Monday, November 11, 2013
Believe this movie will melt your mind into the same colorful blotches it flashes on the screen, and know that you should not attempt to resist.
Go to there.
Immediately, if not sooner.
Aside from Suspiria being a horror cult classic that incorporated cutting edge technology (thank you Technicolor) to create nightmare visuals, but the soundtrack was provided by a band of equally outlandish auditory strangeness, Goblin. Goblin... Gob... Lin... I can even begin to describe what-the-what Goblin sounds like. Click this for a taste.
A beautiful & bizarre trip that travels at a drawn & lingering pace, Suspiria provides perplexing intrigue and little logic. A recipe for fantastical art.
Suzy Bannion trumps you in hot blooded second. A hot 1977 orange blooded second.
How does this world exist? Are there rules? I thought this was a dance academy?!?
But what's it about?
If you need more reason than that, I don't know I'll ever look you in the eye again.
Dario Argento, thank you for birthing this strange art baby.
May the minds of whomever read this get pregnant with the desire to take your ride.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
WILDCLAW IN THE WILD: STORIES BY THE FIRE - PART III: Rabbits
WildClaw in the Wild is back tomorrow, Sunday, September 1, huddled around the dwindling fire in the refuge at 3031. The apocalypse is upon us. The final WildClaw in the Wild is here. Sarah Saltwick will be joining us, from both Minnesota and Texas. She hails from many borders and many lands. She is adaptable to many climes. She is formidable and resilient. She is like nothing we've seen before. Keep the fire low...
The WILDCLAW IN THE WILD series takes place on the first Sunday evening of the months of July, August, and September.
Tomorrow's reading begins at 7:30pm at 3031 (3031 N. Honore); doors open at 7:00pm and there will be a special musical guest each month performing before and after the reading. Suggested donation $5.
by Sarah Saltwick
directed by Carolyn Hoerdemann
Featuring Diego Colon, Steve Herson, Sadie Rogers, and Lisandra Tena
After the collapse of the civilized world, people are struggling to survive. Technology has failed. Food is scarce. Rabbits have grown huge in size and frightening in strength. Cass has fled a compound to hunt for a better life. Her journey leads her to the isolated home of Jackson and his daughter Dove. After these three days, nothing is the same.
Musical guest Sadie and the stark!
SARAH SALTWICK is a graduate of the Michener Center at the University of Texas in Austin and Hampshire College, and is a 2013-2014 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center. Recently her adaptation of The Scarlet Letter was seen on UT Austin's mainstage. She writes new love stories between people, places, and things. Her plays are built of hope and danger; fantasy and history; that which is impossible and that which is necessary. Her work has been presented, developed or produced by the University of Texas at Austin, Nouveau 47, Westmont College, paper chairs theatre company, TheatreMasters, Scriptworks, WordBRIDGE, Bristol Riverside Theater, Shrewd Productions, and Last Frontier Theatre Conference. She has been a finalist for the Heideman Award and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and was twice nominated for Best New Play by the Austin Critics Table. She's written plays inspired by giant rabbits, Texas, guacamole, Dolly Parton and more. Her fiction has been published by Escape Into Life and is forthcoming in Timber Magazine.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
WildClaw's lit monster Scott and casting mistress Casey took to the airwaves, visiting podcast Awesomemonster! recently to talk horror, babies, horror babies, and all things WildClaw. Many thanks to Logan, Manny, and Nick (the fine folks at Awesomemonster!) for a great time. Take a listen, and be sure to check out their weeekly podcast at soundcloud.com!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Happy Birthday to the one & only H.P. Lovecraft! (August 20, 1890) Your work continues to slither and creep into the psyche of those in this realm and inspires many beyond even what your wild imagination can dream up.
Sadly, from what I know, there is no proper translation for Happy Birthday in R'lyehian. I feel that if I even tried to piece one together, I'd be stating something like "I invite you to meet in a shared space to eat the dreams of the worthless people of the Earth realm"... Either that or I'd wind up opening a gateway to another dimension.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
And this image:
Yes, our friends at Terror in the Aisles (no longer at the late lamented Portage Theater, note), have somehow managed to align the stars and shift the tectonic plates so that the Massacre, the 24 hour horror movie marathon to end all marathons, ends just in time for you to have a nap and a blood transfusion and see the first ever North American tour of the prog rock legends that scored Suspiria and Profondo Rosso.
