One of my absolutely favorite things to do in October in Chicago is go to the Music Box of Horrors 24 hour horror marathon.
It’s an exciting event for my friends and I. We bring along our pillows and snacks and struggle to stay awake through all hours of the night while watching great movies.
This year is the 10th anniversary of this marathon and I have proudly attended every single one of them. I’ve watched great classic, hidden gems and films I have never seen before.
Here are the movies I watched this year:
The Phantom Carriage
It’s New Year’s Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, the one that picks up the souls of the dead… David Holm, one of the three drunkards, dies at the last stroke of midnight…
Every year the marathon starts off with a silent film accompanied by a live organ player. It’s a great opening experience to the 24 hours.
The Man They Could Not Hang
When Dr. Savaard’s experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.
I love watching old films like these for the first time in a theater environment. It’s numerous because it’s so dated but at the same time it’s really dark.
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together.
I’ve seen this before but it was great to see it again in a theater with other horror fans.
The Curse of the Werewolf
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner’s daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town.
Again, another film I’ve seen before. I saw this last year at another horror marathon but it was still cool to watch it again.
Aliens punish one of their own by sending him to earth. The alien is very violent, and when the body he occupies is damaged, he is forced to find another.
Director John McNaughton attended the marathon to feature the LASER DISC of this film. The film is wildly bizarre which made it enjoyable to watch plus it’s the first time I’ve seen anything on laser dic. Memories were made this night.
Dead Snow 2: Red or Dead
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.
I enjoyed the first Dead Snow film. It was corny but as a girl who loves blood and gore, I loved the blood and gore. It’s rare when a horror film has a better sequel than the first film and yet I found this sequel way better than the first one. The story was better and of course, I loved the blood and gore.
A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can’t help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than interested in and when he tries to kill them, he finds that it’s not that easy.
I have never seen this one before and I was left feeling perplexed and confused at the end. I think I have to watch it again to wrap my mind around it.
A wild animal attacks people trapped in a large tower.
A baboon….killing people….. This was the perfect movie to keep me awake at 4 in the morning.
Just Before Dawn
Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by the forest ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area. Ignoring the warnings, they set up camp, and start disappearing one by one. If that sounds too run-of-the-mill, there’s a genuinely shocking plot twist half-way through…
Here is another movie I have never seen before. It’s a super basic slasher movie but I enjoyed seeing a sexym young Gregg Henry.
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
In celebration of the 15 year anniversary of Audition, this was the last film of the 24 hour marathon. I have seen this film several times and I love every time. It really does not get old or less cringe worthy.
I’m happy to say while being really sick and sleeping very little, I survived the Music Box of Horror another year.