Monday, January 14, 2019

Good bye, Mom.


My parents and I at Silver Springs in Florida.

On December 29, my mother fell in the bathroom of my parent's home in Florida.  My father called the paramedics and, on the way to the hospital, Mom started acting confused and having trouble breathing.  The medical team found she was bleeding within her brain and transported her to another hospital that specialized in neurosurgery.  Despite their efforts, the trauma to her brain was too great and she fell into a vegetative state.  On January 2, my father made the decision to take her off life support, which my two brothers and I supported.  Mom would never want to be laying in a hospital bed, unable to move or talk.

On January 10, she passed away at 6:02 pm EST.

Mom never understood my love of genre films and novels, but she never tried to change me.  Sure, she was quite restrictive concerning the movies and television shows I could watch as a kid, but she never censored what I could read.  And she made certain I had an appreciation for film and literature beyond the horror/sci fi/fantasy genres, something I will always be grateful for.  

The joke in my family was that my love of horror, sci fi and fantasy was cemented before I was born.  In 1960, my pregnant mother and father went to see the latest Alfred Hitchcock movie, a little film called Psycho.  I always claimed the chemicals released in Mom's body during the scarier moments of film affected me in the womb.  Mom would always counter that argument, saying what probably affected me was Dad leaping into her lap when Vera Miles turned Mrs. Bates around.  And Dad would sheepishly admit he did jump high enough at that moment to easily clear the armrest.

I wish I had a picture of that moment,
but I have to settle for this.

The first genre film I saw outside the womb was 1953's Invaders from Mars.  I was in my grandmother's basement alone when I was three of four, watching it on her large console black and white television.  Sure, it's kind of silly watching it now, but at the time, the film frightened me so much, I had nightmares for weeks.  Needless to say, Mom wasn't very happy, given the sleepless nights she endured consoling me.  Sorry about that, Mom.

Sure, you can see the zippers on the back of the costumes,
but it scared the hell out of me as a kid.

I grew up at a time when movies were changing.  MPAA ratings were replacing the outdated Hays Code, and films delivered more onscreen deaths and mayhem than in the 50s.  Mom felt it was best to shield my brother and I from the more violent aspects of GP rated films (and no, that's not a typo), as she was worried the affects it would have on us.  At the drive in, she wouldn't allow us to even watch the trailers to the Connery era Bond films, as they were too violent in her opinion.  Of course, we'd sneak peeks when we could.  Hey, tell a kid they cannot do something, and they'll find a way around it.

But if the film was rated G, we could watch it.  So I got to see Fantastic Voyage, Planet of the Apes and The Andromeda Strain at the local drive in, though in hindsight, the latter two films would probably be given a PG-13 rating today.  I can only imagine the discussion that came up later, after I asked what Dr. Zaius meant by "emasculation."

No wonder Taylor was so pissed off by the end of the film.

But while Mom restricted what movies I could watch, she allowed me to read whatever I wanted.  Mom felt reading was more important to my development than watching movies, and as I had a college reading and comprehension level by the time I was in the sixth grade, she allowed me full access to whatever I wanted.  So while I couldn't see The Exorcist until it was released on ABC (with all the nasty bits excised), I was allowed to read it, as well as Dune, Rosemary's Baby, the novelization of The Omen, and many other "mature" novels before I was in junior high.  It might have raised a few eyebrows at the local library, but Mom never said no to any book I wanted to read.

I was also the first of my brothers to have a small, black and white television in my bedroom.  I suspect Mom wasn't happy allowing that, as she didn't want me locked away from the rest of the family.  But they were tired of me switching to genre offerings during the commercial breaks of the sporting events everyone else watched, so she relented.  Of course, she had strict rules I had to follow, one being I could only stay in my room to watch local creature features.  I was fine with that, and was able to watch the occasional Universal Monster Movies that would come to local stations uninterrupted.

It might sound like Mom was overprotective, and that's true to a point.  But she would allow my brothers and I to watch films like The Birds (shown unedited here in Portland at the time) as long as it was a family viewing.  She also deepened my appreciation of cinema as an art form, encouraging me to watch films like Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and other classic.  Rather than locking myself in my room watching nothing more than monster movies, Mom forced me to gain an appreciation for other cinematic genres.  And I can't thank her enough for that.

