Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Babadook, Chopping Mall, Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night add to the Horror-day cheer! Oh, and Die Hard plays at TWO Portland theaters!!

Okay, I'm including a non-horror film in my Christmas list, but damn it, Die Hard is one of my holiday traditions!  Besides, nothing is better than a Christmas movie about a family reuniting after a bunch of terrorists are shot in the face.  And kneecaps.  And beaten to a bloody pulp.  Yippee-Ki-Yay!

But there's a lot of scary films to bring on the nightmares during the Horror-days!  One of the most talked about horror films this year, The Babadook, comes to The Living Room Theater in Portland, OIR.  The Blue Mouse Theater in Tacoma, WA, is offering viewers a Black Christmas this weekend.  The Highlight Bar in Seattle takes you on an overnight stay at the Chopping Mall.  And The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, rings in the holiday with a Silent Night, Deadly Night.  Read on for all the details!


Friday, December 19





The Babadook is coming to Portland!  Now, I don't usually include first run films in The Shadow Over Portland, but damn!  This movie has a lot of positive buzz and the two independent newspapers in the city gave it positive reviews.  And The Living Room Theater has answered my Horror-day gift list and is screening the film throughout the week.  Visit the link to find the time that works for you.




For a more horror tinged Christmas movie, head to The Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N. Proctor St) in Tacoma for a screening of Bob Clark's other holiday classic, Black Christmas.  Part of the Friday Night Fright series, the screening will include an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, as well as prizes for the bloodiest/scariest.  Deanna Uutela, editor in chief of Living Dead Magazine, will be guest judge, and there will be posters, patches and buttons for sale.  The party, hosted by Reverend Joe, starts at 10 pm.  You'll find more details at the Facebook Event Page.




YIPPEE-KI-YAY, MOTHERFU......   Well, you know the rest.  I know this is a horror blog, but Die Hard is a Christmas tradition for me, as strong as Gremlins or Silent Night, Deadly Night.  And both The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub and McMenamins Mission Theater will screen this classic film about a good cop out to stop a van-load of Scrooge-like terrorists out to spoil Christmas for everyone.  The film plays through December 23.  The film shows at 9:20 pm at The Laurelhurst Theater.and 9:30 at The Mission Theater.  Click the links for more information.




Sunday, December 21



If visiting your local mall gives you the creeps, chill out at The Highland Bar in Seattle, WA, and watch Chopping Mall.  VHS Uber Alles presents a screening of this classic security robots gone bad film for free  the booze and food is not). The show starts at at 6 pm on Sunday, December 21 and is presented in VHS format.  And, as the location is a bar, you must be 21 or older to attend.  Get more information at the Facebook Event Page.


Tuesday, December 23




Oh, it's a holiday tradition here in Portland.  Once again, The Grindhouse Film Festival presents a screening, in glorious 35mm, of the Christmas slasher classic, Silent Night, Deadly Night at The Hollywood Theatre Yep, the film that got parent groups underwear in a bunch because the poster pictured Santa as an axe murderer is coming to town!

These people were able to get the film booted out of theaters back in 1984, but all they did was secure this film's place in the annuals of Horror History.  And no, it's not Santa doing the killings, just a messed up guy who witnessed a killer dressed as Santa slaughter his family, than was subjected to a strict religious upbringing in an orphanage.  And though he appears to be a normal adult, he is forced to wear a Santa costume during the holiday season.  So, snap goes his Santa-ty and let the mayhem ensue.

So, we get holiday tinged bloodshed, a topless Linnea Quigley, and even more mayhem.  All in glorious 35mm!  Thank you, Hollywood Theatre, for bringing this timeless classic back!!

The film screens one night only, on Tuesday, December 23 at 7:30 pm.  Come on, horror fans, it's a holiday tradition here in Portland.  Buy your tickets early at the link.

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You better watch out, you better not cry, horror fans.  And don't you dare pout, I'm here to tell you why!  2015 is shaping up to be a horrific year across the Northwest, and The Shadow Over Portland will keep you informed on the screenings, conventions and attractions that promise to make the New Year frightful!  Check out the Horror Calendar for a sneak peek at some of the frightful fun coming our way, and be sure to stay turned for new developments!!

