Thursday, June 13 | 7:00pm
Opening Night | Director Glenn Danzig in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A | Ticket includes Access to Opening Night After-Party*
Cinepocalypse 2019 couldn’t be more excited to bring you VEROTIKA, the directorial debut from punk legend Glenn Danzig. As founder and vocalist of the iconic Misfits (recognized as the originators of the horror-punk subgenre), Glenn’s passion for film, the occult, paganism, and all things ghouls ‘n ghosts, extended into his infamous deathrock band Samhain, as well as one of the most storied heavy metal outfits of all-time, Danzig. Now, building upon his prolific career, he’s taken his love for all things horror to the big screen for the first time, with his directorial debut, VEROTIKA! Featuring a plot shrouded in secrecy and based on the output of Danzig’s long-running, mature comic book publishing company Verotik—a compound of “violence” and “erotic”—this feature film anthology is a realization of his lifelong love of comic books and the dark arts. Long story short, this is an event for the ages, and we’re beyond stoked—and more than a little terrified—to present the World Premiere of Glenn Danzig’s VEROTIKA on opening night.
*Opening Night party at GMan Tavern featuring Metal Karaoke, and Three Floyd's specialty beers on tap. Must have ticket to Opening Night film VEROTIKA or be a pass holder of the festival for admission.
Friday, June 14 | 2:15pm
Tuesday, June 18 | 9:30pm
North American Premiere | Director Emilio Portes in attendance
After losing his family in a most horrific way, special border agent Ritter must investigate a series of deaths involving young children, which stirs memories of his own tragedy. What seems like a clear case takes a shocking, dark turn when a priest from the Vatican links the case to possession, exorcism and an ancient demon named Belzebuth. Set on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the film takes full advantage of the narco pipeline that frequently binds the two nations and serves as the backdrop for a soul-crunching exorcism.
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Punta Muerto (Dead End)
Friday, June 14 | 4:45pm
Wednesday, June 19 | 3:15pm
North American Premiere | Preceded by SNAGGLETOOTH - Dir. Colin Bishopp
Luis Penafiel is a writer who has just finished a novel that presents the perfect crime in a closed room. He has achieved the respect and admiration of his fellow writers because of the surprising and dramatic resolution of his story. But one night, another writer is killed following the same pattern in Penafiel’s story, so naturally he is accused of the crime. To prove his innocence, he must find the real killer, and in the process, he discovers that nothing is more confusing than what is staring you right in the face. Shot in stunning black-and-white, the film is an eerie throwback to murder mysteries and film noir of the 1930s and ’40s.
In Spanish with English subtitles
Friday, June 14 | 7:00pm
Rare 70mm Presentation | Preceded by WHEN LARRY MET STANLEY - Dir. Katy Jensen and Mike Lewis
Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.
Friday, June 14 | 9:30pm
Tuesday, June 18 | 4:30pm
North American Premiere
Two knights—the experienced Willibrord and the young, mysterious hermit Noname—set off to christen a small pagan village hidden deep in the mountains, only to discover that only the limbs of the previous missionary were left behind. When they reach the village, the pagans put the newcomers’ beliefs to a test. Being a man of the sword, Willibrord does not hesitate in using vile methods to take control of the foreigners minds and souls. Meanwhile, Noname tries to understand the pagan culture, but in the end the story becomes a war between two moral stands, the law of God and human law, and one of these men will have to die. The film is a spectacle made of visuals and atmosphere combined to create a thrilling and mystical epic.
In Polish with English subtitles
Friday, June 14 | 10:00pm
After a pair of painfully amateurish criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret in the basement that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out in this black-comic thriller. While the robbers think they have the situation under control, the dynamic changes (multiple times, in fact), and the younger pair soon find themselves in various forms of bondage, their future looking dim and their overly polite hosts clearly insane.
Friday, June 14 | 11:45pm
Tuesday, June 18 | 9:45pm
Midwest Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
Fresh from the Sundance Midnight section, this is the tragic true story of two best friends and low-end porn actors Steve Driver and Tom Dong, who sought fame but gained infamy in a connection with a murder in 2010 at a San Fernando Valley porn company’s warehouse, where Driver was living at the time. Sword play (which has a dual meaning here), bloodshed, and a tragic standoff with police are all part of the infamy that belong to these two mopes (slang for a wannabe porn star).
GWAR Vs. Rock ‘N’ Roll Nightmare
Friday, June 14 | 11:59pm
Members of GWAR in Attendance
We’ll be enslaving BälSäc and Sleazy P. long enough to participate in a career-spanning, moderated conversation and Q&A, as well as welcome them both onstage to live-riff and utterly destroy John Fasano’s 1987 Canadian cult classic ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE, starring (and written by) fellow rock god Thor!