And Mom, a fan of musicals, fostered my appreciation for them as well.  After watching West Side Story, she introduced me to Romeo and Juliet and other works from Shakespeare.  She took me to a Portland production of Sweeney Todd and West Side Story.  Thanks to her, I developed a love of musicals and live theater, which I carry with me to this day.

Music, murder and cannibalism.  I never thought
I'd be watching such a show with Mom.

When my parents moved to Florida about ten years ago, Mom was experiencing extreme mobility issues.  She wasn't able to walk without the aid of a cane, and later a walker, which also left her unable to dance, an activity she loved.  Her ability to paint was also affected by her systemic neuropathy, to such a degree that she had to give it up.  The spare bedroom in the house was full of brushes and paints growing old from disuse.  I can't imagine how much that aggravated her.

But it never kept her from taking me to sites I wanted to see.  We traveled 90 minutes from their house one time I visited, so I could walk the streets of Green Cove Springs and find the locations used in Zaat.  She couldn't get out of the car and walk with me.  Instead, she told me to have a great time and stayed in the car for about an hour while I wandered about.  I knew she was feeling the effects of the trip for the next two days.  But she never complained and was only worried that I had a good time.

And I did.  Thanks, Mom.

We also visited Silver Springs, where some scenes in Revenge of the Creature were filmed.  Again, she watched me board a glass bottom boat, insisting I take the full 90 minute tour against my objections, while she and Dad waited for me at the dock.  The photo at the start of the article is of us on the dock before the tour. I love that she did this for me, but I just wish she'd been there while I geeked out as we drifted above the filming location where the Gill Man once swam.

Yep, I survived a trip to the Black Lagoon!

Recently, Mom started recording genre movies she enjoyed for us to watch together during my yearly visits.  Last May, it was the thriller Dead Calm, which I'd never seen.  I was such a joy for me to watch with her, even if she dozed off once.  Just watching a genre film she wanted to share with me was wonderful.

It hit me a few days ago that Mom told me early in December that she'd recorded the Vincent Price classic House of Wax off TCM and wanted to know if I wanted to watch it with her.  My first response was to ask if she'd seen it, and she laughed, saying she'd watched it in the theaters when she was a teen.  Now, I've seen the film countless times, including in digital 3D at The Joy Cinema.  But my response was simply, "I'd love to watch it with you!"  And so our 2019 Movie Night was set.

It would have been a blast.

And now, sadly, that will not happen.

So, within the next few days, I'll be sitting on my couch with a bag of popcorn and a few bottles of Snapple (Mom's drink of choice after giving up martinis due to her neuropathy) watching House of Wax and hoping she's watching with me.

Goodbye Mom.  I love you and miss you.  Thanks for guiding me on the right path, both as a human being and a cinema fan.  I hope you're out dancing on a beach, between painting sessions.


Friday, December 28, 2018

An early Happy New Year to all Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Fans!


As 2019 approaches, everyone is wondering what the New Year holds in store for them.  Well, you happen to be in luck, Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Fans, as I can see into the future!

Because the future is where you and I will be spending
the rest of our lives!

Well, at least I can see into the future of genre events coming to the area next year.  Don't try asking me about the next lotto drawing.  If I knew the winning numbers, I'd be hiring a staff to help me in the New Year!

And I have quite a bit to share in this edition of the Weekly Update.  The Rio Theatre in Vancouver, BC, has some great films to end 2018, and some amazing choices to help with that New Year hangover on January 1.  The Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, OR, starts the New Year's Sci-Fi Extravaganza series with the camp classic Barbarella on Tuesday, and Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, kicks off 2019 with Invasion of the Bee Girls.  The PDX Extreme Film Festival starts next weekend at the Mission Theater in Portland, OR, as well as Fandom PDX at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.  And you'll find lots of other great conventions and movies listed below!