Aly Amidei, can I get a "Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya Amen"? Oh my effing goodness.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Chicago Storefront Elder God Mary Arrchie Theatre is celebrating its 25th year of mad science onstage at Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival, and this year it's bigger and better than ever, with a NEW VENUE and multiple stages! This is an all day, all night theatre festival that runs from Friday at 7 pm until Sunday night/Monday morning at midnight...ish, so spike some coffee and stay up late with WildClaw this weekend, won't you? There are too many fiends and familiars involved to mention them all, but here's a little taste of what our company members and collaborators will have brewing this weekend at the beautiful Den Theatre. Listed in order of performance, to help you plan your trip:
Friday Night August 9, 2013, on Stage 1, at 9:15 PM
Sunday August 11 at 5:00 pm
CAREENING THEATRE presents DREAM CATCHERS & OTHER ODDITIES
3 Macabrities by Dave Skvarla
This horror triptych features GONE FISHING, Directed by Jen Poulin; and DREAM CATCHERS & MAGIC LOVE POTION, Directed by Dave Skvarla. And after the Main Course of Macabrity, they may have a little something special for you for dessert. Featuring WildClaw company member Mandy Walsh, plus Catherine Dughi, Kristin Morris, Brian Pastor, & Dave Skvarla.
Friday Night/Saturday Morning, on Stage 1, at 1:40 am
WILDCLAW THEATRE PRESENTS: BITS AND PIECES
It's late and though the shop is closed, the Owner is always willing to let you in to see what little knick knacks he has in the basement. In the style of Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow, WildClaw invites you to sample its horror anthology series: BITS AND PIECES. Join our host, Brian Amidei, as Michaela Petro and Josh Zagoren perform three assorted devious little deadtime stories including WildClaw Artistic Associate Christopher Hainsworth's radio play TWO FLAT for those brave enough to enter the Old Curiosity Shoppe. Directed by guest artist Katy Collins.
Friday Night/Saturday Morning, on Stage 1, at 12:55 am
Starring Laura McKenzie, Jill Oliver, Jen Pompa, Christine Jennings, Kristen King, Blake Dalzin, Johnny Moran, Tim Ballard
Saturday Night on Stage 2B, at 6:30 pm
Sadie and the stark is a chicago based rock group with lyrics based out of fantastical worlds and music with a 90′s influence. At least thats where we are now folks…Hear Sadie and her haunting tunes at Abbie, then catch her again as our special musical guest in our September installment of WildClaw in the Wild!
Saturday Night on Stage Not 2B (no, really!) at 10:30 pm
Looking for Love is the only live dating game show and cabaret in the Universe! Each month we feature special musical and comical guests and your co-hosts slather you with dating advice and good ol' Dean and Jerry antics, with the welcome addition of cleavage. With special guest co-host Mallory Nees and creator and co-host Carolyn Hoerdemann, and of course super sexy bachelors and a bachelorette with magic powers! Music provided by half a snark aka the Grappling Snark!
Sunday Night on Stage 1 at 8:00 pm
Join Hobo Junction as they attempt, once again, to catch lightning in a bottle (or maybe just chew open some glow sticks), in this sort-of sequel to last year's Abbie Fest sensation, "An Awful Night of Crap." This year's entry, "An Awful Night of Crap: Miami (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)," will explore the world of underground crime in the city - kind of. Trust us, you don't know horror until you've seen Hobo Junction's comedy. Featuring WildClaw company member Josh Zagoren, plus Hannah Alcorn, Tom Daily, Spenser Davis, Sydney Davis, Emily Demko, Ben Hertel, Dan Krall, Isaac Samuelson, Betsy Shirey, and Chris Waldron
That's just a tiny sample of what will be going on all weekend, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, August 9th! Check out the Full festival schedule here: http://maryarrchie.com/w
Monday, August 5, 2013
Any Chicago-area DIE-hard fans just chomping at the bits to get up close and personal with your favorite horror celebrities?
Flashback Weekend (August 9-11) and Wizard World (August 8-11)are offering fans the chance to come face to face with their favorite stars this weekend. Flashback's headliner is George Romero and cast members from Dawn of the Dead. In addition to many pop culture icons, sci-fi and action stars, Wizard World features stars like Linda Blair and Buffy's James Marsters and cast-members of tThe Walking Dead. You can even purchase tickets for some professional photo ops at both shows via Celeb Photo Ops for both shows -- most stars at Wizard World and one night only with George Romero
The 2 conventions are literally right across the street from each other in Rosemont, IL this weekend, and can be tons of fun during and after the shows, as you are bound to bump into some of the stars at the hotel bars and restaurants as the night progresses. None of this comes cheap though, so if you get starstruck very easily, you may need to break open the piggy bank soon.
