP

Motorrad

A FILM BY: Vicente Amorim
WRITTEN BY: L.G. Bayão, Vicente Amorim
STARRING: Emílio de Mello, Juliana Lohmann, Guilherme Prates

***U.S. Premiere***

A slasher film by way of George Miller’s Mad Max meets Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, this violence-fueled adrenaline ride will leave you absolutely breathless. In this visually stunning Brazilian import, a gang of dirt-bikers on a ride across an isolated region, find themselves being hunted by a machete-wielding band of motorcyclists intent on killing them all. Based on characters created by Marvel comic book author Danilo Beyruth, this atmospheric and suspenseful genre film also functions as an allegory to our battles within. It’s as smart as it is downright frightening, and we’re damn excited to unleash this beast on U.S. audiences for the very first time!

In Portugese with English Subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Near Dark

A FILM BY: Kathryn Bigelow
WRITTEN BY: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red
STARRING: Bill Paxton, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

**30th Anniversary 35mm Screening | Curated & Introduced by Filmmaker Joe Carnahan**

Kathryn Bigelow's masterful vampire ensemble may have not made much noise upon its theatrical release in 1987 but has gone up to become a true-blue cult classic in recent years. Aliens co-stars Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, and the late great Bill Paxton star as a vampire clan who have their undead hearts set on terrorizing a small Texas town.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Poor Agnes

A FILM BY: Navin Ramaswaran
WRITTEN BY: James Gordon Ross
STARRING: Lora Burke, Robert Notman, Amy Marie Wallace

***U.S. Premiere | Talent in Attendance***

Genre audiences are so conditioned to seeing onscreen, male serial killers commit all manner of terrible acts on mostly female victims that we’ve grown numb to it. So what happens when the exact same acts of torture, degradation and murder are committed by a female killer upon a male victim? Does it make you feel ill at ease, and if so, why? These are among the many daring ideas that Poor Agnes asks viewers to contemplate while watching a powerhouse performance by lead actress Lora Bruke (as Agnes) as she puts a male captive through torment after torment. This one is destined to become a much-talked-about work of aggressively disturbing filmmaking.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: DCP

Primal Rage

A FILM BY: Patrick Magee
WRITTEN BY: Jay Lee, Patrick Magee
STARRING: Casey Gagliardi, Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Eloy Casados

***World Premiere | Director Patrick Magee, Cast & Crew in Attendance***

You may have seen a few Bigfoot-related horror films over the years, but it's safe to say you've never seen a Sasquatch rampage like this. Primal Rage is a tale of a young couple, a group of hunters, a witch, and some Native American cops who butt heads with a wildly violent forest monster, causing all Hell to break loose. Helmed by practical special effects guru Patrick Magee (Spider-Man, Jurassic Park III), this may be the goriest, most aggressively angry film you'll see all year, and it's certainly one that has earned its hostile title. Not for the weak of heart or stomach!

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Producers Challenge

A FILM BY: JD Lifshitz, Raphael Margules

***World Premiere***

The production team at Boulderlight Pictures consists of 23-year-old JD Lifshitz and 24-year-old Raphael Margules. Alongside both Contracted films, they also produced Bad Match, which received its premiere at FrightFest; the upcoming Dismissed (starring Dylan Krause); and numerous other genre titles.

With their youthful exuberance and heavy output, we've issued them a challenge: produce a genre feature exclusively for Cinepocalypse 2017. There are no parameters other than it must be a feature-length midnight movie, and that they must begin production immediately upon release of this announcement.

Together, attendees of Cinepocalypse will experience the World Premiere of this yet-untitled (and unwritten...and unfilmed) production during a special midnight slot in this year's inaugural festival!

