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Where to See Scary Movies in Chicago This October

Where to See Scary Movies in Chicago This October

October is in full swing in Chicago, and you know what that means – it’s time to get ~spooky~.

And whether you’re a horror buff or a regular scaredy-cat, there’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a good ol’ fashioned movie marathon. Or two.

So snuggle up to your main squeeze and grab a bucket of popcorn, here’s where you can watch all your favorite scary movies in Chicago this month.


The Logan Theater Horror Movie Madness

An annual celebration of the all best ghouls, ghosts, and goblins of the silver screen, Logan Square’s indie theater is showing late-night screen screams all October long.

See the full schedule of events, below:

Young Frankenstein (1974) Oct 9-11 @ 10:30 pm

Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Oct 9-11 @ 11 pm

Psycho (1960) – Oct 12-15 @ 10:30 pm

Friday the 13th (1980) – Oct 12-15 @ 11 pm

Poltergeist (1982) – Oct 16-18 @ 10:30 pm

The Thing (1982) – Oct 16-18 @ 11 pm

Beetlejuice (1988) – Oct 19-20 @ 10:30 pm

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Oct 19-22 11 pm

The Shining (1980) – Oct 23-25 @ 10:30 pm

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Oct 23-25 @ 11 pm

Nosferatu (1922) – Oct 27 @ 11 pm

Halloween (1978) – Oct 26-27 @ 8 pm, Oct 28 & 30 @ 10:30 pm, Oct 29 & 31 @ 8 pm & 11 pm

The Shining (1980) – Oct 26-27 @ 10:30 pm, Oct 28 & 30 @ 8 pm & 11 pm, Oct 29 & 31 @ 10:30 pm


Music Box of Horrors

24-hours of straight-up, horrifying fun comes to Lakeview’s Music Box Theater on October 13th thru the 14th.

See the lineup, here:

12:00PM GOKE, BODYSNATCHER FROM HELL – Dir. Hajime Satô, 1968, 84mins, 35mm

1:40PM THE MAFU CAGE – Dir. Karen Arthur, 1978, 102mins, 35mm

3:40PM LORD OF ILLUSIONS with Kevin J. O’Connor in person! – Dir. Clive Barker, 1995, 101mins, 35mm

6:15PM THE LODGER with Live Score by False Gods Trio – Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1927, 91mins, DCP

8:15PM BLAME IT ON TOBY Midwest Premiere! – Dir. Richard Knight, Jr., 2018, 52mins, DCP

9:15PM THE CHILDREN – Dir. Tom Shankland, 2008, 84mins, DCP

11:00PM CHILD’S PLAY with Don Mancini in person! – Dir. Tom Holland, 1988, 87mins, 35mm

1:15AM OPERA Italian Uncut Version | First Time Playing in Chicago! – Dir. Dario Argento, 1987, 107 min, 35mm

3:15AM FREDDY VS. JASON – Dir. Ronny Yu , 2003, 97mins, 35mm

5:00AM SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS – Dir. Michael A. Simpson, 1988, 80mins, 35mm

6:45AM BODY MELT – Dir. Philip Brophy, 1993, 81mins, 35mm

8:20AM WICKED, WICKED in Duo-Vision! – Dir. Richard L. Bare, 1973, 95mins, 35mm

10:10AM FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2 – Dir. Tommy Lee Wallace, 1988, 104mins, 35mm


Universal Horror: A Matinee Series

Can’t make it for the marathon? No problemo. Check out Music Box’s horror matinee series, running throughout the month. Featured flicks include The Mummy (1932) and Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932).


Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island

Scary Movies Chicago

Think ‘movie in the parks’ meets ‘horror film marathon’ and you’ve got Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island. A month-long series showing all the classics alongside a roaring campfire. And yes, marshmallows will be provided.

See the schedule here:

Carrie (1976) – Oct 12 @ 7 pm

Beetlejuice (1988)Oct 19 @ 7 pm

Nightmare on Elm St (1984) – Oct 19 @ 8:30 pm

The Exorcist (1973) – Oct 26 @ 7 pm



Scary movies not really your thing? No worries, learn more about the Halloween events around town with our Ultimate Halloween Guide, here.

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