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September 29–October 5, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Super Dark Times

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"An effective, nasty thriller and a rare horror film that provides an emotional investment"
  —The Film Stage
"Super Dark Times is sharply observed, particularly ominous in the lead-up to the defining death and its immediate shape-shifting aftermath"
  —Screen International
"Strikingly shot, edited and scored, with convincing and vivid performances from a youthful cast"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Super Dark Times is tragedy in its purest of forms... It's an authentic, honest and emotional experience that could be this generation's Mean Creek or Donnie Darko"
  —Bloody Disgusting
"It's hard not to appreciate the astute ways the script captures the moment when carefree childhood turns into the loss of innocence"
  —Chicago Tribune
3 stars½

Super Dark Times follows best friends Zach and Josh, enjoying their normal lives in mid-'90s suburbia. They have numerous shared interests, chief of which is an attraction to their classmate Allison. One seemingly routine day, along with two other friends, Zach and Josh borrow the latter's older brother's prized samurai sword to goof around in the local park, but the afternoon soon spirals out of control. This traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, as their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Wracked with guilt, Zach struggles to assimilate back into high school life, even as Allison begins to show a romantic interest in him. The situation gets even more complicated once Zach notices a disturbingly off-balance change in Josh's behavior.

Blurring genre lines throughout, Super Dark Times marks a confidently audacious feature debut for director Kevin Phillips in its adult depiction of innocence corrupted.

Directed by Kevin Phillips, U.S.A., 2017, 100 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 29 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 30 at 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 1 at 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 2–5 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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