Posts tagged “Chicago

LOCAL EVENT: CONCERT–UNITED TRAILS OF AMERICA TOUR 2015

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Decided on finally seeing my friend Rafael Diaz’s band, ASPHYXIATOR play live at the Live Wire Lounge (3394 N. Milwaukee) in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood for the UNITED TRAILS OF AMERICA TOUR 2015. Not only was my friend’s band playing, but a band was (more…)


Convention Coverage: EXXXOTICA Expo 2015 Chicago

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I decided to give the EXXXOTICA Expo a try this year, as I go to conventions all the time, they have mostly been for horror & cult films or comic book conventions; EXXOTICA was my first porn star convention. As stated on their event page, (more…)


SHORT FILM: MOVIE NIGHT (2015)

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Some friends of mine entered a contest called the Horror Block Monstrous Movie Contest (in association with Rue Morgue) and the short film they made is (more…)


CONVENTION COVERAGE: MAD MOBSTER TRUE CRIME & HORROR EXPO

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Sometimes, there comes a time when one goes to a convention that is, by no means cheap (in terms of weekend ticket prices, parking offered on the grounds of the hotel, and hotel rates and available food options within the hotel), but one still has a great time…and almost forgets how much this good time has cost. I find in life that any convention or concert or film or event can always be made a great deal more enjoyable by (more…)


LOCAL EVENTS: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pop Up Shop @ Dimo’s Pizza

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Those living or frequenting the Wicker Park area in Chicago, or Six Corners as it is affectionately called, are probably already well acquainted with (more…)


MUSIC VIDEO: RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”

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With the amount of violence all over the world in my own city and with terrorism, most recently an American journalist getting his head decapitated via social networking by a terrorist group well adversed in utilizing social media for its own evil crusade, I found this music video (more…)


SHU-IZMZ RADIO: Upcoming show streaming at Core of Destruction Radio

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The upcoming show on SHU-IZMZ RADIO was a colossal undertaking and just went to show me that some days I just can’t shut up. That, or I am just very bored on some days more so than on others. The radio show is (more…)


PRESS RELEASE: ZOMBIES INVADE NAVY PIER!

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SHU-IZMZ attended WALKER STALKER CON last year, which was held at the McCormick Center and posted photos and its critique of the whole weekend event right HERE and I did enjoy the event, most notably because I was granted press passes for myself and my photographer. There were some very interesting Q&A panels there last year with knowledgeable people asking the questions.  My biggest complaint probably had to be the prices of autographs and photo-ops (some of which did not allow any pictures of any kind to be taken) and the fact that the interview panels for the guests to speak were not located in a separate area with better acoustics for sound. It was hard at times and very distracting having the interviews out in the middle of the floor with only curtain dividers to give the area its own boundaries. I have never been to any convention of any kind at Navy Pier, the location of which the upcoming WSC is going to be located at so I am very curious to see (more…)


HEAVY METAL MOVIES comes to QUIMBYS! ALL HAIL!

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I finally got my copy upon the release of Mike McPadden’s book, HEAVY METAL MOVIES: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos, & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear-and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever! The following is some footage from the reading at Quimby’s in Wicker Park, as well as a few photos taken at the event. I am currently reading the book and upon its completion will be reviewing it. In the meantime, I hope this video gets some movie geeks excited about the book and leads them to picking it up! (more…)


SHU-IZMZ RADIO: COLLIN MAJOR of CRIMSON MASK STUDIOS

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You may have noticed that SHU-IZMZ RADIO took a wee break from broadcasting here and streaming at CORE OF DESTRUCTION RADIO. I could say that I was hella busy, or I can just chalk it up to pure laziness–which it was. I decided to get off of my ass and interview a friend of mine who has started up a business of making masks for those who really dig horror films and things that go bump in the night! Myself a big fan of slasher films and horror films of all sub-genres, I thought it would be a great idea to jump back into radio broadcasting/podcasting with an interview with a dude whom I have known for a couple of years now, meeting him for the first time when he was working for the circus. Yeah, I know someone who worked in the circus. That itself is fucking cool! (more…)


CON COVERAGE: WALKER STALKER CON 2014

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As a diehard fan of film (horror, cult, and exploitation films specifically), I almost say it with regret and shame that I do watch AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD each week with my girlfriend (who I feel is a much bigger fan of the show than I am) because of the show’s enormous popularity and the fact that so many fans of the show don’t really give two-shits about the horror genre in general. The Norman Reedus Fangirls/Fanboys come to mind when I think of some of the negative connotations and feelings myself, and others who have voiced their opinions and feelings on the subject, associated with the cable television series. Personally, I think the comic book is far better.

Hearing time and time again that because THE WALKING DEAD is (more…)


WALKER STALKER CON 2014 coming to Chicago!