But my predictions for a great 2019 continue at the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Calendar.  I've been adding lots of great movies, festivals, conventions and bazaars coming to the area next year.  And more are waiting to be added, so be sure to keep checking back!

If you want your event listed on the site, just email me at shadowoverportland@live.com with all the details and your promotional artwork, and I'll take care of the rest.  Best of all, the cost for having your event posted on the site will continue to be FREE in 2019! 

I see.... You saving on advertising dollars while reaching hundreds of fans across the Pacific Northwest if you post on The Shadow Over Portland!  How's that for a prediction!!

From Ashland, OR, to Vancouver, BC, The Shadow Over Portland has you covered!

Now Playing

Die Hard: The Parody Musical returns to the Funhouse Lounge (2432 SE 11th Ave in Portland, OR) to put the Ho-Ho-Ho back in the holidays!  The production runs through Saturday, December 29.  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) through Sunday, December 30.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Yippie-ki-yay, motherfu....  Well, you know the line.  McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) will screen Die Hard, the greatest Christmas movie ever filmed, through Saturday, December 29.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

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The Joe Dante holiday classic Gremlins is playing at the Dragonfly Cinema (822 Bay St in Port Orchard, WA) through Tuesday, January 1.  For more details, including showtimes, visit the Facebook Event Page.

December, 2018

Friday, December 28

Frightmare on Main Street, hosted by local podcast The Horror Aisle, brings the holiday classic Silent Night, Deadly Night to The Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St in Vancouver, WA) tonight at 9:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Kiggins Theatre website.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked Family Night at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) tonight only at 7:30 pm.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  And cookies and hot chocolate will be served!!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) will show the anime classic, My Neighbor Totoro, through Thursday, January 3.  For more details, visit the Academy Theater website.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents the Swedish horror film Border tonight at 7:50 pm and on Wednesday, January 2 at 9:45 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents a 40th anniversary screening of the animated version of The Lord of the Rings tonight at 10:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, December 29

Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave in Tacoma, WA) presents the DIRECTOR'S CUT of Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens Hereditary tonight at 10:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, December 30

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens the blood soaked Nicholas Cage film Mandy tonight at 10:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Monday, December 31

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents their final film of 2018, the sci fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey today at 2:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

January, 2019 

Tuesday, January 1

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screethe comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail today at 2 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens the sci fi classic Blade Runner: The Final Cut today at 4:20 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens the anime classic Akira tonight at 10 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Darkside Cinema (215 SW 4th St in Corvallis, OR) presents Sci-fi Extravaganza #14, the camp classic Barbarella.  Doors open at 6 pm, with vintage drive-in ads and other treats, followed by the film at 7 pm.  Admission is $5, which includes credit towards food items.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, January 2


Time to pick a side, or just heckle both heroes, as the Central Cinema (14111 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) presents Batman vs. Superman in Hecklevision tonight at 7 pm.  Make sure your phone is charged so you can add your wise-ass remakes to the screen!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) starts the New Year with the kinda fun, kinda cheesy, and kinda sleazy film Invasion of the Bee Girls.  Yeah, the poster says it all!  Showtime is 9:15 pm and admission is FREE, but you must be 18 or older to attend.  And be sure to support The Joy's continuing efforts to keep Wednesdays WEIRD by stopping at the concession stand before the film and purchasing some tasty treats and beverages.  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

Friday, January 4

Tonight's Friday Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) is the dark fantasy Labyrinth.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) screens the romantic fairy tale The Princess Bride at 5:30 and 9 pm tonight, and at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, January 8.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

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The Olympia Film Society Fright Club presents the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg haunted funhouse film Poltergeist in GLORIOUS 35mm at 9 pm tonight at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA).  The film will also be shown at 9 pm on Friday, January 9 and 6:30 pm on Friday, January 25.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, January 5

The Walker Stalker/Heroes and Villains convention returns to the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR) today and tomorrow.  For tickets and more details, visit the Walker Stalker website or the Walker Stalker Facebook Event Page.  

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The PDXtreme-Portland Underground Film Fest moves to McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) this year for two days of great genre cinema.  For more details, check back here later in the year, or follow the fest at the Facebook Page or the PDX-treme website.