Saturday, June 15 | 12:00pm
World Premiere | Director in attendance | Preceded by ONE LAST MEAL - Dir. Jill Gevargizian
For those who are convinced your laptops and smartphones are evil, we have a scare film about the horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer. Staying in adjoining suites at a hotel hosting ViewCon—a collection of YouTube and Instagram stars and their legion of fans—Ashley and Megan soon discover that there are things scarier than thousands of teenagers armed with phone, asking for selfies. Their rooms are haunted by the vengeful ghosts of some of the original pioneers of social media, including a terrifying young boy named Bobby. Featuring a ferociously pounding score from EDM DJs/producers Das Mörtal, the movie is both a classic spook-house tale and a look at how technology is changing the landscape of youth culture. And what did happen to those poor children in Room 2210A in 1984?
GWAR Vs. Cinepocalypse
Saturday, June 15 | 2:15pm
Members of GWAR in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A
You may have seen them in EMPIRE RECORDS, on BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD, or maybe even the Jerry Springer or Joan Rivers shows. You’ve most definitely heard them on one of their 14 records, and probably watched them cover their audience in blood while laying waste to dozens of celebrity victims. Crash-landing at Cinepocalypse are BälSäc the Jaws 'o Death and Sleazy P. Martini—members of the galaxy's most iconic band, GWAR!
Hailing from the frozen wastes of Antarctica, GWAR has been a driving force behind the shaping of all life on planet Earth for the past several millennia and an integral part of American heavy metal since 1984. Honoring GWAR's decades of music history on this planet, Cinepocalypse will showcase a number of their most memorable, boundary-pushing, and just plain vulgar videos and short films, including the Grammy-nominated PHALLUS IN WONDERLAND (for the first time on the big screen).
Saturday, June 15 | 4:15pm
World Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
Holly seems to have it all: two kids, a nice house, a good job as a teacher, and a husband with an upwardly mobile career. But there are troubling signs that all is not right in her world thanks to a combination of insomnia and the disturbing dreams that result from the medication she takes for it. But are they even dreams, and what is it that finally sends her spiraling out of control? Both a stellar portrait of depression and a horrific drama, this haunting update on a classical tragedy comes from a new writer/director who was raised on the films of Polanski, Hitchcock and Bergman.
Saturday, June 15 | 6:45pm
70mm Screening | Michael Ironside in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A
Paul Verhoeven's classic, ultra-violent adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” TOTAL RECALL stuns to this day. Paradoxically muscle-bound everyman Doug Qauid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds himself unfulfilled by his menial construction job, so he escapes every night into his dreams of a life beyond his own — planet, that is. Quaid dreams of the red skies of Mars but cannot shake the thought that something seems familiar about this imagined scenario. Unfortunately, he'll never be able to afford a trip to see the Martian landscape in person. Enter: Rekall, a corporation that promises “the memory of a lifetime” in the form of surgical implants. Rekall doesn't just offer vacations away from home, but also escapes from yourself. When the implant begins, that's where the real world begins to collide with Quaid's dreams. What is truth and what is fiction? Is Quaid really who he thinks he is, or is this all part of “vacation” from himself? The true beauty and mystery of the original TOTAL RECALL is that we, the viewers, never know. All these years later, audiences are still left guessing in the darkness as the credits begin to roll. You decide: dream or reality? — Alamo Drafthouse
Cinepocalypse will present its annual Achievement Award to the esteemed Canadian actor Michael Ironside, who has been a staple in the world of genre cinema for the past three decades. Ironside will accept his award and take part in an audience Q&A following this special 70mm screening of TOTAL RECALL.
Ghost Killers Vs. Bloody Mary
Saturday, June 15 | 9:30pm
Thursday, June 20 | 5:30pm
North American Premiere | Preceded by ONE IN TWO PEOPLE - Dir. Ali Mashayekhi
In this horror-comedy, four YouTubers with expertise in supernatural events seek recognition from their viewers while solving the urban legend of the Bathroom Blonde Case—the spirit that haunts a high school bathroom in Brazil. Front loaded with over-the-top humor, gore, high school movie clichés, and horror film references, including homages to Brazil’s own Coffin Joe, the film revels in its silliness as eagerly as it bathes us in blood.
Saturday, June 15 | 9:45pm
In this psychologically unsettling slow burn, a young woman and her two introverted, soon-to-be new stepchildren find themselves snowed in at the family’s remote winter cabin. Just as the three begin to warm to each other, strange and frightening events take place as the mysteries of her dark past begin to surface, as do the losses that seem to haunt them all—concluding in shocking final moments that you’ll find impossible to shake.
