Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-in Presented by Shudder

Fri, Oct 1st, 2021 to Sun, Oct 31st, 2021

The Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In will once again take over the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In for late shows Sunday-Thursday, and double-features every Friday and Saturday night. This years themes include Nü-Metal Mondays, Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Double Features, Rip-Off Saturdays, and Serial Killer Sundays.

With mind-melting visuals and high body counts, this year's lineup is perfectly in line with the Music Box's eclectic taste in horror offerings and events—a combination of audience favorites and rarely screened titles, specialized intros, pre-show content, filmmaker Q&As, nightly trivia with fantastic prizes, and of course, some surprises. Every element will be presented safely & responsibly in the Drive-In setting.

All screenings take place at Chi-Town Movies Drive-In located at 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608. Drive-In Admittance begins 30 minutes prior to the film's listed start time.

No car? No problem! Simply select Row A when making your ticket purchase and come with a chair for you and your friends to watch the movie!

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PRICING:

Single Feature - $30 per car / $25 Music Box Members

Double Feature - $40 per car / $35 Music Box Members

***31 Day Passes Not Available***


 

FILM INFORMATION

 

Nü-Metal Mondays

The year was 1998, and whether you liked it or not, nü metal was taking over the globe. Teenagers everywhere found teeth-clenching solace in the melodramatic, self-loathing, nihilistic, impossibly heavy cornucopia flaying their ears, and it didn't take long for this sickness to spread to the silver screen. Every Monday in October we celebrate a nü metal-inspired horror film, as we take one step closer to the edge and embrace that people = shit.

10/04 at 09:30pm | BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998)

10/11 at 09:30pm | STIGMATA (1999)

- 10/18 at 09:30pm | THE CELL (2000)

10/25 at 09:30pm | STRANGELAND (1998)

 

Thirsty Thursdays

Whether they come as shambling corpses, seductive aristocrats, or blood-crazed predators, vampires hold a powerful place in the collective nightmares of cultures around the world. Every Thursday in October, the Music Box of Horrors presents a different cinematic take on vampire lore, with undead bloodsuckers that are sexy, silly, scary, or a combination of the three.

10/07 at 09:30pm | THE VELVET VAMPIRE (1971)

10/14 at 09:30pm | VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (1995)

10/21 at 09:30pm | NADJA (1994)

10/28 at 09:30pm | QUEEN OF THE DAMNED (2002)

 

Friday Night Double Features

- 10/01 at 09:30pm | FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996) + PERDITA DURANGO (1997)

- 10/08 at 09:30pm | *J-Horror Night* RINGU (1998) + DARK WATER (2002)

10/15 at 09:30pm | HELLBENDER (2021) + EYES OF FIRE (1983)

10/22 at 09:30pm | HOUSE OF WAX (2005) + WAXWORK (1988)

10/29 at 09:30pm | FIRE IN THE SKY (1993) + THE MCPHERSON TAPE (1989)

 

Rip-Off Saturdays

There's only one thing better than watching a horror classic on the big screen, and that’s watching a blatant, unauthorized rip-off immediately afterwards! On Saturdays, we offer up the heavy hitters you know and love, and then give you the chance to stick around and watch some mind-melting, unhinged insanity! With everything from Anglo-Italian exorcisms to Bollywood Deadites, we gleefully invite you to expand your mind with the rip-offs you didn't know you needed! 

10/02 at 10:00pm | SUSPIRIA (1977) + TERROR (1978)

10/09 at 09:30pm | THE EXORCIST (1973) + BEYOND THE DOOR (1974)

10/16 at 09:45pm | HELLRAISER (1987) + ROH (1989)

10/30 at 09:30pm | EVIL DEAD II (1987) + BACH KE ZARAA (2008)

 

Serial Killer Sundays

Human beings have always been obsessed with the darker facets of our species, passing down harrowing tales of disturbed minds and body counts since the birth of storytelling. Every high and holy day in October, we invite you to join us for Serial Killer Sundays, featuring some of the most marrow-chilling chronicles of the scariest monsters of them all: people.

10/03 at 09:30pm | AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

10/10 at 09:30pm | OFFICE KILLER (1997)

10/17 at 09:30pm | THE HONEYMOON KILLERS (1970)

- 10/24 at 09:30pm | SE7EN (1995)

 

Windy City Double Feature Picture Show Presents: Hammer Horror Double Feature

Hosted by Adam Carston and Mike Vanderbilt, Windy City Double Feature Picture Show is a bi-weekly podcast that celebrates Chicago’s rich moviegoing past by exploring historic double features that screened in The Loop, neighborhoods, drive-ins, or suburban theaters. Each episode is a deep dive into the movies and the theaters that screened them, examining local news, national trends, popular culture, and what else was playing around town. It’s like a cinematic time machine!

