Cinepocalypse 2019

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

PRICING AND PASS INFORMATION 

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.  
  • Valid Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th

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

 

"The most impressive horror festival this city has seen" - RogerEbert.com

 

Since 2017, Cinepocalypse has terrorized Chicago audiences at the historic Music Box Theatre with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. Named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, our 2019 festivities presented by ALTER features jury president Joel Schumacher, the world premiere of Glenn Danzig’s feature film debut VEROTIKA, award recipient Michael Ironside, Joe Bob Briggs, GWAR retrospective, a Child’s Play Speakeasy, along with many more world premieres, regional premieres, special guests, and repertory (both 35mm and 70mm) screenings!

 

Our full explosive lineup can be found below!

 


ABOUT ALTER

We're proud to announce our new presenting sponsor for the third edition of the festival: ALTER, a horror brand from Gunpowder & Sky that curates, develops and distributes award-winning short films, series, and feature films.

Giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers, ALTER’s owned and operated channel is distributed across YouTube and Facebook where two short films or series are released each week. In addition to curating and distributing award-winning content, ALTER develops unique stories with some of the most innovative minds in the genre through its ALTER Studio projects - which are not bound to a particular platform or format.

Recent releases include the official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection, Summer of 84, the thriller directed by RKSS (“Turbo Kid”); CAM (in partnership with Blumhouse), winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Fantasia Festival, which was acquired by Netflix; and Goodnight, Gracie from Stellan Kendrick, one of ALTER's first exclusive premieres.

Projects currently in development include “50 States of Fear”, in partnership with Executive Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spiderman) and DIGA Studios (MTV’s Scream). The anthology is the first announced series for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile video startup, Quibi.

Movies & Showtimes for
Cinepocalypse 2019

Thu, Jun 13th
Verotika

7:00PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
Belzebuth

2:15PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
Punta Muerto (Dead End)

4:45PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
Flatliners

7:00PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
The Mute

9:30PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
Villains

10:00PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
Mope

11:45PM
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Fri, Jun 14th
GWAR vs. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare

11:59PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
Deadcon

12:00PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
GWAR vs. Cinepocalypse

2:15PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
The Swerve

4:15PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
Total Recall

6:45PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary

9:30PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
The Lodge

9:45PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
Achoura

11:45PM
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Sat, Jun 15th
Bliss

11:59PM
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Sun, Jun 16th
Attack of the Demons

11:30AM
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Sun, Jun 16th
Kindred Spirits

1:45PM
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Sun, Jun 16th
Hot Dog...The Movie

4:15PM
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Sun, Jun 16th
Darlin'

7:00PM
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Sun, Jun 16th
Satanic Panic

9:15PM
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Sun, Jun 16th
Shorts Block 1: Shadows Within

9:30PM
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Mon, Jun 17th
Shorts Block 1: Shadows Within

2:30PM
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Mon, Jun 17th
Why Don't You Just Die!

4:30PM
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Mon, Jun 17th
Tammy and the T-Rex

7:00PM
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Mon, Jun 17th
The Lurker

9:15PM
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Mon, Jun 17th
Shorts Block 2: Sex, Blood, and Heavy Metal

9:30PM
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Tue, Jun 18th
Shorts Block 2: Sex, Blood, and Heavy Metal

2:30PM
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Tue, Jun 18th
The Mute

4:30PM
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Tue, Jun 18th
Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood

7:00PM
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Tue, Jun 18th
Belzebuth

9:30PM
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Tue, Jun 18th
Mope

9:45PM
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Wed, Jun 19th
Punta Muerto (Dead End)

3:15PM
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Wed, Jun 19th
Achoura

5:00PM
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Wed, Jun 19th
Why Don't You Just Die!