UPDATE: Tickets are now available at the Mission Theater website.  And you'll find information on the films being shown at this link.

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Fandom PDX 2019 (formerly Newcon PDX/Anime PDX) takes place this weekend at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (8235 NE Airport Way in Portland, OR).  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Fandom PDX website or the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon today and tomorrow at noon.  This is the Extended Edition of Peter Jackson's classic trilogy, so plan on a LONG afternoon at the movies!  Come in costume, or stay comfy in your PJs and be ready for trivia, games, prizes and MORE!  For additional details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Destiny City Film Festival presents Film Focus: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Disney live action/animated tale of an aspiring witch and her three grandchildren taking a wild adventure and defeating the Nazis.  Showtime is 3 pm at Tacoma Arts Live (901 Broadway in Tacoma, WA).  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Dragonfly Cinema (822 Bay St in Port Orchard, WA) will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show tonight.  Doors open at 9 pm, and virgin games start at 9:30 pm.  Admission is $10 and everyone gets a free prop bag.  For more details, including a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave in Tacoma, WA) presents the remake of Suspiria tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday, January 8

Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) is hosting Bowie's Birthday Bash with Labyrinth Sing Along today starting at 7 pm.  Expect Bowie bags, pre-show fun, a costume contest as well!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Black Christmas (1974)



I haven't watched this movie in a few years, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it again and realize how well it holds up in the age of #MeToo.  Whether writer Ray Moore and director Bob Clark (who directed the more family friendly A Christmas Story) intended it or not, this movie manages to encapsulate all the issues women face in life, both in the past and now.

The plot is pretty simple.  A sorority house is being plagued by an obscene phone caller, which the girls endure, while a psychotic killer enters the house and takes up residence in the attic.  The killer starts taking out the women while making his own creepy phone calls, leading to the police staking out the house.  The scripts give us a few red herrings, but a modern audience will know better.  As expected, mayhem ensues.

Oh great, another obscene caller and no one cares.
I hope things get better in the coming decades.

Okay, I'm not going to get into how close John Carpenter's Halloween follows this film.  That has been discussed to death by others.  Instead, as I mentioned earlier, I want to talk about how this film exposes how women are marginalize by society, whether it was intended or not.

To start, the first victim's father shows up at the house to pick her up for Christmas vacation.  When no one can find her, it's assumed she's with some guy.  The father expresses disgust, claiming he didn't send his daughter to college so she could drink and shack up with boys.  The house mother tries to dispel his concerns, all the while sneaking drinks and dismissing his issues, as girls will be girls.  She knows how her girls react to the marginal amount of freedom a sorority gives them, and is only interested in placating the father to keep other men from getting involved.  Sure, she's proven wrong in her assumption, but the message is pretty clear.

You tell him, girl!

The police do become interested in the phone calls, but only after another girl comes up missing and is later found dead.  The cop in charge, Lt. Fuller (John Saxon) prompts a wire tap on the sorority house, but he still mansplains things as resident Jess (Olivia Hussey) tries to answer someone's questions.  And, as her boyfriend Peter (Keir Dullea) is upset with her decision to have an abortion, he becomes suspect number one.

Speaking of Peter, he takes the news of the abortion rather hard.  One could argue that Jess' timing to tell him about their child, and her decision to abort the pregnancy, is poorly timed.  But his attempts to tell her what she should do is another example of how men believe they know what's best for a woman.  Sure, her refusal of his desires causes him to perform poorly in a piano recital in front of his instructors, but I'm sure his instructors would understand his poor performance if he'd mentioned he was having personal issues and if he was as talented as the script suggests.

Look, it's not about you all the time.
I have a life too. 

Beth (Margot Kidder) is another example of the patriarchy hammering down on women.  Sure, she's got a bit of a drinking problem, and tends to act inappropriately as she talks about turtles screwing in front of the first victim's father.  And her open sexuality is ignored by the cop taking her report, as she uses the word fellatio as part of the sorority's phone number.  Yep, he's that stupid, and it leads to his being degraded by his fellow officers when they discover he was duped by a woman.  Heavens forbid a man isn't smart enough to catch onto a woman's devious intentions.  Adding to her character arc is how the other women attempt to calm her in front of men, as if she is expressing the dirty secrets they need to keep hidden.