10/20 at 09:00pm | THE MUMMY (1959) + CURSE OF THE UNDEAD (1959)

 

Lunchmeat & Strange Tapes Present: VIDEO BRAIN BLENDER

A cranium-cracking concoction of VHS era insanity that explores the depths of home camcorder obscurity and video store oddities! Featuring the work of filmmakers Mike Savino and Mark Veau, with a rewind-radical warm-up from STRANGE TAPES!

10/26 at 09:30pm | VIDEO BRAIN BLENDER

 

Single Features

10/05 at 09:45pm | THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991)

10/06 at 09:50pm | ALTERED STATES (1980)

- 10/12 at 10:00pm | INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

10/13 at 09:50pm | SUGAR HILL (1974)

10/19 at 09:30pm | NIGHTBEAST (1982)

10/27 at 09:30pm | SCREAM 2 (1997)

10/31 at 09:30pm | TRICK 'R TREAT (2007)

 


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About ChiTown Movies: 

ChiTown Movies is Chicago's largest permanent outdoor drive-in movie theater.  Located in the heart of Pilsen and only minutes from downtown.  Come visit our safe, quiet location, and enjoy our delicious homemade tacos, movie-theater popcorn, and other great food and drinks delivered right to your car.

Movies & Showtimes for
Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-in Presented by Shudder

Fri, Oct 1st
From Dusk Till Dawn + Perdidta Durango

9:30PM
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Sat, Oct 2nd
Suspiria + Terror

10:00PM
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Sun, Oct 3rd
American Psycho

9:30PM
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Mon, Oct 4th
Bride of Chucky

9:30PM
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Tue, Oct 5th
The People Under the Stairs

9:45PM
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Wed, Oct 6th
Altered States

9:50PM
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Thu, Oct 7th
The Velvet Vampire

9:30PM
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Fri, Oct 8th
Ringu + Dark Water

9:30PM
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Sat, Oct 9th
The Exorcist + Beyond the Door

9:30PM
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Sun, Oct 10th
Office Killer

9:30PM
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Mon, Oct 11th
Stigmata

9:30PM
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Tue, Oct 12th
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

10:00PM
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Wed, Oct 13th
Sugar Hill

9:50PM
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Thu, Oct 14th
Vampire in Brooklyn

9:30PM
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Fri, Oct 15th
Hellbender + Eyes of Fire

9:30PM
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Sat, Oct 16th
Hellraiser + Roh

9:45PM
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Sun, Oct 17th
The Honeymoon Killers

9:30PM
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Mon, Oct 18th
The Cell

9:30PM
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Tue, Oct 19th
Nightbeast

9:30PM
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Wed, Oct 20th
The Mummy + Curse of the Undead

9:00PM
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Thu, Oct 21st
Nadja

9:30PM
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Fri, Oct 22nd
House of Wax + Waxwork

9:30PM
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Sun, Oct 24th
Se7en

9:30PM
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Mon, Oct 25th
Strangeland

9:30PM
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Tue, Oct 26th
Video Brain Blender

9:30PM
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Wed, Oct 27th
Scream 2

9:30PM
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Thu, Oct 28th
Queen of the Damned

9:30PM
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Fri, Oct 29th
Fire in the Sky + The McPherson Tape

9:30PM
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Sat, Oct 30th
Evil Dead II + Bach ke Zaraa

9:30PM
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Sun, Oct 31st
Trick 'r Treat

9:30PM
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Altered States

A FILM BY: Ken Russell
WRITTEN BY: Paddy Chayefsky
STARRING: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

In an attempt to experience higher mental and physical states, psychology professor Edward Jessup (William Hurt) combines sensory deprivation and psychotropic drugs to try to unlock higher states of consciousness. But as Edward is more successful with his experiments, he starts to lose grip with reality and alters his state of mind. This daring Hollywood film from Ken Russell (The Devils, The Music Lovers) attacks the viewer with lo-fi effects, immersive sound, and a relentless story that combine to overwhelm the viewer's senses.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1980
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins
Format: Digital

American Psycho

A FILM BY: Mary Harron
WRITTEN BY: Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Mary Harron (screenplay), Guinevere Turner (screenplay)
STARRING: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas

Serial Killer Sundays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Despite Gloria Steinem’s disagreements, director Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner have always stood by their adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho as a feminist work. The film follows the ever-so-vain Patrick Bateman—a successful Wall Street investment banker by day, and an unhinged murderer by night—as he slips further and further into psychosis. Anchored by a blood chilling (and, at times, hilarious) performance from Christian Bale, and rounded out by the likes of Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, and Justin Theroux, American Psycho remains an impeccably crafted deep dive into the mind of a serial killer.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2000
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: Digital

