FACETS announces late night series: Alternative Horror Essentials

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FACETS, newly reopened and welcoming back the Chicago film community, will present a new late night screening series starting Thursday, October 7, 2021. 

The series comes just in time for Halloween, starting off with an Alternative Horror Essentials program featuring 5 films.

Tickets cost $5/person for each show, and FACETS Members get in free to the first two screenings in the series.

Celebrate Halloween FACETS style with these bone-chilling deep cuts and underrated eerie classics at our Alternative Horror Essentials late night screening series. Films begin at 8:00 PM for all screenings.   

Full Schedule

Alternative Horror Essentials screenings brought to you by FACETS:

Thursday, October 7, 2021: Raw (Julia Ducournau, 2016, 99 minutes)  
Recent Palme d’Or winner Julia Ducournau’s debut feature, Raw, garnered a cult following almost immediately after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 when reports of audience members fainting during screenings came out. With unique aesthetic touches and a feminist, coming-of-age story at its core, Ducournau combines family drama with cannibal gore. 

Friday, October 8, 2021: Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2002, 101 minutes)  
With its gory, visually arresting style, Trouble Every Day shocked and upset audiences at its 2001 Cannes Film Festival debut for its graphic depictions of carnal lust as a cannibalistic disease. As Claire Denis’s most maligned project to date that was met with booing, walk-outs Trouble Every Day, has proven ripe for critical reexamination through the lens of the auteur’s subsequent projects. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021: Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973, 113 minutes)  
Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Following anthropologist Hess Green, who gets stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality… and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood.

Thursday, October 21, 2021: Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997, 81 minutes)  
A career shift is never easy, and pop idol Mima faces more than the normal growing pains when she leaves her wildly popular girl group, CHAM, in hopes of becoming a respected dramatic actress. Satoshi Kon’s brilliant film is a chilling use of the animated form that tackles serious issues like stalking and gaslighting. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021: Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973, 110 minutes)  
At once one of the sexiest and most frightening thrillers of its era, Nicolas Roeg’s film follows a married couple played by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, who move to Venice to flee the memory of their daughter’s accidental death, only to be haunted by a childlike apparition in a red cloak who leads a twisted chase through the picturesquely crumbling alleyways and piazzas of the old city.

Tickets are $5/person. FACETS Members get in free to kickoff screenings of Raw and Trouble Every Day. Guests are invited to BYOB and stop by before the screening to hangout in The Café to browse films and chat with friends. Concession items are available for purchase.

The Alternative Horror Essentials late night screening series is programmed by Emma Greenleaf, FACETS Marketing Coordinator, in collaboration with FACETS‘ late night programming subcommittee. To pre-order tickets, click here. For more information about FACETS’ late night Alternative Horror Essentials screenings, including full film synopses, trailers, and stills, visit www.facets.org/cinema

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