LINCOLN SQUARE — Get ready for nightmares on Lincoln Avenue: The Davis Theater is hosting two horror movie marathons this weekend.
Terror in the Aisles is a group of about 50 horror fans who have been putting on 24-hour film marathons in Chicago the past seven years. Their two most well known events are The Massacre, which focuses on horror films, and The Sci-Fi Spectacular, which showcases films from the genre of the event’s namesake.
“We’re a whole mess of people,” Ben Miller, one of its members. “It’s just a bunch a folks who wanted to do shows. Provide a space for people to see films at a really good price and meet guests where they didn’t have to pay a lot of money.”
In previous years these guests have included actors like Giovanni Frezza from “House by the Cemetery,” Lynn Lowry from of “They Came From Within,” Vernon Wells, from “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” and Tommy McLoughlin, director of “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.”
Guests who appear at the marathons are on hand to talk about their films, take photos with attendees and sign autographs. Additionally, the marathons also screen short films and fake trailers from Chicago filmmakers.
The festival has moved around Chicago since it first started. This is the second year the The Massacre will be hosted at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. Miller says last month the marathon sold out.
“We always want people to come to the shows, so our first thought when we sold out was that we felt bad for the people who still wanted to go. Our main thing is we don’t want to bum people out,” Miller said. “So because we had a lot of people asking for tickets to The Massacre we decided to add a second one, The Mini-Massacre.”
And a portion of funds from both marathons this weekend will go towards the Vital Bridges, a group that provides medical and case management services to people living with HIV and AIDS.
The Mini-Massacre will begin on Sunday at midnight and include screenings of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the director’s cut of “Nightbreed” and “Zombie 3.” Actress Tuesday Knight, who appears in the mini-marathon’s opening film, will be on hand to chat about the film and sign autographs. Tickets are $15 before the event and $20 at the door. More information and purchase information can be found here.
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