Remember, if you know of, or are running, an event that would interest horror fans in the Pacific Northwest, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include it on the site.  And, should you attend any of the events listed on the site, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Babadook comes to Portland for the Horror-days, and spend some quality time at the Chopping Mall in Seattle. And don't forget about Weird Wednesday's Horror-day offering!

Okay, this is an early post, but I've found such great Horror-day delights to add to the Horror Calendar and, as we all are dealing with family gatherings, I figured I'd clue horror fans in on the latest spooky stuff happening, so you can plan your break from the family gatherings to have some scary times to yourselves.



First up, The Babadook is coming to Portland!  Now, I don't include first run films in The Shadow Over Portland, but damn!  This movie has a lot of positive buzz and the two independent newspapers in the city gave it positive reviews.  And it appears The Living Room Theater has answered my Horror-day gift list and is screening the film throughout the week.  Visit the link to find the time that works for you.



This next offering might not be set during the Horror-days, but if visiting your local mall gives you the creeps, chill out at The Highland Bar in Seattle, WA, and watch Chopping Mall.  VHS Uber Alles presents a screening of this classic security robots gone bad film for free (I assume the booze is not). The show starts at at 6 pm on Sunday, December 21 and I suspect you must be 21 or older to attend.  Get more information at the Facebook Event Page.



And don't forget, tonight at The Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, is a screening of Silent Night, Bloody Night.  Trust me, it will be WEIRD!  The show starts at 9 pm, admission is free (so spend that extra money at the snack bar), and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Well, that's the highlights I just found out about, but expect a full report tomorrow from The Shadow Over Portland!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Giant Claw (1957)




If you’ve ever watched a bad movie and wondered how talented actors could wind up in an awful flick, The Giant Claw is a cautionary tale of good intentions gone bad.  This film contains effects so horrid that star Jeff Morrow walked out of the screening, in his hometown, midway through the movie.  Then, depending on the story you want to believe, he either went home or found a bar to drown his sorrow concerning the audience’s laughter at the sight of the titular monster.
And you can’t blame the audience, as the monster looks like this….


I'm SCARY!  FEAR ME!!!
Wait, why is everyone laughing?


Which, for some reason, reminds me of this….


"I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee...."

It didn't help the movie that Beaky Buzzard was introduced over a decade earlier, and the audience for The Giant Claw probably remembered the goofy bird from their youth.  And, as the promotional artwork hides the titular critter, one has to expect the studio heads knew the bird would lay an egg.  But it’s a shame, as this was a decent B-movie in the making. 

Morrow plays Mitch MacAlee, a pilot and electronic whiz, is testing some science thing for the Air Force.  He happens to see an Unidentified Flying Object, as big as a battleship, but radar searches and a bunch of scrambled jets find no trace of the object.  Mitch is ridiculed, for a bit, but a series of attacks on aircrafts convinces the government that he might be telling the truth. 
The threat is a giant bird from space, deciding to make Earth its nesting ground. Now Mitch and his assistant Sally Caldwell (Mara Corday) must find a way to get around the bird’s anti matter shield so the US military can blast it.



Which should give the movie ample opportunity to wow you
with effects like this!

Okay, the science is wonky, as it searches for a way to make the creature near invulnerable.  It’s a common troupe in the giant monster movies of the 50s.  The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms had radioactive blood, It Came From Beneath The Sea was only vulnerable with an short range targeting system and as for Them!,well, it’s a big colony, and flying queen ants and, whatever.  The idea is that most of the giant monsters of the era had abilities to protect them from the normal weapons of humanity, making the film more suspenseful than if we could just wipe them out with a single cannon blast.

I shouldn’t need to mention the plot is pretty stereotypical.  Mitch and Sally bicker, the Armed Forces don’t believe Mitch’s UFO report until several other disasters occur, and Mitch learns to calm his anger with a few healthy swigs of Canadian apple cider.



Yeah, it was the 50s and the solution to most of life’s problems was a stiff drink away.

The downfall to this movie isn’t the script or the acting.  The cast is quite good, delivering wacky lines about anti-matter and UFOs with convincing dedication.  And it might surprise modern audiences that Sally is a pretty good 50s heroine.  Despite falling for stereotypically loutish Mitch, she displays scientific knowledge that sets her above the typical damsel in distress common to movies of the time.  And she's a damn good shot with a rifle, an equal to Mitch.

