Chicago Vampire Events
Join author and vampire expert Martin V. Riccardo for the free, informative and fascinating presentation VAMPIRES: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT.
This slide lecture presentation explores the mysteries of the vampire in legend, fantasy, and fact. Many aspects of the undead are covered, including the origin and history of vampire beliefs, ancient lore of blood and the restless dead, and the attraction of the vampire in literature, movies, and popular culture. The tremendous impact of the novel Dracula is examined, along with the historical figure of Dracula in Romania. Various explanations of the vampire legend are considered. The presentation also examines the real vampire bites of Latin America, and strange reports of unearthly figures, such as the vampire of Highgate Cemetery in England, and Dracula’s ghost in Romania.
Martin V. Riccardo has been lecturing on the subject of vampires for numerous libraries, bookstores, and organizations since 1977. In the late 1970s he published the Journal of Vampirism for two years. In the 1980s, he had two books published, The Lure of the Vampire (a collection of essays) and Vampires Unearthed (a bibliography and filmography). His latest book is Liquid Dreams of Vampires (published by Llewellyn), a study of the vampire image in dreams and fantasies. Mr. Riccardo is director of Vampire Studies, an information clearinghouse, and he has hosted several Vampire Fan Forums in the Chicagoland area.
Lemont Public Library
October 18, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
50 E Wend Street
Hillside Public Library
October 23, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
405 N Hillside Ave
Across the nation Zombies are attacking. The Vampire council won’t stand for it. Vampires will fight back. The stage is set and Chicago will showcase the first Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl.
The time has come to unleash the Vampires and bring forth the first pub crawl competition. Zombies vs Vampires Pub Crawl will be the event of the summer.
This event it going to top the charts with blood sucking drink specials in Chicago’s own Wicker Park neighborhood.This opportunity will give people the chance to see which dark side will claim the death trophy. Who represents Chicago best…The Zombies or the Vampires???
Be a part of the World’s first Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl.
Win great prizes like Bears Tickets, Hawks Tickets, Halloween Hallway gift cards and more. We will have competitions based on best costumes, most creative, funniest, best couple…etc.
Admission includes a wristband to receive amazing drink specials in each bar and a survival pack with a map, T-shirt and other fun stuff to remember this bloody day!
For full details, information and to get tickets, visit http://www.zombiesvsvampirespubcrawl.com/
If you are looking for a great outing, come see Dracula: The Musical in Palatine, the Midwest Premier of Frank Wildhorn’s (composer of Jekyll and Hyde) Dracula opened October 7th and runs till November 6th. Groups of ten or more get a discount. Check out the details at www.draculathemusical.net
At Cutting Hall in Palatine, 2 blocks from the Palatine Metra station.
Unearthing the Inner Vampire : A special workshop presented by Martin V. Riccardo for adults and teens
Saturday, October 15, 2011
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Horrorbles (downstairs), 6729 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL
This program explores the seductive power of the vampire image and the attraction so many people have to it. The slide presentation reveals the allure of the vampire in folklore and popular culture, and its unearthly aspects of mystery, danger, surrender, and dark romance. The vampire is the demon lover, the dark archetype, the shadow self that lures us into the night. Supernatural beliefs about blood are also covered, along with occult topics of astral vampirism, psychic vampires, and human vampires. The class will conclude with a guided fantasy visualization for those who wish to experience the nocturnal realms of these otherworldly creatures.
This is a completely different program from the one Mr. Riccardo gives at libraries.
$12 per person
Reservations and prepayment required (such as by credit card).
Call (708) 484-7370
or go to special events at http://www.horrorbles.com/
“With its breathless romanticism and divided group loyalties, Night stylishly reinvents juvenile pulp with flashy pyrotechnics.”—Ronnie Scheib, Variety
After stumbling into an underground nightclub (in the bowels of an abandoned amusement park!) and getting a peck on the neck from the proprietor (the statuesque Hoss of Wolfsburg and Jerichow), Lena (Herfurth of A Year Ago in Winter) quickly transforms from a shabby pickpocket into a smoldering sexpot with some curious midnight cravings. She catches the eye of hunky cop Tom, but he soon realizes Lena is part of a foursome of vivacious babes who are really into Berlin’s nightlife. Director Gansel (The Wave) serves up this modern vampire tale with a bloody wink and a few fresh twists thrown in for good measure (who knew that only females are vampires?). In German with English subtitles.
- Friday, July 8, 8:00pm
- Tuesday, July 12, 8:15pm
- Thursday, July 14, 8:00pm
Gene Siskel Film Center • 164 N. State St.
$11/General Admission; $7 Students (with I.D.); $6 Film Center Members
Discounted parking at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph St.
Rebate ticket available at Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office
(312) 846-2800 • http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org
ChicagoVampire.com has been given a set of Admit Two passes to a special advanced screening of PRIEST 3D, which will take place this Thursday night (May 12th). To win one of these passes (each good for admission for 2 people), simply email PriestChicago@gmail.com with the Subject Line ChicagoVampire.com.
Winners will be notified by/receive their tickets via email – you’ll have to print them out yourself. First-come, first-served – good luck!
PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.
From the always-awesome Kreepylady Kristin:
At long last, our wait is over. Jim Mickle’s post-apocalyptic bad-ass vampire film is finally here! Looks like a lot of Chicago horror folks will be headed to see this on Saturday. Starring Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Nick Damici and Connor Paolo, the story is one of survival after a vampire epidemic halts any notion of normalcy in mankind. Humans become the hunted. Cities in ruins. These vampires are not sparkly, or even attractive. They are vicious, feral beasts out for fresh long pig on a stick.
Connor Paolo plays Martin, whose family gets slaughtered by the beasts and joins a rogue hunter played by Nick Damici (MULBERRY STREET).
Event Details: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/features/stake-land/
Thanks to Glass Eye Pix, there will be 6 character portraits available for viewing to get a feel for them before watching the film. Larry Fessenden:
“The idea was to invite some of our favorite directors to contribute to the mythology of Stake Land. Each brought their own sensibility to the world that Nick Damici and Jim Mickle created in the feature. And the actors were very gracious to work on these mini-films on their days off during the shoot, lending their talents to directors they didn’t even know. It was a tribute to their commitment and their affection for Stake Land.”
Watch the first two character portraits and check out all the information on this at DreadCentral.com
Stake Land viral site: http://ontoneweden.com/
WildClaw Theatre unleashes female vampires upon the DCA Storefront stage in this world premiere of a new adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Victorian horror story. A young English woman living in a remote castle in Eastern Europe becomes intrigued by a mysterious house guest, the enigmatic Carmilla. As the neighboring countryside and villages fall victim to a series of unexplained grisly murders, young Laura finds herself swept up in a whirlwind of forbidden desire quite extraordinary for a 19th-century woman. Open now until February 20th. For more info check out WildClaw Theatre’s website – http://www.wildclawtheatre.com. For tickets - http://www.dcatheater.org/shows/show/carmilla/