We're just a few days away from the commencement of the Cinepocalypse Film Festival in Chicago, and we're insanely excited and grateful to be providing some coverage of the event. This week, ALTER - a new horror brand from global studio Gunpowder & Sky - announced that it will be a presenting sponsor of this year’s celebration of electrifying and provocative genre cinema. During the festival, ALTER will host the world premiere of its new film, Deadcon on June 15th at the historic Music Box Theatre; Villains, acquired by ALTER out of SXSW, will also make its Chicago premiere on June 14th. ALTER will begin its year-long partnership with the Music Box after the festival, at which time more details will be announced.
Directed by Caryn Waecther, Deadcon tackles isolation in the age of social media and follows real-life YouTubers Lauren Elizabeth and Claudia Sulewski as they face vengeful ghosts even more horrifying than their devoted fans. Following the world premiere in Chicago, Deadcon will continue a festival tour this summer and fall, with more dates to be announced. Tickets for Deadcon’s premiere at Cinepocalypse are now available, with the official trailer viewable below.
Also screening at Cinepocalypse is the crowd-pleasing comedic thriller Villains. Starring Bill Skarsgård (Deadpool 2, IT), Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Fifth Wave), Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), the film will make its Chicago premiere on June 14th in advance of a nationwide theatrical release this fall. Tickets for Villains are also on sale now.