No, the film fails with the first clear glimpse of the extraterrestrial bird.  Ray Harryhausen was slated to do the effects, but declined (for budgetary reasons).  So producer Sam Katzman went with a low-budget special effects crew to create the titular monster, and the rest is bad movie history.  Morrow has gone on record that none of the actors knew about the creature's appearance until the film hit theaters.  One can only imagine the shame they felt being involved in a project that promised top notch effects and delivered a monster that might have you singing, "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee."  Yep, that will sink your film right away.


Come on, quit laughing.  I'm scary, SCARY...

I’m not suggesting a puppet wouldn't be effective in a giant creature flick.  Hell, I love movies like The Giant Shrews or The Green Slime, so you know my standards are rather low when it comes to the presentation of the monster.  But the design, not the execution, of the monster in The Giant Claw is so bad, so goofy, that it’s hard not to laugh, even as the beast gobbles up helpless parachutist. 



Hey, movie audience.  I’m being eaten alive!!  Why are you all laughing?

There is a big difference between a goofy looking monster (like those in The Green Slime) and a creature that is just goofy.  Sure, the audience can chuckle at it's first appearance, but if they continue to laugh as the monster tries to bring humanity to it's knees, it's time to pull a Morrow and walk out of the theater to the nearest drinking hole.  

And yes, I saw several shots lifted from other films.  But that was a common practice, along with recycling music cues, and even that doesn’t sink the film.  The Giant Claw is a rare low budget horror feature, derailed not by the acting or screenplay, but the effects alone.  Had the monster looked better, this film might have become a beloved B-Movie classic.  Instead, it’s a stark example of how the best intentions of a cast and crew can be derailed by the choices made by a producer in the creation of the titular monster.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

CthulhuCon PDX brings Lovecraftian insanity to Portland this spring!




If you need a bit of cosmic insanity after you finally complete and mail off your taxes, plan to make your way to the Crowne Plaza (1441 NE 2nd Ave in Portland, OR) for CthulhuCon PDX on April 25 and 26, 2015.

This con is NOT taking the place of October's film festival, but will focus more on gaming, panel discussions and author readings.  You know, all the things you miss at the Film Festival because, well, you're too busying taking in all the cinematic wonders.

The festival will include a few films, as well as a vendor's area.  Stay tuned to The Shadow Over Portland for more details as they become available, or check out the Facebook Event Page for up to the minute information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Manster (1959)



Pablo Picasso once said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”  If that is true, then one must assume Sam Raimi saw The Manster, as the final act contains sequences that feel lifted for Army of Darkness.  I’m not saying that‘s a bad thing.  But astute horror fans will watch this film and  not have to wonder where Raimi’s inspiration came from.

A US/Japan co-production, The Manster follows American news correspondent Larry Stanford (Peter Dyneley), stationed in Japan, as he follows a lead about research that could hold the answer to the cause of evolution on Earth.

Too bad Larry doesn’t know that Dr. Robert Suzuki (Tetsu Nakamura) isn’t the most ethical scientist around.  Having subjected two family members to his enzyme treatment, with disastrous results, Dr. Suzuki decides Larry is the subject needed to prove his theory.  Doping the poor sap, Dr. Suzuki injects Larry with his serum, than proceeds to show Larry a good time around Japan, in order to monitor the results. 



Of course, the experiment will succeed with an American male as a subject.  
That doesn't sound too outdated, does it?

Which, of course, involves lots of sake, visits to geisha houses and a mineral bath with Suzuki’s lovely assistant Tara (Terri Zimmern).  But Larry’s wife, Linda (Jane Hylton, Dyneley’s real wife), isn’t happy with his sudden behavior change and flies to Japan to save their relationship. 

However, Larry has bigger problems.  He’s blacking out and committing murders, all while doing his best to kill off his liver and, oh yeah, growing an extra eye out of the injection site on his shoulder.
Soon, Larry’s grown an extra head, and yes, mayhem ensues.



Nope, never seen this before.  Especially not in a Sam Raimi movie!  

The funny thing about The Manster is it sounds like a horrible movie.  Just the title alone might turn some people away from this film.  But, I figure the title came from the same place that lead Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman’s character in Matinee) to title his movie Mant.  “Half man!  Half ant!  MANT!!”  The Manster feels more fitting than other titles for the film, including The Spilt (the UK title) and The Two-Headed Monster.