Bride of Chucky

A FILM BY: Ronny Yu
WRITTEN BY: Don Mancini
STARRING: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl

Nü-Metal Mondays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Seven years after Child's Play 3, Chucky returned to the big screen horny, self-aware, and itching to kill! After Chucky's dismemberment and seeming death in the last outing, Tiffany Valentine, played with gleefully sexy sleaze by Jennifer Tilly, is determined to stitch him back together and bring her lover back to life one more time, kicking off a maniacal road trip from hell for all who cross their path! Fueled by a soundtrack bursting with nü metal stalwarts like Powerman 5000, Static-X, and Coal Chamber, Bride of Chucky was mischievously penned by series creator Don Mancini and slickly directed by Ronny Yu (The Bride With White Hair, Freddy Vs. Jason). It’s a treasure trove of horror-comedy fuckery at its finest.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: Digital

The Cell

A FILM BY: Tarsem Singh
WRITTEN BY: Mark Protosevich
STARRING: Jennifer Lopez, Colton James, Dylan Baker

Nü-Metal Mondays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

In this sci-fi thriller, child psychiatrist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) has developed a technique that allows her to travel through the minds of her patients. When Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio), a serial killer who methodically drowns his victims and performs bizarre rituals with their bodies, falls into a coma, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) asks Deane to enter the killer’s psyche in hopes of finding a missing girl. However, once Deanne enters Stargher’s mind, she finds getting out will be harder than she thought. While The Cell may not seem as if it belongs in Nü Metal Mondays, when you watch it, the trüth begins to reveal itself through ostentatious storytelling, hypnotic imagery, nihilism, melodramatics, and Vincent D'Onofrio's teeth-clenching turn as the serial killer Stargher. Turn off your brain, let your guts take the lead, and swim in the hellacious, otherworldly mindscape of Tarsem Singh's The Cell.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2000
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 107 mins
Format: Digital

Evil Dead II + Bach ke Zaraa

A FILM BY: Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD II), Salim Raza (BACH KE ZARAA)
WRITTEN BY: Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD II), Scott Spiegel (EVIL DEAD II), Salim Raza (BACH KE ZARAA)
STARRING: Bruce Campbell (EVIL DEAD II), Sarah Berry (EVIL DEAD II), Dan Hicks (EVIL DEAD II), Amit (BACH KE ZARAA), Satyam Rajesh (BACH KE ZARAA), Jayesh Shah (BACH KE ZARAA)

Rip-Off Saturdays Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

The granddaddy of all one-up-yourself sequels, Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II doubled down with more gore, more comedy, more demon zombies, more special effects, more chainsaw, and more chin from the legendary Bruce Campbell, cooking it all up in an overflowing pot of slapstick. There's only one way to follow one of the zaniest and bloodiest horror movies of all time, and that's Bach ke Zaraa—the unauthorized Bollywood ripoff! Salim Raza's sole directorial effort takes the bones of The Evil Dead (mostly the first one, but isn't Evil Dead II basically a remake anyway?), tosses in a siren song, some unreal musical numbers, and a handful of hilariously out of place almost-sex scenes, all resulting in your new favorite brain-melting horror musical!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 183 mins
Format: Digital

The Exorcist + Beyond the Door

A FILM BY: William Friedkin (THE EXORCIST), Ovidio G. Assonitis (BEYOND THE DOOR), Robert Barrett (BEYOND THE DOOR)
WRITTEN BY: William Peter Blatty (THE EXORCIST), Ovidio G. Assonitis (BEYOND THE DOOR), Antonio Troiso (BEYOND THE DOOR)
STARRING: Ellen Burstyn (THE EXORCIST), Max von Sydow (THE EXORCIST), Linda Blair (THE EXORCIST), Juliet Mills (BEYOND THE DOOR), Richard Johnson (BEYOND THE DOOR), Gabriele Lavia (BEYOND THE DOOR)

Rip-Off Saturdays Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented By Shudder  

The scariest movie of all time. Not many films could seriously try to take on that mantle, but The Exorcist has been the undisputed champion for almost fifty years and is still affecting audiences to this day. William Friedkin tapped into something that few filmmakers ever could, taking his time to offer up compelling, relatable human drama alongside supernatural scares while ratcheting up the unnerving terror minute by minute until the unforgettable finale. Barely a year later, Beyond The Door was unleashed on audiences straight out of Italy, and it was so blatant an Exorcist knockoff that Warner Bros. successfully sued the producers. Released in the U.S.  by Film Ventures International, the film became a commercial success despite being panned by critics: Roger Ebert gave the film a one-star review, calling it “scary trash,” but that sounds like a big thumbs up to us!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1973
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 229 mins
Format: Digital

