Cinepocalypse 2019

Thu, Jun 13th, 2019 to Thu, Jun 20th, 2019

The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce THE LOST BOYS director Joel Schumacher as President of the 2019 Cinepocalypse Feature Film Jury, and that the festival will host special screenings of the director's FALLING DOWN in 35mm and FLATLINERS in glorious 70mm! The Chicago-based genre film festival, which will take place June 13 - 20 at the historic Music Box Theatre, celebrates its wild third year with more films, guests, and events than ever before.

Also crash-landing at Cinepocalypse are BälSäc the Jaws 'o Death and Sleazy P. Martini - members of the galaxy's most iconic band, GWAR. Hailing from the frozen wastes of Antarctica, GWAR has been a driving force behind the shaping of all life on planet Earth for the past several millennia and an integral part of American heavy metal since 1984. Honoring GWAR's decades of music history on this planet, Cinepocalypse will screen a number of their most memorable, boundary-pushing, and just plain vulgar videos and short films; enslave BälSäc and Sleazy P. long enough to participate in a career-spanning moderated conversation and Q&A; and welcome them both on-stage to live-riff and utterly destroy John Fasano's 1987 cult classic ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE, starring fellow rock god Thor!

Cinepocalypse 2019 will reveal its full list of films - alongside its amazing juries and guests - in May. Stay tuned for more!

We're back! 

CINEPOCALYPSE, a week of ass-kicking genre movies, is excited to return on June 13th-20th, 2019. Within the confines of the historic Music Box Theatre, fans can expect an unrivaled genre offering of bloody international badassery & terror, world & regional premieres, repertory cinema, special guests, parties, and much more!

Featured in Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, The AV Club, and recently named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, our 2018 festivities sponsored by IFC Midnight and debuted over 50 films and NINE world premieres including titles from Blumhouse, Orion Pictures, and SYFY. Our jury was presided over by Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE filmmakers: Director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill. With our ever evolving spotlight on repertory cinema, we featured 35mm screenings of BOUND with Lana Wachowski, TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT & JUICE (both with director/award recipient Ernest Dickerson in attendance), JUDGMENT NIGHT (with director Stephen Hopkins), KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (with the Chiodo Brothers!), and a 70mm screening of HOWARD THE DUCK (we made it trend on Twitter!)

Since 2014, Cinepocalypse (previously Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival), has terrorized audiences with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. The festival has recently played host to the likes of: John Carpenter, Lana Wachowski, Fede Alvarez, Eli Roth, Christopher Lloyd, Scott Derrickson, Ernest Dickerson, Fred Dekker, Tom Holland, Larry Cohen, Barbara Crampton, Stephen Hopkins, William Sadler, Stephen Lang, Eric Roberts, comedian Doug Benson, and many other talented filmmakers from around the globe. 

2019 submissions are now open for shorts & features:


4-day All-Access Pass

$125 GA / $100 MBT Member

  • Admits 1 to all film screenings, events, and parties for Cinepocalypse 2019 at the Music Box Theatre.  

Full Festival All Access Pass

$175 GA / $150 MBT Member

  • Admits 1 to all film screenings, events, and parties for Cinepocalypse 2019 at the Music Box Theatre



Cinepocalypse 2019 Festival Pass

Technical Information

Run Time: 15 mins