Sunday, August 30, 2015

I'd post something silly with this late update, but....

Rest in Peace, Wes Craven.



Say what you will about Scream and the sequels, but Craven had a feel for what scared people.  Exploding on the horror scene with Last House on the Left, which was frightening for me not for how the antagonists behave, but how those seeking "justice" are willing to sink to seek retribution, Craven followed up with The Hills Have Eyes, another film about how low "civilized" humanity would sink to protect/avenge their loved ones.

Eventually came Nightmare on Elm Street, introducing Freddy Kruger into the Horror Hall of Fame.  A dead pedophile killing children in their dreams, the series soon became a series of how-can-we-kill-them films until New Nightmare, where Freddy was reintroduced as a supernatural being attempting to become real through the belief of others.  Say what you will, it invigorated a dying franchise and made Freddie scary again, instead of a lame jokester,  Even Robert Englund looked tired of the franchise by Part Five.

Then came Scream, the first deconstruction of horror films I can remember.  Sure, many came after the original, and its sequel, but Craven was the first to take the rules of horror films and apply them within the script, creating the trend of "meta" horror films attempting to be self aware of the troupes of the genre.  Like Scream or not, Craven got there first.

Sure, we can debate his misfires.  But the man deserves his place in the Horror Hall of Fame, and so I say Rest in Peace, Mr. Craven.  May your eternal dreams be more pleasant than the images you leave behind.

And now, this week's belated update...

August, 2015

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Terror at Angel's Horn runs through Tuesday, September 1, at the Back Door Theater (4319 SE Hawthorne) in Portland, OR.  A live stage presentation from GuignolFest, this sci-fi/horror musical from John Marble concerns a detective searching for a missing cat, only to get mixed up in a time-traveling adventure with a "gangster-ass" Satan and luchadores!  Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Hump Day, or any day for that matter!!!  The play runs through Tuesday, September 1, and tickets are $20.  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details and a link for advanced ticket sales.

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What We Do in the Shadows continues to delight horror fans at The Laurelhurst Theater in Portland, OR at least through September 3.  Visit The Laurelhurst Theater websites for more details.


September, 2015

Wednesday, September 2



Tonight's Weird Wednesday Actor's Spotlight falls upon Peter Cushing, as The Joy Cinema (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR, screens Blood Beast Terror.  Cushing is a mad scientist (is there any other kind in these movies?) that creates a blood sucking giant Death Head moth that can transform into a beautiful woman.  Really, and it poses as his daughter when in human form.  Of course, Cushing will lend an air of class, but I don't know if that will be enough to keep you from giggling at this one!  Admission is free, so spend some extra cash at the snack bar and help keep The Joy Cinema showing movies in which great actors do their best with really silly material.  Showtimes for this evening have yet to be announced, so check back here later in the month, or visit The Joy Cinema website closer to the screening date.  As always, you must be 21 or older to attend.

Friday, September 4



Well, The Olympia Film Society Fright Club keeps bringing the chills to The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave. SE) in Olympia, WA with a screening of John Carpenter's The Thing.  Trust me, Rob Botin's effects are something you don't want to miss on the big screen.  Plays at 9 pm, and you can get more information, and find a link for advanced ticket sales, at the link.

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That is what I have for now. but remember, you can email me at shadowoverportland@live.com with information on your local horror event and I'll be sure to post it.  And I'm open to sci fi/ fantasy events as well, so please send any information my way.

And remember, if you attend any of these events, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Monday, August 24, 2015

I know, I missed last week's update, but here's some EXECELLENT events happening Wednesday. And one on Thursday as well.

Sorry, but I didn't get last week's update posted.  It was a killer week at the day job, the hot temperatures sapped my strength, I had a busy weekend, and HONEST BABY, IT WASN"T MY FAULT.


Come on, it worked on Carrie Fisher.

Okay, it really was my fault, but I can't miss an opportunity to quote The Blues Brothers.  I will have a post this Thursday/Friday, but for now, I have to update you on some AWESOME happenings this Wednesday.



First up, Terror at Angel's Horn premieres this Wednesday at the Back Door Theater (4319 SE Hawthorne) in Portland, OR.  A live stage presentation from GuignolFest, this sci-fi/horror musical from John Marble concerns a detective searching for a missing cat, only to get mixed up in a time-traveling adventure with a "gangster-ass" Satan and luchadores!  Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Hump Day, or any day for that matter!!!  The play runs through Tuesday, September 1, and tickets are $20.  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details and a link for advanced ticket sales.