Seriously, that last one loses to The Manster by a wide margin.

Getting back to the film, it’s strangely watchable, even though the audience is left with no one to become invested in.  Suzuki isn’t portrayed as an evil scientist, just misguided, but his ethical lapses are quite villainous.  Tara claims to be emotionally scarred, unable to care for another person, which makes her the perfect choice as Suzuki’s assistant.  Yet she falls for Larry, despite his loutish behavior. 


Yeah, Larry is her only chance a love.  Right.....

As for Larry, it’s hard to feel sorry for the guy.  Not that he deserves to be experimented upon, but the character’s behavior is hard to dismiss.  He proclaims his love to his wife (in an overlong, saccharine-filled phone conversation that feels hollow), yet he’s off enjoying all the decadent pleasures of Japan just a few days later, ignoring his job and his spouse.  One could say it’s the enzyme treatment causing this change, but the script offers no hint that Larry wouldn’t have behaved any different had Suzuki exposed him to sake, geishas and Tara without the injection.   

Making it harder for a modern audience to empathize with Larry is the moment when he sexually assaults Tara at the bathhouse.  Sure, the scene fades to black as Larry is racing up to Tara from behind as she is getting into a bathrobe, but the implication is quite clear.  As fading to black often implied sex (just ask Jeff Daniels in The Purple Rose of Cairo), one is left with the uncomfortable fact that Larry rapes Tara.



Yep, just looking at my toes and paying no attention to the naked woman on the other side of the screen.
Nothing of interest back there.  Nope. 

Of course, the following scene is a montage of the pair enjoying all the nightlife Tokyo has to offer.  Again, a modern audience will strain to understand why Tara becomes infatuated with this doltish, sexually aggressive ass.  She claims she was traumatized as a child, implying her emotions were shaped by the events of World War II.  But these scars are healing, thanks to the behavior of an American taking in the exotic pleasures her country has to offer, yet showing no respect for her culture and history.

But the true subtext in the script becomes clear when Linda arrives in Japan.  She knows Larry is having an affair with Tara (again, never shown, but implied), yet she is going to fight for her man and the sanctity of their marriage.  And, aside from never allowing one’s self to be drugged and used as a guinea pig for a crazy scientist, I think The Manster is trying to be a warning to Americans about the dangers of exotic, overseas countries.    

Despite what the history books (and Happy Day reruns) imply, the 50’s were probably the start of the sexual revolution.  Playboy was outselling Esquire magazine, the Beatniks were doing drugs and calling for an end to sexual repression.  American soldiers returning from overseas during WW II were exposed to forms of art and literature that was not as suppressed as in the homeland.

And Americans were more likely to “seize the day” than previously suspected.  In a paper that reveled an increase in unwed pregnancies during the 40s and 50s.  In his paper, UF History Professor Alan Petigny suggests, “After 15 years of depression and war, there was also a desire on the part of Americans to live in the moment and enjoy life, and they were acting accordingly less likely to defer to traditional restraints on their behavior (see link for more  http://www.research.ufl.edu/publications/explore/v10n1/extract4.html). 

Given such a backdrop, The Manster can be viewed as a belated cautionary tale, attempting to guide Americans back to the morals of “good old days.”  Women, who were the backbone of the industrial machine in World War II a decade earlier, are now implored to be good, glamorous housewives (just look at Hylton’s poses during her first scene) and help their husbands resist the temptations of the more erotic influences from overseas.  As for men, well, the exotic countries are enticing, but beware, lest your other head takes control.



Yep, this is what it was like to be a woman back in the 50s.  
Please insert sarcastic tone at any time....

Okay, I was waiting to use that pun, but it feels appropriate, given Larry’s personality change once he’s immersed in a more hedonistic lifestyle by Suzuki .  Whether the filmmakers created a morality play or not. it’s hard not to see the film as anything other than a backlash against changing American values. 

And, on that front, the film fails.  Larry and Linda talk about their love over the phone, despite being separated for years, but it never rings true.  I’m not making a commentary on the relationship between the actors (as I mentioned, they were married at the time), but more on the script, which gives no sense of a believable relationship.  And, as Larry becomes such a drunken lout early in the film, the script doesn’t deliver a character the audience can sympathize with in any manner.  Larry is less the upstanding, moral American corrupted by foreign influences, but more a sexist jerk looking for the nearest outlet for his libido.  Again, this is more a modern viewer’s outlook, but it can make the moral tale within the script hard to swallow. 