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Run Time: 90 mins

Psychopaths

A FILM BY: Mickey Keating
WRITTEN BY: Mickey Keating
STARRING: Ashley Bell, Jamie Ann Burke, Larry Fessenden

***Midwest Premiere***

Prolific indie genre machine Mickey Keating (Pod, Darling, Carnage Park) returns with a tale of multiple, disparate psychos run amok. The execution of an infamous serial killer inspires a half-dozen maniacs to lose their collective minds and commit all manner of nasty acts, but this is not your standard, high-bodycount movie. Loaded with odd digressions, fractured narratives, and some enjoyably abstract weirdness, this is may be Keating’s strangest, creepiest movie yet.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP

Rendel

A FILM BY: Jesse Haaja
WRITTEN BY: Jesse Haaja (creator), Pekka Lehtosaari
STARRING: Bianca Bradey, Sheila Shah, Jesse Haaja

***North American Premiere***

Finland’s first superhero film, Rendel is dystopian action/fantasy unlike anything ever witnessed Stateside. When a massive criminal organization takes over his town, a masked vigilante strikes back through a series of brutal attacks that leave blood spilled and cash ablaze. A dark adventure that harkens to the finest in 80s era comics, Rendel is the anti-Marvel crusader: an all-too-human superhero from the streets, driven solely by rage and revenge!

In English and Finnish with English subtitles 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Finland
Language: Finnish
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP

SECRET SCREENING

It’s a secret, so there’s nothing we can really say other than: trust us, be here, or you’ll sincerely regret it! And don’t believe any of the rumors, this one is staying a true secret!

Technical Information

Run Time: 90 mins

Sequence Break

A FILM BY: Graham Skipper
WRITTEN BY: Graham Skipper
STARRING: John Dinan, Lyle Kanouse, Fabianne Therese

***Illinois Premiere***

To call this freaky dark romance a love letter to David Cronenberg’s classic Videodrome would be an understatement, but at least writer/director Graham Skipper has awfully good taste in influences. Sequence Break is a story of a lonely guy, a sweet girl, a deserted arcade, and a video game with insidiously biomechanical tendencies…and innards—all of which become intertwined in a perverse, melancholic string of events that will leave all of them forever changed.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

Shorts Program: Short Trip to Hell

Joe Swanberg, Zoe Bell, creepy dolls, horrifying board games, and just about the worst date gone wrong film you've ever seen are only a small part of this insane package of shorts. We love anthology's and we've scoured the planet (and an incredible array of submissions) to create our own bloody, bizarre, action-packed collection.

SHORTS FEATURED:

Remote Viewing - Dir: Robert Puccinelli

Imbroglio - Dir: Christopher Zatta

Don’t Ever Change - Dir: Don Swaynos

Buzzcut - Dir: Jon Rhoads

The Dollmaker - Dir: Al Lougher

Sleazy Pete - Dir: Frank Appache

Latch - Dir: Justin Harding

Feeding Time - Dir: Matt Mercer

Third Wheel - Dir: Danny DelPurgatorio

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Shorts Program: When Females Attack!

***50% of all proceeds from this screening will be donated to Planned Parenthood***

Once we whittled down our hundreds of short film submissions into a small pile of favorites, we realized that a decent batch of 'em were directed by women. So why not showcase all of 'em in one wildly eclectic block? These shorts cover a wide array of subjects, from small-town psychos to otherworldly mysteries, and all sorts of insanity in between, and each one is evidence of some deep (dark) talents behind the camera.

SHORTS FEATURED:

Flow - Dir: Shelagh Rowan-Legg

Roohangiz - Dir: Elmira Bagherzadah

For a Good Time Call - Dir: Izzy Lee

Over Easy -Dir: Laura Nitz

Brown Wreck-Loose - Dir: Tristian Montgomery

Broadside - Dir: Laura Nitz

Beautiful Injuries - Dir: Judith Beauvallet

What Metal Girls Are Into - Dir: Laurel Vail

Pendulum - Dir: Lauren Cooney

 

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Snowflake

A FILM BY: Adolfo Kolmerer, William James
WRITTEN BY: Arend Remmers
STARRING: Reza Brojerdi, Erkan Acar, Xenia Assenza

