Thursday, October 30, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!


Sing along with Tom Atkins!

It's the most wonderful time of the year
Where the pumpkins are glowing
The TV is strobing, and
STOP IT!!!!!  STOP IT!!!!!!!!  STOP IT!!!!!!!!!

Oh, I LOVE this time of the year.  The movies, the events and getting to geek out on all this spooky fun!  And sitting in front of people gasping as they watch Halloween III for the first time.  Music to my ears!!

But, even as this festive season winds down, I still have some spooky treats to share with Northwest horror fans.  And you know Portland will have more fun stuff coming in December.  So get out your calendars and start getting ready to mark down the gruesome fun to counter the sugary sweet holidays ahead!!


Thursday, October 30



The Joy Cinema and Pub in Tigard, OR, is screening House of Wax IN 3D!  No, not that crappy remake with Paris Hilton, but the classic remake with VINCENT PRICE!  Oh, and did I mention IT'S IN 3D?  Sure, it's a digital presentation, but I know where I'll be on Friday night!  The film plays at 7 pm, Halloween Night at 5 and 7 pm, and at 5 pm through Monday, November 3.  Find more information at The Joy Cinema website.



But the fun doesn't stop at The Joy Cinema.  The Exorcist plays at 9 pm through November 1, with a special midnight showing (okay, 11:59 pm) on Halloween Night!  Check out The Joy Cinema website for more information.  



If you're in the Seattle, WA, area, and want to see something scary to start off the Halloween weekend, head to the EMP Halloween Campout Cinema (at the EMP Sky Theater) for a screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.  Tickets are $12 ($8 if you are an EMP member).  Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.  Visit the link for more information and a link to buy advance tickets.

Also at the EMP in Seattle, WA, is the Happy Hour KINGO, a celebration of horror writer Stephen King.  Watch clips from classic King movies and fill out your KINGO card to win PRIZES!  The events starts at 5:30 pm and admission is free with a RSVP (but you must be over 21 years of age to attend).  Check out the link for more information.



A digitally restored and remastered version of John Carpenter's classic, Halloween, will make make a few stops in the Northwest on October 30 and 31.  Locations include The Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, OR, the Carmike 12 in Corvallis, OR, the Dallas Motor Vu Drive-In in Dallas, OR and the Carmike 12 in Kennewick, WA.  For more information about the world wide release of the digitally restored Halloween, visit the link.



The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, in conjunction with Washington State University Vancouver, presents the Willamette Radio Workshop's performance of War of the Worlds.  Doors open at 6 pm for this one night only, FREE event, with the performance starting at 7 pm.  Visit The Kiggins Theatre website for more information.

The Clinton Street Theater will present Bad Movie Nite! at 9:30 pm.  The movie is a mystery, but the hint is Party Zombie!  Oh, and the movie will be BAD!!!  Also, Son of Sekonza will present music of ghosts, goblins and witches to kick the party off.  Admission is $7, and you'll find more information at The Clinton Street website or the Facebook event page.



The re-release of Saw starts tonight at multiple cineplexes across the nation.  Damn, it's playing at eleven theaters within the Portland/Vancouver area, so I'm not going to list them all.  Instead, check your local listings for showtimes.  



Horns opens tonight at 9:15 pm at The Living Room Theater in Portland, at least according to the official website. You'll find showtimes for the rest of the week as well.

Ongoing



Live on Stage, part of the Portland, OR, community theater scene, is presenting a live stage version of the camp musical classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, through November 8.  Get ready to do the Time Warp again at this live presentation at The World Trade Center Theatre.  You'll find more information, including dates, times and ticket information, at the Live On Stage website.


Halloween!!!!!!
Friday, October 31



What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the ultimate dress up movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show!  The SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, WA, presents this midnight showing of the cult classic.  Check the link for more details.  



Halloween screens tonight only at The Academy Theater in Portland, OR.  Showtimes are at 5:15, 7:15 and 9:15 pm.  



The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA, celebrates the scariest night of the year with a screening of the digitally remastered classic Halloween.  The film follows the Spokane Laugh Off, so let the previous winners of Stand Up to Bigger Things open mic comedy at The Bing put a grin on your face before John Carpenter's film has you shrieking in fright.  The show starts at 7:30 pm, and you'll find more information, and advanced ticket sales, at The Bing Crosby Theater website.  And for more information about the world wide release of the digitally restored Halloween, visit the link.