Fire in the Sky + The McPherson Tape

A FILM BY: Robert Lieberman (FIRE IN THE SKY), Dean Alioto (THE MCPHERSON TAPE)
WRITTEN BY: Travis Walton (FIRE IN THE SKY), Tracy Tormé (FIRE IN THE SKY), Dean Alioto (THE MCPHERSON TAPE)
STARRING: D.B. Sweeney (FIRE IN THE SKY), Robert Patrick (FIRE IN THE SKY), Craig Sheffer (FIRE IN THE SKY), Tommy Giavocchini (THE MCPHERSON TAPE), Patrick Kelley (THE MCPHERSON TAPE), Shirly McCalla (THE MCPHERSON TAPE)

Friday Night Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Although it plays like a TV movie of the week for most of its run time, its heart-stopping finale has given Fire In The Sky a reputation as one of the scariest movies ever made. Based on the true story of UFO abductee Travis Walton, if you’re not already afraid of aliens, Fire In The Sky just might change that. Our second feature, The McPherson Tape, isn’t quite as intense. But the film’s ahead of its time found-footage style—released 10 years before The Blair Witch Project, The McPherson Tape was originally marketed as real home video footage of an alien invasion—contributes to an atmosphere of paranoia and dread that will have you eyeing the stars all the way home.

MCPHERSON TAPE reservation courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 175 mins
Format: Digital

From Dusk Till Dawn + Perdidta Durango

A FILM BY: Robert Rodriguez (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Álex de la Iglesia (PERDITA DURANGO)
WRITTEN BY: Robert Rodriguez (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Quentin Tarantino (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Álex de la Iglesia (PERDITA DURANGO), Barry Gifford (PERDITA DURANGO), Jorge Guerricaechevarría (PERDITA DURANGO), David Trueba (PERDITA DURANGO)
STARRING: George Clooney (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Quentin Tarantino (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Harvey Keitel (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), Rosie Perez (PERDITA DURANGO), Javier Bardem (PERDITA DURANGO), Harley Cross (PERDITA DURANGO)

Friday Night Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

We’re heading down to the border for a wild night of vampire motorcycle gangs, bloody occult rituals, and sexy, Satanic mid-’90s mayhem! First up is From Dusk Till Dawn, the first collaboration between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez; the two bonded over criticisms that their movies were “too violent,” an accusation that’s thrown back in the audience’s face with pulpy, bloody glee. Few things could one-up Dusk, but “amoral love story” Perdita Durango does so with devilish abandon, adding Santeria, cocaine, and a pair of terrified college students to an already volatile mix. Rosie Perez and Javier Bardem star as one of the great criminal couples in cinema history, whose nihilistic thrill-seeking causes chaos on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

PERDITA DURANGO restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive

Technical Information

Production Year: 1996
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 237 mins
Format: Digital

Hellbender + Eyes of Fire

A FILM BY: John Adams (HELLBENDER), Zelda Adams (HELLBENDER), Toby Poser (HELLBENDER), Avery Crounse (EYES OF FIRE)
WRITTEN BY: John Adams (HELLBENDER), Zelda Adams (HELLBENDER), Toby Poser (HELLBENDER), Avery Crounse (EYES OF FIRE)
STARRING: Zelda Adams (HELLBENDER), Toby Poser (HELLBENDER), Lulu Adams (HELLBENDER), Dennis Lipscomb (EYES OF FIRE), Guy Boyd (EYES OF FIRE), Rebecca Stanley (EYES OF FIRE)

Co-Presented by Chicago International Film Festival | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

The latest from DIY filmmaking heroes the Adamses, Hellbender stars real-life mother and daughter Toby Poser and Zelda Adams as powerful nature witches whose peaceful, secluded life is threatened when teenage Izzy (Adams) discovers her natural gift for spellcraft—and violence. Blending hallucinatory imagery, feral bloodlust, and a pretty badass family rock band, Hellbender is one of the more unique takes on both folk horror and coming-of-age stories we’ve seen in a while. Paired with a new 4k restoration of the seminal folk-horror classic Eyes Of Fire, this is a double feature that crackles with magic and menace like the flames of a Samhain bonfire.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2021
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 176 mins
Format: Digital

Hellraiser + Roh

A FILM BY: Clive Barker (HELLRAISER), Susilo S.W.D (ROH)
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker (HELLRAISER)
STARRING: Andrew Robinson (HELLRAISER), Clare Higgins (HELLRAISER), Ashley Laurence (HELLRAISER), Enny Beatrice (ROH), Pong Harjatmo (ROH), Sally Marcellina (ROH)

