The Cinepocalypse Film Festival launches its second year with nine world premieres, special guest Lana Wachowski (of the famed Wachowskis), and a Lifetime Achievement Award for legendary film director and cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson.

Held from June 21 - 28 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre along the Southport Corridor (Lakeview), Cinepocalypse is the Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and fans, spotlighting horror, sci-fi, fantasy and action, and representing the latest and greatest in genre cinema from around the globe,

Not to name drop (ok, maybe a little), but Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill are co-presidents of the festival’s 2018 Feature Film Jury.
 They’re joined by writer-director Lana Wachowski, who will host a special screening of her debut 1996 film Bound. The Wachowskis (Lana and sister Lilly) revolutionized the sci-fi genre with 1999's groundbreaking The Matrix. And they haven’t slowed since, dropping jaws and blowing minds with their film and television projects (their acclaimed Netflix series, Sense8, comes to a close this June).

Cinepocalypse's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to cult movie hero Ernest R. Dickerson, who began his career as a director of photography on John Sayles' Brother from Another Planet (1984) and George A. Romero's Tales from the Darkside television series (1985). Dickerson was also “the lens” for director Spike Lee’s first five films, and directed gang drama Juice (1992), Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995), and the Snoop Dogg horror Bones (2001). On the small screen, Dickerson has petrified TV audiences as a director on Under the DomeDexter and The Walking Dead. Dickerson will be hosting special 35mm screenings of both Juice and Demon Knight at this year’s Cinepolcalypse.

Also joining the festival is director Stephen Hopkins, who will host a special 25th Anniversary screening of his phenomenal Chicago-shot thriller, Judgment Night; and comedian Jonah Ray (of Netflix's Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame), who will appear on the first-ever live recording of Drew McWeeny and Scott Weinberg's acclaimed, nostalgia-fueled podcast, 80s All Over.

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Most exciting for genre movie buffs are the nine world premieres being screened during the festival, including Michael Winnick's Malicious (from Get Out Executive Producer Shaun Redick), Mike P. Nelson's The Domestics (starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin); Blumhouse's Boogeyman Pop (produced by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Chris Weitz); and Snowfort Pictures' killer drone thriller Hover, starring The Last Man on Earth's Cleopatra Coleman.

Check out the full slate of films and single/four-day ticket options here.