Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just a quick Weekly Update till I get back into the office!



Well, as I wrote earlier, I've been out of The Shadow Over Portland office recently, but I'll be back soon with an updated Horror Calendar and back on track keeping Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy fans up to date with all the events summer has to offer.

Wednesday, May 17



Weird Wednesday invites you to once again play Monster Roulette at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) tonight at 9:15 pm.  An audience member will pick the movie to be screen tonight, but the only promise The Joy makes it that the film will contain a Monster.  Whether it is a good movie, or a really bad one, is anyone's guess!  Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Be sure to support The Joy in its attempt to keep Wednesdays WEIRD by purchasing some tasty snacks and beverages at the concession stand before the film.  And remember, the movie will have a Monster that might be upset if you try to sneak in outside food and drinks!  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

Thursday, May 18



McMenamins 18th Annual UFO Festival takes place through Sunday, May 21, at Hotel Oregon (310 NE Evans St in McMinnville, OR).  The festival includes speakers, a parade, live music, a 5K run, a pet costume contest and much more.  This year, the festival is selling select tickets for the speaking events.  For all the details, and a link to ticket sales, visit the official UFO Festival website or the Facebook Event Page.

UPDATE: Willamette Radio Workshop will present their collection of otherworldly radio stories, City of Weird (from the book of the same name published by Forest Avenue Press) on Saturday, May 20, at 3 pm in Maddie's Room.  Admission is free.

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Gothic Horror 101 is in session.  Rhias Hall presents a film and discussion gathering at Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle, WA) tonight at 7 pm.  Admission is free.  Tonight's film is the Billy Wilder classic, Sunset Boulevard.  The film is proceeded by an introduction and information on what makes the film fit into the Gothic genre, and a discussion takes place after the screening.

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Alien: Covenant opens tonight at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  Facebook posts from the theater indicates the 11 pm showing tonight will be the only screening in the downstairs theater, though the film is scheduled to play through Thursday, May 25.  Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website.

Friday, May 19



"They're HERE!"  Friday Night Frights presents the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic Poltergeist tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA).  The show starts at 10 pm and tickets are just $6.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Alien: Covenant will open at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) this week.  I'm sure it will open at the major multiplex theaters as well, but here's a chance to support you local theaters with a major movie opening.  No showtimes have been announced yet, so check back here, or at the Cinema 21 website, later in the month.

Alien: Covenant also opens at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website

Saturday, May 20



Another H. G. Wells comes to the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) today at noon, as Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee shows 1977's Island of Dr. Moreau.  Presented by Rocket Donuts, this film features amazing make up work designed by Tom Burman and stars Burt Lancaster and Michael York.  Tickets are just $3, and you can find a link to advance ticket sales, as well as more details on the screening, at the Pickford Film Center website.

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The Olympia Film Society presents a Science on Screen screening of the 1973 sci fi classic Westworld. The event, presented by the OFS and Vectorform, will include discussion and live demonstrations after the film.  Doors open at 6 pm (the film starts at 6:30 pm) at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA.  For more details, including a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Olympia Film Society website.

Sunday, May 21



The folks behind Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class present the start of their two week Slash: A Queer Horror Series and Class with, what else, Sleepaway Camp.  Oh, DO NOT spoil this ending for those who haven't seen it!!  I know most every horror fan has at least heard about the final act, but don't take the chance of ruining it for someone who has managed to stay blissfully ignorant.  It's a rare thing in this day and age, and the look on their face as the film reaches it's conclusion will be PRICELESS!  The event starts at 6:30 pm at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA).  You must be 21 or older to attend.   For additional details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, May 23



John Carpenter's sci fi classic, Escape from New York, plays at McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) at 5:30 pm.  The film also plays on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:30 pm, on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, May 27 at 8:30 pm.  No need to for any further details, just get to the show!  For more details, and link to advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