Rip-Off Saturdays Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

In 1987, Clive Barker burst onto the horror scene with Hellraiser. Adapting his own novella The Hellbound Heart, Barker told the tale of the sadomasochistic, dimension-hopping Cenobites, who feed on the murky line between pain and pleasure and inflict it on anyone who solves their puzzle box. Hellraiser ushered in a new era of horror obsessed with S&M, exploring the limits of what humans can—and want to—take. Apparently, Barker struck a nerve, as two short years later Indonesian filmmaker Susilo S.W.D. decided to helm a near shot-for-shot remake (save a few hysterical exclusions) called Roh, a.k.a. Spirit. Made for clearly no money, but with boatloads of determination, ingenuity, and heart, you don't want to miss your chance to see what the Cenobites get up to in Indonesia.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 167 mins
Format: Digital

The Honeymoon Killers

A FILM BY: Leonard Kastle
WRITTEN BY: Leonard Kastle
STARRING: Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco, Mary Jane Higby

Serial Killer Sundays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

A cross between a Sam Fuller movie and a trashy true-crime paperback,The Honeymoon Killers is a film that becomes more shocking the more realistic it gets. Based on the real-life story of “Lonely Hearts Killers” Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck and shot in a raw documentary style, The Honeymoon Killers is a tawdry tale of lust, deception, and murder that wallows in humanity’s basest impulses. Theater actor Shirley Stoler turns in a chilling, psychologically complex lead performance as Martha, a nurse who shifts gears into murder with disturbing ease; Tony Lo Bianco co-stars as Raymond, a sleazy con man who specializes in seducing lonely women and taking them for all they’re worth. You’ve heard of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, or Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka...now meet Raymond and Martha.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1970
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 107 mins
Format: Digital

House of Wax + Waxwork

A FILM BY: Jaume Collet-Serra (HOUSE OF WAX), Athony Hickox (WAXWORK)
WRITTEN BY: Chad Hayes (HOUSE OF WAX), Carey W. Hayes (HOUSE OF WAX), Athony Hickox (WAXWORK)
STARRING: Chad Michael Murray (HOUSE OF WAX), Paris Hilton (HOUSE OF WAX), Elisha Cuthbert (HOUSE OF WAX), Zach Galligan (WAXWORK), Deborah Foreman (WAXWORK), Jennifer Bassey (WAXWORK)

Friday Night Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Every generation gets the wax museum horror movie it deserves, and in 2005 horror-loving teenagers flocked to multiplexes to “watch Paris die” in House Of Wax. That ad campaign revolved around one of the film’s stars, Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress who had broken out thanks to her reality television show The Simple Life; by 2005, she had become a “love her or hate her” personality in pop culture, which had both fans and detractors plopping down some cash for the Dark Castle Entertainment release. Two decades earlier, a cadre of genre favorites including Zack Galligan, Deborah Foreman, David Warner, Miles O’Keefe, and Patrick Macnee appeared in one of the hippest horror movies of the ‘80s with Waxwork, a rowdy monster mash that features vampires, werewolves, zombies, and even a little bit of kink courtesy of writer/director Anthony Hickox and the Marquis De Sade.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2005
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 208 mins
Format: Digital

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

A FILM BY: Philip Kaufman
WRITTEN BY: W.D. Richter, Jack Finney
STARRING: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

The ‘70s paranoid thriller gets a new, horrifying dimension in Phillip Kaufman’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, considered by many aficionados of sci-fi horror to be the finest of the four Body Snatchers films. Don Siegel’s 1956 original dealt with Cold War-era fears of Commnist invasion, but Kaufman’s sophisticated, well-crafted 1978 Body Snatchers is more concerned with government surveillance, environmental catastrophe, and the cultural shifts that saw hippies transform into yuppies. Disturbing special effects and steadily mounting tension add to the unsettling atmosphere, culminating in a final image you’ve probably seen before—even if you didn’t realize where it came from.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1978
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 115 mins
Format: Digital

The Mummy + Curse of the Undead

A FILM BY: Terence Fisher (THE MUMMY), Edward Dein (CURSE OF THE UNDEAD)
WRITTEN BY: Jimmy Sangster (THE MUMMY), Edward Dein (CURSE OF THE UNDEAD), Mildred Dein (CURSE OF THE UNDEAD)
STARRING: Peter Cushing (THE MUMMY), Christopher Lee (THE MUMMY), Yvonne Furneaux (THE MUMMY), Eric Fleming (CURSE OF THE UNDEAD), Michael Pate (CURSE OF THE UNDEAD), Kathleen Crowley (CURSE OF THE UNDEAD)

Windy City Double Feature Picture Show Presents: Hammer Horror Double Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

This month, Adam and Mike are bringing Windy City Double Feature Picture Show to The Music Box of Horrors Drive-in with a ghoulish chiller double: Hammer classic The Mummy, starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and the vampire-western gem Curse of the Undead, which originally opened across Chicagoland on September 4, 1959. Come for a unique screening experience, brimming with nostalgia and local history…if you dare!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 167 mins
Format: Digital

