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CINEPOCALYPSE, a full week of ass-kicking genre movies, is returning on June 13th-20th, 2019.

Since 2014, Cinepocalypse (previously Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival) has terrorized audiences with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. Named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival has recently played host to the likes of: John Carpenter, Lana Wachowski, Fede Alvarez, Eli Roth, Christopher Lloyd, Scott Derrickson, Ernest Dickerson, Fred Dekker, Tom Holland, Larry Cohen, Barbara Crampton, Stephen Hopkins, William Sadler, Stephen Lang, and many more talented filmmakers from around the globe. 

Within the confines of the historic Music Box Theatre, fans can expect an unrivaled genre offering of bloody international badassery & terror, world & regional premieres, repertory cinema, special guests, parties, and much more!

Featured in Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, and The AV Club, our 2019 festivities feature: the world premiere of Glenn Danzig’s VEROTIKA, lifetime achievement award recipient Michael Ironside, a career retrospective of GWAR, the opening of Orion Pictures Child’s Play Speakeasy, our jury president Joel Schumacher, Joe Bob Briggs, a 25th anniversary celebration of AIRHEADS, and so much more! Check out our lineup for a full list of events and screenings.


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"These folks have given me so many amazing experiences. Make sure to put this Fest on your radar for next summer! They. Get. You"

C. Robert Cargill (writer of Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE and SINISTER).

"The most impressive horror festival this city has seen"

— RogerEbert.com

"Fans of absurd amounts of gore, gratuitous nudity, nerve-shredding horror, and gonzo action, take heart: Your film festival of choice is here again."

— AV Club

"Chicago's Cinepocalypse is quickly becoming one of the most exciting genre film festivals in North America"

— Daily Dead


Shorts Jury

Austin Vesely, Filmmaker (President)

Lisa Holmes, Distributor (Doppleganger Releasing)

Nick Allen, Film Critic

Features Jury

Joel Schumacher, Filmmaker (President)

Jennifer Reeder, Filmmaker

Michael Repsch, Distributor (Dark Star)