Thursday, January 29
Okay, Horror Fans, WE NEED TO SUPPORT THIS ONE!!! As reported at the Portland Mercury blog, a local high school student proposed a performance of Evil Dead: The Musical as her senior project. Yet, after being approved for the performance, and holding rehearsals throughout December, the student was informed the performance was cancelled as the content was considered inappropriate for the school.
Okay, I'm not getting into the censorship debate, as I can see this production being inappropriate for a high school. After all, one of the songs is entitled "What the Fuck Was That?" and the play is based on films released without an MPAA rating, in order to avoid the kiss of death X rating, and you had to be over 18 years of age to get into the theaters. Even if the language was toned down, the play contains multiple scenes of graphic violence, including beheadings and shotgun blasts.
Still, the student was allowed to perform 110 hours of rehearsal over a six week period before the school pulled the plug on the production, eliciting a What the Fuck Was That response concerning the administration's sudden reluctance to let the performance continue. What, no one decided to look into the play's content, especially one called Evil Dead? No one bothered to read the script, or watch the movies the play is based on? No one at the school decided to attend an early rehearsal and find out the production might not be one they want to be associated with?
I wouldn't have a problem had the school in question pulled the plug on the production after the first read through, but to let this student believe she would produce the play for over a month, only to forbid it at the last moment, makes the school administrators look like idiots. So go see this show at The Funhouse Lounge on January 29, 30 and 31 and support this production. The Funhouse Lounge will present the production at 7 pm. Check the purple link for more details.
And if you can't make it this weekend, stay tuned to The Shadow Over Portland, as more local performances might occur at another venue. And I hope to interview the student and get more details on this story.
Friday, January 30
The Babadook continues to spread across the Northwest. If you're in Portland, OR, this week, you can catch it at The Living Room Theater and The Academy Theater. DO NOT MISS THIS FILM! It's the best psychological horror film since Rosemary's Baby (not the TV remake), with director/writer Jennifer Kent crafting one of the most amazing cinematic experiences in years. And Essie Davis delivers one of the best performances in decades. Seriously, it's that good, and expect a spoiler free review soon So, if you're tired of the tired crap put out by Hollywood, get out and SUPPORT THIS FILM!
Wednesday, February 4
The Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, celebrates another WEIRD WEDNESDAY with the 1922 classic Nosferatu. And admission is FREE, though you have to be 21 or older to attend. Come on, what Northwest Horror Fan wouldn't LOVE to see this film on the big screen? The show starts at 9 pm, and be sure to spend the money you save on admission at the snack bar!
Friday, February 6
Howl Con, the convention for werewolf enthusiasts takes place on February 7 and 8 at The Red Lion Inn at The Quay in Vancouver, WA (just across the I-5 bridge). And it appears the local cinema, The Kiggins Theater, is planning on a werewolf film festival on February 6, with discounts available for convention attendees. Keep up with all the information on the link, or check later for more details.
UPDATE: The Kiggins Theater has listed two films opening on February 6. Teen Wolf, the Michael J. Fox 80s werewolf comedy, and the much more awesome sounding independent feature, Wolf Cop. Dirty Harry, only HAIRIER! Hell YEAH!!! Showtimes for both features have not been announced (though Wolf Cop is listed as a single night screening), so check back later, or visit The Kiggins Theater webpage later for more details.
Saturday, February 7
Not sure if this will interest Horror Fans, but The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) After Dark Series returns to The Hollywood Theatre with a feature that's looks like a mix of Deliverance and The Edge. The Canadian thriller, Backcountry, screens at 10:30 pm and might offer a few chills. Tickets are $12 and you can find more information on the feature, as well as the trailer and a link for advanced ticket sales, at the link. But I'd suggest saving your money for next Saturday, as the PIFF After Dark feature looks AWESOME!!! That's just my opinion.
Wednesday, February 11
Part of the German Film Festival (presented by Zeitgeist Northwest), 1964's East German production of The Flying Dutchman will screen at The Clinton Street Theater tonight only at 7 pm. The first complete Wagner opera ever filmed, the movie focuses on the daughter of a rich shipowner seeking refuse from her constricted life in her fantasies. Imagining the captain of the Flying Dutchman, a ship doomed to wander the seas forever, she sets out to free the man through her love. Director Joachim Herz uses varying aspects throughout the film to differentiate reality from fantasy, and the soundtrack was recorded on a groundbreaking 4-channel magnetic process. According to The Clinton Street website, this is the only East German film to include elements of horror and vampirism, a special treat for horror fans. Get more information at The Clinton Street Theater website.
Friday, February 13
If you were expecting Jason to make an appearance as part of the Friday Night Frights series, well, Reverend Joe has a more appropriate slasher choice. George Mihalka's seasonal classic, My Bloody Valentine, screens at 10 pm at The Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N. Proctor St) in Tacoma. Even better, this will be the UNRATED VERSION, not the butchered R-rated Theatrical Release. More information will be posted as soon as it's available, or follow the Facebook Event Page for the latest details.
Saturday, February 14
Oh boy, The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) After Dark Series returns to The Hollywood Theatre with an Australian NAIL GUN TO THE HEAD ZOMBIE THRILLER! Wyrmwood is the tale of an outback mechanic teaming up with a bunch of zombie killers to save his puck rock sister from a sinister government group during the zombie-pocalypse. If that isn't enticing enough, The Hollywood Theatre website proclaims the film to be "... a zombie comedy with visual thrills reminiscent of the best early works by Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi." Okay, I'm sold. The show starts at 10:30 pm, and tickets are $12. For more information, and advance ticket sales, visit the link.
Sunday, February 15
Local horror filmmaker Joe Sherlock will premiere his latest movie, Odd Noggins, at The Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR, at 4 pm. Admission is $5 in cash. I'll post more information as it becomes available.
Saturday, February 21
The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) After Dark Series continues at The Hollywood Theatre with a screening of Darkness by Day at 10:30 pm. The trailer has a serious vampire feel to it, and this Argentinian film might wash out the bad memories of the more recent US vampire films released in the past few years. More information, including a trailer and advanced ticket sales (admission is $12) can be found at the link.
Thursday, February 26
First The Craft, now Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight gets the Hecklevision treatment at The Hollywood Theatre. Seriously, Hollywood programmers, I can thing of a lot better films to heckle than this terrific, over-the-top gore fest. Sure, it's campy and a TON OF FUN, but it's not heckle worthy. Have you folks never heard of Zaat or Dario Argento's Dracula? Now THOSE are heckle-worthy. Should you want to see this film in a theater, and don't mind comments from the audience being posted on the screen, the show starts at 9:30 pm. I'll just stay home and enjoy my DVD version, thank you. More information and advanced ticket sales at the link.
Friday, February 27
If you're up for some Gothic revenge, The Hollywood Theatre presents, in conjunction with Projeck Records and Movies in the Dark, a 35mm screening of The Crow. Yep, the Brandon Lee classic on the big screen in glorious 35mm! Showtime is 9:30 pm, and you can buy advanced tickets here.
That's all I have for now, but if you know of any event that might interest Northwest Horror Fans, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll include it on the Horror Calendar, as well as future posts (or maybe even an Special Edition)!
And, should you attend any of these events, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!!