Hum, I sense a common thread here.

And The Vashon Theatre in Vashon, WA, ends the most wonderful time of the year with a screening of the diggitally remastered classic Halloween .  The film starts at 8 pm and tickets are $9, unless you get lucky at the box office 30 minutes before showtime, because you can save a buck if tickets are still available.  Or just visit The Vashon Theatre website to buy your tickets online and assure you get in.





The Wheel-In Motor Movie Drive-In in Port Townsend, WA, ends it's season with a bang on October 31 and November 1.  Catch the Halloween Triple Creature Feature, including Bride of FrankensteinAttack of the 50 Foot Woman and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Prizes, drawings, concessions specials and a costume contest are included in the festivities.  Check the Wheel-In Motor Movie website for more details and directions.



The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, invites you to do the Time Warp Again with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Admission is $10, and be sure to dress up for the costume contest.  Doors open at 11 pm.  For more information, visit The Kiggins Theatre website.


Saturday, November 1



The SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, WA, isn't done with the horror goodies.  At midnight tonight, the theater will present the classic Zombie, AKA Zombi 2 or Zombie Flesh Eaters.  The name doesn't matter, I just dare you not to wince at the eyeball skewering scene.  Damn, I still can't watch it without an "Eeeugh" moment.  Yeah, it's that awesome, and so much better on the big screen.  Trust me, I saw it in the theater when it came out and it still haunts me in the best possible ways.  The show starts at midnight and you can find more information at the link.




The Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA, presents an encore showing of Bleedingham III, an evening of short horror films from Northwest filmmakers.  The show starts at 9 pm and you'll find more details at the link.

Wednesday, November 5



Once again, Wednesday get WEIRD at The Joy Cinema and Pub in Tigard, OR.  At 9 pm, visit Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks.  The Baron, an evil dwarf, nude women and.... A Neanderthal man, and a monster named Hulk?  Oh yeah, that's gonna be WEIRD!  Admission is free, as with other weird Wednesday screenings, but you must be over 21 years of age to get in.  And be sure to spend the money you save on admission at the snack bar!  Check out The Joy Cinema website for more information.



Thursday, November 6





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.  

Friday, November 7

OryCon 36 will be held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel in Portland, OR, through November 9.  Guests include author William F. Nolan (co-writer of Logan's Run and countless sci fi and horror tales) and Jason Andrew (author of sci fi stories and role playing games such as Call of Cthulhu and Vampire: The Masquerade).  You'll find information on ticket sales and hotel rooms at the OryCon website.



Tim Burton's dark fairy tale about love and acceptance, Edward Scissorhands, comes to The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub through November 13.  Yeah, I dare you not to get a bit misty eyed at the end.  I'll announce showtimes when the theater posts them, or visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.



The Hollywood Theatre keeps the chills coming past the Halloween season with a screening of The ABCs of Death 2 tonight and on Sunday, November 9.  No showtimes have been announced, so check back or visit The Hollywood Theatre website later in October.

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Well, that's all I have for now, but check back next week for more spooky fun taking place under The Shadow Over Portland!

If you want your horror event listed in The Shadow Over Portland Horror Calendar, send me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and get it listed.  


And don't forget, if you attend any of these events, tell them you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh, the list keeps getting longer as Halloween gets closer!


October Events

Ongoing



Live on Stage, part of the Portland, OR, community theater scene, is presenting a live stage version of the camp musical classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, through November 8.  Get ready to do the Time Warp again at this live presentation at The World Trade Center Theatre.  You'll find more information, including dates, times and ticket information, at the Live On Stage website.

Friday, October 24



The greatest Halloween party film comes to the SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theater in Seattle, WA, tonight, as the Midnight Adrenalin series presents Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn.  GROOVY!  What more needs to be said?  The film starts at midnight, and you'll find more information at the link.



The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, will present They Live! on the big screen opening tonight.  No other information is available at this time, so keep checking back or visit The Kiggins official website.