7:15PM
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Wed, Jun 19th
Culture Shock (Into the Dark, Episode 10)

7:30PM
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Wed, Jun 19th
The Last to See Them

9:30PM
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Wed, Jun 19th
Annabelle Comes Home

9:45PM
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Thu, Jun 20th
The Last to See Them

3:30PM
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Thu, Jun 20th
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary

5:30PM
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Thu, Jun 20th
Airheads

8:00PM
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Achoura

A FILM BY: Talal Selhami
WRITTEN BY: Jawad Lahlou, Talal Selhami (original idea)
STARRING: Sofiia Manousha, Younes Bouab, Omar Lotfi

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | North American Premiere

Twenty-five years ago, four Moroccan kids are having fun at frightening one another as they explore a condemned—likely haunted—house, when one of them disappears under mysterious circumstances. After losing contact with each other, the remaining three are reunited when their long-lost friend suddenly comes back into their lives 25 years later. Together, they are forced to confront the terrifying events of their youth and fight a monstrous creature born from a horrible legend. Reminiscent of IT, but with a spine-chilling, North African twist.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Morocco
Language: French
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Airheads

A FILM BY: Michael Lehmann
WRITTEN BY: Rich Wilkes
STARRING: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler , Chris Farley, Michael McKean, Joe Mantegna, Reg E. Cathey, Ernie Hudson, Judd Nelson, Kurt Loder

Closing Night Celebration and Party - Cinepocalypse 2019 | Director Michael Lehmann in Attendance | 25th Anniversary Screening in 35mm

It's all been building up to this! Twenty-five years after Chazz, Rex, & Pip shred our minds and held us hostage with squirt guns, The Lone Rangers are back on the big screen in AIRHEADS—screening from a rare 35mm print, possibly for the first time since its initial 1994 release! Brendan Fraser—effortlessly sporting luscious metalhead locks to end them all—Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler are three lovable buffoons on a mission to get their band's demo played on the radio at any cost. Think 9 TO 5 meets DOG DAY AFTERNOON, with a shot of goofy-LA-'90s-Sunset Strip adrenaline delivered by the likes of White Zombie, Motorhead, and Primus. This spoof of heavy-metal culture that also respects the vitality and pent-up passion behind it features a powerhouse supporting cast from the likes of Chris Farley, Chicago's own Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, David Arquette, Judd Nelson, and so many more. From director Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, HUDSON HAWK), we proudly present the movie that reminds us "Wrong answer, dickhead. Lemmy is God!"

Print courtesy of the Phil Blankenship Collection at the Academy Film Archive


- Devour the limited-time burger dedicated to The Lone Rangers! Paying homage to Airheads and the screening on 6/20. Available exclusively at the original Kuma's Corner through Cinepocalypse 6/13-6/20.

- 15% off individual bill with ticket to Cinepocalypse 6/13-6/20. Valid at any Chicagoland Kuma's Corner.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1994
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: 35mm

Annabelle Comes Home

A FILM BY: Gary Dauberman
WRITTEN BY: James Wan (story by), Gary Dauberman
STARRING: Vera Farmiga, Mckenna Grace, Patrick Wilson

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Special Presentation

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target—the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 106 mins
Format: DCP

Attack of the Demons

A FILM BY: Eric Power
STARRING: Katie Maguire, Andreas Petersen, Thomas Petersen, Eric Power

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | World Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance | Preceded by TOE - Dir. Neal O’Bryan and Chad Thurman

The year is 1994, and in a small Colorado town, three friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to stave off a legion of mutating demons that is overtaking their community. This apocalyptic event has been planned for centuries by a cult, which seeks nothing less than the destruction of all humankind. And the most shocking things all—this gore-soaked, blood-dripping, fear-inducing film is done entirely in cut-paper animation. Move over SOUTH PARK!