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The Grindhouse Film Festival presents a screening of the horror/biker film Psychomania at 7:30 pm at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) tonight at 7:30 pm in GLORIOUS 35mm!  Also known as The Death Wheelers, the film follows a British biker gang called The Living Dead as the members commit suicide to come back from the grave and raise hell!  The film will be preceded by 70's biker trailers in 35mm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales (highly recommended), visit The Hollywood Theatre website

Wednesday, May 24



The fantasy film Ladyhawke plays tonight at McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) at 5:30 pm.  The film also plays on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 pm and Saturday, May 27 at 5:30 pm.  The film stars Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer as lovers trying to break a curse placed upon them by a corrupt Bishop.  Oh, and Matthew Broderick is in it as well.  For more details, and link to advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

Thursday, May 25



Sign of the Beast Burlesque presents Metalesque tonight at the Tonic Lounge (3100 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  This troupe takes burlesque to the ninth circle of Hell, with titillating dance routines performed to heavy metal classics and local Portland metal tunes.  This is a fundraiser for Metalesque Fest, the only festival dedicated to heavy metal burlesque.  Tickets are $10 in advance, cash only at the door on show night.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales (when it becomes available) visit the Facebook Event Page.
 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

With more wet weather on the way, the Weekly Update have planty of events to help keep Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy fans out of the rain.


Well, we had a glimpse of nice weather, but the forecast say that, like a slasher at the end of a movie, the rain is coming back for one last assault. 

Just like Jason, the rain in the Pacific Northwest
just won't stop coming back.

But one can find a bright side to the dim weather, just by checking out this edition of the Weekly Update.  Just scroll down for all the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy events happening around the Pacific Northwest.  From events on stage to conventions and films, you'll find some way to enjoy a rainy day in the Pacific Northwest.

Don't forget to check the Horror Calendar, for events happening well past the New Year.  Be sure to check back regularly, as new events are posted every few days.

Remember, if you want to see your event on the site, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll be sure to post it as soon as possible.  And, as always, listing your event on The Shadow Over Portland is free.

With that said, I'm stepping away from the office for a few days, so I might not be updating the calendar as frequently.  But rest assured, I'll be back with another update next week!

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

Ongoing

Don't miss your chance to watch Toxie take out the bad guys in Tromaville while bursting into song and romancing a blind librarian in the off-Broadway sensation, The Toxic Avenger Musical.  It's the classic Troma film set to music, presented by Stumptown Stages at the Brunish Theatre at Antionette Hatfield Hall (1111 SW Broadway Ave in Portland, OR).  Performances are at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, through May 14th.  Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased at the box office (which opens two hours before the event) or online at the Stumptown Stages website or the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts website

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Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway, who finds herself in control of a kaiju attacking South Korea, screens at both Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) and The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) through Thursday, May 11.  Showtimes can be found at the Cinema 21 website and The Hollywood Theatre website.

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The 15th anniversary digitally restored original version of Donnie Darko continues at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR) at 9:30 pm through Thursday, May 11.  For more details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.

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The French cannibal film Raw opens at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR) at 9:20 pm through Thursday, May 11.  For additional details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.

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David Lynch: The Art of Life opens at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR).  Showtimes are 7:15 pm through Thursday, May 11.  For additional details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website


Haunted Attractions

Please visit the Haunted Attractions page for details on trap rooms and ghost tours in the Pacific Northwest, as well as an advance date for an October haunted attraction.

Open Film Submission

Please visit the Open Film Submission page for details on submitting your film to the Unreal Film Festival in Memphis, TN, the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the PDXtreme Fest, the Idaho Horror Film Festival, the Axe Wound Film Festival and the Happenstance Horror Film Festival.