Do you have a favorite monster so far? Which one do you identify most with? Which monster scares you the most?
Is there a monster that has helped you deal with those fears, or are there plans for one?
Yes, actually-John and I are just starting work on a play that strings some of our monsters together, but specifically explores the relationship between a young human girl and an older monster and how they both experience the delights and dilemmas they face in the world.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
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What challenges does a reading present versus a full production? What is the biggest challenge for this particular piece?
What was the most exciting discovery you and your actors made while rehearsing or table-working this piece? What is your favorite insight you hope to take away from this process, about directing as well as horror?
How is directing horror different from directing other genres of theatre, both good and bad?
What do you like about horror in theatre versus other mediums?
What's the scariest thing you've ever seen and/or had to do on stage?
Join us this Sunday, August 4th, at 3031 for My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, featuring Baize Buzan, Dennis Frymire, Sarah Gitenstein, and extra special musical guest Jessie Fisher.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
There are a wealth of writing tools on ye olde internet to get you started. I like using prompts sometimes to get me going. You can find a TON of horror prompt idea generators in cyberspace. I also enjoy using photos or paintings as prompts. Find a creepy photo of a desolate barn or something and then imagine the horrors that lie within.
Monday, July 29, 2013
WildClaw in the Wild is back this Sunday, August 4, around the fire at 3031. July's reading of Dr. Seward's Dracula was a smashing success, if you couldn't make it out for that one, you can't miss this month's installment. This time we're reading My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer by Brian Watkins. And folks, this chilling tale ain't for the faint of heart. In one hand you'll have your beer or munchies; in the other you'll have the hand or wrist of your companion. Squeeze wisely.
The WILDCLAW IN THE WILD series takes place on the first Sunday evening of the months of July, August, and September. (For you calendar-deprived souls and ghouls, that's July 7, August 4, and September 1).
Each reading begins at 7:30pm at 3031 (3031 N. Honore); doors open at 7:00pm and there will be a special musical guest each month performing before and after the reading. Suggested donation $5.
MY DAUGHTER KEEPS OUR HAMMER
by Brian Watkins
directed by Casey Cunningham
Featuring Baize Buzan, Sarah Gitenstein, and Dennis Frymire
Trapped on the plains of a dead-end Colorado town, Sarah cares for her bedridden mother while her rebellious younger sister Hannah waits on truckers at a local greasy spoon. Both sisters dream of the day they can escape their humdrum lives. Taking the form of two interlocking monologues, Sarah and Hannah divulge the secrets of their past and their hopes for the future, and a haunting act of violence that will change their lives forever.
Musical guest Jessie Fisher!
BRIAN WATKINS is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose plays have been produced and developed with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, Lesser America, Horse Trade Theatre, b. swibel presents, New York International Fringe Festival, Wide Eyed Productions, Terra Firma Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and Route 66, among others. Plays include General Store (selected by 2012 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; O’Neill semifinalist), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, a forest a chorus a harvest, The Bison of Kiowa, High Plains, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and will have its UK premiere in August in Underbelly's programme at the Edinburgh Fringe. Current commissions with Aruba Productions (Bklyn) and a feature film in development for b. swibel presents (Bway's Xanadu, HBO's upcoming series "Big Dead Place"). He is a staff writer for Curator Magazine and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
|Photo and graphic design by the Ruckus|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This roller-coaster action comedy features WildClaw company member Ele Matelan, as well as the work of previous WC collaborators Eric Roach, Allison Cain, Manny Tamayo and Matt Engle, 'Namosaur runs July 26th through August 31st with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Hey there, boo-tanical fans, here's a spooktacular sight for you: the United States Botanic Garden's corpse flower is finally in bloom!
A native of Sumatra (where all the best flora and fauna come from), the corpse flower, or titan arum, has an irregular blooming cycle--it may not bloom for several decades, no matter how much you beg. Once open, the flower emits a stench like a decaying animal, which attracts the dung beetles and flesh flies that pollinate it. That's bringing a whole new meaning to the term, "fatal attraction!"