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 74 mins
Format: DCP

Belzebuth

A FILM BY: Emilio Portes
WRITTEN BY: Luis Carlos Fuentes, Emilio Portes
STARRING: Joaquín Cosio, Tate Ellington, Tobin Bell

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | North American Premiere

After losing his family in a most horrific way, special border agent Ritter must investigate a series of deaths involving young children, which stirs memories of his own tragedy. What seems like a clear case takes a shocking, dark turn when a priest from the Vatican links the case to possession, exorcism and an ancient demon named Belzebuth. Set on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the film takes full advantage of the narco pipeline that frequently binds the two nations and serves as the backdrop for a soul-crunching exorcism.

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Mexico
Language: English
Run Time: 115 mins
Format: DCP

Bliss

A FILM BY: Joe Begos
WRITTEN BY: Joe Begos
STARRING: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield

Sponsored by ALTER |  Preceded by CARNAL ORIENT (Mila Zuo, 8 min, 2016)

Brilliant, macabre painter Dezzy Donahue, facing the worst creative block of her life, turns to anything she can to get her creative juices flowing again to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles. Her plan works, but it ignites a strange bloodlust in her, and for someone who has impulse-control issues, that's not a good thing for those around her. The film's wicked vibe, throbbing energy, and visuals that will sear into your brain all add up to work some are comparing to early grindhouse classics like THE DRILLER KILLER and MANIAC.


ALTER is a horror brand that explores the human condition through warped and uncanny perspectives featuring horror short films, movies, series, and more.

 

About CARNAL ORIENT:

 

A dark and strangely surreal snapshot of sexual desire aimed at the exotic.

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

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Technical Information

Run Time: 15 mins

Culture Shock (Into the Dark, Episode 10)

A FILM BY: Gigi Saul Guerrero
STARRING: Martha Higareda, Richard Cabral, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Special Presentation | Filmmaker in Attendance | Preceded by RE-HOME - Dir. Izzy Lee

A Hulu special presentation in partnership with Blumhouse Television, premiering July 4 (Independence Day!), this thriller follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself caught up in an American nightmare. From writers James Benson, Efren Hernandez & Gigi Saul Guerrero. Into The Dark is a horror series consisting of 12 feature-length installments, with a new program released monthly and inspired by a holiday. Each will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Darlin'

A FILM BY: Pollyanna McIntosh
WRITTEN BY: Jack Ketchum (based on characters created by), Pollyanna McIntosh
STARRING: Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Pollyanna McIntosh

Found at a Catholic hospital, filthy and ferocious feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she is to be tamed into a God-fearing good girl. However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the sins she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (played by the director, reprising her role of Lucky McKee’s cult hit THE WOMAN), equally fierce and feral, who raised her, is ever present and determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way, in this coming-of-age movie with a horror-tinged twist.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: DCP

Deadcon

A FILM BY: Caryn Waechter
WRITTEN BY: Scotty Landes
STARRING: Lauren Elizabeth, Claudia Sulewski, Keith Machekanyanga, Lukas Gage

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | World Premiere

**Preceded by ONE LAST MEAL - Dir. Jill Gevargizian**

For those who are convinced your laptops and smartphones are evil, we have a scare film about the horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer. Staying in adjoining suites at a hotel hosting ViewCon—a collection of YouTube and Instagram stars and their legion of fans—Ashley and Megan soon discover that there are things scarier than thousands of teenagers armed with phone, asking for selfies. Their rooms are haunted by the vengeful ghosts of some of the original pioneers of social media, including a terrifying young boy named Bobby. Featuring a ferociously pounding score from EDM DJs/producers Das Mörtal, the movie is both a classic spook-house tale and a look at how technology is changing the landscape of youth culture. And what did happen to those poor children in Room 2210A in 1984?