Saturday, June 15 | 11:45pm
Wednesday, June 19 | 5:00pm
North American Premiere | Director in attendance
Twenty-five years ago, four Moroccan kids are having fun at frightening one another as they explore a condemned—likely haunted—house, when one of them disappears under mysterious circumstances. After losing contact with each other, the remaining three are reunited when their long-lost friend suddenly comes back into their lives 25 years later. Together, they are forced to confront the terrifying events of their youth and fight a monstrous creature born from a horrible legend. Reminiscent of IT, but with a spine-chilling, North African twist.
In French with English subtitles
Saturday, June 15 | 11:59pm
Midwest Premiere | Director Joe Begos in attendance | Preceded by BRUTAL REALTY, INC. - Dir. Erik Boccio
Brilliant, macabre painter Dezzy Donahue, facing the worst creative block of her life, turns to anything she can to get her creative juices flowing again to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles. Her plan works, but it ignites a strange bloodlust in her, and for someone who has impulse-control issues, that's not a good thing for those around her. The film's wicked vibe, throbbing energy, and visuals that will sear into your brain all add up to work some are comparing to early grindhouse classics like THE DRILLER KILLER and MANIAC.
Attack of the Demons
Sunday, June 16 | 11:30am
World Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance | Preceded by TOE - Dir. Neal O’Bryan and Chad Thurman
The year is 1994, and in a small Colorado town, three friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to stave off a legion of mutating demons that is overtaking their community. This apocalyptic event has been planned for centuries by a cult, which seeks nothing less than the destruction of all humankind. And the most shocking things all—this gore-soaked, blood-dripping, fear-inducing film is done entirely in cut-paper animation. Move over SOUTH PARK!
Sunday, June 16 | 1:45pm
World Premiere | Admission Free for Music Box Members | Director Lucky McKee in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A
In the latest twisted work from the director of MAY and THE WOMAN, Chloe, a single mother in a relationship with Alex, has her life turned upside down when her younger sister, Sadie, comes home after a long, unexplained absence. Though Sadie seems to want to settle in with her sister and 17-year-old niece (becoming quite a handful herself), she’s actually a deeply disturbed young woman who has a sinister agenda regarding anyone who gets between her and her big sister.
Hot Dog… The Movie!
Sunday, June 16 | 4:15pm
35th Anniversary 4K Producer’s Cut Restoration World Premiere | Post Screening Q&A
HOT DOG… THE MOVIE slalomed into theaters at the post-PORKY’S peak of 1980s youth comedies, hitting the slopes for a nonstop party on the powder. The genre’s gold medal formula of bare bodies, beer bashes, and outcasts toppling their tormentors translated supremely well to HOT DOG’s snow banks, lodge bars, and (oh, yes!) outdoor hot tubs. David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) leads a funky-punky crew of mountainside dive-bombers out to beat a cabal of ice-blooded Austrian ski bullies. Shannon Tweed—smack between her Playmate of the Year centerfold and life-partnering with KISS demon Gene Simmons—supplies that exact right amount of carnal intrigue to the winter carnival.
Sunday, June 16 | 7:00pm
Midwest Premiere | Director Pollyanna McIntosh in Attendance
Found at a Catholic hospital, filthy and ferocious feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she is to be tamed into a God-fearing good girl. However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the sins she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (played by the director, reprising her role of Lucky McKee’s cult hit THE WOMAN), equally fierce and feral, who raised her, is ever present and determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way, in this coming-of-age movie with a horror-tinged twist.
Sunday, June 16 | 9:15pm
Midwest Premiere | Director in attendance | Preceded by THE PARTY - Dir. Julianna Robinson
Written by novelist Grady Hendrix (adapted from a story by Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan, who last created 2017’s MOHAWK together), the story involves a pizza delivery girl who is at the end of her financial rope and has to fight for her life—and her tips—when her last order of the night turns out to be for high-society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. Released under the Fangoria banner, this film has been described as “an AFTER HOURS-esque dark comedy in a supernatural setting”—hopefully served with extra cheese!