May, 2017

Wednesday, May 10



Weird Wednesday heads out of this world again at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR).  Travel along with the First Spaceship on Venus tonight at 9:15 pm, as astronauts discover the remains of a race destroyed by their own weapons.  Yep, this East German/Polish feature (dubbed in English and released by by Crown International Pictures in 1962) is a parable about nuclear weapons, but that doesn't mean it won't be WEIRD!  As always, admission is FREE, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Be sure to support Weird Wednesday screenings by purchasing food and drinks at the concession stand before the film.  Outside food and drink are not allowed.  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

Thursday, May 11



Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) is celebrating the return of David Lynch's twisted television series with a screening of the prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me tonight at 8 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page

Friday, May 12



Miss Pamela Voorhees Presents: Get Your Geek On Birthday Bash! takes place tonight at The Embers Avenue (110 NW Broadway in Portland, OR).  Help Miss Pamela celebrate her birthday by bringing your party hats to this geek themed show featuring out-of-this-world drag, burlesque and much more!  Doors open at 7 pm and the fun starts at 8 pm.  There is a $5 door fee and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The West Coast Haunters Convention takes place today through Sunday, May 14, at the Doubletree Hilton Lloyd Center (1000 NE Multnomah St in Portland, OR).  The convention is for everyone from professional haunters to Halloween enthusiasts.  The con is pack full of events, so visit the Facebook Event Page, or the official West Coast Haunters Convention website, for more details and ticket sales.

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You just can't keep a bad clown down in the sewers for long.  The Geekenders "nerdlesque" troupe presents an encore performance of We All Float Down Here: A Burlesque Tribute to Stephen King tonight at the Rio Theatre (1600 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC).  Oh, this should be some wicked fun!  Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  You must be 18 or older to attend, over 19 years old for bar service (bring your ID).  For more details, including a list of performers and a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page

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The Capital Taproom (150 High St SE in Salem, OR) presents two tastes that go great together, an evening of Scary Movies and Beer, tonight starting at 7:30 pm.  Check out the classic horror flicks showing at the main bar and take advantage of the $3 pint taps.  Or buy a special select beer for access to the special select film screening in the bar's (ACTUALLY) haunted basement!  How often can you watch a scary movie in a REAL HAUNTED BASEMENT!!  Oh, and there will be free popcorn, as well.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) and the Rio Grind Film Festival screens The Silence of the Lambs tonight at 11 pm.  You know you want to see this classic on the big screen.  For more details, and a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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5th Ave Cinema (510 SW Hall St in Portland, OR) presents a Midnight Movie screening of Evil Brain From Outer Space tonight at midnight.  Or is it Saturday morning?  Oh, who cares, as you're invited to heckle and cut loose with your "witty" remarks during the screening.  This film is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.  Special guest Dr. Mag of Portland-based ACME-TV and Magnum Productions, will talk about the process of remastering and distributing films like this, and how public domain films function as part of the film industry.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Saturday, May 13



The 15th Annual Vampire's Masquerade Ball takes place tonight at the Melody Ballroom (615 SE Alder St in Portland, OR) at 9 pm.  This is a formal event, with no street clothes allowed.  Costumes can be Victorian, Steam Punk, Genderfluid, Lolita, Fantasy or Fetish, but must be Gothic in nature (no zombies or gore themed costumes, please).  Ticket are $45 in advance, $50 at the door (cash only).  Visit the VMB website, or the  Facebook Event Page,  for additional details and advance ticket sales, as well as photos for costume inspirations.  Please note, you must be 21 or older to attend.

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Fantastic Worlds: Sci Fi and Fantasy, a collection of short film about interplanetary travel, comes to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) today at 3:30 pm.  The festival included 5 shorts, and one hour-long adventure, in an afternoon packed with travels to strange worlds beyond our solar system.  For more details, and a link for advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website

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The 1988 fantasy Willow comes to McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) through Saturday, May 20.  Visit the Mission Theater and Pub website for showtimes and advance ticket sales.

