Cinepocalypse Invades Chicago November 2 – 9 @ Music Box



AT-309  Co-writer/director Joe Carnahan reviews a scene with Liam Neeson on the set of THE A-TEAM.

Cinepocalypse is close to hitting Chicago’s Music Box Theatre beginning November 2nd and running through November 9th. Featuring rare 35MM prints of classic genre flicks (Kathryn Bigelow‘s Near Dark, Dario Argento‘s Suspiria, John Woo‘s Bullet in the Head), U.S. premieres (Beyond Skyline, Motorrad), as well as very special guests (actors Antonio Fargas and Eric Roberts, writer/director Larry Cohen, as well as writer/director/Cinepocalypse curator Joe Carnahan), this is one film festival you don’t want to miss. There’s even an ultra-secret screening on November 7th at midnight that (almost) no one knows about. I haven’t a clue, but if you like the idea of movie roulette, then you should get your tickets now.

Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein and Bill Paxton in a shot from Near Dark, screening in a rare 35MM print at Cinepocalypse.

Antonio Fargas, who will be presented a lifetime achievement award at Cinepocalypse, in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!, which will screen as well.

Carnahan is bringing his film debut, Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane for a rare 35MM showing. The film’s title will also play out in screenings of Near Dark (blood), Walter Hill‘s Hard Times (guts) which got a 4K restoration, Bullet In the Head (bullets) and Stephen King‘s one and only film as a director, Maximum Overdrive (octane).


Cohen’s The Ambulance, starring Eric Roberts, will be presented, as will a film about Cohen entitled King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen. Both Cohen and Roberts will be in attendance. Cohen will also receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival.

Fargas will be in person to pick up a lifetime achievement award of his own, with tribute screenings of his films Foxy Brown, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!, and the closing night spectacular, Beyond Skyline.

Additional in person guests include writer Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest) who is a guest host, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and Suspiria‘s Jessica Harper. More guests are promised, so keep an eye out.

I’m personally intrigued by the opening night film, Sweet Virginia, starring the always compelling Jon Bernthal (AMC’s The Walking Dead, Netflix’s The Punisher, The Wolf of Wall Street, Baby Driver). The image of a bearded, bloodied Bernthal holding a rifle is enough reason for me to go see it.

Go to the Cinepocalypse page to see the full list of screenings and to purchase tickets. You can buy full festival passes or individual tickets to screenings. If you buy the full festival pass you’ll be able to see every single screening and Q&A, as well as attend all events and parties. It’s a pretty good deal if you’re as insane about films as I am.



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