Shorts Block 1: Shadows Within
Sunday, June 16 | 9:30pm
Monday, June 17 | 2:30pm
Cinepocalypse is going deep into the human psyche for a collection of haunting, surrealist psychological horror films—with brief detours into post-apocalyptic drama and absurdist comedy—we’re calling Shadows Within. Films featured include The Follower, Clara’s Ghost producer Stephanie Szerlip’s stylish contemporary reimagining of Joyce Carol Oates’ classic short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”; Muffin, a cutting horror-satire from Greek director Daniel Bolda that fans of Bolda’s countryman Yorgos Lanthimos will love; Sybil, Joanne Mitchell’s elegant, disturbing portrait of a necrophiliac mortician that made its world premiere at FrightFest in London; and nearly a dozen more. This program also features two films from Chicago-based filmmakers: The Orchestra, directed by Curtis Matzke, and Short Leash, directed by Lara Unnerstall.
DELLIRIA - Dir. Tomas Stark
DELIVER - Dir. Ricardo Farias
THE FOLLOWER - Dir. Stephanie Szerlip
GO TO SLEEP: A LAO GHOST STORY- Dir. Phet Mahathongdy
H'ILOL - Dir. Julia Scalia
MUFFIN - Dir. Daniel Bolda
THE ORCHESTRA - Dir. Curtis Matzke
SHORT LEASH - Dir. Lara Unnerstall
SYBIL - Dir. Joanne Mitchell
WATER HORSE - Dir. Sean Temple and Sarah Wisner
WHO YOU ARE - Dir. Joel Jay Blacker
Why Don’t You Just Die!
Monday, June 17 | 4:30pm
Wednesday, June 19 | 7:15pm
Andrei, a detective and the world’s most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop—each one of whom has a reason to want revenge. With possibly the greatest title of the year and dark Russian humor to back it up, this is a rip-roaring rampage of revenge with a biting comic tone. The gore level is high, but the film comes across as more evil Looney Tunes than your basic gross-out experience.
In Russian with English subtitles
Tammy and the T-Rex
Monday, June 17 | 7:00pm
Original R-Rated 'Gore-Cut' 35mm World Premiere
A tale of true love and sci-fi madness as old as time absurdly unfurls in your new, soon to be all-time-favorite, too-insane-to-exist film: TAMMY AND THE T-REX! An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael (a 21-year-old, babyfaced Paul Walker), a murdered high school student, into a robotic T-Rex, who swiftly escapes and goes on a wild mission to violently kill off his high school tormentors and reunite with his sweetheart, Tammy (Denise Richards). Playing like a ’90s Disney Channel movie—until the decapitations and head crushings begin. So put on your best T-Rex costume and join us for an ultra-rare, and possibly first-of-its-kind, public screening of this original, uncut, R-rated, gore-filled 35mm print of TAMMY, courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
Monday, June 17 | 9:15pm
World Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance | Preceded by GO BACK - Dir. Matthew Barber
A group of high school theatre students, celebrating their final performance of Romeo and Juliet, begin to slowly disappear one at a time, in this Chicago-set slasher work that gives new meaning to the expression “The show must go on!” As students and faculty begin to die at the hands of a savage killer, it’s a race against time for the cast to find the killer and escape with their lives or face their final curtain call.
Shorts Block 2: Sex, Blood and Heavy Metal
Monday, June 17 | 9:30pm
Tuesday, June 18 | 2:30pm
For our second shorts lineup at Cinepocalypse, we’ve assembled a gory, sexy, funny, druggy collection of wild crowd-pleasers centered around the theme of Sex, Blood, And Heavy Metal. Featured in this program are Budfoot, a psychedelic horror-comedy starring Last Podcast On The Left’sHenry Zebrowski and Bay Area legend Skinner, and featuring special effects from Shane Morton, the mastermind behind Mandy’s Cheddar Goblin; Deep Tissue, Meredith Alloway’s kinky body-horror short that was a favorite at this year’s SXSW; and Switch, an NC-17 ode to queer desire and gender fluidity from French director Marion Renard, along with eight other filmmakers from across Europe and the U.S.
BUDFOOT - Dir. Tim Reis and James Sizemore
CRITICAL HIT! - Dir. Briac Ragot
DEEP TISSUE - Dir. Meredith Alloway
KILLER OF KILLERS - Dir. Don Swaynos
THE ONLY THING I LOVE MORE THAN YOU IS RANCH DRESSING - Dir. Sydney Clara Brafman
ROAD TRASH - Dir. Natasha Pascetta
STARLETS - Dir. Marten Carlson
SWITCH - Dir. Marion Renard
TEACHER'S LOUNGE - Dir. Josh Cruz
THE THIRD HAND. - Dir. Yoni Weisberg
WOMXN - Dir. Adrien Gystere Peskine and Eden Tinto Collins
Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood
Tuesday, June 18 | 7:00pm
Joe Bob Briggs in Attendance
Spend a fast-and-furious two hours with America's drive-in movie critic as he uses over 200 clips and stills to review the history of rednecks in America as told through the classics of both grindhouse and mainstream movies. You will learn:
-The identity of the first redneck in history.
