Sing along with Tom Atkins!
It's the most wonderful time of the year
Where the pumpkins are glowing
The TV is strobing, and
STOP IT!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!!!
Oh, I LOVE this time of the year. The movies, the events and getting to geek out on all this spooky fun! And sitting in front of people gasping as they watch Halloween III for the first time. Music to my ears!!
But, even as this festive season winds down, I still have some spooky treats to share with Northwest horror fans. And you know Portland will have more fun stuff coming in December. So get out your calendars and start getting ready to mark down the gruesome fun to counter the sugary sweet holidays ahead!!
Thursday, October 30
The Joy Cinema and Pub in Tigard, OR, is screening House of Wax IN 3D! No, not that crappy remake with Paris Hilton, but the classic remake with VINCENT PRICE! Oh, and did I mention IT'S IN 3D? Sure, it's a digital presentation, but I know where I'll be on Friday night! The film plays at 7 pm, Halloween Night at 5 and 7 pm, and at 5 pm through Monday, November 3. Find more information at The Joy Cinema website.
But the fun doesn't stop at The Joy Cinema. The Exorcist plays at 9 pm through November 1, with a special midnight showing (okay, 11:59 pm) on Halloween Night! Check out The Joy Cinema website for more information.
If you're in the Seattle, WA, area, and want to see something scary to start off the Halloween weekend, head to the EMP Halloween Campout Cinema (at the EMP Sky Theater) for a screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Tickets are $12 ($8 if you are an EMP member). Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Visit the link for more information and a link to buy advance tickets.
Also at the EMP in Seattle, WA, is the Happy Hour KINGO, a celebration of horror writer Stephen King. Watch clips from classic King movies and fill out your KINGO card to win PRIZES! The events starts at 5:30 pm and admission is free with a RSVP (but you must be over 21 years of age to attend). Check out the link for more information.
A digitally restored and remastered version of John Carpenter's classic, Halloween, will make make a few stops in the Northwest on October 30 and 31. Locations include The Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, OR, the Carmike 12 in Corvallis, OR, the Dallas Motor Vu Drive-In in Dallas, OR and the Carmike 12 in Kennewick, WA. For more information about the world wide release of the digitally restored Halloween, visit the link.
The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, in conjunction with Washington State University Vancouver, presents the Willamette Radio Workshop's performance of War of the Worlds. Doors open at 6 pm for this one night only, FREE event, with the performance starting at 7 pm. Visit The Kiggins Theatre website for more information.
The Clinton Street Theater will present Bad Movie Nite! at 9:30 pm. The movie is a mystery, but the hint is Party Zombie! Oh, and the movie will be BAD!!! Also, Son of Sekonza will present music of ghosts, goblins and witches to kick the party off. Admission is $7, and you'll find more information at The Clinton Street website or the Facebook event page.
The re-release of Saw starts tonight at multiple cineplexes across the nation. Damn, it's playing at eleven theaters within the Portland/Vancouver area, so I'm not going to list them all. Instead, check your local listings for showtimes.
Horns opens tonight at 9:15 pm at The Living Room Theater in Portland, at least according to the official website. You'll find showtimes for the rest of the week as well.
Live on Stage, part of the Portland, OR, community theater scene, is presenting a live stage version of the camp musical classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, through November 8. Get ready to do the Time Warp again at this live presentation at The World Trade Center Theatre. You'll find more information, including dates, times and ticket information, at the Live On Stage website.
Friday, October 31
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the ultimate dress up movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, WA, presents this midnight showing of the cult classic. Check the link for more details.
Halloween screens tonight only at The Academy Theater in Portland, OR. Showtimes are at 5:15, 7:15 and 9:15 pm.
The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA, celebrates the scariest night of the year with a screening of the digitally remastered classic Halloween. The film follows the Spokane Laugh Off, so let the previous winners of Stand Up to Bigger Things open mic comedy at The Bing put a grin on your face before John Carpenter's film has you shrieking in fright. The show starts at 7:30 pm, and you'll find more information, and advanced ticket sales, at The Bing Crosby Theater website. And for more information about the world wide release of the digitally restored Halloween, visit the link.
Hum, I sense a common thread here.
And The Vashon Theatre in Vashon, WA, ends the most wonderful time of the year with a screening of the diggitally remastered classic Halloween . The film starts at 8 pm and tickets are $9, unless you get lucky at the box office 30 minutes before showtime, because you can save a buck if tickets are still available. Or just visit The Vashon Theatre website to buy your tickets online and assure you get in.
The Wheel-In Motor Movie Drive-In in Port Townsend, WA, ends it's season with a bang on October 31 and November 1. Catch the Halloween Triple Creature Feature, including Bride of Frankenstein, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Prizes, drawings, concessions specials and a costume contest are included in the festivities. Check the Wheel-In Motor Movie website for more details and directions.
The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, invites you to do the Time Warp Again with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Admission is $10, and be sure to dress up for the costume contest. Doors open at 11 pm. For more information, visit The Kiggins Theatre website.
Saturday, November 1
The SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, WA, isn't done with the horror goodies. At midnight tonight, the theater will present the classic Zombie, AKA Zombi 2 or Zombie Flesh Eaters. The name doesn't matter, I just dare you not to wince at the eyeball skewering scene. Damn, I still can't watch it without an "Eeeugh" moment. Yeah, it's that awesome, and so much better on the big screen. Trust me, I saw it in the theater when it came out and it still haunts me in the best possible ways. The show starts at midnight and you can find more information at the link.
The Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA, presents an encore showing of Bleedingham III, an evening of short horror films from Northwest filmmakers. The show starts at 9 pm and you'll find more details at the link.
Wednesday, November 5
Once again, Wednesday get WEIRD at The Joy Cinema and Pub in Tigard, OR. At 9 pm, visit Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks. The Baron, an evil dwarf, nude women and.... A Neanderthal man, and a monster named Hulk? Oh yeah, that's gonna be WEIRD! Admission is free, as with other weird Wednesday screenings, but you must be over 21 years of age to get in. And be sure to spend the money you save on admission at the snack bar! Check out The Joy Cinema website for more information.
Thursday, November 6
The Funhouse Lounge in Portland, OR, presents the only musical inspired by a Weekly World News headline, Bat Boy: The Musical. A campy production concerning a half-boy, half-bat being, the score mixes rock, gospel and country into a dark, silly and charming musical mix. It is an adult oriented show with mature themes, so keep the kids at home. Tickets range for $15 to $25, depending on the day of the week and whether you purchase at the door or not. The show runs Thursdays to Saturdays through November 29. For more information, and advance ticket purchases, visit The Funhouse Lounge website.
Friday, November 7
OryCon 36 will be held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel in Portland, OR, through November 9. Guests include author William F. Nolan (co-writer of Logan's Run and countless sci fi and horror tales) and Jason Andrew (author of sci fi stories and role playing games such as Call of Cthulhu and Vampire: The Masquerade). You'll find information on ticket sales and hotel rooms at the OryCon website.
Tim Burton's dark fairy tale about love and acceptance, Edward Scissorhands, comes to The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub through November 13. Yeah, I dare you not to get a bit misty eyed at the end. I'll announce showtimes when the theater posts them, or visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.
The Hollywood Theatre keeps the chills coming past the Halloween season with a screening of The ABCs of Death 2 tonight and on Sunday, November 9. No showtimes have been announced, so check back or visit The Hollywood Theatre website later in October.
Well, that's all I have for now, but check back next week for more spooky fun taking place under The Shadow Over Portland!
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And don't forget, if you attend any of these events, tell them you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!