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: DCP

Flatliners

A FILM BY: Joel Schumacher
WRITTEN BY: Peter Filardi
STARRING: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Rare 70mm Presentation | Preceded by WHEN LARRY MET STANLEY - Dir. Katy Jensen and Mike Lewis

Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1990
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 115 mins
Format: 70mm

Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary

A FILM BY: Fabrício Bittar
WRITTEN BY: Fabrício Bittar, Andre Catarinacho, Danilo Gentili
STARRING: Danilo Gentili, Dani Calabresa, Léo Lins

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | North American Premiere | Preceded by ONE IN TWO PEOPLE - Dir. Ali Mashayekhi

In this horror-comedy, four YouTubers with expertise in supernatural events seek recognition from their viewers while solving the urban legend of the Bathroom Blonde Case—the spirit that haunts a high school bathroom in Brazil. Front loaded with over-the-top humor, gore, high school movie clichés, and horror film references, including homages to Brazil’s own Coffin Joe, the film revels in its silliness as eagerly as it bathes us in blood.

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: DCP

GWAR vs. Cinepocalypse

STARRING: BälSäc the Jaws 'o Death, Sleazy P. Martini

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Members of GWAR in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A

You may have seen them in EMPIRE RECORDS, on BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD, or maybe even the Jerry Springer or Joan Rivers shows. You’ve most definitely heard them on one of their 14 records, and probably watched them cover their audience in blood while laying waste to dozens of celebrity victims. 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 showcase a number of their most memorable, boundary-pushing, and just plain vulgar videos and short films, including the Grammy-nominated PHALLUS IN WONDERLAND (for the first time on the big screen).

For more events including Members of GWAR, click here!

Technical Information

Run Time: 90 mins

GWAR vs. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare

A FILM BY: John Fasano
WRITTEN BY: Jon Mikl Thor
STARRING: Jon Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Members of GWAR in Attendance

We’ll be enslaving BälSäc and Sleazy P. long enough to participate in a career-spanning, moderated conversation and Q&A, as well as welcome them both onstage to live-riff and utterly destroy John Fasano’s 1987 Canadian cult classic ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE, starring (and written by) fellow rock god Thor!

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Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins

Hot Dog...The Movie

A FILM BY: Peter Markle
WRITTEN BY: Mike Marvin
STARRING: David Naughton, Patrick Houser, Tracy Smith, Shannon Tweed

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | 35th Anniversary 4K Producer’s Cut Restoration World Premiere

***Hosted by the AV Club's Katie Rife & Mike McBeardo McPadden, Author of TEEN MOVIE HELL!***

HOT DOG… THE MOVIE slalomed into theaters at the post-PORKY’S peak of 1980s youth comedies, hitting the slopes for a nonstop party on the powder. The genre’s gold medal formula of bare bodies, beer bashes, and outcasts toppling their tormentors translated supremely well to HOT DOG’s snow banks, lodge bars, and (oh, yes!) outdoor hot tubs. David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) leads a funky-punky crew of mountainside dive-bombers out to beat a cabal of ice-blooded Austrian ski bullies. Shannon Tweed—smack between her Playmate of the Year centerfold and life-partnering with KISS demon Gene Simmons—supplies that exact right amount of carnal intrigue to the winter carnival.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1984
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 99 mins
Format: DCP

Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood

STARRING: Joe Bob Briggs

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Joe Bob Briggs in Attendance

Spend a fast-and-furious two hours with America's drive-in movie critic as he uses over 200 clips and stills to review the history of rednecks in America as told through the classics of both grindhouse and mainstream movies. You will learn:

-The identity of the first redneck in history.
-The precise date the first redneck arrived in America.
-The most sacred redneck cinematic moments.
-How Thunder Road, the Whiskey Rebellion, the tight cutoffs worn by Claudia Jennings in Gator Bait, illegal Coors beer, and the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash combined to inspire the greatest movie in the history of the world.
-Why the redneck is the scariest monster in all of film history, with visual evidence.
-The existential difference between Forrest Gump and Sling Blade.
-The reason God loves rednecks.
. . . and dozens of other historical facts that you didn't realize you needed until Joe Bob deposited them in the rear lobe of your brain.