The flower bloomed Sunday afternoon, and will remain in open for 24 to 48 hours before it goes back to pushing up the daisies, so steal a peek at the United States Botanic Garden's webcam before it "crocuses!"
Friday, July 19, 2013
Great stuff, but it was the truly fantastic REC, (see it instead of the American remake Quarantine), that thoroughly freaked me out and got me cheering this fellow as Mr. Morlock's second-favorite Marfan-sufferer of all time.
And my second-favorite creepy skitter-et as well. The first place prize goes to WildClaw's Ele Matelan as Dread, the flayed lady in Kill Me.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I am pleased to say that this first episode of our relaunched Blood Radio Podcast does include part one of Deathscribe 2011. We will have more coming your was soon.
WildClaw Blood Radio Podcast
Monday, June 24, 2013
Thanks to my mother, I grew up on horror and sci-fi, mostly film and television (as I was never really too keen on reading), and I have always enjoyed being swept up in these fantasy worlds and stories that have been unfolding before me. Sadly, I am realizing, that I have never paid much attention to the people behind the stories. In more recent years, I believe age and experience have begun to open my eyes to the masters behind the magic. My involvement in independent film and theatre production, as well as surrounding myself with more creative types, has taught me to truly appreciate the the creators as well as the creations. So to you, Mr. Matheson, thanks again for opening my eyes as a child and filling my world with wonder and creeping me out, thank you for inspiring others with your work, and thank you for reminding me that the magic needs to start somewhere, and without it, my life would be pretty damned boring.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
From the Facebook invite: "Something is picking off the members of Fox Company. What's out there? Bigfoot? Well yes, but he's the demolitions expert. What is in the jungle that is so frightening that even the Viet Cong cower in fear? Find out...in 'NAMOSAUR!!!!!!"
Fifty percent of the restaurant tab for the night goes to benefit the production, which features WildClaw company member Ele Matelan, as well as rock 'em, sock 'em fight choreography by WildClaw collaborator (and part zombie) Matt Engle.
Hope you can join us!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Or just read the book...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Join WildClaw in the great outdoors this summer as we gather by the fire at 3031 to hear three chilling new plays. Sip on a beer, have a snack, and hear a scary story as the sun goes down and the firepit crackles...what better way to spend a Sunday night?
The series features plays by Joseph Zettelmaier, Brian Watkins, and Sarah Saltwick. Each selection represents a different flavor of Horror than what WildClaw has done in the past. We invite you to join us (and bring a minion!) to hear these exciting new plays read aloud by some of Chicago’s finest actors, and then stick around, have another beer, enjoy some haunting melodies and talk to us about Horror Theatre. Did we mention there’s a fire? There’s a FIRE.
The WILDCLAW IN THE WILD series will take place on the first Sunday evening of the months of July, August, and September. (For you calendar-deprived souls and ghouls, that's July 7, August 4, and September 1).
Each reading will begin at 7:30pm at 3031 (3031 N. Honore); doors open at 7:00pm and there will be a special musical guest each month performing before and after the reading. Suggested donation $5.
DR. SEWARD’S DRACULA
by Joseph Zettelmaier
directed by Matt Engle
Featuring Amanda Drinkall, John Ferrick, LaQuin Groves, John Henry Roberts, Dave Skvarla, and Greg Wenz
Dr. Seward has cut himself off from the rest of the world after losing his lover and friends to Dracula. He has been contacted by author Bram Stoker, who wishes to tell his story. Soon, a series of murders occur, very similar to the ones Seward fought to stop. The doctor must face demons both real and imagined to find the answers, at the risk of his sanity and his life.
Musical guest Mallory Nees!
JOSEPH ZETTELMAIER is a Michigan-based playwright whose radio play Fish Story won WildClaw's 2012 Deathscribe Bloody Axe Award. He is a four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play, first in 2006 for All Childish Things, then in 2007 for Language Lessons, in 2010 for It Came From Mars and in 2012 for Dead Man’s Shoes. Other plays include Ebenezer, And The Creek Don’t Rise, The All Childish Things Trilogy, Christmas Carol’d, Dr. Seward’s Dracula, Snow Angels, Blackwater Ballad, Night Blooming, Point of Origin, and The Stillness Between Breaths. The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Dead Man’s Shoes received the same award in 2011. In the 2013-14 season, he will see All Childish Things performed at the Aurora Theatre in Georgia, Salvage at First Folio Theatre in Illinois, The Scullery Maid at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre and The Renaissance Man at the Performance Network (both in Michigan). Joseph is an Associate Artist at Performance Network, an Artistic Ambassador to the National New Play Network and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Dramatic Composition. He was profiled in the March 2012 issue of American Theatre Magazine.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Movies in the Park at Belmont Harbor present Alfred Hitchcock's masterpeice, The Birds, tonight, free of charge!
