Music Box Theater Transforms This Weekend for 24-Hour Horror Fest

The meeting place of unapologetic entertainment and a carefully curated blend of classic titles and obscure rarities, the Music Box Theatre continues its strong programming this fall. The annual, 24-hour Music Box of Horrors hits the legendary venue like a bolt of lightning, beginning Saturday, October 7 at noon and running until noon the following day. This year’s edition is particularly notable thanks to a pair of tributes to recently departed masters of horror, Tobe Hooper and George A. Romero, with nearly every film screening this year from a 35mm print.

Music Box of Horrors returns to the Music Box Theatre October 7-8

For his third consecutive year, the event is guest programmed by Will Morris, assistant programmer at Los Angeles’American Cinematheque, and he promises “the exploits of zombified police run-ins and adolescent lycanthropy; dizzying dives into the wicked seductions of the occult; uber-degradation of the otherwise-sane mindscape; nuns in a water-locked convent; and much more."

The Music Box of Horrors also features a host of vendor tables and local food trucks stopping by throughout the night. For details on each film or to purchase a pass ($30 in advance; $35 on the day), go to the Music Box Theatre online. The full schedule includes:


Noon - The Manitou (dir: William Girdler, 1977)

2pm - Land of the Dead (dir: George A. Romero, 2005) Tribute to George Romero

4pm - The Cat and the Canary (dir: Paul Leni, 1927) Silent film w/ live score from Evan Hydzik

6:10pm - Dark Waters–Director’s Cut, (dir: Mariano Baino, 1993) Director Mariano Baino in person

8:30pm - The Funhouse (dir: Tobe Hooper, 1981) Tribute to Tobe Hooper

10:35pm - Great Choice (dir: Robin Comisar, 2017) TIFF award-winning short film

10:45pm - In The Mouth of Madness (dir: John Carpenter, 1994)


12:35am - Hellraiser (dir: Clive Barker, 1987)

2:35am - Ginger Snaps (dir: John Fawcett, 2000) Only remaining 35mm print in existence

4:45am - Tales From The Hood (dir: Rusty Cundieff, 1995)

6:45am - Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (dir: Rachel Talalay, 1991)

8:30am - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (dir: Jalmari Helander, 2010)

10:10am - The Craft (dir: Andrew Fleming, 1996)

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Steve Prokopy

Steve Prokopy is chief film critic for the Chicago-based arts outlet Third Coast Review. For nearly 20 years, he was the Chicago editor for Ain’t It Cool News, where he contributed film reviews and filmmaker/actor interviews under the name “Capone.” Currently, he’s a frequent contributor at /Film ( and Backstory Magazine. He is also the public relations director for Chicago's independently owned Music Box Theatre, and holds the position of Vice President for the Chicago Film Critics Association. In addition, he is a programmer for the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which has been one of the city's most anticipated festivals since 2013.