John Bloom, best known as his alter ego, "Joe Bob Briggs," is a nationally syndicated "drive-in movie critic" whose wisecracking take on B-movies was featured on two long-running late-night television shows, first on The Movie Channel and then on TNT. That tradition continues with his latest series, The Last Drive-In, currently featured on AMC's Shudder streaming platform.

Briggs is also a successful investigative journalist, actor, and author. His nine books include the true-crime classic Evidence of Love (1984), Profoundly Disturbing: Shocking Movies that Changed History (2003) and, most recently, Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story (2016).

Briggs has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award three times and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by United Press International for his eyewitness coverage of 9/11. He has appeared in several movies, including Casino, Face/Off, and Great Balls of Fire, and was a special commentator for The Daily Show for two years. He toured with a one-man show, Joe Bob Dead in Concert, and continues to be a regular host and Master of Ceremonies at film festivals and exploitation film conventions. Joe Bob is currently touring with his critically acclaimed comedy lecture How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, a one-man multi-media presentation that traces the entire history of the redneck, as told through movies, from 16th-century Scotland to the present.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 140 mins
Format: DCP

Kindred Spirits

A FILM BY: Lucky McKee
WRITTEN BY: Chris Sivertson
STARRING: Thora Birch, Caitlin Stasey, Macon Blair, Sasha Frolova

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | World Premiere | Admission Free for Music Box Members | Director Lucky McKee in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A

In the latest twisted work from the director of MAY and THE WOMAN, Chloe, a single mother in a relationship with Alex, has her life turned upside down when her younger sister, Sadie, comes home after a long, unexplained absence. Though Sadie seems to want to settle in with her sister and 17-year-old niece (becoming quite a handful herself), she’s actually a deeply disturbed young woman who has a sinister agenda regarding anyone who gets between her and her big sister.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP

The Last to See Them

A FILM BY: Sara Summa
WRITTEN BY: Sara Summa
STARRING: Canio Lancellotti, Pasquale Lioi, Barbara Verrastro

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | North American Premiere

In this haunting, tense and utterly devastating masterpiece from first-time writer/director Sara Summa, a family of four go about their daily, seemingly normal lives, as they prepare for the eldest daughter’s impending wedding. The Durati family, who live in an isolated house amidst a captivating arid landscape, both protected and cut off from everything, are connected to the outside world by a single road that runs all the way to their olive tree plantation. Today, as time flies by in this secluded reality, what Dora, Matteo, Renzo and Alice Durati don’t know is that this is their last day of life.

In Italian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 79 mins
Format: DCP

The Lodge

A FILM BY: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
WRITTEN BY: Sergio Casci, Severin Fiala
STARRING: Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Midwest Premiere

In this psychologically unsettling slow burn, a young woman and her two introverted, soon-to-be new stepchildren find themselves snowed in at the family’s remote winter cabin. Just as the three begin to warm to each other, strange and frightening events take place as the mysteries of her dark past begin to surface, as do the losses that seem to haunt them all—concluding in shocking final moments that you’ll find impossible to shake.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

The Lurker

A FILM BY: Eric Liberacki
WRITTEN BY: John Lerchen
STARRING: Scout Taylor-Compton, Naomi Grossman, Casey Tutton, Ari Lehman

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | World Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance | Preceded by GO BACK - Dir. Matthew Barber

A group of high school theatre students, celebrating their final performance of Romeo and Juliet, begin to slowly disappear one at a time, in this Chicago-set slasher work that gives new meaning to the expression “The show must go on!” As students and faculty begin to die at the hands of a savage killer, it’s a race against time for the cast to find the killer and escape with their lives or face their final curtain call.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 74 mins
Format: DCP

Mope

A FILM BY: Lucas Heyne
WRITTEN BY: Michael Louis Albo (story by), Lucas Heyne
STARRING: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kelly Sry, Brian Huskey, David Arquette

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Midwest Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance

Fresh from the Sundance Midnight section, this is the tragic true story of two best friends and low-end porn actors Steve Driver and Tom Dong, who sought fame but gained infamy in a connection with a murder in 2010 at a San Fernando Valley porn company’s warehouse, where Driver was living at the time. Sword play (which has a dual meaning here), bloodshed, and a tragic standoff with police are all part of the infamy that belong to these two mopes (slang for a wannabe porn star).