Get there by 8:30pm to witness a malicious full-scale attack by birds of all shapes and sizes. Then, stay for the movie.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Today is the day that the corner of Belmont and Broadway changes for the better.
Today is the official opening of our very good friends, DryHop Brewers.
Congratulations to Greg, Brant and Pete. I will see you tonight.
I am particularly fond of the Wheat IPA.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|From left, Casey Cunningham, Christine Vrem-Ydstie, and Susan Myburgh|
consider the faces in the mirror. Photo by Gerard Van Halsema.
Considering the warped nooks and crannies of Barsotti's brain, Aly and her team is in for a challenge. If you're interested in contributing, click the Kickstarter link above. The Ruckus has created an awesome video detailing the project and the work ahead.
Tickets to FACING ANGELA available now!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
-Where the Deep Ones Are...
-The Antarctic Express
-Cliffoord the Big Red God
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Night-Tinted Glasses: Kill Me (review): Spoilers ahoy! Kill Me as an original play premiered at the Wildclaw Theatre in Chicago. I mention this because when first learning th...
Monday, April 29, 2013
Now, this dynamic duo takes on Dark Horse’s best-known character, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, in an all-new comics series, Itty Bitty Hellboy!
“Given the recent developments in Hellboy’s life—falling in love, discovering that he’s the rightful king of England, having his heart torn out and dropped into hell—this is clearly the next logical step in his evolution,” said Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
For more information, check out the exclusive interview with Art & Franco on Nerdist News!
Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 arrives on shelves at your local comic shop on August 28!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
DEATHSCRIBE! WRITING AND PRODUCING HORROR RADIO PLAYS
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Speakers: Allison Amidei, Brian Amidei, Casey Cunningham, Chris Hainsworth, Ele Matelan, Michaela Petro, Paul Foster & Scott T. Barsotti
Including a Bonus Performance of Scott T. Barsotti's The Skinny Man!
One of our favorite people, Pat Smillie, who has graced us with performances at several Deathscribes and at our inaugural Wicked Winter Carnival is playing in Evanston at 27 Live, the hot new rock and roll supper club just opened by another one of our favorite people, Charlie Athanas.
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: 1012/14 Church St., Evanston, IL
The joint will be jumping. If you have ever seen Pat work up a sweat, you know what you're in for. If you haven't, oh boy. We'll see you there.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Chicago, IL-- The Chicago International Film Festival’s After Dark program��"a perennial October favorite in the lead up to Halloween��"has been expanded in its first ever competitive year to include an international mix of ten thrilling feature length and seven short films: things (human and inhuman) will go bump in the night. A Gold Hugo will be awarded to the jury’s selection for best After Dark feature.
“The After Dark competition this year represents the best new horror and genre cinema, including the first ever Israeli slasher film and the first ever Cuban zombie film. It’s a thrilling opportunity to combine the international focus the Festival is known for with an enhanced late night slate that will have hardcore horror fans and newcomers jumping in their seats…and coming back for more!,” said Festival Programmer Penny Bartlett.
From Juan of the Dead, a uniquely Cuban take on cult favorite Shaun of the Dead to Rabies, Israel’s critically acclaimed first foray into the slasher genre; A Lonely Place To Die, a breathlessly terrifying cat-and-mouse game set in the Scottish Highlands; an eerily deft recreation of 1930’s studio horror fare (Whisperer In Darkness); a thrilling short film program (Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem) and more, this year’s After Dark competition will take audiences on a journey to the darkest corners of the human soul.
Cold Sweat Argentina (Director: Adrián García Bolagno)-- Online dating? What’s the worst that could happen? Well, apparently, you could find yourself trapped in an old house at the mercy of a pair of aging right-wing revolutionaries turned sadists with a penchant for torturing young women with decaying dynamite and buckets of nitroglycerin. Prolific low-budget horror maestro Bogliano serves up a stylish slice of extreme genre cinema, which also alludes to the troubled state of generational politics in his homeland. Chicago Premiere. Director Adrián García Bogliano is scheduled to attend.