Also this Wednesday, Re-run Theater returns to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, for a Japanese Invasion, featuring episodes from Speed Racer, Star Blazers and Ultraman!  The show starts at 7:30 pm and admission is $8.  For more details, and advance ticket sales, visit the link.



Finally, it's not Wednesday if things don't get WEIRD at The Joy Cinema (11595 SW Pacific Hiway) in Portland, OR.  And this week's feature will not disappoint you, as The Joy presents Haram alek, AKA Shame on You, AKA Asmael Yassla meets Frankenstein!  Yes, this is an Arabic version of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and, wow, why would you EVER MISS THAT?!?.  Admission is free, so spend some extra cash at the snack bar and help keep The Joy Cinema showing such nowhere-near-a-classic films every Wednesday.  Showtimes for this evening have yet to be announced, so check back here later in the month, or visit The Joy Cinema website closer to the screening date.  As always, you must be 21 or older to attend.



Oh, and need to mention that Queer Horror returns to The Hollywood Theatre Thursday night at 7 pm with a screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddie's Revenge.  A teenage boy's family moves into the house on Elm Street, and he encounters a young Meryl Streep look-a-like, exploding birds and, well, enough homoerotic moments that should make for an interesting discussion with host Carla Rossi, Portland's premiere drag clown!  You'll find more information about the screening, and advanced ticket sales, at the link.

Okay, as the weather is cooling, and as I won't be liquifying at the same rate as I was when temperatures were over 90 degrees, I suspect I will be able to type without gumming up the keyboard and not end the day resting in a pool of gooey molten flesh.



Yeah, it was a messy clean up over the weekend.

So stay tuned, as I plan to kick things up as the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (October) is fast approaching!

As always, should you know of any event that might interest my readers, send me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll post it on the Horror Calendar and future updates.

And should you attend any of the events mentioned above, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Munster kids are coming to Portland this November!



Butch Patrick and Pat Priest, better known as Eddie and Marilyn Munster back in the 60s, are coming to the Living Dead Horror Convention at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR, this November 13 to 15!

Yep, the youngsters of the Munster family will be in Portland, part of a line up that includes Barbara Steele, Adrienne King and Ari Lehman of the original Friday the 13th, Lisa Marie, Lloyd Kaufman, Joe R. Lansdale and more!  Check back at The Shadow Over Portland for more guest announcements, or visit the official website later for more details.

Oh, and the link will lead you to advanced ticket sales, which will save you a few bucks this month.  Early bird specials end on August 31, so get your tickets now!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It's time for the weekly Horror Event Update! Plus, Perseid Meteor Shower advice from the Oregon Department of Alien Arrivals and Response!!!



Okay, before we get to the Horror Update, I have an announcement from the Oregon Department of Extraterrestrial Arrival and Response (ODEAR) concerning the Perseid Meteor Shower, which reaches a peak tonight.

As in previous years, the shower is 100 percent Triffid free, so don't worry about watching the celestial show.  You won't go blind and be eaten by extraterrestrial plants.  However, should you come across a meteor that lands on Earth, ODEAR has a few cautions for you to observe.

The first concern is GGGs, Green Glowing Globs.  This danger is from alien flora attempting to gain a foothold on our planet.  Should you see a GGG, and witness plants springing forth from the infected area, DO NOT try to harvest the plants.  Such an action will lead to a dermal abrasion that will leave you like a bloody sausage, waiting for your skin to regrow.  The Eastern State infection back in 1982 should remind you to not touch the plants, nor try to pour water on the site.  ODEAR wasn't worried about such an infestation until rain was forecast for tomorrow (Friday, August 14), so they ask you call them should you come across a meteor leaking such goo.


He didn't take the chance, and it ended with a shotgun.
Just saying.

But, should you shine your flashlight on the site and the goo expands, then you've found a hunk of the asteroid Flora, with a biological entity that feeds off energy.  ODEAR asks that you extinguish your flashlights, and any other source of energy, and call them immediately.  And be sure you pronounce the entity properly.  Green slime is benign, but the more invasive GREEN SLIIIIIIIIIME needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.



Just ask the ODEAR team of Rankin and Elliot.  

Of course, alien flora is not the only concern, as a meteor might contain a Pulsating Mobile Mass.  Should you encounter one of these, a jelly like substance moving without outside stimulus, DO NOT poke it with a stick.  Such life forms hate being poked with a stick.



Yeah, poking them with a stick
really pisses them off.

