Our 10 most anticipated films at Chicago's brand-new Cinepocalypse competition 

Tragedy Ladies (Photograph: Gunpowder and Sky)

Over the previous couple of months, we’ve been rolling out the small print on Cinepocalypse, a brand new style movie competition debuting at Chicago’s stunning, historic Music Field Theatre. (Significantly, they’ve received an organ participant and every little thing.) Now the time has lastly come, and festivities kick off tonight at eight p.m. with the Midwest premiere of the extreme neo-noir Candy Virginia, starring The Punisher himself, John Bernthal, as a washed-up former rodeo champion who strikes up an surprising friendship with knowledgeable killer in small-town Alaska.

That’s simply one in every of greater than 60 movies and occasions scheduled for the inaugural Cinepocalypse, probably the most bold slate of genre-film competition programming that’s ever been tried within the Windy Metropolis. (The competition’s earlier incarnation, Bruce Campbell’s Horror Movie Competition, whereas superior, wasn’t as grand in scope.) Dozens of particular friends—together with The Gray director Joe Carnahan, You’re Subsequent and The Visitor screenwriter Simon Barrett, The Stuff and It’s Alive director Larry Cohen, Suspiria star Jessica Harper, and genre-film favorites Antonio Fargas and Barbara Crampton—are scheduled to seem over the following week, at screening culminating with the U.S. premiere of the “pulpy, colourful, and wildly over-the-top motion/sci-fi/horror mash-up” Past Skyline subsequent Thursday, November 9, at eight:30 p.m.


With every little thing happening, we’ve put collectively an inventory of our 10 most anticipated movies and/or occasions, all going down between tomorrow, November three, and subsequent Wednesday, November eight.

Tragedy Ladies (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Alexandra Shipp X-Males: Apocalypse’s Storm), and Craig Robinson star on this razor-sharp teen slasher comedy, a mix of Scream and Heathers that satirizes social-media fame and serial-killer tradition. With a Q&A with director Tyler Macintyre performed by our personal Alex McLevy!

Primal Rage (Friday, 10:00 p.m)

This one’s a world premiere, so we don’t know an excessive amount of about it at this level. However contemplating what we do know is that it’s a Bigfoot film being billed as one of many goriest of the yr directed by longtime particular results artist Patrick Magee (Spider-Man, Alien Vs. Predator), take into account our curiosity piqued.

Lowlife (Saturday, 9:45 p.m)

One among our favorites out of this yr’s Fantasia Worldwide Movie Competition, Lowlife, a kaleidoscopic crime movie set within the lower-class prison underworld of Los Angeles, combines brutal violence and witty dialogue in ways in which make it catnip to Quentin Tarantino followers.

Past The Room: Get Even (Sunday, 12:15 a.m)

Introduced by yours really right here at The A.V. Membership, Get Even is the splendidly horrible country-western reply to The Room you by no means knew you wanted. L.A.-based lawyer John De Hart employed B-movie madman Wings Hauser and early ‘80s intercourse image Pamela Bryant for this DIY labor of affection, starring De Hart himself as an ex-cop in search of vengeance towards the Satanic officer who framed him for drug smuggling. Get Even by no means acquired a theatrical run and is just out there from the director himself, so see it on the Music Field when you can.

Eric Roberts Is The Fucking Man/The Ambulance (Sunday, 12:00 p.m./1:45 p.m.)

Eric “I’ll do something” Roberts shall be in attendance at this yr’s Cinepocalypse for a dwell taping of the podcast Eric Roberts Is The Fucking Man, all about—you guessed it—how cool Eric Roberts is. Adopted by a screening of The Ambulance—Larry Cohen’s 1990 black comedy starring Roberts as a sarcastic New Yorker investigating a sinister ambulance—with Cohen and Roberts in attendance.

Housewife (Sunday and Monday, 11:59 p.m.)

Baskin director Can Evrenol returns along with his sophomore function, a few lady whose encounter with a star psychic loosens her already tenuous grip on actuality. If Evrenol’s first film is any indication, shit’s going to get very, very bizarre on this one.

Veronica (Monday, 9:30 p.m.)

Spanish director Paco Plaza, finest often called the creator of the [REC] franchise, is understood for making movies which are legitimately shit-your-pants scary, so we’re excited to see what he can do with the demonic possession subgenre.

Suspiria (Monday, 7:00 p.m.)

If you happen to’ve learn this far, you’ve most likely already seen Dario Argento’s delirious 1977 horror traditional. However have you ever seen it in 35mm, with star Jessica Harper within the viewers watching it with you? Most likely not.

Mohawk (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.)

Photograph: Fantasia

We Are Nonetheless Right here director Ted Geoghegan teamed up with Paperbacks From Hell author Grady Hendrix for this ultraviolent Native American revenge thriller, starring Kaniehtiio Horn as a Mohawk warrior who transforms right into a seemingly supernatural killing machine after her two lovers are killed by American troopers in 1810s New York. One other spotlight of this yr’s Fantasia.

Blood/Guts/Bullets/Octane (Tuesday 9:30 p.m., Wednesday 2:00, four:50, 9:30, 11:45 p.m.)

The title refers back to the movie and to a movie collection, curated specifically for Cinepocalypse by director Joe Carnahan, Together with a uncommon 35mm screening of his breakthrough 1998 function Blood, Guts, Bullets, And Octane, Carnahan has chosen 4 movies, every representing a type of 4 components: John Woo’s Bullet In The Head (1990), Walter Hill’s Arduous Occasions (1975), Kathryn Bigelow’s Close to Darkish (1987), and Stephen King’s Most Overdrive (1986). All movies shall be screened on 35mm for optimum awesomeness.


Cinepocalypse is sponsored by IFC Midnight, Bloody-Disgusting, Half Acre Beer, and your very personal A.V. Membership. Tickets to particular person screennigs are linked above, and passes for this week’s festivities will be discovered on the Music Field web site. See you there!

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