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Rogue Toys Portland (10414 SE 82nd Ave in Portland, OR) is hosting May Trade Night starting at 5 pm.  Bring toys you wish to trade and find something new to display in your space.  Rogue Toys will provide snacks, drinks and a raffle every 15 minutes.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Sunday, May 14



Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, tonight at the Yelm Cinemas (201 Prairie Park St in Yelm, WA) at 6:30 pm.  Remember what is best in life and the answer to the Riddle of Steel as this wonderfully pulpy feature returns to the big screen.  For more details, and to purchase advance tickets, visit the Yelm Cinemas website

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Get ready to buy your multipass, as The Fifth Element returns to theaters tonight!  Fathom Events presents a special screening of Luc Besson's wild sci fi adventure.  Besson has recored an exclusive introduction for the screening, and the presentation will feature a sneak peek at his latest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which opens this summer).  You can also catch a screening on Wednesday, May 17.  For a list of theaters in your area hosting the event, visit the Fathom Events website.

Tuesday, May 16



Horror Brew's Pub Quiz, Portland's only horror trivia night, returns to Home, A Bar (719 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR) at 7:30 pm.  Get a team together and test your wits in a contest to win one of two gift certificates to Home, A Bar!  Or you might win one of the raffled horror prizes!!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Thursday, May 18



McMenamins 18th Annual UFO Festival takes place through Sunday, May 21, at Hotel Oregon (310 NE Evans St in McMinnville, OR).  The festival includes speakers, a parade, live music, a 5K run, a pet costume contest and much more.  This year, the festival is selling select tickets for the speaking events.  For all the details, and a link to ticket sales, visit the official UFO Festival website or the Facebook Event Page.

UPDATE: Willamette Radio Workshop will present their collection of otherworldly radio stories, City of Weird (from the book of the same name published by Forest Avenue Press) on Saturday, May 20, at 3 pm in Maddie's Room.  Admission is free.

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Gothic Horror 101 is in session.  Rhias Hall presents a film and discussion gathering at Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle, WA) tonight at 7 pm.  Admission is free.  Tonight's film is the Billy Wilder classic, Sunset Boulevard.  The film is proceeded by an introduction and information on what makes the film fit into the Gothic genre, and a discussion takes place after the screening.

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Alien: Covenant opens tonight at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  Facebook posts from the theater indicates the 11 pm showing tonight will be the only screening in the downstairs theater, though the film is scheduled to play through Thursday, May 25.  Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website.

Friday, May 19



"They're HERE!"  Friday Night Frights presents the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic Poltergeist tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA).  The show starts at 10 pm and tickets are just $6.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Alien: Covenant will open at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) this week.  I'm sure it will open at the major multiplex theaters as well, but here's a chance to support you local theaters with a major movie opening.  No showtimes have been announced yet, so check back here, or at the Cinema 21 website, later in the month.

Alien: Covenant also opens at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website

Saturday, May 20



Another H. G. Wells comes to the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) today at noon, as Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee shows 1977's Island of Dr. Moreau.  Presented by Rocket Donuts, this film features amazing make up work designed by Tom Burman and stars Burt Lancaster and Michael York.  Tickets are just $3, and you can find a link to advance ticket sales, as well as more details on the screening, at the Pickford Film Center website.

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The Olympia Film Society presents a Science on Screen screening of the 1973 sci fi classic Westworld. The event, presented by the OFS and Vectorform, will include discussion and live demonstrations after the film.  Doors open at 6 pm (the film starts at 6:30 pm) at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA.  For more details, including a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Olympia Film Society website.

Sunday, May 21



The folks behind Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class present the start of their two week Slash: A Queer Horror Series and Class with, what else, Sleepaway Camp.  Oh, DO NOT spoil this ending for those who haven't seen it!!  I know most every horror fan has at least heard about the final act, but don't take the chance of ruining it for someone who has managed to stay blissfully ignorant.  It's a rare thing in this day and age, and the look on their face as the film reaches it's conclusion will be PRICELESS!  The event starts at 6:30 pm at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA).  You must be 21 or older to attend.   For additional details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A belated Happy Walpurgisnatch to you all! We've past the halfway point to Halloween!!!!