And no, I have not forgotten my Sam Raimi reference.  But here lie SPOILERS!

Larry gains a third eye on his shoulder, the site of this unknowing injection, echoing Ash’s third eye after swallowing one of the mirror Deadite versions of himself.  And, though the special effects are understandably better in Army of Darkness, both protagonists separate into two beings, one good and the other evil, in scenes that are eerily similar.



Good, bad, I'm the one with....
Oh damn, wrong movie, no shotgun.


Again, I’m not saying this was a bad movie to rip off.  The Manster is a solid watch for B-movie fans, with some nice effects and some very creepy moments.  You just have to get past the idea that Caucasian women are virtuous and only concerned for a man’s well being, while foreign women will bring a man to ruin.  An outdated message, to be sure, but it's a nice little film as long as you don’t think too hard about the stereotypes and moral overtones. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Universal Studios to take the Horror out of their Classic Monsters



You can't say I didn't warn you of this.  The Hollywood Reporter sat down with the heads of the major studios for a roundtable discussion of their future plans, and Universal announced the studio will turn their Classic Monster Universe into a realm of superheroes and villains.

If you don't want to scroll through the article, here's the message delivered by Universal Studio's Donna Langley....
Donna and Brad, how do you get into this game? Donna has said that Universal's monster movies are not competitive with the superheroes.
LANGLEY To Alan's point, we have to mine our resources. We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.

Yep, the studio failed to deliver decent horror films over the years, so rather than figure out how their previous attempts went astray, the studio heads have decided to turn their library of Classic Monsters into action heroes and villains.

And, giving the additional footage inserted into Dracula Untold, as well as the CGI heavy action sequences in the film, one can't help but feel the studio is banking on turning their creatures of the night into supernaturally powered versions of the characters they are competing with in the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe.

And you can't say I didn't see this one coming.  I was writing about the problems Universal had translating it's Classic Monster franchise to modern audiences back in 2012, as a writer for Planet Fury.  And, although I can not find a link to my article, as the website is closed (I would have provided a link for this article, but it wasn't available.  You'll have to take my word on this.), here's a quote from my computer of the article I wrote back in July, 2012 concerning the studio's attempt to launch an online game filled with their Classic Monsters.


And this screen shot.
As to the game, I can’t comment on how it looks.  But I can say that I doubt the programmers and designers have never seen a Universal monster movie before, as the game’s objective is to, “Defeat your opponents – get the girl!”

Had the game designer had watched a film like Creature from the Black Lagoon, they’d understand why the Gill-Man shouldn’t get the girl.  Yes, he might be a misunderstood monster looking for a mate, but we know date rape would not be problem for him.  And the Frankenstein’s Monster doesn’t have a stellar track record with girls (though, judging by the site’s artwork, the damsel in the game is at least 18 years old).  The goal of having the monster return to their base with the girl ignores the simple fact that the monster has plans that aren’t in her best interest.


No, nothing nefarious going on here.

Besides, turning the monsters into heroic figures robs them of their power, the mix of sympathetic creature and terrifying beast that makes them special.  Instead, players will control another superhero with a set of special attacks and abilities, at least as long as you have your credit card handy (of course, Bigpoint is going to make a buck off this “free” game).

Fans shouldn’t be surprised that Universal is mismanaging their monster franchises.  The studio has a history of missteps and mistakes date back to the late 30s, and the most recent efforts to revitalize the monsters (Van Helsing and The Wolfman) were colossal flops.  Yet it’s surprising the studio can’t make the monsters work for a modern audience.  After all, the early films followed a similar game plan to Marvel Studio’s recent success with The Avengers.  All Universal need do is find talented filmmakers with an enthusiasm for the project, or the skill sets to make each creature shine, then produce a series of fun, successful solo outings before bringing all of them together for a big monster mash. 
Wow, can't say I didn't see this one coming.

