Celebrating its 10 year, The Massacre, Chicago’s original 24-hour-of-horror-film-madness marathon hosted by Movieside Films, returns Saturday to Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.). The films will start at noon Saturday and end at noon Sunday, but if you can’t handle the blood-splattering marathon you may come and go as you please.
Bring your pajamas, pillows, and blankets and get ready to get your adrenaline pumped or vomit induced by gory, violent yet classic horror films. Presale tickets can be bought online for $20 and will be $25 at the door. More details on the event can be found here.
From peek-between-your-fingers gory to bring-a-barf-bag gory, the lineup has it all. With help from festival organizer Mary Wolfe, we picked the four goriest of the bunch.
Contains graphic material. Watch at your own discretion!
Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
This is one of the first ever classic splatter legend. Released in 1983, it has an old school sci-fi horror feel to it with lots of creepy creatures and blood. “Wonderful gore,” Wolfe says.
Gore level: ★
Trick ’r Treat
Sunday at midnight
A Pumpkinheaded boy named Sam and his friends ruthlessly tear their way through multiple victims with glee and delight. “Lots of fun gore with multiple victims in this modern cult classic,” Wolfe says. “Great gore and great fun.” This is a fan-favorite and will be sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Gore level: ★★★
Day of the Dead
Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
Day of the Dead is disturbing and dark to say the least. The film doesn’t shy away from spine-tingling, realistic depictions of zombies attacking humans and it will provide you with plenty of blood and guts. Wolfe says an operating-room scene is “one of the greatest moments of gore make-up in the history of horror movies.”
Gore level: ★★★
Sunday at 3:20 a.m.
This is a classic 1982 Italian horror thriller film that will surely please the gore-lovers. With the plot revolving around a razor-wielding serial killer on a rampage, this film probably used gallons of blood for its production.
Gore level: ★★★★