If you've followed this site for the past few years, you'll know Halloween is considered THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!  It's not that the other holidays aren't wonderful, or that many of us Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy fans need an excuse to indulge our geeky tendencies.  No, it's just that, for one marvelous moment, the rest of the world joins in and the party really gets riotous.

Let's get this party started!

Of course, we have to deal with the aftermath.  People wondering why our Halloween decorations are still up (the correct answer is that's our normal decor, of course).  Or if the reason for wearing pointed ears in December is that we really like elves, requiring a brief explanation of proper Starfleet attire and we do not support the force labor camps in the North Pole.  Or relatives complaining that putting a Santa cap on a four foot high Godzilla figure is not decorating for the holidays.

Christmas tree Godzilla would disagree.

But Halloween makes it worth the minor inconveniences of the season that follows, as we reveal in past glories and anticipate the next time walking down the street dressed as a creature of the imagination isn't frowned upon, but celebrated with a hearty, "Happy Halloween!"

So, in honer of passing "hump day" on our yearly journey to October 31, I offer this Weekly Update, full of movies, cons, geeky burlesque and May the 4th pub crawls!  This year, the Jedi holiday celebration includes a costume pub crawl here in Portland, so if you want to join in (you don't need a costume, just put on your favorite Star Wars apparel), check it out below.

You'll also find details on tonight's Weird Wednesday offering in Tigard, OR, The Twin Peaks Dance Party in St Johns, OR, Star Wars burlesque and The Fifth Element screening in Vancouver, BC, The Greater Seattle TOY SHOW, Neil Marshall attending a screening of The Descent in Vancouver, BC, Grindtopia 6 in Seattle, WA, and information on Crypticon in Seattle, WA, the West Coast Haunters Convention in Portland, OR and The 15th Annual Vampire's Masquerade Ball in Portland, OR.  And, of course, you'll find a list of great movies screening in the Pacific Northwest, AND details on The Toxic Avenger Musical production in Portland, OR.

If you want to plan out the rest of the month, and beyond, check out the Horror Calendar for more great Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy events and movies heading to the Pacific Northwest this summer!

If you have an event that might interest my readers, just email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll post it on the site.  Listing on The Shadow Over Portland is FREE and reaches hundreds of readers across the Pacific Northwest.  And yes, I am accepting listings for October!

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

Ongoing

Don't miss your chance to watch Toxie take out the bad guys in Tromaville while bursting into song and romancing a blind librarian in the off-Broadway sensation, The Toxic Avenger Musical.  It's the classic Troma film set to music, presented by Stumptown Stages at the Brunish Theatre at Antionette Hatfield Hall (1111 SW Broadway Ave in Portland, OR).  Performances are at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, through May 14th.  Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased at the box office (which opens two hours before the event) or online at the Stumptown Stages website or the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts website

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Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway, who finds herself in control of a kaiju attacking South Korea, opens tonight at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR).  The film is scheduled to run through Thursday, May 11.  Showtimes are now listed on the Cinema 21 website.

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The surprise horror hit, Get Out, continues to play the St. Johns Twin Cinema (8704 N Lombard St in Portland, OR).  The final showtime is on the evening of Thursday, May 4.  Visit the St. Johns Twin Cinema website for more details, including showtimes.

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Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway as a woman who finds herself in control of a kaiju attacking South Korea, continues at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) through Thursday, May 11.  For showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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Also at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) is David Lynch: The Art of Life, a journey through his early life and career, guided by Lynch himself.  This film will ends it's run on Thursday, May 4.  Showtimes are listed on the Cinema 21 website.

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The vampire drama The Transfiguration is playing at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA) through Thursday, May 4.  For a list of showtimes, visit the Grand Illusion Cinema website

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Robocop will screen at at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) through Thursday, May 4.  Showtimes are daily at 4:35 and 9:40 pm.  For more details, visit The Academy Theater website.