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP

The Mute

A FILM BY: Bartosz Konopka
WRITTEN BY: Bartosz Konopka , Przemyslaw Nowakowski
STARRING: Krzysztof Pieczynski, Karol Bernacki, Wiktoria Gorodecka

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | North American Premiere

Two knights—the experienced Willibrord and the young, mysterious hermit Noname—set off to christen a small pagan village hidden deep in the mountains, only to discover that only the limbs of the previous missionary were left behind. When they reach the village, the pagans put the newcomers’ beliefs to a test. Being a man of the sword, Willibrord does not hesitate in using vile methods to take control of the foreigners minds and souls. Meanwhile, Noname tries to understand the pagan culture, but in the end the story becomes a war between two moral stands, the law of God and human law, and one of these men will have to die. The film is a spectacle made of visuals and atmosphere combined to create a thrilling and mystical epic.

In Polish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Poland
Language: Polish
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Punta Muerto (Dead End)

A FILM BY: Daniel de la Vega
WRITTEN BY: Daniel de la Vega
STARRING: Osmar Núñez, Luciano Cáceres, Rodrigo Guirao Díaz, Natalia Lobo

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | North American Premiere | Preceded by SNAGGLETOOTH - Dir. Colin Bishopp

Luis Penafiel is a writer who has just finished a novel that presents the perfect crime in a closed room. He has achieved the respect and admiration of his fellow writers because of the surprising and dramatic resolution of his story. But one night, another writer is killed following the same pattern in Penafiel’s story, so naturally he is accused of the crime. To prove his innocence, he must find the real killer, and in the process, he discovers that nothing is more confusing than what is staring you right in the face. Shot in stunning black-and-white, the film is an eerie throwback to murder mysteries and film noir of the 1930s and ’40s.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Argentina
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 77 mins
Format: DCP

Satanic Panic

A FILM BY: Chelsea Stardust
WRITTEN BY: Ted Geoghegan (story by), Grady Hendrix (screenplay by)
STARRING: Rebecca Romijn, Hayley Griffith, Jerry O'Connell

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Midwest Premiere | Preceded by THE PARTY - Dir. Julianna Robinson

Written by novelist Grady Hendrix (adapted from a story by Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan, who last created 2017’s MOHAWK together), the story involves a pizza delivery girl who is at the end of her financial rope and has to fight for her life—and her tips—when her last order of the night turns out to be for high-society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. Released under the Fangoria banner, this film has been described as “an AFTER HOURS-esque dark comedy in a supernatural setting”—hopefully served with extra cheese!

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: DCP

Shorts Block 1: Shadows Within

Cinepocalypse is going deep into the human psyche for a collection of haunting, surrealist psychological horror films—with brief detours into post-apocalyptic drama and absurdist comedy—we’re calling Shadows Within. Films featured include The Follower, Clara’s Ghost producer Stephanie Szerlip’s stylish contemporary reimagining of Joyce Carol Oates’ classic short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”; Muffin, a cutting horror-satire from Greek director Daniel Bolda that fans of Bolda’s countryman Yorgos Lanthimos will love; Sybil, Joanne Mitchell’s elegant, disturbing portrait of a necrophiliac mortician that made its world premiere at FrightFest in London; and nearly a dozen more. This program also features two films from Chicago-based filmmakers: The Orchestra, directed by Curtis Matzke, and Short Leash, directed by Lara Unnerstall.

