Chicago’s MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS 24-Hour Film Festival Announces 2019 Lineup!

Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theater has announced this year’s lineup for their annual MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS 24-Hour Horror Film Festival. This year boasts an incredible schedule of films and celebrity guests, along with a wide array of vendors that will be on hand. Check out the full schedule and all the details right here!

From The Press Release

The Music Box Of Horrors returns to the Music Box Theatre with 24 Hours of complete Movie Madness from Noon, Saturday, October 19 through Noon, Sunday, October 20. Special guests include writer/director Neil Marshall, presenting his groundbreaking, werewolf-swarming debut feature DOG SOLDIERS; and filmmaker John Hancock, with his psychological horror masterpiece, LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH.

With mild-melting visuals and high body counts, this year’s films span the globe and more than 80 years of cinema history—1928 to 2012—with the most terrifying, pulse-pounding movies you’ll ever see, as well as special guests, a live musical score, and excellent Vendors & Food Trucks. For tickets and further information, please click here:

This year’s event is sponsored by Creepy Co., who will also be producing and supplying all Music Box of Horrors merchandise. Exclusive craft beer supplied by Half Acre Beer Co.

The 2019 Horror marathon celebrates the exceptional careers of both Rutger Hauer and Luke Perry with a screening of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER to close out the 24 hours.

To kick off the event, we’ll feature a 35mm print of the notorious silent film THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, featuring a live score by Maxx McGathey.

The Music Box of Horrors is known for discoveries and rediscoveries of under-appreciated films—many of which rarely or never played on the big screen. This year, attendees can look forward to BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL from director Shinichi Fukazawa (dubbed by some as the Japanese EVIL DEAD), as well as director Guy Magar’s personal 35mm print of his 1987 horror-mystery RETRIBUTION.

TITLES & SHOWTIMES for the Music Box of Horrors 2019:

12:00pm – THE MAN WHO LAUGHS — 1928, 110 min., Dir. Paul Leni, 35mm – Featuring a live musical score by Maxx McGathey

2:00pm – OFFICE KILLER — 1997, 82 min., Dir. Cindy Sherman, 35mm Print Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

3:45pm – LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH — 1971, 89 min., Dir. John Hancock, 16mm – Dir. John Hancock in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A


6:00pm – DEMONS 2 — 1986, 88 min., Dir. Lamberto Bava, 35mm

7:55pm – BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL — 1995/2012, 62 min., Dir. Shinichi Fukazawa, Blu-Ray

9:15pm – DOG SOLDIERS – 2002, 105 min., Dir. Neil Marshall, 35mm — Dir. Neil Marshall in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A

11:45pm – EVENT HORIZON – 1997, 96 min., Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson, 35mm

1:30am – RETRIBUTION – 1987, 107 min., Dir. Guy Magar, UCLA 35mm, Director’s Personal Print!

3:30am – ALLIGATOR – 1980, 91 min., Dir. Lewis Teague, 35mm

5:15am – TETSUO: THE IRON MAN – 1989, 67 min., Dir. Shiny Tsukamoto, DCP

6:45am – HALLOWEEN II – 1981, 92 min., Dir. Rick Rosenthal, 35mm

8:30am – THE FLY II – 1989, 105 min., Dir. Chris Walas, 35mm

10:30am – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – 1992, 86 min., Dir. Fran Rubel Kuzui, DCP

Between films, check out the Vendors & Guests in the Music Box Lounge, including:

Creepy Co.
Bric-A-Brac Records
Pretty Spooky Handmade
House of Movie Monsters
Graveface Records and Curiosities
Tattoos by Chloe Pinnock
Leaf Blower Massacre
Artist Chris Kuchta
Deadly Prey Gallery

Empanada Bike
Taco in a Bag
Cheesie’s Food Truck

General Admission – $30/$25 (Music Box Members)
Day of Show – $35/$30 (Music Box Members)

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About The Music Box Of Horrors:
Recent editions of The Music Box of Horrors have included director William Lustig, presenting MANIAC; actor Ethan Embry, presenting the Chicago premiere of THE DEVIL’S CANDY; a special tribute to Wes Craven; directors Gary Sherman and John McNaughton, presenting DEATH LINE; director Jim Muro, presenting STREET TRASH; director Mariano Baino with DARK WATERS; actor Kevin J. O’Connor with LORD OF ILLUSIONS; and screenwriter Don Mancini for the Chicago-shot CHILD’S PLAY.

About Music Box Theatre:
For the last two decades, the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD, and television markets throughout the United States.

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About Michael Juvinall (5946 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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