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The 15th anniversary digitally restored original version of Donnie Darko continues at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR) at 9:30 pm.  For more details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.

Haunted Attractions

Please visit the Haunted Attractions page for details on trap rooms and ghost tours in the Pacific Northwest, as well as an advance date for an October haunted attraction.

Open Film Submission

Please visit the Open Film Submission page for details on submitting your film to the Unreal Film Festival in Memphis, TN, the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the PDXtreme Fest, the Idaho Horror Film Festival, the Axe Wound Film Festival and the Happenstance Horror Film Festival.

May, 2017

Wednesday, May 3



Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) takes you on a Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet tonight at 9:15 pm.  Like Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, Roger Corman took footage from the Soviet sci fi film Planeta Bur and edited in scenes with American actors (in this case, Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue.  And, if their costumes look familiar, their scenes were shot at the same time as Queen of Blood, another film full of footage from another Soviet movie!  Yep, it's a WEIRD one!!  Admission is FREE, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Don't forget to stop by the concession stand and help support Weird Wednesday by picking up some tasty food and beverages before the film.  Any outside food or drinks are not allowed, and might get you banned to the Prehistoric Planet (the one without Mamie Van Doren!)!!  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

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Mikes Movie Riff Off presents Horror Express tonight at Acme Tavern (1310 Tacoma Ave S in Tacoma, WA).  Use your phone to text your witty comments live on the screen!  And you're likely to find plenty to comment on with this classic, as Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing square off against a resurrected cave man possessed by an alien entity and Telly Savalas as Cossack officer!!  The show starts at 7:30pm and admission is free (I'm going to assume you must be 21 or older to attend).  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Thursday, May 4



The Portland Game Store and The Tardis Room are hosting a May the 4th Star Wars Pub Crawl tonight at 6 pm.  Get into your Star Wars costume, or your favorite Star Wars apparel and accessories, and head to The Florida Room (435 N. Killingsworth in Portland, OR) for the pub crawl you are looking for!  The event includes FREE raffle prizes, a costume contest and more.  Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to participate.  For more details, including a list of participating locations, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Friday, May 5



Crypticon Seattle takes place this weekend at it's new grave, the Doubletree Hotel (18740 International Blvd in Seattle, WA).  Details are still coming in, but the first guest announcement has been released!  Guests include George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, and do I need to mention any more?), Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley, Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather, Popcorn), Thom Mathews (Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, The Return of the Living Dead) and John Amplas (Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow), Mark Steger (Stranger Things, American Horror Story, The Last Witch Hunter, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), Miguel A. Nunez Jr. (Return of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Leprechaun 4: In Space), Suzanne Snyder (Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Return of the Living Dead II, Night of the Creeps),  Judith O'Dea and Russ Streiner, Barbara and Jonny from the original Night of the Living Dead, Gaylen Ross, Scott Reiniger and Ken Foree from the original Dawn of the Dead, Judie Aronson (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), author Matt Shaw and FX makeup artist Ron Wooley. 

Keep checking back here, or at the Crypticon Seattle Facebook Page, or the official website, for more details as the event draws near.

UPDATE:  Crypticon just announced that scheduled guest Bonnie Aarons will be unable to attend this year.

UPDATE: Due to medical issues, George Romero will be unable to attend the con.  Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery.

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The Fixin' To (8218 N Lombard St in Portland, OR) brings the Twin Peaks Dance Party to St Johns tonight at 8:30 pm.  Celebrate the return of Twin Peaks with an evening of dancing, drag and burlesque performances, Lynchian music, a costume contest and much more. The event is hosted by Black Lodge Burlesque and their performances are terrific, especially with a slice of pie and some damn fine coffee.  Of course, you'll find other libations to help you celebrate, so dress up as your favorite Twin Peaks character and remember, the owls are not what they seem!  Tickets are $10, and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Vancouver BC's "nerdlesque" troupe, the Geekenders, return to the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) with The Empire Strips Back: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure tonight at 8 pm.  It's a two-act reboot of a sci fi classic, with all your favorite characters on stage and, well, performing.  This is a show for those 18 or older only.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door (door open an hour before showtime).  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Rio Theatre website.