***North American Premiere | Directors Adolfo Kolmerer & WIlliam James, Cast & Crew in Attendance***

Take a dash of Tarantino, a splash of Coen brothers, a metric ton of pretzel-logic self-awareness, and a fast-paced series of humorously violent misadventures, and you’re halfway to grasping the magnificent German madness of this bizarre import. Hunting down the murderer of their families in a near-future Berlin, a gang of lowlife characters all want revenge on each other, but along the way they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairytale types—assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero—all apparently come to life through a screenplay written by a demented but clueless dentist. Must be experienced to be believed, and guaranteed to twist your mind.

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 120 mins
Format: DCP

Suspiria

A FILM BY: Dario Argento
WRITTEN BY: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
STARRING: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci

***40th Anniversary Screening | Jessica Harper in Attendance***

The uncut, 98-minute version on a newly-discovered 35mm print! The way Argento’s classic tale of murder and paranoia inside a creepy dance academy was meant to be seen! Old-school horror fans will not want to miss this special screening. (And thank you to the Chicago Cinema Society!)

In Italian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1977
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: 35mm

Sweet Virginia

A FILM BY: Jamie M. Dagg
WRITTEN BY: Benjamin China, Paul China
STARRING: Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots

***Opening Night Film | Midwest Premiere | Audience Q&A with Director Jamie Dagg***

A former rodeo champ with a dark past, Jon Bernthal (Netflix's The Punisher), unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man, Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night), who is stirring up a swell of disturbing, sociopathic violence that has suddenly gripped a small town. Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) and Imogen Poots (Green Room) also star in this twisted, tense, modern-day, neo-noir masterpiece about an unpredictable predator.

Ticket to film provides access to after party in the Music Box Lounge. All ticket holders receive complimentary Half Acre Brewery and Crystal Head Vodka beverages, catered food. DJ Fuzzbox spinning in the Music Box Lounge all night long.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP

The Terror of Hallow's Eve

A FILM BY: Todd Tucker
WRITTEN BY: Ronald L. Halvas, Todd Tucker
STARRING: Caleb Thomas, Sarah Lancaster, Annie Read
***North American Premiere | Director Todd Tucker in Attendance | Preceded by the short film YOUR DATE IS HERE***

Timmy Stevens is a socially awkward 15-year-old, obsessed with horror movies and frequently beaten up by high school bullies. Timmy’s wish for vicious revenge unwittingly unleashes a particularly nasty creature known as The Trickster on Halloween Night. Genre veteran Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) provides an amazingly evil creature performance, but the real stars here are the array of surprisingly effective creature FX and affection for old-school ’80s mayhem.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

Tragedy Girls

A FILM BY: Tyler MacIntyre
WRITTEN BY: Chris Lee Hill, Tyler MacIntyre
STARRING: Kevin Durand, Josh Hutcherson, Brianna Hildebrand

Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves.

As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Trench 11

A FILM BY: Leo Scherman
WRITTEN BY: Matt Booi
STARRING: Rossif Sutherland, Karine Vanasse, Adam Hurtig

***Midwest Premiere * Director Leo Schermann in Attendance***

In the final days of World War I, a shell-shocked soldier must lead a mission deep beneath the trenches to stop a German plot that could turn the tide of the war. But what lies beneath is more dark and sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Veronica

A FILM BY: Paco Plaza
WRITTEN BY: Fernando Navarro, Paco Plaza
STARRING: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer

***Midwest Premiere | Preceded by the short film WE SUMMONED A DEMON***

After making a Ouija with friends and playing during a total solar eclipse, a teenager is besieged by dangerous supernatural forces that threaten to harm her whole family. Advised by a local nun (nicknamed Sister Death) about the nearby spirits, young Veronica desperately searches for a way to break the connection she seems to have formed with them. From the director of the [REC] franchise.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Spain
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604