Nadja

A FILM BY: Michael Almereyda
WRITTEN BY: Michael Almereyda
STARRING: Elina Löwensohn, Peter Fonda, Nic Ratner

Thirsty Thursdays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Produced by David Lynch’s longtime collaborator Mary Sweeney and featuring Lynch in a minor role as a morgue attendant, Nadja does for vampire movies what Twin Peaks did for the primetime soap. Set in an alienated midnight Manhattan captured in moody black and white, Nadja stars Romanian actress Elina Löwensohn as the title character, the gorgeously detached daughter of the infamous Count Dracula who sees her father’s second death by wooden stake as an opportunity for a new life. But fate isn’t so easy to shake in this hip, postmodern take on the Dracula legend featuring the euphoric sounds of Portishead and My Bloody Valentine.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1994
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: Digital

Nightbeast

A FILM BY: Don Dohler
WRITTEN BY: Don Dohler
STARRING: Tom Griffith, Jamie Zemarel, Karin Kardian

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Don Dohler believed in three tenets of filmmaking: boobs, blood, and beasts. And Nightbeast delivers on all three. As a young man, Dohler published the special effects filmmaking magazine Cinemagic, and penned books on the subject before making his first sci-fi horror feature, The Alien Factor in 1978. Dohler essentially remade that same film—about an alien being terrorizing a small town—two more times in his career, but got the concept just right with Nightbeast. It’s a  marvel of low-budget monster movies that features a memorable, nasty-looking alien, laser gun fights, and music by J.J. Abrams (yes, that J.J. Abrams).

Technical Information

Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: Digital

Office Killer

A FILM BY: Cindy Sherman
WRITTEN BY: Elise MacAdam, Tom Kalin
STARRING: Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Serial Killer Sundays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Mousy copy editor Dorine Douglas, played with frightening abandon by Carol Kane, begins violently picking off her office mates after being mistreated and disrespected one time too many.  This singular feature-length narrative from revered artist and photographer Cindy Sherman envisions the horrific yet cathartic conclusion to prolonged workplace abuse: Kill all your coworkers!  Then bring their bodies home to your basement and arrange them in charming domestic tableaux! Utilizing the same innovative makeup and saturated lighting styles showcased in her Untitled Film Stills series, Sherman brings her rich sensibility to the big screen for a film now considered a cult classic.  [Text Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive]

Technical Information

Production Year: 1997
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: Digital

The People Under the Stairs

A FILM BY: Wes Craven
WRITTEN BY: Wes Craven
STARRING: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

After exploring voodoo rituals, robotic best friends, and electrified serial killers, in 1991 Wes Craven returned to one of the scariest places on earth: the middle-class American neighborhood. The People Under The Stairs expertly subverts expectations, suggesting something truly terrifying lurking in the basement and revealing the true villain of the piece: landlords. One part Bad Ronald, one part Die Hard, People Under The Stairs is top-notch social satire from one of the transgressive masters of the genre.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1991
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins
Format: Digital

Queen of the Damned

A FILM BY: Michael Rymer
WRITTEN BY: Anne Rice (novels), Scott Abbott (screenplay), Michael Petroni (screenplay)
STARRING: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau

Thirsty Thursdays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Queen of the Damned is the most nü-metal movie in history. It sprung from the world of Anne Rice, following Lestat as he uses his platform as the singer in a metal band to encourage vampires to “come out of the coffin.” This doesn't sit well with the vamp community, and awakens Akasha, the titular queen, who's very hungry and ready to reign over the pitiful human race. Packed with tracks from Static-X, Papa Roach, Deftones, and featuring original songs by Korn's Jonathan Davis, Queen of the Damned is a sexy, trashy, unfairly maligned vampire outing headlined by the born-for-this-role Aaliyah (RIP) and packed with that early ‘00s Hot Topic melancholy we all miss so much.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2002
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: Digital

Ringu + Dark Water

A FILM BY: Hideo Nakata
WRITTEN BY: Hiroshi Takahashi (RINGU), Kôji Suzuki (RINGU), Ken'ichi Suzuki (DARK WATER), Yoshihiro Nakamura (DARK WATER)
STARRING: Nanako Matsushima (RINGU), Miki Nakatani (RINGU), Yûko Takeuchi (RINGU), Hitomi Kuroki (DARK WATER), Rio Kanno (DARK WATER), Mirei Oguchi (DARK WATER)

J-Horror Night | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Japan has a long and rich history of horror storytelling. But when someone talks about “J-Horror,” they’re often referring to a specific style of movie popular in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s that’s heavy on techno-paranoia, gloomy color palettes, and creepy little girls with long hair and flexible limbs. Director Hideo Nakata was one of the main architects of this style, and we pay tribute to him with a special J-Horror night featuring two of Nakata’s greatest hits: Ringu, the franchise starter that introduced tortured well-dweller Sadako to the world, and Dark Water, a chilly, damp ghost story that’ll make you very paranoid about that leak in your kitchen ceiling. 