-The precise date the first redneck arrived in America.
-The most sacred redneck cinematic moments.
-How Thunder Road, the Whiskey Rebellion, the tight cutoffs worn by Claudia Jennings in Gator Bait, illegal Coors beer, and the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash combined to inspire the greatest movie in the history of the world.
-Why the redneck is the scariest monster in all of film history, with visual evidence.
-The existential difference between Forrest Gump and Sling Blade.
-The reason God loves rednecks.
. . . and dozens of other historical facts that you didn't realize you needed until Joe Bob deposited them in the rear lobe of your brain.
John Bloom, best known as his alter ego, "Joe Bob Briggs," is a nationally syndicated "drive-in movie critic" whose wisecracking take on B-movies was featured on two long-running late-night television shows, first on The Movie Channel and then on TNT. That tradition continues with his latest series, The Last Drive-In, currently featured on AMC's Shudder streaming platform.
Briggs is also a successful investigative journalist, actor, and author. His nine books include the true-crime classic Evidence of Love (1984), Profoundly Disturbing: Shocking Movies that Changed History (2003) and, most recently, Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story (2016).
Briggs has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award three times and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by United Press International for his eyewitness coverage of 9/11. He has appeared in several movies, including Casino, Face/Off, and Great Balls of Fire, and was a special commentator for The Daily Show for two years. He toured with a one-man show, Joe Bob Dead in Concert, and continues to be a regular host and Master of Ceremonies at film festivals and exploitation film conventions. Joe Bob is currently touring with his critically acclaimed comedy lecture How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, a one-man multi-media presentation that traces the entire history of the redneck, as told through movies, from 16th-century Scotland to the present.
Culture Shock (Into The Dark, Episode 10)
Wednesday, June 19 | 7:30pm
Special Presentation | Filmmaker in Attendance | Preceded by RE-HOME - Dir. Izzy Lee
A Hulu special presentation in partnership with Blumhouse Television, premiering July 4 (Independence Day!), this thriller follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself caught up in an American nightmare. From writers James Benson, Efren Hernandez & Gigi Saul Guerrero. Into The Dark is a horror series consisting of 12 feature-length installments, with a new program released monthly and inspired by a holiday. Each will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.
The Last To See Them
Wednesday, June 19 | 9:30pm
Thursday, June 20 | 3:30pm
North American Premiere
In this haunting, tense and utterly devastating masterpiece from first-time writer/director Sara Summa, a family of four go about their daily, seemingly normal lives, as they prepare for the eldest daughter’s impending wedding. The Durati family, who live in an isolated house amidst a captivating arid landscape, both protected and cut off from everything, are connected to the outside world by a single road that runs all the way to their olive tree plantation. Today, as time flies by in this secluded reality, what Dora, Matteo, Renzo and Alice Durati don’t know is that this is their last day of life.
In Italian with English subtitles
Annabelle Comes Home
Wednesday, June 19 | 9:45pm
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target—the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.
Thursday, June 20 | 8:00pm
Closing Night Celebration and Party - Cinepocalypse 2019 | Director Michael Lehmann in Attendance | 25th Anniversary Screening in 35mm
It's all been building up to this! Twenty-five years after Chazz, Rex, & Pip shred our minds and held us hostage with squirt guns, The Lone Rangers are back on the big screen in AIRHEADS—screening from a rare 35mm print, possibly for the first time since its initial 1994 release! Brendan Fraser—effortlessly sporting luscious metalhead locks to end them all—Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler are three lovable buffoons on a mission to get their band's demo played on the radio at any cost. Think 9 TO 5 meets DOG DAY AFTERNOON, with a shot of goofy-LA-'90s-Sunset Strip adrenaline delivered by the likes of White Zombie, Motorhead, and Primus. This spoof of heavy-metal culture that also respects the vitality and pent-up passion behind it features a powerhouse supporting cast from the likes of Chris Farley, Chicago's own Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, David Arquette, Judd Nelson, and so many more. From director Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, HUDSON HAWK), we proudly present the movie that reminds us "Wrong answer, dickhead. Lemmy is God!"
Print courtesy of the Phil Blankenship Collection at the Academy Film Archive
- Devour the limited-time burger dedicated to The Lone Rangers! Paying homage to Airheads and the screening on 6/20. Available exclusively at the original Kuma's Corner through Cinepocalypse 6/13-6/20.
- 15% off individual bill with ticket to Cinepocalypse 6/13-6/20. Valid at any Chicagoland Kuma's Corner.