As for their current plans, I think Universal is over thinking things.  Rather than try to make a blockbuster series right off the block, the studio should reintroduce their Classic Monsters in a series of more modestly budgeted films.  This approach, coupled with filmmakers who have an understanding of the Classic Monsters rather than those interested in generating a franchise, would introduce a new generation of filmgoers to what makes these monsters so special, while keeping the elements that resonate for older fans.  And a lower budget will allow the studio to up the budget for the following films while garnering audience interest into these characters, until they can release an all-out brawl worthy of the Universal name.

But no.  Rather than blazing a new trail, one more rooted in horror rather than super-heroics, delivering moviegoers something they haven't seen in a long while, Universal is intent on forging the monsters into the realm of superheroes.


After all, why tell a story when we can do this?

I guess it's easier to CGI a massive fist of bats than write a script that is scary or original.  I'm just glad to have the original films on DVD, so I don't have to watch this catastrophic mess in the making.
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Karloff and the Blood Creek Woodsman headline this weekend's horror events, but I have breaking news about Portland's first proper HORROR CONVENTION!!!!!!!

Sure, you though Halloween was over under The Shadow Over Portland and Horror fans figured they'd spend the SAPPIEST TIME OF THE YEAR hiding from Black Friday ads and carolers.  Well, I've got news for you, the spooky goodies continue to pile up.


Friday, November 14 



Karloff: A One Person Play will premiere at The Level B Theater Pub (445 High St SE in Salem, OR).  The performance starts at 8 pm on November14, 15, 21 and 22.   Tickets are available at this link.  For more information on the production, check out the play's Facebook Page, or the Level B Facebook page.



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.



Freddy's back and heading to Tacoma!  Friday Night Frights presents A Nightmare on Elm Street for a one day only screening at The Blue Mouse Theatre (follow this link to the theatre's official website, or here for the theatre's Facebook page).  The show starts at 10 pm.  More information as it becomes available.



The Olympia Film Society in Olympia, WA, has a couple of features to whet your appetite.  First up is the horror/comedy, Eating Raoul, a story of fine dining and cannibalism.  And actress Mary Woronov will be in attendance!  Doors open at 7:30 pm, the film starts at 8 pm and you'll find more information and advanced ticket sales by clicking on the link and scrolling down to the film.



But if you're appetite isn't quite sated, The Olympia Film Society presents a Shock Theater! screening of one of the most controversial horror films ever made, Cannibal Holocaust.  I'm not going into details on this one, because whether you've seen it or not, most horror fans know about this one.  The film starts at 11:30 pm and you'll find more information by clicking on the link and scrolling one film down past Eating Raoul.

Saturday, November 15



Rocket Donuts presents the Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee screening of She Devil today at the Pickford Film Center.  A dying woman is treated with an injection that makes her nearly immortal, and incredibly evil!  The show starts at noon and you'll find more information at the link.

Sunday, November 16



Local horror filmmaker Joe Sherlock is bringing the World Theatrical Premiere of his latest film, Blood Creek Woodsman, to The Clinton Street Theater for one night only, at 4 pm.  Cast and crew will be present for a Q and A after the screening.  Okay, Portland horror fans, a WORLD PREMIERE and CAST AND CREW Q AND A?  What more can you ask for?!?!  Get your butts to The Clinton Street Theater!!   Admission is only $5 cash at the door, but bring a little extra to spend at the concession stand and to pick up some other Joe Sherlock DVDs.  Click here to read my interview with Joe Sherlock about the film, or visit The Clinton Street Theater website for more information.

November 13, 2015



Okay, it's a year away, but I have to announce the coming of Portland's first horror and paranormal convention!  Announced today by Living Dead Girl Magazine publisher Deanna Uutela, the Oregon Convention Center will be the site for the Living Dead's Horror Meets Paranormal Convention.  No other information is available at this time, but keep checking back at The Shadow Over Portland for updates as I get them!

And, let's be honest, how cool is the timing for this event, as it starts on FRIDAY THE 13TH?!?!  SIGN ME UP!!!!

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As always, I'm asking for the help of Northwest horror fans.  If you know of a horror event, or want yours listed, on The Shadow Over Portland Horror Calendar, please send me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com.  Any listing is FREE OF CHARGE!  All I ask is you keep me apprised of any updates or changes.


And, should you attend any of these events, tell the organizers you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!  Let the promoters know this site exists, so I can get the information out in a more timely manner.