Haunters Korea (Director: Min-suk Kim)-- A young thief’s ability to control minds is frustrated when he meets one just beyond his reach in this fast-paced Korean action thriller. On a routine robbery of a pawnshop, things go terribly awry and an epic cat-and-mouse game quickly ensues, taking the viewer on a supercharged tour of Seoul at night. Chicago Premiere.
The Holding UK (Director: Susan Jacobson)-- After Cassie murders her abusive husband, a manipulative neighbor tries to run her off her land. Help seems to come in the form of gruff Scotsman Aden, but Cassie soon regrets letting Aden into her life when his true nature begins to manifest itself. Stylish direction and taut performances keep adrenaline running high in this accomplished, atmospheric gothic thriller. US Premiere. Director Susan Jacobson is scheduled to attend.
Juan Of The Dead Cuba (Director: Alejandro Brugues)-- Juan is a lovable loser content to loaf around the streets of Havana wisecracking, womanizing, and wiling away the days with a motley crew of fellow drifters. But when what seems at first to be dissident rumblings in the city turns into a full-on flesh-eating zombie onslaught, Juan and his gang go into business as “Juan of the Dead” ��" a crack team of slayers specializing in the undead. This wild romp through the streets of the Cuban capital is a perfectly pitched blend of horror and laughs. Chicago Premiere.
A Lonely Place To Die UK (Director: Julian Gibley)-- A group of friends get much more than they bargained for when a weekend of extreme mountain climbing turns into a terrifying ordeal. This tension-filled thriller makes the most of its setting in the stunning but treacherous landscape of the Scottish Highlands with immersive camerawork, an atmospheric Celtic soundtrack, and imagery straight out of The Wicker Man. Featuring a chilling standout performance from Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People, The Red Riding Trilogy). Chicago Premiere.
Rabies Israel (Director: Aharon Keshales)-- Take the classic horror movie formula - hot girls lost in the woods, marauding homicidal maniacs, and gallons of blood and gore. Add some dark humor, sharp, witty dialogue, and unexpected twists and voilá, you get Rabies, Israel’s critically acclaimed first foray into the slasher genre. Sophisticated enough to appeal to a broad audience but with sufficient splatter to satisfy the hardcore genre fan, Rabies is an exhilarating and highly enjoyable viewing experience.Chicago Premiere.
Smuggler Japan (Director: Katsuhito Ishii)-- From the man who created the celebrated “O-Ren Ishii” animated sequence in Kill Bill, Vol. 1 comes this stylish and outrageous but brutal film that makes Tarantino’s work look like family fare. In serious debt to local yakuza gangsters, Kinuta is coerced into taking a job as a smuggler of dead bodies for the Japanese underworld to settle the accounts, only to find himself caught in the middle of a bloody gang war. Based on the popular eponymous manga, Smuggler has all the makings of a midnight classic. Chicago Premiere.
Snowtown Australia (Director: Justin Kurzel)-- Based on true events, this skillfully crafted psychological thriller centers on 16-year-old Jamie, who lives in a squalid, crime-ridden slum on the outskirts of Adelaide. When John Bunting, a charismatic older man, enters his life, he offers friendship and escape from his deadbeat existence. But as Bunting’s behavior becomes increasingly sinister, Jamie finds himself caught up in horrors he could never have imagined as he realizes his new father figure is actually a cold-blooded serial killer. Chicago Premiere.
The Yellow Sea South Korea (Director: Na Hong-Jin)-- When taxi driver Gu-nam finds himself in financial straits, he accepts a proposal from a local mob boss to travel to Seoul to carry out a hit on a professor. Once Gu-Nam arrives in the capital city, he discovers he isn’t the only person targeting the professor and in a quick turn of events, finds himself on the run. Gu-nam must use every survival instinct he has in order to stay one step ahead of his pursuers in this thrilling man-on-the-run crime drama.Chicago Premiere.
The Whisperer In Darkness USA (Director: Sean Branney)-- Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness is an eerily deft recreation of classic 1930’s studio horror fare. Professor Albert Wilmart, a smug skeptic, is forced to question his views by a series of increasingly bizarre encounters with the supernatural. Genuinely terrifying and highly entertaining, Whisperer is a fitting homage for Lovecraft aficionados and, for newcomers, a perfect introduction to one of the great horror masterminds of the 20th century. Chicago Premiere. Director Sean Branney is scheduled to attend.
Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem-- Thirty years after a zombie epidemic, the undead are used for cheap labor in the stylish The Unliving (Sweden). A mysterious vagrant is hiding in an empty house in the menacing Ghost (South Korea). There’s a new addition to the family in the form of a benign severed head in the darkly comedic Cropped (Australia). A little boy and a yeti-like monster go on a disturbing adventure in Dream Of 1st Of April 1999. (France). A gruesome scene unfolds in a peaceful home by the sea in Bleeding Hearts (USA). A young mother’s mental state deteriorates rapidly in the nightmarish Foal (Austria) and an army of mutant flies is unleashed in an orgy of bloodlust in Friend Of Flies (Sweden). Directors Christoph Rainer, Dave Wade and Matthew Garrett are scheduled to attend.
All events, except Opening Night, are at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street. Tickets for the 47th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now. Opening Night tickets and festival passes may be purchased on the Festival website. All individual tickets must be purchased by phone 312-332-FILM (3456), in person by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.), or through Ticketmaster.
FESTIVAL SPONSORSLed by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners-- American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners-- AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners-- Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners-- Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. ABOUT CINEMA/CHICAGOCinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
This Saturday, we'll be hosting our second monthly Brew and Tweet. The event will begin at 8:00 pm CST. Location? Basically anywhere you have access to Netflix Instant.
So, what is Brew and Tweet?
- We, as a community, decide on a movie that's playing on Netflix Instant. We use a Netflix Instant title, so more people have access.
- Everyone who wants to participate presses play at 8:00 PM CST
- We all tweet our comments (e.g. MST 3000) and also talk about the brews we have in hand. Don't forget to hashtag #kiltscreen after each tweet so we can all follow the same feed.
Here are the options for this month's Brew and Tweet:
Evil Dead (1981), Tremors, Double Dragon, 13th Floor, & Shoalin Soccer.
Friday, April 5, 2013
And just to wet your whistle...here is the red band trailer. SCARY! BLOODY!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Tribune is reporting of a print ad campaign for Solixir, an Evanston-based herbal supplement-infused drink company, is hitting the CTA trains this week, and will be enhanced by a Zombie invasion at certain train stops in the Loop.
More details are available here at tribune site or the Solixer site
Friday, March 29, 2013
Gialli, the Italian psychological thrillers known for slowly building tension that culminated in grand guignol displays of gore, were named for the yellow-spined, mass-marketed paperback books that became synonymous with mystery and suspense thrillers in Italy. The Giallo movement is considered to be the predecessor to the American 1970’s slasher movie craze.
Filmed in Chicago and featuring WildClaw collaborator H.B. Ward, Yellow tells the story of a woman whose new life in the big city has barely started before it begins to unravel. Then the bodies start piling up.
Check out their trailer, read up on the cast, and donate some cash if you can. If anyone should be responsible for bleeding you dry, it’s these guys.
Monday, March 25, 2013
|Image by Andy Berlanger|
William Shakespeare's most notorious villains have decided to destroy their creator and become masters of their own fates, and it's up to his greatest heroes to stop them! Will Lady MacBeth and Iago cheat their way to the top? Is Richard III as big a dick as everyone thinks? Will Hamlet finally decide living is worth killing for?
Originally a graphic novel, this page-to-stage transfer allows the audience to watch Andy Berlanger's beautiful artwork while by Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery's dialogue is voiced by some of Chicago's finest voiceover talents, directed by Strawdog Theatre's own Anderson Lawfer. Hailed as, "Your chance to be entertained by a Shakespearean action adventure," this wildly innovative production combines the epic scope of a comic book with evocative sound design to bring this clever play on classic plays to life before your eyes.
Go HERE to buy tickets and for full event details.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Looking for a dark, brooding noir to block all this sunshine from your eyes? Look no further this weekend than the Music Box, where Orson Welles' THE STRANGER is screening Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. In Welles' 1964 tense noir, he casts himself as an incognito war criminal, dodging the vigilant eye of Nazi hunter Mr. Wilson, played by Edward G. Robinson.
Portage Theater on Saturday for the Universal Monster Party. Doors open at 11:30am for a noon screening of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, followed by FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLF MAN, DRACULA, JAWS, and DEMON KNIGHT. All monsters, all day! You cannot have more fun for $10.
And running at the Siskel March 29-April 4, catch a double-bill of Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO and Sacha Gervasi's 2012 film HITCHCOCK. Get a discount when you purchase tickets for both.