RINGU and DARK WATER restorations courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive. In Japanese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 197 mins
Format: Digital

Scream 2

A FILM BY: Wes Craven
WRITTEN BY: Kevin Williamson
STARRING: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

It was inevitable that Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s game-changing horror hit Scream would garner a sequel, one that’s not unlike the slasher pictures the filmmakers were riffing on. Released less than a year after Scream, Scream 2 encountered countless production hurdles, from pages being written on the fly to an internet script leak. (In fact, it was one of the first Hollywood productions to deal with that problem.) Despite that, the film has endured, and is a fan favorite in the series thanks to the returning cast, notable newcomers Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Michele Gellar, a gangbusters opening sequence, and a soundtrack that’s a perfect time capsule of the late ‘90s.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1997
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 120 mins
Format: Digital

Se7en

A FILM BY: David Fincher
WRITTEN BY: Andrew Kevin Walker
STARRING: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

Serial Killer Sundays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

When a killer begins a string of gruesome, fiendishly inventive murders based on the seven deadly sins, world-weary cop William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) gets assigned to the case. He also gets a new partner, hot-headed young detective David Mills (Brad Pitt). And soon, Somerset comes to fear that he and his mismatched partner are not solving the crime—they’re serving as an audience for this biblically minded murderer's bloody "masterpiece." David Fincher's intricate thriller is one of most influential Hollywood films of the ‘90s, not only for its serial-killer-as-genius conceit, but also for its stunning visual aesthetic: rendering the film's unnamed metropolis as a stygian cesspool awash in grime, filth, and a constant rain that never cleanses, Fincher and cinematographer Darius Khondji create a vision of intense, unrelenting ugliness that is paradoxically breathtaking in its artistry.  [Text Courtesy of TIFF]

Technical Information

Production Year: 1995
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 127 mins
Format: Digital

Stigmata

A FILM BY: Rupert Wainwright
WRITTEN BY: Tom Lazarus
STARRING: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce

Nü-Metal Mondays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

When Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette), a young hairdresser from Pittsburgh, begins to suffer the stigmata—a physical manifestation of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion wounds—Vatican investigator Father Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne) is sceptical of their authenticity. However, as the severity of the wounds increases, Kiernan realises Frankie has become the vessel for an extraordinary and provocative message that threatens the very foundations of the Catholic Church. Steeped in aggressive nü-metal aesthetics and deftly balancing sacrilege, hatred for the corruption in the Catholic Church, and a lust for relief from the pain of human existence, Stigmata slaps harder than ever in 2021. It will haunt your soul for years to come!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1999
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: Digital

Strangeland

A FILM BY: John Pieplow
WRITTEN BY: Dee Snider
STARRING: Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Dee Snider

Nü-Metal Mondays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Based on the character “Captain Howdy”—also the subject of the 1984 Twisted Sister song “Horror-Teria (The Beginning)”—Strangeland was a passion project for writer/producer/star Dee Snider, who didn’t waste his opportunity to portray the sadistic chat-room predator. Strangeland focuses on Captain Howdy and his quest to lure teenagers to his torture den, where he forces them to undergo body modification in service of “enlightenment.” With club scenes shot at Denver's legendary The Church that are so visceral you can smell them, an early appearance from Linda Cardinelli, Robert Englund himself, and maybe the most nü-metal soundtrack of them all, Strangeland is a sick and horrifying trip down a rabbit hole of mutilation, early internet panic, psychosis, pitchfork mobs, and a desperation to feel anything in a culture of numbness.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: Digital

Sugar Hill

A FILM BY: Paul Maslansky
WRITTEN BY: Tim Kelly
STARRING: Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

On its surface a colorful Voodoo take on the occult craze of the early ‘70s, underneath Sugar Hill boils and bubbles with revolutionary spirit. Consciously playing on racist stereotypes and white fears of Afro-Caribbean religions, Sugar Hill adds a supernatural dimension to its blaxploitation revenge plot through magic, mischief, and karmic justice. The unfuckwithable Marki Bey stars as Diana “Sugar” Hill, who turns to Voodoo priestess Mama Maitresse (Zara Cully) for help after her lover is murdered. She gets what she came for, conjuring up trickster god Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley) and an army of undead soldiers who help Sugar enact vengeance on those who have wronged her.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1974
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: Digital

