If you’ve ever needed an excuse to make the trek to Chicago, here it is. Terror in the Aisles 8 is going down on Saturday, August 6, and this year’s line-up is enough to have any horror fan foaming at the mouth: Sleepaway Camp (director Robert Hiltzik will be there in person), City of the Walking Dead and the Midwest theatrical premiere of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Besides this killer triple feature, you’ll be treated to vintage horror trailers and short films, free autographs and photo ops, prizes, vendor tables, a charity auction for Vital Bridges (www.vitalbridges.org) and few surprises that we can’t tell you about. (Mainly because organizer Rusty Nails didn’t tell us – he knows we can’t keep a secret).
It’s all happening at the beautiful Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue). Doors open at 7, and the awesomeness starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $12 a pop – you can get ‘em here. More info about the event is on its Facebook page, but here’s the full schedule:
7 p.m. – Doors open
7:30 p.m. – Trailer Trash (vintage horror trailers and short films)
8 p.m. – Sleepaway Camp (with director Robert Hiltzik in Person!)
10 p.m. – Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (Midwest theatrical premiere)
Midnight – City of the Walking Dead aka Nightmare City (rare 35mm screening)
If the badass Mitch O’Connell poster above isn’t enough to get you Chicago-bound, lemme tell you: I can vouch for this event firsthand. I drove 12 hours (each way) to catch it a couple of years ago, and it was worth every bleary-eyed minute! And if you have time, head down Milwaukee for a Chicago-style hotdog at the Superdawg drive-in. You’re welcome.