Friday, February 29, 2008


Another review is in for The Great God Pan. This one is from Tom Williams of

"Recommended -

This is a major achievement as a piece of horror theatre...(a) well acted and eerie work (with terrific lighting by Paul Foster with outstanding mood setting sound design by Adam Kozlowski), delivers Machen’s relatively unknown work quite effectively. This production of The Great God Pan is an outstanding evening of horror/mystery theatre. Chicago needs a “horror theatre” and Wildclaw Theatre sure makes an impressive debut in that realm.

Let me state that The Great God Pan aptly explores the nature of evil and the search for evil’s true identity that unfolds with several unique twists. This major work is engaging and scary. The low budget production delivers several well-time moments that make you jump out of your seat. Tom Hickey, Lily Mojekwu and Peter Corey were terrific. Kudos to Charley Sherman for attempting and succeeding with a complex horror classic. I await more."
- Tom Williams

2 For 1 Student Tickets For Pan -Thu & Sun

Students! See The Great God Pan on Thursday and Sundays with 2 for 1 Tickets with a valid student ID. Now, you have no excuse to see horror on stage. If you get frightened there will be someone to hold onto during the show.


Our friends over at Red Orchid Theatre are putting on quite the skit called FATBOY. It stars our pals, Steve Pickering and Jennifer Engstrom and exudes a calm serene vibe that recalls "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. WAIT A MINUTE - f*#% that! This over the top explosion of theater will knock your teeth out. Check out these reviews if you don't believe me:

But see The Great God Pan first, damn it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Dr AC Reads Again!

Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen reads from HORROR 101!
Friday, February 29th, 7:00 PM at The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln, Chicago IL 60625, 773.293.2665


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ben Chapman Passes

Ben Chapman (1928-2008)

On February 21, 2008, we lost Ben Chapman, the man behind the on-land Creature of the Black Lagoon.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Chicagoist Review

"Our take: next time you’re in the mood for a spine-tingler, put down the Netflix and give this play a shot. It delivers the guts and gore you crave, and you may actually get blood splattered on you. Score."

-Ali Trachta, The Chicagoist (Full Review)

TimeOut Chicago Review

"If this is the WildClaw standard for horror, we’ll gladly be horrified again."

— Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago (Full Review)

Charley Sherman, Director, on WBEZ

Here is an interview with the director of The Great God Pan on the WBEZ public radio program, Eight Forty-Eight.

The Great God Pan Opens

Well, we had a great opening night last night. Thank you to all who came to see our premiere horror production. We have our first online review and its from the Chicagoist - read it right here.

To get tickets, pop on over the WildClaw website for all the info.

Tom Hickey as Clarke, Steve Hersen as Reynolds, Michaela Petro as Mary

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Great God Pan on Public Radio

It is possible that this Friday, February 22 at 9AM, that we will be on the WBEZ program, Eight Forty-Eight. They came by a recent rehearsal and watched, talked, and taped. Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Clive Barker's Book of Blood

Our friend, Clive Barker, has a new movie coming out this year - Book of Blood. Over on Clive's official website, Revelations, there is a production journal being written by Joe Daley. Here is the first teaser poster -

Friday, February 15, 2008

Dr. AC Horror 101 Interview on Bloody Disgusting

Our very own good doctor is interviewed on Bloody Disgusting regarding that lovely tome, Horror 101.

Dr. A.C. - handsome devil that he is.

Fangoria Weekend of Horror

It's here and in Rosemont. The Fangoria Weekend of Horror!

Friday through Sunday at Wyndam Chicago O'Hare, 6810 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL.
General Admission $20.00
Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Sig Haig are scheduled to appear. I would put the movies they were in, but if you don't know you probably won't be going to begin with.

Winter Massacre at The Music Box Theater

The Winter Massacre at Chicago's Music Box Theater
Classic Horror Films - Fantastic Guests
Two Nights - Two Double Features
February 22 & 23
presented by the Music Box Massacre & the Fangoria

Saturday, Feb. 23
Friday the 13th | Inside (Chicago premiere of the new French horror film that Fangoria calls "a rollercoaster gone off the gore-drenched rails!")

Saturday, Feb. 23
Nightmare on Elm Street | Swamp Thing (Extremely rare, uncut international version! Introduced by special guest!)

The Science of Fear

Over on Boing Boing, there is a nice bit on the California Science Museum's, "Goosebumps: The Science of Fear" exhibit.

Romero Talks About Diary

George A. Romero is back and he's got zombies. In the grand tradition of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, we now have the 'you are there' zombie flick - George A. Romero's Dairy of the Dead. Romero tells you why you should see it (plus a trailer for the film) on MTV's website.

Fake Faun Fools Fans

It would seem that images of Pan are everywhere in Chicago these days. A master forger fooled the Art Institute of Chicago with a faux Faun supposedly by Gauguin. The Chicago Tribune covers the story.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Prada Envokes Pan

Ever wonder what a James Jean illustration would look like if it came to life? Well, wonder no longer. Prada has utilized Jean as a concept artist for this short promotional film by James Lima. And yes, Pan makes an appearance as a fashion god.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Share the Scare with H101 and Dr. AC at Quimbys!!

Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen reads from HORROR 101 at Quimbys!

Monday, February 18th, 7:00 PM
1328 N. Damen (at Evergreen) in Wicker Park, Chicago


Horror 101 book cover

"Bringing a refreshingly egalitarian approach to the subject, Horror 101 collects musings on our favorite chillers not by the expected assortment of critics and filmmakers, but the audience...the fans themselves. Young and old, male and female, located all over the globe. From ALIEN through THE WICKER MAN, each entry brings a breath of fresh air to the consideration of seminal movies many of us thought had been analyzed to death."

--Joe Dante, director, The Howling, Pirahna, Gremlins

Join the editor of Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, Vol 1, Aaron Christensen, as he talks about how the book came to be, the recruiting of the international team of 78 divergent contributors and the selection of the films that make up Horror 101.

Aaron will lead a discussion about the evolution of the horror genre, and why the films listed in Horror 101 are significant in that evolution. He will touch on where the horror genre has been, where it currently stands now, and where it is (possibly) heading in the next 5-10 years. Along with answering any questions, Aaron will be on hand to sign copies of Horror 101.

For more information, visit and

Friday, February 1, 2008

Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986) this weekend at the Music Box

Come get your BrundleFly on this weekend (2/1, 2/2) at Chicago's Music Box Theatre - midnight!

Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 773-871-6604 (showtimes)

THE FLY (1986)David Cronenberg, 95m, February 1 & 2, 2008

Master of body-horror David Cronenberg turns his eye on the classic sci-fi story of experimentation run amok. When Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) perfects his matter transference device, his curiosity naturally gets the better of him and before long Dr. Brundle isn't quite the same man he was before. Geena Davis and John Getz co-star. Oscar-winning makeup f/x by Chris Walas.

Don't miss this chance to see one of the great sci-fi/horror flicks in all its grand gooey gory glory, and hang out with Dr. AC and the Wildclaw folks at the same time! Such a deal...