In July, Chicago’s Portage Theater won a decisive victory over the Chicago Tabernacle Church, when the Church withdrew its bid to purchase, gut, and repurpose the nearly 100-year-old theater into a place of worship– as though it weren’t a place of worship for cinephiles already! In celebration of the theater’s continued operations, the Portage will be holding a 24-hour horror movie marathon, known simply as The Massacre! The event will take place from noon on Saturday, October 20th until noon Sunday, October 21st.
The tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance and the featured guest will be none other than Scream Queen Linnea Quigley herself, star of The Return of the Living Dead (1985). In addition to a slew of guests, vendors, and vintage trailers, the Massacre will also host a short film contest and a costume contest to liven up the festivities. The event also aims to combine horror movie fandom with generous public service, a live charity auction will also be held in support of Vital Bridges, who provide food and shelter to the thousands of people impacted by HIV and AIDS around Chicago.
With Linnea Quigley on hand to sign whatever it is you got and one of the best 24-hour line-ups to hit Chicago since 2007, this event is not to be missed! So far, the event’s schedule includes:
The Black Cat with Karloff & Lugosi;
Witchfinder General, starring Vincent Price;
The Return of the Living Dead;
the little-known horror anthology Nightmares, one of my personal favorites!;
John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness;
the rarely screened Curse of the Werewolf from Hammer Horror;
and the insane Japanese film Hausu, presented at the Massacre by the Chicago Cinema Society!