The iconic Music Box Theatre is filling a void here in Chicago by announcing CINEPOCALYPSE, a new film festival taking place from November 2-9.
The Midwest’s largest gathering of horror films and fans alike, organizers promise a full week of ass-kicking genre movies, special guests, and events. This year’s Cinepocalypse will feature scary-good world and regional premieres, repertory screenings, special guests, parties, and much more. A full schedule will be announced in October. To purchase early bird badges, visit https://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/cinepocalypse. For shorts and full-length feature submissions, click here.
Josh Goldbloom, Founder & Artistic Director of The Awesome Fest and what had been known as Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, and Ryan Oestreich, General Manager of The Music Box Theatre, aim to make this year bigger, better and scarier than any in the festival’s history. Since 2014, the festival has terrorized audiences with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. Leaving a trail of apocalyptic annihilation in the suburbs, as Cinepocalypse, the festival sheds its suburban skin, forms an epic alliance with the city’s historic Music Box Theatre and reemerges as a brand new horror behemoth for Chicago
The Music Box Theatre stands as one of the nation’s most prestigious art house theaters and has recently made a concerted effort to diversify programming and bolster local audiences. Located on the city’s Northside at 3733 North Southport Ave, The Music Box’s year-round programming has consistently offered genre fans some of the very finest cinematic experiences in digital, 35mm, and 70mm formats.
“We’re beyond thrilled to host this next iteration of the horror film festival,” said Oestreich. “We pride ourselves on taking risks in our programming and offering a diverse slate of films. Partnering with Josh to create Cinepocalypse makes perfect sense for us as we continue our commitment to great film in Chicago.”
In just three short years, what was previously the Bruce Campbell Horror Festival has played host to dozens of horror, thriller and genre legends, including John Carpenter, Fede Alvarez, Eli Roth, Christopher Lloyd, Fred Dekker, Tom Holland, Barbara Crampton, William Sadler, Stephen Lang, comedian Doug Benson, and many more.
“CINEPOCALYPSE will take this iconic film festival to horrific new heights,” said Goldbloom. “We plan on presenting Chicago an unrivaled offering of bloody international badassery & terror with our friends at the Music Box.”
Bring on the CINEPOCALYPSE!