Nov. 24 at the Portage Theater

This Saturday, the Portage Theater (4050 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) presents another great monster movie marathon!

  • Doors open at 11 a.m.
  • 1st movie at 12 noon – Godzilla vs Biollante
  • 2nd movie at 2.15 p.m. – King Kong
  • 3rd movie at 4.30 p.m. – The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • 4th movie at 6.30 p.m. – Aliens
  • 5th movie at 9 p.m. – Kolchak the Night Stalker

Kids, bring in a colored picture of a monster turkey for a chance of some cool prizes!

Plus, a cash prize for 1st place. Judging will take place at end of 2nd movie. All day fun with a lobby full of cool items for sale.

So see you there!

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We moved the Psychotronic Store!

Foe Sale!

Those of you that know that the Psychotronic Film Society has had a store on ebay for years may have been wondering where it went the past few months.

Well, to put it briefly, we went on ‘vacation’ and never came back. Our apologies go out to any of you who have been annoyed or inconvenienced in our absence. Continue reading

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Universal Monsters go Blu Oct. 2

Anticipating a pre-Halloween rush, Universal is releasing UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION on Blu-ray October 2.

The 8-disc set includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon in deluxe editions.

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From a Shout to a Scream

Shout Factory announces new label

Psychotronic films have been well served by the Shout! Factory DVD label, from their respectful treatment of their Roger Corman titles to their Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets. Today the label announced a new specialty offshoot called Scream Factory, under which they will be releasing a series of horror titles they’ve acquired the rights to. Continue reading

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GODZILLA Blu-ray awesome!

While working this morning I’m eating some sushi and watching the Criterion Blu-ray disc of Ishiro Honda’s original GODZILLA. Picture and soundtrack of this restoration are far better than the one released to US theaters and on DVD by Classic Media a few years back (also now available on Blu-ray). That restoration was a big disappointment – every shot looked and sounded like it was raining on the set. Continue reading

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Help the Portage Theater

For the past few years, the Portage Theater has served as one of the main meeting places for the Psychotronic Film Society, hosting a variety of sci-fi marathons, Saturday monster kids programming, and other events of interest to members.

After years of hard work went into renovating and maintaining one of Chicago’s few remaining neighborhood theaters, the Portage is in now in danger of being converted into a church.

f you’d like to help preserve this psychotronic institution, go here to sign a petition and make your voice heard.

There are no guarantees, but maybe if there is a big enough outcry we can save the Portage – and help a great neighborhood, too.

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New Monster show at the Portage!

Here’s an announcement from PFS member Monster John about this weekend’s monster movie marathon at Chicago’s Portage Theater:

“””” Were Back “”””
Welcome Monsters to Portage Theater.
Sat. November 26th – Nature’s Rampage !!
Doors open at 12 Noon…4 Cool Movies!
Free parking at Sears all day..
1st Movie at 1 pm – Abbott Costello Meet The Invisible Man..
2nd Movie at 3 pm – Godzilla  – the Original……..
Color Contest Kids Godzilla This Month Cash Prize!
3rd Movie at 5 pm –  Jaws……Don’t Go In The Water..
7 pm – Willard – A Boy And His Rats……..
*all this and a lobby filled with cool items to see and buy!
Books, Monsters, Dvds, Model Kits, Comic Books, Figures, Etc., Etc.
So come on in after all the turkey. And enjoy a cool time!
At The Portage Theater At 4050 N Milwaukee Ave In Chicago.
Popcorn, Mike Duds, Coke… Priceless


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[REC] 2 – Trailer

Sequel coming to US DVD on July 12. Here’s the trailer:

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Monsters Meet the Kids Night at Portage Theater

This Saturday, April 30, will be a special day for Monster Kids of all ages at the Portage Theater in Chicago. A mini-marathon of five great monster movies!

For the kids – bring in a colored picture or drawing of your monster you love to enter to win a $20.00 gift card to a toy store. Plus, a 2nd and 3rd place prize, too. Dealers with cool items will be in the lobby all night.

Here’s the schedule, which could probably be best described as a “Monster Family Marathon”: Continue reading

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Elvira coming again on home video

Last fall Elvira’s Movie Macabre returned to the airwaves on 120 stations in syndication, presenting a fine package of psychotronic clasicks. June will see the release of the first in a series of double feature discs preserving the show on DVD.

Each show features a presentation of a well-worn p-flick broken up with skits and occasional commentary from Elvira, all in excellent horror host fashion. Continue reading

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