Hello, police?  I'm stuck in a house with a head strong,
drunken women.  Get me the hell out of here!

The film dispenses the common slasher troupe in a couple of ways.  First is the idea that loose women meet their end.  The first victim does nothing that would lead the audience to expect her to meet her demise, and later victims aren't the stereotype most slashers prey upon.  And, as the death toll rises, it become apparent the cause is the failing of a patriarchal society.  And that issue is hammered home in the conclusion, which I'll discuss in the paragraph below, so SPOILER ALERT!





The final girl dispatches the obvious suspect, and is seen later resting in a bed within the sorority house.  The father of the first victim is there, and has what I can only describe as a "spell," prompting the other male characters to carry him out of the room for transport  to a hospital.  And the film ends, with the final girl laying alone in her bed, the lights turned off by a "concerned" man, while the killer is still in the house.  In fact, the killer tries calling the house, while the police officer on guard stays outside and doesn't bother picking up the phone to see if something is amiss.  And the cops didn't fully search the house, as they would have found two other victims.  It's as if they don't care about the other victims, as normality has been restored and that is all that matters.  The film ends with the final girl, unconscious in her bed, at the mercy of a murderer the police assume they've found.

Damn it, the cat checked the attic.
It's a better cop than the police force in this town!

Wow, if that doesn't sum up how women are treated when they are victimized, I don't know what other movie does.




End of SPOILERS, well, to a point.

The other way this film deviates from the slasher troupes that followed is how the killer has no real motivations.  All we know is his name is Billy and that's it.  His reasons for climbing into the house's attic and killing the women within are never made clear.  In fact, we never see his face, as it's always hidden in shadows or behind various items.  It's as if his gender doesn't matter, he's just a random force of nature, unleashed on an unsuspecting group of women for no reason the audience can discern.  He's just found a comfortable place to occupy and is staking a claim by eliminating those living within.  Worse yet, the victimized women discover that the current societal construct isn't interested in finding the root cause of their concern, just the easy, superficial answer that ties everything up nicely.

Black Christmas is an important part of the slasher genre, which goes beyond the superficial imitations that it spawned.  Whether intentional or not, it exposed why women are victimized, as the current patriarchal society is happy to dismiss their concerns until something violent happens, than searches for the simplest answer without addressing the root problem.  Pretty deep for a simple slasher film.

Look, I'm dealing with a bunch of hysterical women right now.
I'll call you back when I can start doing some real police work.




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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

It's an early Weekly Update, filled with a few new events on Tuesday night and MUCH MORE!


Okay, I don't usually open the Weekly Update with a fundraising pitch from anyone, but this is BIG.  70mm BIG!

You could say it's out of this world.
Sorry, that was BAD! 

This summer, The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, screened director Christopher Nolan's "unrestored" 70mm print of the sci fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Having seen it, I have to say I'll only watch this film in 70mm for as long as I live.  It was BEAUTIFUL, immersive and the most amazing cinematic moment I experienced in 2018.

The print was created from preserved original negatives and not restored in any way.  Well, The Hollywood Theatre has started a fundraiser to buy their own, brand-new 70mm print of Nolan's version.  The website explains that 70mm prints can be easily damaged by poorly trained projectionists or defective equipment, but this print will be cared for according to the theater's rigorous standards.  And if there is any theater I'd trust to care for a film, it's The Hollywood Theatre.

The theater needs $25,000 to buy a print, and if the fundraiser exceeds that goal, the additional money will go towards equipping one of the upstairs auditoriums with 35mm changeover projection equipment!  And, as hinted in this article from The Portland Mercury, if this event is successful, The Hollywood Theatre might try it again, maybe to purchase a 70mm print of the greatest Christmas movie ever made, Die Hard!  Yippee-ki-yay!!