Call ODEAR immediately, keep a safe distance, and a trained team will isolate the creature and transport it to a secure Arctic location, until it can be sent back into space.

Finally, should any downed meteor exhibit signs of a metallic nature within, vacate the area and call ODEAR.  Aliens used such a ruse in the 30s and the 50s, and such creatures might try again.  Call ODEAR upon first sighting of these aliens, and be sure to sneeze and cough as often as possible while you leave the area.  Just remember the words of ODEAR alien spokesperson Admiral Ackbar.  It might look safe, but chances are....




ODEAR wants you to enjoy the celestial show, but take the necessary precautions to keep you, your love ones, and the world safe.  Should you see anything suspicious call 503-555-1BIG.  That's 503-555-1-Big Eyed Monster.

Okay, time for the weekly Horror Update.  We have vampires, ghosts, goblin kings and so much more to show you!

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What We Do in the Shadows will continue to delight horror fans at The Academy Theater and The Laurelhurst Theater in Portland, OR at least through August 20.  Visit The Academy Theater or The Laurelhurst Theater websites for more details.

Friday, August 14



Oh HELL YEAH!  The Olympia Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of the Tobe Hooper classic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Perhaps the most frightening horror movie of the 70s made without gore, this film will chill you to the bone.  Plays at The Capital Theater (206 5th Ave. SE)
in Olympia, WA, tonight at 9 pm.  One NOT to be missed.  Get more details, and purchase advanced tickets, at the link.

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The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, is screening a 35mm print of Werner Herzog's Nosteratu, a remake of the F. W. Murnau classic silent film.  And, oh, it looks glorious on the big screen.  Check out the link for more details and advance ticket sales.

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"Hey, ya wanna see something really scary?"  If you do, Friday Night Frights presents a screening of Twilight Zone: The Movie tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N. Proctor Street) in Tacoma.  The festivities (including prizes!) start at 10 pm.  Tickets are $5 and the screening is open to all ages.  Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.

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If you're in Salem, OR this weekend, head to the Northwest Comic Fest at the Salem Convention Center August 15 and 16.  No horror guest that I've found, but you might have some fun amongst the comic celebs, wrestlers and merchants.  

But I'm including this under the Friday, August 14 listing so, if you have tickets for the Fest, you can check out Drifter, local horror filmmaker Joe Sherlock's 2014 slasher film.  Yes, the Film Festival starts early Friday, with the Drifter screening at 1:30 pm, followed by a Q & A with Sherlock after the screening.  So if you're going to the Fest over the weekend, get out of work early on Friday and head down to Cinebarre (501 Marion St NE) in Salem!  

For more about the Northwest Comic Fest, visit the official web page.  



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Okay, it might not be a true horror film, but Labyrinth has a few scary moments for the younger crowd.  And David Bowe's codpiece is FRIGHTENING!  Filled with Jim Henson puppet effects, the film is about a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who wishes her baby brother would vanish, and Goblin King (Bowe) is happy to help.  Connelly soon finds herself in a magical world as she tries to save her brother from becoming a goblin.  The film plays through Thursday, August 20, at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St) in Portland, OR.  Check the official website for showtimes and more details.

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The Portland Expo Center in Portland, OR, is recreated the drive in movie experience this weekend with The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! over the next two weekends.  This event features digital projection on a big screen for you and your family/friends to enjoy inside your car, with sound provided on an special FM frequency.  And BICYCLES are welcome, along with pedestrians or MAX riders.  Don't worry about bringing a radio if you're not traveling by car, as speakers will be provided for those leaving their vehicles at home.

Advanced ticket sales for vehicles (with up to six occupants) are $10, plus a service fee, and are strongly recommended.  Day of event tickets will be available for $15 and will be limited, as space for car parking is limited.  MAX riders, pedestrians and cyclists will be charged $5.  For best line of sight, large vehicles will be placed accordingly.  Get more information, and purchase advanced tickets (or a ticket package for the weekend's screenings) at The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! website.

This weekend's features are Ghostbusters on Friday, August 14, and American Graffiti on Saturday, August 15.


Saturday, August 15



Hot August Frights comes to the 7th Street Theater (313 7th St) in Hoquiam, WA, allowing Horror Fans to spend a cool day at the Washington Coast watching some pretty great horror films.  The event kicks of at noon with Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, followed by Vampyr , House of WhipcordFreaksCreature from the Haunted SeaBody in the WebHow to Survive a Zombie Attack, and ending the evening with The Tingler at 10 :30 pm.  Yep, the Vincent Price classic on the big screen.  If the current heat wave keeps up, I'm sure a lot of Portland and Seattle Horror Fans might be heading to the beach to cool off, and this lineup will be an added enticement.  You'll find more information and advanced ticket sales at the link.

