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As if Cinepocalypse wasn’t already serioulsy stacked, the fest just upped the ante with even more bombshell additions to the killer 2019 lineup.

Shortly after unveiling the explosive lineup for the Cinepocalypse Film Fest (CFF) 2019, the fest continues to wow with a few mind-blowing programming additions just ahead of its return to the Music Box Theatre on June 13th. One of the hands-down coolest festivals around, CFF is Chicago’s premiere festival for electrifying and provocative genre cinema. Attendees are treated to a whopping eight days of features, shorts, events and surprises.

In addition to all unbelievable content and world premieres previously announced, here’s more of what you can expect at this year’s fest. 


Print courtesy of the Phil Blankenship collection at the Academy Film Archive

It’s all been building up to this! Twenty-five years after Chazz, Rex, & Pip shred our minds and held us hostage with squirt guns, The Lone Rangers are back on the big screen in AIRHEADS—screening from a rare 35mm print, possibly for the first time since its initial 1994 release! Brendan Fraser—effortlessly sporting luscious metalhead locks to end them all—Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler are three lovable buffoons on a mission to get their band’s demo played on the radio at any cost.

This spoof of heavy-metal culture (fitting seamlessly into our most metal year yet!) that also respects the vitality and pent-up passion behind it features a powerhouse supporting cast from the likes of Chris Farley, Chicago’s own Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean, Ernie Hudson, David Arquette, Judd Nelson, and so many more.

“AIRHEADS has always been a favorite of mine and was the most fun movie to make… ever!” says director Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, HUDSON HAWK), who will proudly be there for the festival’s Closing Night screening. “Can’t wait to see all three Lone Rangers and Lemmy rock the big screen again. Turn it up!”


I had the enormous pleasure of seeing John Bloom, better known to horror fans as Joe Bob Briggs, at the SXSW kickoff of his HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD tour. You can click here to read about my experience at this incredible event. And if you’re lucky enough to be attending Cinepocalypse this year, you can catch the show for yourself during one of Briggs’ rare Chicago appearances on June 18th.

For those who don’t know, Briggs is a nationally syndicated “drive-in movie critic” whose wisecracking take on B-movies was featured on two long-running late-night television shows, first on The Movie Channel and then on TNT. That tradition continues with his latest series, The Last Drive-In, currently featured on AMC’s Shudder streaming platform. The premiere season just ended on Friday, May 24th. Immediately before the final episode, Shudder announced Joe Bob would be back for a second season, much to the tremendous delight of his rabid fan base.

Joe Bob’s show, HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD, is a fast-and-furious two hours with America’s drive-in movie critic where he dives into the history of rednecks in America, as told through the classics of both grindhouse and mainstream movies. If ever there was a “can’t miss” event, it’s this one. Make plans now to attend.


The cherry on top of the CFF bonus festival announcement is a special promo trailer for their hotly anticipated world premiere of the coveted TAMMY AND THE T-REX ‘Gore-Cut’, giving you a sneak-peak at the carnage-to-come on June 17th at Music Box Theatre. You’ll have the chance to see this it months before the 4K restoration of the film, sourced from the camera negative, is prepped for its theatrical and Blu-ray release later this year. Parental Guidance is definitely advised on this — which obviously makes it a must see!

Check out the promo trailer for the film below, edited by Mike Perry.

Festival badges and individual tickets are available now at

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