Suspiria + Terror

A FILM BY: Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA), Norman J. Warren (TERROR)
WRITTEN BY: Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA), Daria Nicolodi (SUSPIRIA), David McGillivray (TERROR)
STARRING: Jessica Harper (SUSPIRIA), Stefania Casini (SUSPIRIA), Flavio Bucci (SUSPIRIA), John Nolan (TERROR), Carolyn Courage (TERROR), James Aubrey (TERROR)

Rip-Off Saturdays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

A masterwork of sight and sound, Suspiria has been terrifying audiences for over four decades, and it’s never looked better thanks to a gangbusters restoration job from Synapse Films. The only thing more terrifying than seeing Suspiria on the big screen is seeing it on one of the biggest screens in Chicago. For all of their originality, Italian filmmakers have long been accused—usually rightfully—of ripping off big hits from around the globe. And since turnabout is fair play, the Brits offered up their own knockoff the following year with Terror (1978). Directed by the late Norman J. Warren, Terror twists and turns from its witchy opening sequences and features a bevy of scantily clad British babes being offed in a variety of memorable, bloody, colorful ways.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1977
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: English
Run Time: 182 mins
Format: Digital

Trick 'r Treat

A FILM BY: Michael Dougherty
WRITTEN BY: Michael Dougherty
STARRING: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker

A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

There’s something special about a horror movie that actually takes place on Halloween (they’re surprisingly hard to come by!), and Trick ‘r Treat captures the spirit of the season better than most. A breakthrough hit for director Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat stars Anna Paquin, Bryan Cox, Dylan Baker, and Rochelle Aytes in four interwoven tales of terror that all connect through the character of Sam, an otherworldly trick-or-treater with orange footie pajamas and a burlap sack on his head. In the 13 years since its debut, Trick ‘r Treat has grown from a word-of-mouth cult film into a bona fide phenomenon, with Sam emerging as a mascot for all those who truly love Halloween and hold it in their hearts year ‘round.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2007
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: Digital

Vampire in Brooklyn

A FILM BY: Wes Craven
WRITTEN BY: Eddie Murphy, Vernon Lynch, Charlie Murphy
STARRING: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne

Thirsty Thursdays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Vampire In Brooklyn was the end of an era for Eddie Murphy, as it was the last film produced under his contract with Paramount that began with 48 Hours. Murphy—a longtime horror fan—and his brother Charlie envisioned Vampire In Brooklyn as a straight horror picture. But director Wes Craven was looking to branch out into comedy, which, according to Craven, led to difficulties on the set. The film is notable in Murphy’s career, as it reflects his desire never to be pigeonholed as just the “funny guy.” He takes the role of head vampire Maximilian 100% seriously, creating a villainous, sexy character that’s an anomaly in his filmography. And despite what contemporary critics wrote, the horror and the comedy do work together, with the assistance of a supporting cast that includes Angela Bassett, Kadeem Hardison, and the legendary John Witherspoon.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1995
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: Digital

The Velvet Vampire

A FILM BY: Stephanie Rothman
WRITTEN BY: Maurice Jules, Charles S. Swartz, Stephanie Rothman
STARRING: Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer, Celeste Yarnall

Thirsty Thursdays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Vampires don’t generally do very well in daylight. But Diane LeFanu, the title character of groundbreaking director Stephanie Rothman’s sun-soaked phantasmagoria The Velvet Vampirebucks the trend by riding around in dune buggies in the central California desert with only a floppy hat to protect her from disintegration. A Manson-era parable about the dangers of free love, this is a lush and enigmatic film that vibrates with slow-burn eroticism and psychedelic dreamscapes.

THE VELVET VAMPIRE restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive

Technical Information

Production Year: 1971
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: Digital

Video Brain Blender

Lunchmeat & Strange Tapes Present | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

A cranium-cracking concoction of VHS era insanity that explores the depths of home camcorder obscurity and video store oddities! Featuring the work of filmmakers Mike Savino and Mark Veau, with a rewind-radical warm-up from STRANGE TAPES!


This one night rental of four titles on the big screen will include:

HALLOWEEN HECK HOUSE (Various) - An oddball onslaught of obscure and hysterical Halloween video clips presented by the weirdos at Strange Tapes VHS Zine.

ATTACK OF THE KILLER REFRIGERATOR (1990) - A refrigerator goes on a killing spree after teenagers abuse it. As ridiculous and wild as it sounds!

THE HOOK OF WOODLAND HEIGHTS (1990) -An escaped mental patient has a large barbeque fork for a hand, and uses it to kill off local teenagers. A shot-on-video horror spectacular that must be seen to be believed!

SNAPPER (2020) - A doc from director John Campopiano about the man-eating turtle movie that never got made by the insane brains behind Attack of the Killer Refrigerator and The Hook of Woodland Heights.

Technical Information

Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital

Music Box Theatre

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