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1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory certainly has some chilling moments and a much darker tone than the Tim Burton remake.  And the chicken bit in the tunnel will freak some youngsters out, just so you know.  But it's a great film and you can catch today at noon at the Pickford Film Center at 1318 Bay St. in Bellingham, WA.  More information about the screening is available at the link.

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If you're in the Bellingham, WA area this morning and feel like catching a classic (okay, maybe not so classic) zombie tale, head over to the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street in Bellingham) for a noon screening of Zombies of Mara Tau.  This 1957 film concerns a pair of explorers finding a sunken treasure protected by a bunch of zombies.  Part of the Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee, admission is only $2!  Find more information and advance ticket sales at the link.


Tuesday, August 18





Repressed Cinema presents a 16mm screening of Legacy of Horror, by low budget filmmaker Andy Milligan, at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.) in Portland, OR, tonight at 7:30 pm.  Milligan's biographer, Jimmy McDonough. will be present to talk about Milligan and answer any questions you might have.  More details, and advance tickets sales, are available at the link.

Wednesday, August 19




It doesn't happen too often, but tonight's Weird Wednesday is a true classic.  Fritz Lang's screens tonight at The Joy Cinema (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR.  I got nothing silly to say about this one, as it's one EVERY Horror Fan and Lover of Cinema should see.  Admission is free, so spend some extra cash at the snack bar and help keep The Joy Cinema showing such classics (and plenty of not-so classic) films every Wednesday.  Showtimes for this evening have yet to be announced, so check back here later in the month, or visit The Joy Cinema website closer to the screening date.  As always, you must be 21 or older to attend.

Thursday, August 20



Okay, you might argue that 1939's The Wizard of Oz isn't a horror film.  But a creepy witch, flying monkeys and some pretty nasty moments makes this a great film for younger horror fans.  Oh, and Movies in the Park 2015 list this one as a PG feature.  Pretty impressive for a film that was made decades before the MPAA started assigning film ratings!  The free screening starts at dusk at Brooklyn Park (SE Milwaukie and Haig) in Portland, OR.

Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Manimalhouse starting at 6:30 pm, along with free popcorn during the performance.

This is a family friendly event.  Alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited, and dogs must be on a leash.  Blankets and warm clothes are recommended, as evenings can be chilly.  Visit the Movies in the Park 2015 website for more details.

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The Portland Expo Center in Portland, OR, is recreated the drive in movie experience this weekend with The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! over the next two weekends.  This event features digital projection on a big screen for you and your family/friends to enjoy inside your car, with sound provided on an special FM frequency.  And BICYCLES are welcome, along with pedestrians or MAX riders.  Don't worry about bringing a radio if you're not traveling by car, as speakers will be provided for those leaving their vehicles at home.

Advanced ticket sales for vehicles (with up to six occupants) are $10, plus a service fee, and are strongly recommended.  Day of event tickets will be available for $15 and will be limited, as space for car parking is limited.  MAX riders, pedestrians and cyclists will be charged $5.  For best line of sight, large vehicles will be placed accordingly.  Get more information, and purchase advanced tickets (or a ticket package for the weekend's screenings) at The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! website.

This weekend's features are Young Frankenstein on Thursday, August 20, the original Poltergeist on Friday, August 21 and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Sunday, August 22.

Friday, August 21



Ray Harryhausen's classic, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, comes to the big screen at The Academy Theater in Portland, OR, through August 27.  Keep your eyes on The Shadow Over Portland for more details, or visit The Academy Theater website as the opening date comes near.

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Well, The Olympia Film Society Fright Club keeps bringing the chills to The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave. SE) in Olympia, WA with a screening of John Carpenter's The Thing.  Trust me, Rob Botin's effects are something you don't want to miss on the big screen.  Plays at 9 pm, and you can get more information, and find a link for advanced ticket sales, at the link.

Saturday, August 22



B-Movies and Beer (two of my favorite things!) returns to f/Stops Fitzgerald's (335 Grove St NE) in Salem, OR, with a screening of local filmmaker Joe Sherlock's horror anthology, Twisted Fate.  Yep, three short horror films in one show, with an awesome selection of craft beers for you to enjoy!  You must be 21 or older to attend this free screening.  Showtime is 9 pm, and you can find more information at the Facebook Event Page.