You can donate whatever you want, but perks (including a limited-edition commemorative pint glass and a ticket to a future screening of 2001) at $50.  The fundraiser ends on January 18.  Click on the link for all the details!

 And now, back to the Weekly Update.

I know this edition of the Weekly Update is early, but I found a couple of events happening tonight (December 18) that I wanted to share.  First off, the 7:30 pm screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night in GLORIOUS 35mm at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) has SOLD OUT, but if you don't might staying up a bit late tonight, you can still catch the additional screening at 9:50 pm.  Be sure to click on the link and buy tickets before you go, as this screening could sell out as well.  Tickets are still available as of 3:30 pm.

Second, tonight's Sci-Fi Extravaganza #13 at the Darkside Cinema (215 SW 4th St in Corvallis, OR) is the campy holiday film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.  Doors open at 6 pm, with vintage drive-in ads and other treats, with the movie starting at 7 pm.  Admission is $5, with can be used as credit towards food.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

The rest of the week looks busy as well, with the Friday Night Frights presentation of 30 Days of Night at the Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma, WA, this Friday, Gremlins taking over the Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard, WA, and The Hollywood Theatre's lineup of great genre holiday fare.  Check below for details on these events and MANY MORE!

If you're wondering about the New Year, head to the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Calendar for details on all the events coming to the Pacific Northwest in 2019.  More great stuff is will be listed soon, so be sure to keep checking back throughout upcoming year!

And if you want your event posted on the site, just email me at shadowoverportland@live.com with details and promotional artwork, and I'll do the rest.  And don't worry about my rates increasing in 2019, as getting listed on the site will continue to be FREE!

From Ashland, OR, to Vancouver, BC, The Shadow Over Portland has you covered!!  And I hope all Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Fans have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and that your days continue to be SCARY and full of FRIGHT!

Happy Holidays to all!
Hope Santa and Krampus are good to you!!

Now Playing

Die Hard: The Parody Musical returns to the Funhouse Lounge (2432 SE 11th Ave in Portland, OR) to put the Ho-Ho-Ho back in the holidays!  The production runs through Saturday, December 29.  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Time to Twist Your Dickens at the Portland Center Stage at The Armory (128 NW Eleventh Ave in Portland, OR), as Second City's riff on the classic A Christmas Carol returns.  The production is updated every year, so expect some new jokes mixing in with old favorites.  The production runs through Sunday, December 23.  For more details, including showtimes and advance ticket sales, visit the Portland Center Stage website.

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The Darkside Cinema (215 SW 4th St in Corvallis, OR) will screen Border, a "midnight movie for the artiest of art-houses," through Thursday, December 20.  The film is based on a novella by Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindquist (Let the Right One In)  For more details and showtimes, visit the Darkside Cinema website.

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The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) will show the greatest Christmas movie ever made, Die Hard, through Thursday, December 20.  For more details, visit the Academy Theater website.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) through Sunday, December 30.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

December, 2018

Tuesday, December 18

The Grindhouse Film Festival at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) continues it's holiday tradition with a screening of the classic Christmas slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night, in GLORIOUS 35mm, tonight at 7:30 pm.  Advance tickets are recommended, as the show sells out every year.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

UPDATE: A 9:50 pm screening has been added.  The 7:30 pm screening is SOLD OUT.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) brings The Gentlemen Hecklers back to work through the sequel to the greatest Christmas movie ever made, Die Hard II: Die Harder.  Showtime is 8 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Sci-Fi Extravaganza #13 at the Darkside Cinema (215 SW 4th St in Corvallis, OR) presents Santa Claus Conquers the Martians tonight at 7 pm.  Be sure to show up early, as doors open at 6 pm, with vintage drive-in ads and other treats.  Admission is $5, with can be used as credit towards food.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, December 19

Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) presents Better Improv through Die Hard tonight at 7 pm.   Yep, local improviser Douglas Willott will use the greatest Christmas movie ever made to show you how to improve your improv!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Willamette Radio Workshop brings A Radio Christmas Carol to Cerimon House (5141 NE 23rd Ave in Portland, OR) tonight at 7 pm.  This is a benefit for the Transition Project's new Walnut Park shelter.  Admission is FREE with donations of men's clothing, new socks, new underwear or toiletries.  A $10 cash donation per person will also be accepted.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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It's time for another round of Monster Roulette at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR).  That's right, tonight's Weird Wednesday offering will be picked from the Mystic Pumpkin by a member of the audience.  It could be good, it could be bad, but it will feature a monster!  Showtime is 9:15 pm and admission is FREE, but you must be 18 or older to attend.  Be sure to support The Joy's continuing efforts to keep Wednesdays WEIRD by stopping at the concession stand for some tasty treats and beverages before the movie!  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

Friday, December 21

Just in time for the Winter Solstice, Friday Night Frights brings the chilling 30 Days of Night to the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA).  The show starts at 10 pm and admission is just $6 at the door.  But arrive early for a chance to win a prize during the horror trivia contest before the film!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked Adult Night Out at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) tonight only at 7:30 pm.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  And you can take part in a wine tasting!!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) screens a digital restoration of Frank Capra's classic Christmas fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life, tonight at 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm.  For more details, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents the Finnish Christmas horror film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale tonight at 9:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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Yippie-ki-yay, motherfuc......  Oh, you know the rest.  The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) will screen the greatest Christmas movie ever filmed, Die Hard, for the Friday Late Night Movie tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit Facebook Event Page.

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The Dragonfly Cinema (822 Bay St in Port Orchard, WA) will screen the Christmas classic Gremlins through Tuesday, December 25.  For more details, including showtimes, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Michael Gray Photography offers you one last chance to get Photos with Krampus today from 4 to 9 pm, and Saturday from noon to 5 pm, at Oblique Coffee Roasters (3039 SE Stark St in Portland, OR).  Get a quality photo folder with a print of you and the Christmas demon for just $10 each.  For more details, visit this Facebook Event Page for Saturday, and this Facebook Event Page for Saturday.

Saturday, December 22

Yippie-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon!  Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave in Tacoma, WA) presents Die Hard, the greatest Christmas movie ever made, tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) will screen Frank Capra's classic holiday fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, through Monday, December 24.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

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Yippie-ki-yay, motherfuc......  Oh, you know the rest.  The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) will screen the greatest Christmas movie ever filmed, Die Hard, tonight at 6:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

UPDATE: This screening is SOLD OUT.

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The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) piles on the Christmas mayhem with a screening of Die Hard 2: Die Harder tonight at 9:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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Campout Cinema at the Museum of Pop Culture (325 5th Ave N in Seattle, WA) presents the greatest Christmas film ever made, Die Hard, tonight at 7 pm.  The night includes cocktails, photo ops and access to MoPOP's sci fi and horror galleries.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents another Christmas themed classic film, Tim Burton's Batman Returns, tonight at 10:15 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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If you missed out last month, The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) is bringing back the 1922 classic Nosferatu, with Hollywood Organist Dean Lemire performing his original score on the Beverly Ruth Nelson memorial organ.  Showtime is 2:30 pm today only!  Buy tickets early, as the two showings in November SOLD OUT!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

Sunday, December 23

The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents the Christmas slasher classic Black Christmas tonight at 9:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents the Christmas high school zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse tonight and Wednesday, December 26, at 9:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, December 26

Yippie-ki-yay, motherfu....  Well, you know the line.  McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) will screen Die Hard, the greatest Christmas movie ever filmed, through Saturday, December 29.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

Thursday, December 27

The Rio Theatre (1600 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents the holiday classic Edward Scissorhands tonight at 5:45 pm.  Hey, there's a snowy night in the film, I'm sticking with the holiday classic tag!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Friday, December 28

Frightmare on Main Street, hosted by local podcast The Horror Aisle, brings the holiday classic Silent Night, Deadly Night to The Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St in Vancouver, WA) tonight at 9:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Kiggins Theatre website.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked Family Night at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) tonight only at 7:30 pm.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  And cookies and hot chocolate will be served!!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) will show the anime classic, My Neighbor Totoro, through Thursday, January 3.  For more details, visit the Academy Theater website.