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Luc Besson's sci fi classic, The Fifth Element, screens at 11:55 pm tonight at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC).  Don't miss the chance to see this on the big screen!  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door (doors open at 11:30 pm).  For more details, including a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Rio Theatre website.

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The French cannibal film Raw opens at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR) at 9:20 pm.  For additional details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.

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David Lynch: The Art of Life opens at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR).  Showtimes are 7:15 pm, with a 4:30 pm showing Friday through Sunday.  For additional details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website

Saturday, May 6



The Olympia Film Society presents a Kids Club screening of Spirited Away today at 11 am at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA) .  Admission is free for kids 12 and under.  For more details, visit the Olympia Film Society website.

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The Greater Seattle TOY SHOW takes place from 10 am to 3 pm today at 525 4th Ave N in Kent, WA.  This gathering of toy dealers and collectors from around the Northwest is a vintage show, with toys ranging from antiques to the 80s.  Chances are good you'll find the toy you've missed since childhood!  Admission is just $5, with children under 12 admitted free with adult supervision.  If you just can't wait to get in, early bird admission is $10 and starts at 8 am.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Sunday, May 7



Blood Diner, which started as a sequel to H. G. Lewis' cult classic Blood Feast, screens today at the Paris Theatre (6 SW 3rd Ave in Portland, OR).  The film starts at noon, and is followed by an afterparty.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

UPDATE:  Tickets have gone on sale.  Director Jackie Kong will be present for a Q and A, and the event will include an Afterparty.  Tickets are  $16.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents a screening of The Descent, with director Neil Marshall in attendance.  The film follows a group of women exploring a cave in North Carolina.  As you might guess, things go very, very wrong.  Seriously, this is a masterpiece and should be seen on the big screen.  Marshall with introduce the film and discuss it after the screening.  Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door (doors open at 6 pm).  Minors are welcome in the balcony, but note the film is rated 18A.  You must be 19 or older for bar service (bring your ID) and main floor seating.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Caravan of Creeps, a collective of circus freakshow performers known as The Squidling Brothers, is headed to Dante's (350 W Burnside St in Portland, OR). at 8 pm.  Tickets are $15, and doors open at 7 pm.  For more details, including a list of performers, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The horror comedy Another Evil screens today at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) at 1:30 pm.  The film deals with a couple attempting to rid their vacation home of a ghost, only to find it will be more difficult than expected.  Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.  For additional details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Monday, May 8



Grindtopia 6: Fistful of Fate From Beyond! takes place tonight at 6 pm at Hattie's Hat Backroom (5231 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle, WA)  The fun starts off around 6 pm with Stuart Gordon's classic take on Lovecraft's tale, From Beyond.  Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood channel Yojimbo in the next feature, A Fistful of Dollars, starting around 7:45 pm.  The evening's final flick, the martial arts action flick The Fate of Lee Khan, at about 9:30 pm.  Admission is FREE.  Hattie's will provide a special drink menu inspired by the program, and will offer $2 all burgers!  Of course, you'll find other tasty treats to keep you happy and full during the films.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, May 10



The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) (1945 SE Water Ave in Portland, OR) presents a Reel Science screening of The Matrix tonight at The Empirical Theater on the OMSI campus.  The event starts at 5:30 pm with a Virtual Reality Showcase, presenting local artists and studios demonstrating their VR equipment, followed by VR: Connecting to Computation, with Isaac L. Cohen, simulation artist and VR game designer.  The screening of The Matrix follows at 7:45 pm.  For additional details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Thursday, May 11



Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) is celebrating the return of David Lynch's twisted television series with a screening of the prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me tonight at 8 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page

Friday, May 12



Miss Pamela Voorhees Presents: Get Your Geek On Birthday Bash! takes place tonight at The Embers Avenue (110 NW Broadway in Portland, OR).  Help Miss Pamela celebrate her birthday by bringing your party hats to this geek themed show featuring out-of-this-world drag, burlesque and much more!  Doors open at 7 pm and the fun starts at 8 pm.  There is a $5 door fee and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The West Coast Haunters Convention takes place today through Sunday, May 14, at the Doubletree Hilton Lloyd Center (1000 NE Multnomah St in Portland, OR).  The convention is for everyone from professional haunters to Halloween enthusiasts.  The con is pack full of events, so visit the Facebook Event Page, or the official West Coast Haunters Convention website, for more details and ticket sales.

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You just can't keep a bad clown down in the sewers for long.  The Geekenders "nerdlesque" troupe presents an encore performance of We All Float Down Here: A Burlesque Tribute to Stephen King tonight at the Rio Theatre (1600 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC).  Oh, this should be some wicked fun!  Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  You must be 18 or older to attend, over 19 years old for bar service (bring your ID).  For more details, including a list of performers and a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page

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The Capital Taproom (150 High St SE in Salem, OR) presents two tastes that go great together, an evening of Scary Movies and Beer, tonight starting at 7:30 pm.  Check out the classic horror flicks showing at the main bar and take advantage of the $3 pint taps.  Or buy a special select beer for access to the special select film screening in the bar's (ACTUALLY) haunted basement!  How often can you watch a scary movie in a REAL HAUNTED BASEMENT!!  Oh, and there will be free popcorn, as well.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) and the Rio Grind Film Festival screens The Silence of the Lambs tonight at 11 pm.  You know you want to see this classic on the big screen.  For more details, and a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, May 13



The 15th Annual Vampire's Masquerade Ball takes place tonight at the Melody Ballroom (615 SE Alder St in Portland, OR) at 9 pm.  This is a formal event, with no street clothes allowed.  Costumes can be Victorian, Steam Punk, Genderfluid, Lolita, Fantasy or Fetish, but must be Gothic in nature (no zombies or gore themed costumes, please).  Ticket are $45 in advance, $50 at the door (cash only).  Visit the VMB website, or the  Facebook Event Page,  for additional details and advance ticket sales, as well as photos for costume inspirations.  Please note, you must be 21 or older to attend.

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Fantastic Worlds: Sci Fi and Fantasy, a collection of short film about interplanetary travel, comes to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) today at 3:30 pm.  The festival included 5 shorts, and one hour-long adventure, in an afternoon packed with travels to strange worlds beyond our solar system.  For more details, and a link for advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website

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The 1988 fantasy Willow comes to McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) through Saturday, May 20.  Visit the Mission Theater and Pub website for showtimes and advance ticket sales.

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Rogue Toys Portland (10414 SE 82nd Ave in Portland, OR) is hosting May Trade Night starting at 5 pm.  Bring toys you wish to trade and find something new to display in your space.  Rogue Toys will provide snacks, drinks and a raffle every 15 minutes.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Sunday, May 14



Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, tonight at the Yelm Cinemas (201 Prairie Park St in Yelm, WA) at 6:30 pm.  Remember what is best in life and the answer to the Riddle of Steel as this wonderfully pulpy feature returns to the big screen.  For more details, and to purchase advance tickets, visit the Yelm Cinemas website

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Get ready to buy your multipass, as The Fifth Element returns to theaters tonight!  Fathom Events presents a special screening of Luc Besson's wild sci fi adventure.  Besson has recored an exclusive introduction for the screening, and the presentation will feature a sneak peek at his latest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which opens this summer).  You can also catch a screening on Wednesday, May 17.  For a list of theaters in your area hosting the event, visit the Fathom Events website.