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Horror Society is Proud to Present the Lineup of Our Festival, the 2018 Windy City Horrorama Happening April 27th-29th!

Schedule and Ticket Links listed here

This is it. Horror Society is proud to unveil the lineup for our Windy City Horrorama Film Festival. This is a celebration of the indie spirit of filmmaking, as well as a celebration of the genre we all hold so dear. Please take a look at the press release below which includes the schedule. Tickets are available at davistheater.com NOW!

INAUGURAL WINDY CITY HORRORAMA ANNOUNCES 2018 PROGRAM – TICKETS ON SALE ONLINE & AT THE DAVIS THEATER

Windy City Horrorama to take over the Davis Theater in Chicago’s Lincoln Square from April 27th -29th with premieres, anniversary screenings, and local showcases

WINDY CITY HORRORAMA has unveiled its slate of feature and short films for its inaugural festival, taking place from April 27th – April 29th in Lincoln Square’s Davis Theater. The festival will be home to a wide variety of exciting premieres of independent horror films from around the world, as well as anniversary screenings of horror classics and showcases of horror films made right here in Chicago.

Highlights include anniversary screenings of underrated cult horror gems THE BLOB (1988) and JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993), with JASON director Adam Marcus is attendance, along with his newest horror-comedy freakout SECRET SANTA. Horrorama will be world premiering MORE BLOOD!, a horror doc made by and for horror fans that examines the insatiable bloodlust of its community; as well as SOFT MATTER, an utterly singular blast of creativity that marries goopy creature horror with droll absurdist comedy and killer street art.

The festival centerpiece is a Chicago Showcase of short and feature films presented by Dark Sky Films. It includes the world premiere of HOUSESITTERS, the feature directorial debut of horror journalist Jason Coffman, preceded by Daniel DelPurgatorio’s THIRD WHEEL and the world premiere of Stephen Tramontana’s EYELASH. The fest will close with a rare theatrical screening of CHICAGO ROT, a genre-hopping ode to the city that pushes the limits of independent cinema.

Please visit our website windycityhorrorama.com for screening dates, times, and pairings. Tickets for every screening are available now at our website, davistheater.com, or in-person at the Davis Theater box office for $12 each, unless otherwise noted. Stay in touch with us on social media for more additions to the schedule. Complete list of films is below:

FRIDAY 4/27 FEATURES:

Hostile
Chicago Premiere
Origin: France
Director: Mathieu Turi
Stars: Brittany Ashworth, Gregory Fitoussi, Javier Botet
Runtime: 83 min
Short film Give Me Your Heart will precede screening

Accustomed to the desolate terrain of an apocalyptic Earth, Juliette sets out from her group for supplies. After losing control of the vehicle, she is trapped with a broken leg, a gun, and a long night ahead fighting against painful memories and a persistent creature scouring the desert for prey.

Central Park
Midwest Premiere
Origin: New York City, NY
Director: Justin Reinsilber
Starring: Grace Van Patten, Ruby Modine, Justiin A. Davis
Runtime: 86min
Short film The Blazing World will precede screening

Being a teenager in NYC definitely has its perks. Harold and his friends escape the stress of school and chaotic family drama to party in the depths of Central Park. Unfortunately, a vengeful killer heads in blazing to pick off the group one by one.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
25th Anniversary
Origin: Crystal Lake, NJ
Director: Adam Marcus
Cast: Kane Hodder, Steven Williams, John D. LeMay
Runtime: 91 min
Short film Studded Nightmare will precede screening

In this slick (and quite sick) sequel in the iconic Friday the 13th series, a hunter seeks to kill off Jason Voorhees once and for all. Jason, however, has other plans which includes turning into an evil worm to possess a family member so he can be reborn.
Director Adam Marcus in attendance.

Secret Santa
Midwest Premiere
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Director: Adam Marcus
Stars: A Leslie Kies, Debra Sullivan, Ryan Leigh Seaton
Runtime: 90 min

Worst. Christmas. Ever. A family who sucks the fun out of dysfunction comes together for the holidays just in time to scratch open the wounds of sibling rivalry, awkward affairs, closeted emotions, life-long grudges, and serious mommy issues. Gather ‘round the fire and watch as the punches fly in this pitch-black comedy.
Writer/Director Adam Marcus, Producer/Writer/Actress Debra Sullivan, and more cast & crew in attendance.