Program Lineup:

DELLIRIA - Dir. Tomas Stark

DELIVER - Dir. Ricardo Farias

THE FOLLOWER - Dir. Stephanie Szerlip

GO TO SLEEP: A LAO GHOST STORY- Dir. Phet Mahathongdy

H'ILOL - Dir. Julia Scalia

MUFFIN - Dir. Daniel Bolda

THE ORCHESTRADir. Curtis Matzke

SHORT LEASH - Dir. Lara Unnerstall

SYBIL - Dir. Joanne Mitchell

WATER HORSE - Dir. Sean Temple and Sarah Wisner

WHO YOU ARE - Dir. Joel Jay Blacker

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: DCP

Shorts Block 2: Sex, Blood, and Heavy Metal

For our second shorts lineup at Cinepocalypse, we’ve assembled a gory, sexy, funny, druggy collection of wild crowd-pleasers centered around the theme of Sex, Blood, And Heavy Metal. Featured in this program are Budfoot, a psychedelic horror-comedy starring Last Podcast On The Left’s Henry Zebrowski and Bay Area legend Skinner, and featuring special effects from Shane Morton, the mastermind behind Mandy’s Cheddar Goblin; Deep Tissue, Meredith Alloway’s kinky body-horror short that was a favorite at this year’s SXSW; and Switch, an NC-17 ode to queer desire and gender fluidity from French director Marion Renard, along with eight other filmmakers from across Europe and the U.S.

Program Lineup:

BUDFOOT - Dir. Tim Reis and James Sizemore

CRITICAL HIT! - Dir. Briac Ragot

DEEP TISSUE - Dir. Meredith Alloway

KILLER OF KILLERS - Dir. Don Swaynos

THE ONLY THING I LOVE MORE THAN YOU IS RANCH DRESSING - Dir. Sydney Clara Brafman

ROAD TRASH - Dir. Natasha Pascetta

STARLETS - Dir. Marten Carlson

SWITCH - Dir. Marion Renard

TEACHER'S LOUNGE - Dir. Josh Cruz

THE THIRD HAND. - Dir. Yoni Weisberg

WOMXN - Dir. Adrien Gystere Peskine and Eden Tinto Collins

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 106 mins
Format: DCP

The Swerve

A FILM BY: Dean Kapsalis
WRITTEN BY: Dean Kapsalis
STARRING: Azura Skye, Bryce Pinkham, Ashley Bell

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | World Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance

Holly seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband with an upwardly mobile career. But there are troubling signs that all is not right in her world thanks to a combination of insomnia and the disturbing dreams that result from the medication she takes for it. But are they even dreams, and what is it that finally sends her spiraling out of control? Both a stellar portrait of depression and a horrific drama, this haunting update on a classical tragedy comes from a new writer/director who was raised on the films of Polanski, Hitchcock and Bergman.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

Tammy and the T-Rex

A FILM BY: Stewart Raffill
WRITTEN BY: Stewart Raffill, Gary Brockette
STARRING: Denise Richards, Theo Forsett, Paul Walker

Unrated 'Gore-Cut'

New 4K restoration provided by Severin Films

A tale of true love and sci-fi madness as old as time absurdly unfurls in your new, soon to be all-time-favorite, too-insane-to-exist film: TAMMY AND THE T-REX! An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael (a 21-year-old, babyfaced Paul Walker), a murdered high school student, into a robotic T-Rex, who swiftly escapes and goes on a wild mission to violently kill off his high school tormentors and reunite with his sweetheart, Tammy (Denise Richards). Playing like a ’90s Disney Channel movie—until the decapitations and head crushings begin.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1994
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP

Total Recall

A FILM BY: Paul Verhoeven
WRITTEN BY: Phillip K. Dick (short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"), Ronald Shusett (screen story)
STARRING: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | 70mm Screening | Michael Ironside in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A