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If there were not already enough horror-related events to attend to in the Chicagoland area, one need not be alarmed because a convention dedicated to the most popular television show on the planet right now featuring zombies, or “walkers” as the show based upon the comic book THE WALKING DEAD calls them, is coming and it is all things WALKING DEAD-related. Or so I had thought! (more…)


PRESS RELEASE: BILL OBERST, JR. is getting the AX!

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Actor and Horror Icon BILL OBERST, JR. has a new film coming out in 2014 entitled SLAY UTTERLY about the Villisca (Iowa) ax murders of 1912. In reading about this post, I checked out a website that exists for the murder site and one can even spend a night in the “murder house”. The director, Stuart Wahlin, also made (more…)


VIDEO: Macabre Holiday of Horror 2013 Promo Video

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As stated in my previous post, the holidays are coming and what better way to celebrate them by attending the Macabre show at Reggie’s on Chicago’s South Side December 26th. Here is a brief 3-minute video advertising the (more…)


OUT AND ABOUT: SERIAL KILLER CULTURE Screening w/ MACABRE/CARDIAC ARREST

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Chicago independent filmmaker and a friend of mine, John Borowski, is going to be screening his latest film SERIAL KILLER CULTURE at Reggie’s in Chicago. Of course I will be there and I wanted all my readers to know about this. This is going to be awesome! If one hasn’t seen Borowski’s prior films, (more…)


AROUND TOWN: PRETTY SPOOKY HANDMADE comes to THE ALLEY!

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SHU-IZMZ runs into these horror convention regulars around town and at almost any Midwestern Horror Convention or ComicCon around town in the Chicagoland area. If one goes to horror conventions, I would gather that they have run into Rhea D and Rachel Thieme working the Pretty Spooky Handmade booth and selling all their custom handmade spooky, horror, sci-fi, comic and pop culture themed apparel, accessories, and decor. To own your very own Pretty Spooky’s handmade goodness, (more…)


CONVENTION COVERAGE: DAYS OF THE DEAD- Days 2 & 3

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Day two of DAYS OF THE DEAD was upon us. There is no whining about lack of sleep at horror conventions. One just deals with what the morning brings and suffers through it because good horror conventions don’t always come through one’s hometown too often.

Waking up from a night of (more…)


CONVENTION COVERAGE: DAYS OF THE DEAD: DAY 1.5

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With the awesome help of Jason Hoover and Jabb Films, I got my press pass and was able to get into the show ahead of the massive line of horror and metal fans, alike. It really was quite a bit more crowded than I remember it being from last year. More fans, more guests, and more merchandise. With a little bit of freaking out after seeing (more…)


CONVENTION COVERAGE: DAYS OF THE DEAD- CHICAGO 2013

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DOTDSHU-IZMZ is getting packed and ready to head out to this year’s DAYS OF THE DEAD Chicago at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, IL . Some of the highlights to this convention will definitely be the live performance by the (more…)


AROUND TOWN: Wrestling and ODB at Chicago’s SQUARED CIRCLE

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Tonight I was introduced to the wrestling-infused sports bar and restaurant THE SQUARED CIRCLE, located on the outskirts of Lincoln Park on Chicago’s North Side, owned and operated by (more…)


BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Indie Project STILL Launches Kickstarter!

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SHU-IZMZ always loves to hear from friends in the Chicago horror community that are working on film projects, ones that are independent and contain a slew of locals starring in and working on the production. Jason Coffman, a friend of mine for a number of years now whom I met from attending various movie festivals and movie-related conventions, has always introduced me to a number of cinematic gems over the years, most recently (more…)


SHU-IZMZ RADIO: Monster Thrash Episode 7.14.2013

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This week Shu heads over to Rosemont, IL for G-FEST XX to attend his 2nd convention devoted to fans of Japanese monster films, more specifically Godzilla movies! As well as seeing all the cool Godzilla toys, models, books, soundtracks, artwork, and comic books—Shu found a vendor selling (more…)


SHU-IZMZ RADIO’S Next Episode June 2nd!

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Next episode of SHU-IZMZ RADIO on Core O F Destructionradio:

Interviews with Marc Heller about his Night Scares film series, so controversial that one movie theater buried the event in mischievously sinister tactics. Then I chat with director Dan Kinem about his upcoming documentary, Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector on VHS collecting & its culture. If that is not enough, I then talk with director Kyle Kuchta (more…)


SHU-IZMZ RADIO: Pop Culture Meltdown May Episode

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This colossal episode of SHU-IZMZ RADIO on CORE OF DESTRUCTION RADIO will blow your minds! Shu lets listeners learn of a fantastic new documentary on the culture of VHS collecting called ADJUST YOUR TRACKING (2013),  as well as play the entire TOY HUNTER panel at C2E2 with Jordan Hembrough. As always, be prepared to hear some (more…)