SATURDAY 4/28 FEATURES:

Bride of Frankie & Posers
Origin: Cleveland, OH | Atlanta, GA
Director: Devi Snively | Sean Thiessen
Runtime: 46 min

Join us for a family-friendly double feature that highlights all things that go bump in the night! Bride of Frankie is a charming take on a horror classic through the eyes of Dr. Shelley Stein while Posers finds a group of teens battling a mud monster that is seriously ruining Halloween night.
Filmmakers scheduled to attend. Underwriters: Roselle Fernandez & José I. Vazquez

The Forest of Lost Souls
U.S. Premiere
Origin: Portugal
Director: Jose Pedro Lopes
Stars: Daniela Love, Jorge Mota, Mafalda Banquart
Runtime: 71 min
Short film Sol will precede screening

Devastated by the death of his daughter, Ricardo enters a suicide forest ready to escape his failures. He meets Carolina and is troubled at the young girls’ morbid perspective on life. As their stories intertwine, so unfolds a wicked plot that brings death far past the forest edge.

Housesitters
Chicago Spotlight Presented by Dark Sky Films, featuring shorts Third Wheel and Eyelash
World Premiere
Origin: Chicago, IL
Director: Jason Coffman
Cast: Jamie Jirak, Annie Watkins
Runtime: 63 min

Horrorama is proud to feature a spotlight on 3 fantastic local films! Housesitters follows Angie and Izzy as they try to survive the night in a house where a tiny monster wreaks havoc. Third Wheel and the world premiere of Eyelash will precede the feature film.
Directors Jason Coffman, Daniel DelPurgatorio and Stephen Tramontana in attendance.

Soft Matter
World Premiere
Origin: Austin, TX
Director: Jim Hickcox
Cast: Devyn Placide, David Dillard, Ruby Lee Dove II
Runtime: 72 mins
Short film The Call Girls will precede screening

When a street artist reluctantly agrees to participate in an art installation in an abandoned hospital, he and his friends discover some slimy evil experiments. Fans of Adult Swim and 80’s creature features will find a lot to love in this film that has to be seen to be believed. Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Dead Ant
Midwest Premiere
Origin: Santa Clarita, CA
Director: Ron Carlson
Cast: Jake Busey, Tom Arnold, Sean Astin
Runtime: 87 min
Short film Ultraviolet will precede screening

Jake Busey, Tom Arnold and Sean Astin star as members of an aging glam metal band that go out to the desert to take peyote and reinvent themselves. Ignoring the warnings of a native of the land, their drug binge brings about an awakening of a legion of giant, destructive ants.
Director Ron Carlson in attendance.

SUNDAY 4/29 FEATURES:

More Blood!
World Premiere
Origin: Las Vegas, NV
Director: Heidi Moore
Runtime: 82 min
Short film We Summoned a Demon will precede screening

From the director of Dolly Deadly comes a documentary that explores the question of why fans enjoy gore in their horror films. Featuring a slew of gooey clips and interviews from genre experts, such as Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, More Blood examines our inherent obsession with death and the macabre. Director Heidi Moore in attendance. Underwriters: Roselle Fernandez & José I. Vazquez

The Blob (1988)
30th Anniversary Screening
Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn
Runtime: 95 min
Short film The Fear Within will precede screening

When a deadly blob crash-lands on earth and begins devouring everything in its path, a group of plucky teenagers step up to save their town. With propulsive storytelling, prescient social commentary and some world-class practical gore effects, this sci-fi horror gem is one of the rare remakes that surpasses the original.

Ruin Me
Chicago Premiere
Origin: Muskegon, MI
Director: Preston DeFrancis
Stars: Marcienne Dwyer, Matt Delapina, Chris Hill, Eva Hamilton
Runtime: 87 min
Short film Invisible will precede screening

Alexandra reluctantly tags along with her boyfriend to Slasher Sleepout, a camping trip/escape room weekend for horror fans, but a deadly turn of events forces them to question if they really are just playing a game. This clever, twisty thriller set in the picturesque Michigan wilderness pays tribute to horror classics while carving its own terrifying path.

Chicago Rot
Origin: Chicago, IL
Director: Dorian Weinzimmer
Stars: Brant McCrea, Shira Barber, Dave Cartwright, Jonez Jones
Runtime: 103 min

Les, a wrongfully imprisoned outcast, returns to the mean streets of Chicago to get back at the immortal coven that killed his mother and stole his soul. Come enjoy a rare theatrical screening of this visually stunning fantasy horror cocktail that celebrates our city in all its filth and glory.
Closing Party to follow in Carbon Arc bar with screening of short film Restoration.

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More exciting screenings and events to be announced soon!

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Written by Matt Storc

(Chicago Events Coordinator) Matt Storc is a screenwriter and director from the great city of Chicago. He enjoys sharing movies with people almost as much as he enjoys making them. He also does a killer rendition of the other guy's part in Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" at karaoke."