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July 22–28, 2016

Chicago Premiere

The Blackout Experiments

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Film still: The Blackout Experiments Film still: The Blackout Experiments


"It's the subjects of The Blackout Experiments that make the film so compelling, as they struggle with their attraction to the experience, the fear and paranoia it instills in them, and eventually, reach a strange kind of peace and decide to leave it behind"
  —The Verge
"Often terrifying, always fascinating, and surpassingly moving"
"A wonderfully unpredictable examination of psychological-based fear... [Director Rich] Fox's exploration of personal paranoia should prove both an entertaining and intriguing experience"
  —Daily Dead
  —Chicago Tribune

The most extreme immersive horror experience in America is called Blackout. Not for the faint of heart as it is a terrifying, psycho-sexual thrill-ride designed to play on our deepest psychological fears. Rich Fox's innovative horror documentary follows a group of friends whose experience with Blackout becomes deeply personal, developing into an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy. Revealing an underbelly of private rituals and personal nightmares with footage that is 100% real, The Blackout Experiments is the story of our obsession with the darkness inside us. Obliterating the line between the real and the imagined, this hybrid experiment dares its victims to stare into the hidden pleasures of a waking nightmare, and then it stares right back.

Directed by Rich Fox, 2015, U. S.A., 80 mins.


  • Fri.–Sat., July 22–23 at 7:45 & 9:45 pm
  • Sun., July 24 at 1:45 & 3:45 pm
  • Mon. & Thurs., July 25 & 28 at 9 & 10:30 pm
  • Tues.–Wed., July 26–27 at 7:45 & 9:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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