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Chicago International Film Festival Announces Opening Night After Dark Film "Halloween Kills"

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

Film Star Harry Shum Jr. and Director Jacob Gentry to Attend Premiere of BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION

Thrills and Chills Await Audiences At After Dark In Theaters, At the Drive-In, and Virtually October 13 - 24, 2021

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The Chicago International Film Festival announced today the Opening Night After Dark feature, HALLOWEEN KILLS, the new chapter in the iconic four-decade horror franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis and co-written and directed by David Gordon Green. HALLOWEEN KILLS will screen at the Music Box Theatre October 13, 2021 as part of the Festival’s After Dark program. Sponsored by Dark Matter Coffee, After Dark at the Chicago International Film Festival showcases shock-filled, spine-tingling, and wildly strange visions that will keep audiences up late into the night. HALLOWEEN KILLS, from Universal Pictures, Miramax, and Blumhouse, arrives in theaters and streaming on Peacock on October 15. On Thursday, October 14, the Chicago International Film Festival After Dark welcomes director Jacob Gentry (THE SIGNAL) and star Harry Shum Jr. (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, GLEE) to the Music Box Theatre for a presentation of Chicago-set BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, a throwback thriller brilliantly channeling 70’s paranoid cinema. The film is also available for virtual screenings via the Festival’s streaming app. Audiences at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival After Dark will experience hair-raising thrills at the drive-in at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen with freaky coming-of-age occult horror film HELLBENDER from Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, and John Adams; and ANTLERS, from visionary director Scott Cooper (CRAZY HEART, HOSTILES) and horror maestro Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE). In-theater and virtual screening highlights of this year’s After Dark program include wholly original werewolf tale THE HOUSE OF SNAILS from director Macarena Astorga, and master creature-maker Phil Tippet’s wildly imaginative stop-motion animation adventure MAD GOD. In-theater exclusives of the Chicago International Film Festival After Dark include Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe’s comedy horror THE BETA TEST, in which a hot-shot Hollywood agent becomes ensnared in a web of conspiracy and paranoia; and Taiwanese horror film THE SADNESS from director Rob Jabbaz, following a young couple’s journey through unimaginable chaos as they attempt to reunite with one another and escape the deadly hordes of the infected. THE BETA TEST co-director, co-writer, and star PJ McCabe will be participating in an audience Q&A following the screening on October 16 at AMC River East 21.

The Chicago International Film Festival After Dark also features a program of six short films in the Unexpected Terrors collection, including Annalise Lockhart’s ghost story INHERITANCE; MARKED, in which a tattoo artist is confronted by a client who knows the meaning of his body art from director Matthew Avery Berg; and Murat Emir Eren’s story of a woman trying to escape a sentient home that is not keen to let her get away, AS IF I NEVER EXISTED. Shorts 3: Unexpected Terrors will be screened both in-theater and virtually via the Festival’s streaming platform. Tickets to the Chicago International Film Festival After Dark screenings, and the full program and schedule, are available at For more information, visit our website at


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