Paul Verhoeven's classic, ultra-violent adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” TOTAL RECALL stuns to this day. Paradoxically muscle-bound everyman Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds himself unfulfilled by his menial construction job, so he escapes every night into his dreams of a life beyond his own — planet, that is. Quaid dreams of the red skies of Mars but cannot shake the thought that something seems familiar about this imagined scenario. Unfortunately, he'll never be able to afford a trip to see the Martian landscape in person. Enter: Rekall, a corporation that promises “the memory of a lifetime” in the form of surgical implants. Rekall doesn't just offer vacations away from home, but also escapes from yourself. When the implant begins, that's where the real world begins to collide with Quaid's dreams. What is truth and what is fiction? Is Quaid really who he thinks he is, or is this all part of “vacation” from himself? The true beauty and mystery of the original TOTAL RECALL is that we, the viewers, never know. All these years later, audiences are still left guessing in the darkness as the credits begin to roll. You decide: dream or reality? — Alamo Drafthouse

Cinepocalypse will present its annual Achievement Award to the esteemed Canadian actor Michael Ironside, who has been a staple in the world of genre cinema for the past three decades. Ironside will accept his award and take part in an audience Q&A following this special 70mm screening of TOTAL RECALL.

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1990
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 113 mins
Format: 70mm

Verotika

A FILM BY: Glenn Danzig
WRITTEN BY: Glenn Danzig
STARRING: Alice Haig, Ashley Wisdom, Kayden Kross, Natalia Borowsky, Rachel Alig, Scotch Hopkins, Sean Kanan

Opening Night | Director Glenn Danzig in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A | Ticket includes Access to Opening Night After-Party

Cinepocalypse 2019 couldn’t be more excited to bring you VEROTIKA, the directorial debut from punk legend Glenn Danzig. As founder and vocalist of the iconic Misfits (recognized as the originators of the horror-punk subgenre), Glenn’s passion for film, the occult, paganism, and all things ghouls ‘n ghosts, extended into his infamous deathrock band Samhain, as well as one of the most storied heavy metal outfits of all-time, Danzig. Now, building upon his prolific career, he’s taken his love for all things horror to the big screen for the first time, with his directorial debut, VEROTIKA! Featuring a plot shrouded in secrecy and based on the output of Danzig’s long-running, mature comic book publishing company Verotik—a compound of “violence” and “erotic”—this feature film anthology is a realization of his lifelong love of comic books and the dark arts. Long story short, this is an event for the ages, and we’re beyond stoked—and more than a little terrified—to present the World Premiere of Glenn Danzig’s VEROTIKA on opening night.


***Opening Night Party at GMan Tavern featuring Metal Karaoke and Three Floyd's speciality beers on tap. 9:30pm-11:30pm. Must have ticket to Opening Night film VEROTIKA or be a pass holder of the festival for admission***

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Villains

A FILM BY: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
WRITTEN BY: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
STARRING: Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, Kyra Sedgwick

Midnight screenings sponsored by ALTER, and Preceded by EAST HELL (Callum Smith, 9 min, 2017)

After a pair of painfully amateurish criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret in the basement that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out in this black-comic thriller. While the robbers think they have the situation under control, the dynamic changes (multiple times, in fact), and the younger pair soon find themselves in various forms of bondage, their future looking dim and their overly polite hosts clearly insane.


ALTER is a horror brand that explores the human condition through warped and uncanny perspectives featuring horror short films, movies, series, and more.

About EAST HELL:

A horror-comedy about two teenage goths that try to summon a demon using a satanic ritual they found on Reddit.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: DCP

Why Don't You Just Die!

A FILM BY: Kirill Sokolov
WRITTEN BY: Kirill Sokolov
STARRING: Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde

A Part of Cinepocalypse 2019 | Midwest Premiere

Andrei, a detective and the world’s most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop—each one of whom has a reason to want revenge. With possibly the greatest title of the year and dark Russian humor to back it up, this is a rip-roaring rampage of revenge with a biting comic tone. The gore level is high, but the film comes across as more evil Looney Tunes than your basic gross-out experience.

In Russian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Russian Federation
Language: Russian
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60613 773 871 6604