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THE 2020 MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS AT THE DRIVE-IN Brings 31 Nights of Terror To Chicago this October

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | News

To the Midwestern horror fanatic, October means two things: a month of spooky merriment and one epic 24-hour horror marathon at the Music Box Theatre. With the very real horror of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater has pivoted from one all-day test of your ability to sit and watch movies, to a whole month of nightly horror films at the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In in the Pilsen neighborhood. That means that every single night of October, Chicagoland horror fiends will be able to safely get their fix of the best this genre has to offer. 

With so many nights of cinema available, the programmers at the Music Box have been able to line up some incredible films both old and new. From Brandon Cronenberg’s forthcoming POSSESSOR to a restored 1933’s LA LLORONA, the scheduled films span the length of film history. 

Grindhouse Fridays and Sequel Sundays are destined to have their charms, but perhaps the most innovative recurring night for the festival will be Rip-Off Saturdays. Here, five (yes, this October has five Saturdays) seminal horror films are paired with another film that blatantly ripped it off. You can see SRIGALA, the Indonesian horror collage of a film the same night as FRIDAY THE 13TH, and THE OMEN followed by CATHY’S CURSE. 

Ticketing information is available through the Music Box website, as well as more details about the drive-in itself. Check out the full schedule below!

Full lineup and schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 9:55pm
POSSESSOR (2020) — 103 min., Dir. Brandon Cronenberg

Friday, Oct. 2 @ 9:45pm
BLACULA (1972) — 93 min., Dir. William Crain
BLADE 2 (2002) — 117 min., Dir. Guillermo Del Toro

Saturday, Oct. 3 @ 9:30pm
ALIEN (1979) — 117 min., Dir. Ridley Scott
GALAXY OF TERROR (1981) — 81 min., Dir. B.D. Clark

Sunday, Oct. 4 @ 9:30pm
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986) — 101 min, Dir. Tobe Hooper

Monday, Oct. 5 @ 9:30pm
THE HOST (2006) — 120 min., Dir. Bong Joon Ho
Presented by AV Club

Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 9:30pm
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) — 91 min., Dir. Dan O’Bannon

Wednesday, Oct 7 @ 9:30pm
RE-ANIMATOR (Unrated Version) (1985) — 104 min., Dir. Stuart Gordon
w/ Stuart Gordon Tribute Video

Thursday, Oct 8 @ 9:55pm
ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011) — 88 min., Dir. Joe Cornish

Friday, Oct 9 @ 9:30pm
NIGHTBREED (Director’s Cut) (1990) — 120 min., Dir. Clive Barker
DEF BY TEMPTATION (1990) — 95 min., Dir. James Bond III

Saturday, Oct 10@ 9:30pm
THE OMEN (1976) — 111 min., Dir. Richard Donner
CATHY’S CURSE (1977) — 82 min., Dir. Eddy Matalon

Sunday, Oct 11 @ 9:30pm
PSYCHO III (1986) — 93 min., Dir. Anthony Perkins

Monday, Oct 12 @ 9:30pm
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2020), 108 min., Dir. Ryan Spindell

Tuesday, Oct 13 @ 8:45pm
LA LLORONA (1933) — 70 min., Dir. Ramón Peón
Hosted by Raul Benitez
LA LLORONA (2020) — 97 min., Dir. Jayro Bustamante

Wednesday, Oct 14 @ 10:15pm
SILVER BULLET (1985) — 95 min., Dir. Daniel Attias

Thursday, Oct 15 @ 10:15pm
Secret Screening (2020), co-presented with 56th Chicago International Film Festival

Friday, Oct 16 @ 10:15pm
EVILSPEAK (1981) — 97 min., Dir. Eric Weston
ICE CREAM MAN (1995) — 84 min., Dir. Norman Apstein

Saturday, Oct 17 @ 10:15pm
FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) — 95 min., Dir. Sean S. Cunningham
SRIGALA (1981) — 91 min., Dir. Sisworo Gautama Putra

Sunday, Oct 18@10:15pm
HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987) — 97 min., Dir. Bruce Pittman

Monday, Oct 19 @ 9:30pm
JENNIFER’S BODY (2009) — 102 min., Dir. Karyn Kusama

Tuesday, Oct 20 @ 9:30pm
GRIZZLY II: REVENGE (1983/2020) — 75 min., Dir. Director: André Szöts

Wednesday, Oct 21 @ 9:30pm
DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) — 103 min., Dirs. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, & Robert Hamer

Thursday, Oct 22 @ 9:45pm
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992) — 128 min., Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

Friday, Oct 23 @ 9:30pm
BLACK MAGIC 2 (1976) — 92 min., Dir. Ho Meng-Hua
EVIL CAT (1987) — 81 min., Dir: Dennia Yu

Saturday, Oct 24 @ 9:30pm
CARRIE (1976) — 98 min., Dir. Brian De Palma
JENNIFER (1978) — 90 min., Dir. Brice Mack

Sunday, Oct 25 @ 9:30pm
JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993) — 87 min., Dir. Adam Marcus

Monday, Oct 26 @ 9:30pm
FINAL DESTINATION (2000) — 98 min., Dir. James Wong

Tuesday, Oct 27 @ 9:30pm
THE BEING (1983) — 82 min., Dir. Jackie Kong

Wednesday, Oct 28 @ 9:30pm
BONES (2001) — 96 min., Dir. Ernest Dickerson

Thursday, Oct 29 @ 9:45pm
THE STYLIST (2020) — 105 min., Dir. Jill Gevargizian

Friday, Oct 30 @ 9:30pm
BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) — 98 min., Dir: Bob Clark
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER (1991) — 90 min., Dir. Martin Kitrosser

Saturday, Oct 31 @ 9:30pm
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) — 91 min., Dir. Wes Craven
MAHAKAAL (1994) — 132 min, Dirs. Shyam Ramsay & Tulsi Ramsay

Deirdre is a Chicago-based film critic and life-long horror fan. In addition to writing for RUE MORGUE, she also contributes to BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH., FILM THRILLS, and HIGH DEF DIGEST. She's got two black cats and wrote her Master's thesis on George Romero.