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Well, that's what I have.  Should you know of any event I missed, send me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include it on the site.  Remember, listing an event costs you NOTHING!  This is a free site, and I will not ask for any favors after posting your event.

And, should you attend any of the events listed here, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Barbara Steele is coming to the Living Dead Horror Convention this November



Oh, those eyes....

With the release of her first horror film, Black Sunday, Barbara Steele was destined to become a queen of horror.  Sure, she could be the screaming damsel in distress, as in The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock, but when she got to play the villain, few were as good, as terrifying, as Steele.

Her role in Roger Corman's Pit and the Pendulum, as a cheating wife attempting to drive her husband (Vincent Price) insane so she can be with another man, is only overshadowed by Price.  Her gloating as she reduces Price into a quivering mass is only match by the fear in her eyes as she realizes what she has unleashed (aided by Price's wonderful transformation).  She's not on the screen long, but she makes the most of it.  And that final shot still sends chills down my spine when I think of it.  Oh yes, those eyes....


Yes, my plan to drive him mad has succeeded.
What could go wrong now?

Steele other film appearances include The Long Hair of Death, Nightmare Castle, The She Beast, Curse of the Crimson Alter (with Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff), Shivers, Piranha (1978) and the 1991 revival of Dark Shadows.  Recent films include The Butterfly Room, Lost River and the animated short, The Mill at Calder's End.

Barbara Steele is scheduled to attend The Living Dead Horror Convention this November 13 through 15 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.  Tickets for the event are available at the official website, and early bird prices have been extended to August 31.  Check out the other guest and keep the Halloween Spirit alive well into November at The Living Dead Horror Convention!


Oh yeah, those killer eyes!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sorry to be SO late, but someone had to help count the Deep One migration

Hey, everyone, just got back from helping the Oregon DoD (Department of Dagon) with the annual Deep One Migration Count.  As the young deep ones head out to sea, it's important to keep track of how many locals have fallen under the spell of Dagon, the population heading out and how many make it to the undersea temple far off the Oregon Coast.


Of course, I was on the Willamette and didn't see one as attractive as this.
They all seemed to be heading down the Columbia.

Of course, the DoD is worried about "The Blob," a mass of unusually warm water situated off our coast.  It's driving away the fish and raising the risk of a toxic algae bloom that even the immortal Deep Ones might not survive.  Yes, even as the Deep Ones planned to get a further fin-hold as the oceans rose due to Climate Change, it seems they may be endangered as well.

All the more reason for volunteers like me to spend the weekend as the annual migration to the sea commenced counting the latest addition to the underwater city.  If those that live forever can be affected by Climate Change, it's not boding well for humanity as well.

Anyway, I wanted to get what's left of this week's Horror Events posted before I hit the sack and get ready for another week at work.  So enjoy and I hope to be back on schedule this week!

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Portlanders really love funny vampires, as What We Do in the Shadows continues to delight horror fans at The Academy Theater and The Laurelhurst Theater in Portland, OR!  Visit The Academy Theater or The Laurelhurst Theater websites for more details.

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You know who to call if you have ghosts, but what if you have monsters?  Call The Monster Squad, of course!  The Laurelhurst Theater in Portland, OR, is screening unsung horror classic through August 13 at 9 pm.  Oh, and the screening is for those 21 or older.  You'll find more information at The Laurelhurst Theater website.


Wednesday, August 12



Oh, things get WEIRD this Wednesday at The Joy Cinema (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR, with a screening of The Devil's Hand!  It's a timeless story where boy dreams of girl, boy meets girl, boy loses girl to a Satanic Cult.  The perfect Rom-Com for Weird Wednesday!  The show starts at 9:30 pm and admission is FREE, so spend some extra bucks at the snack bar and help The Joy keep Wednesdays WEIRD!!  You must be 21 or older to attend.  Visit The Joy Cinema website for more details.

Thursday, August 13



The Portland Expo Center in Portland, OR, is recreated the drive in movie experience this weekend with The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! over the next two weekends.  This event features digital projection on a big screen for you and your family/friends to enjoy inside your car, with sound provided on an special FM frequency.  And BICYCLES are welcome, along with pedestrians or MAX riders.  Don't worry about bringing a radio if you're not traveling by car, as speakers will be provided for those leaving their vehicles at home.

Advanced ticket sales for vehicles (with up to six occupants) are $10, plus a service fee, and are strongly recommended.  Day of event tickets will be available for $15 and will be limited, as space for car parking is limited.  MAX riders, pedestrians and cyclists will be charged $5.  For best line of sight, large vehicles will be placed accordingly.  Get more information, and purchase advanced tickets (or a ticket package for the weekend's screenings) at The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! website.

This weekend's features are the original The Day the Earth Stood Still on Thursday, August 13, Ghostbusters on Friday, August 14, and American Graffiti on Saturday, August 15.

Friday, August 14



Oh HELL YEAH!  The Olympia Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of the Tobe Hooper classic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Perhaps the most frightening horror movie of the 70s made without gore, this film will chill you to the bone.  Plays at The Capital Theater (206 5th Ave. SE)
in Olympia, WA, tonight at 9 pm.  One NOT to be missed.  Get more details, and purchase advanced tickets, at the link.

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The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, is screening a 35mm print of Werner Herzog's Nosteratu, a remake of the F. W. Murnau classic silent film.  And, oh, it looks glorious on the big screen.  Check out the link for more details and advance ticket sales.



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"Hey, ya wanna see something really scary?"  If you do, Friday Night Frights presents a screening of Twilight Zone: The Movie tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N. Proctor Street) in Tacoma.  The festivities (including prizes!) start at 10 pm.  Tickets are $5 and the screening is open to all ages.  Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.

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If you're in Salem, OR this weekend, head to the Northwest Comic Fest at the Salem Convention Center August 15 and 16.  No horror guest that I've found, but you might have some fun amongst the comic celebs, wrestlers and merchants.  

But I'm including this under the Friday, August 14 listing so, if you have tickets for the Fest, you can check out Drifter, local horror filmmaker Joe Sherlock's 2014 slasher film.  Yes, the Film Festival starts early Friday, with the Drifter screening at 1:30 pm, followed by a Q & A with Sherlock after the screening.  So if you're going to the Fest over the weekend, get out of work early on Friday and head down to Cinebarre (501 Marion St NE) in Salem!  

For more about the Northwest Comic Fest, visit the official web page.  


Saturday, August 15



Hot August Frights comes to the 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam, WA, allowing Horror Fans to spend a cool day at the Washington Coast watching some pretty great horror films.  The event kicks of at noon with Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, followed by Vampyr , House of WhipcordFreaksCreature from the Haunted SeaBody in the WebHow to Survive a Zombie Attack, and ending the evening with The Tingler at 10 :30 pm.  Yep, the Vincent Price classic on the big screen.  If the current heat wave keeps up, I'm sure a lot of Portland and Seattle Horror Fans might be heading to the beach to cool off, and this lineup will be an added enticement.  You'll find more information and advanced ticket sales at the link.

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1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory certainly has some chilling moments and a much darker tone than the Tim Burton remake.  And the chicken bit in the tunnel will freak some youngsters out, just so you know.  But it's a great film and you can catch today at noon at the Pickford Film Center at 1318 Bay St. in Bellingham, WA.  More information about the screening is available at the link.



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Well, that's all for now, but check out The Horror Calendar for more information on future Weird Wednesday screenings at The Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, the horrors coming to Friday Night Frights in Tacoma, WA, and MUCH MORE!

Remember, if you're hosting a film, opening a haunted attraction or doing something that would interest other Horror Fans in the Northwest, drop me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll add it to the site.

And, as always, if you attend any of these events, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Halloween continues into November as The Living Dead Horror Convention comes The Oregon Convention Center!



If you're like me, November First is a letdown.  The high of Halloween behind us, Horror Fans have only to look forward to the Sappiest Time of the Year.  A season of glad tidings, peace on Earth and few spooky offerings as everyone celebrates Christmas (or the "war upon it" if you watch Fox News).
But fear not, Horror Fans in the Pacific Northwest!  The First Annual Living Dead Horror Convention  happens November 13 through 15, giving us another chance to spread horrid tidings and creepy cheer.  

And, I'm kicking off my reporting of this convention with the most appropriate guest of all (as the convention starts on Friday the 13th).  The first Final Girl, and Jason's first official kill, Adrianne King, will be attending the festival.  Currently a wine maker in the great Northwest, Adrianne survived Mrs. Voorhees in the classic original, only to be Jason's first confirmed kill in the the sequel.  Talking red wines with Ms. King will take special meanings for fans!


Yeah, talk about clear water all you want, I've been rotting here
for a while!

More information can be found at The Living Dead Horror Convention Site, or Ms. King's Official Site.  And check back to The Shadow Over Portland tomorrow, and I'll spotlight another guest at Portland's First Horror Convention.