The EMP Lounge in Seattle, WA, transforms into The Bronze for one night as the EMP presents a Buffy Trivia Party starting at 5:30 pm.  Dress as your favorite Scooby, or vamp, to win prizes, show off your Buffy knowledge or just groove to some 90s jams.  Tickets are $8 ($5 if you are an EMP member), and you need to be over 21 years of age to attend.  You'll find more information, and advance ticket sales, at the link.



The Academy Theater in Portland, OR, will screen the digitally remastered version of John Carpenter's classic, Halloween, through October 31.  If you want to see this on the big screen, Portland horror fans, you have no excuse now.  For more details, check back here, or at The Academy Theater website, later in October.



Okay, I'm going to say it.  Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (screening as part of Monster Month at the Joy Cinema) is the GREATEST horror comedy ever.  Sorry, Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson, you guys pale compared to the dynamic duo of Chick and Wilber.  Oh, and did I mention Bela shows up in his only other portrayal of Count Dracula? Or Lon Chaney appears as the Wolf Man?  And....  Okay, it's Glenn Strange as the Monster, but STILL, it's a great line up of creatures verses comedians.  And DO NOT get me started on the final monster.  I'm not going to spoil the fun.  More details here as they are available, or check out The Joy Cinema website later in October.



The 5th Avenue Theater in Portland, OR, presents Antonia Bird's wicked dark comedy/horror film, Ravenous through October 26.  Set during the Mexican-American war, a military outpost is besieged by a man who's discovered that eating human flesh imbues him with the power of those he consumes.  I think it's one of the most underrated horror films of the 90's, so be sure to check it out if you can.  Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 pm October 24 and 25, and 3 pm on October 26.  Check out the 5th Avenue Cinema website for more information.



More free offerings from the 5th Avenue Cinema, with a digital screening of 1931's Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, with the Philip Glass score.  For those who don't remember, Dracula was without a soundtrack, as it straddled the transition between silent films and "talkies."  In fact, it was released in many theaters as a silent feature.  The soundtrack was added later by Glass for a DVD release.  The show starts at 7:30 pm and, as I mentioned, admission is FREE!  Check out the 5th Avenue Cinema website for more information.



The Monster Squad, writer/director Fred Dekker's classic second film (following the equally AWESOME Night of the Creeps screens at The Hollywood Theatre one night only, at 7 pm.  And Fred Dekker will be in attendance!!!!!  If you haven't seen this film, FOR SHAME!  Get to The Hollywood and find out if Wolfman got nards or not!!  Presenting by the Portland State University Film Program, you'll find more information at The Hollywood Theatre website.



The Dallas Motor Vu in Oregon has an awesome double feature on October 24 and 25.  Catch digital HD versions of the original Halloween and Psycho at THE DRIVE-IN!  Find more details, including directions, at The Dallas Oregon Motor Vu website.



The 7th Street Theatre in Hoquium, WA, is screening the modern zom/rom/com classic Shaun of the Dead on October 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm.  Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are only $5.  Not a bad deal for this slice of zombie fun.  Visit the theater's Facebook page or the official website for more details.



Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street comes to The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub through October 30.  I don't need to go into details, do I?  Just go see the freaking film on the big screen!  I'll post showtimes as they become available, or check The Laurelhurst Theater website.



More spooky goodness is coming your way thanks to The Hollywood Theatre.  The digital restoration of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is back by popular demand.  Plays through October 30 at 9:15 pm (NOTE: no showing on Monday, October 27).  For more information, visit the link.  



Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead comes to the Limelight Cinema in Bellingham, WA.  Bet you did Nazi it coming (hey, it's the poster tagline!).  Plays at 8:45 pm through October 30 (the showing on Sunday, October 26 is at 7:45 pm), visit the link for more details.  

Saturday, October 25



Perhaps the greatest meta-horror comedy made, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods, screens at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian Theater in Seattle, WA, as part of the Midnight Adrenalin series.  If you didn't catch this on the big screen, Seattle horror fans, do not miss this midnight presentation.  You'll find more information at this link.

Hilloween, the Seattle area family friendly Halloween event returns to Capital Hill.  This community party is free and open to everyone, with a carnival, a costume parade, trick-or-treating on Broadway Ave and a pizza party at Pagliacchi's (free slice to kids in costume).  The fun starts at noon.  You'll find all the information you need, including directions to Cal Anderson Park, at the link or at the Facebook event page.



Well, if you missed it this summer, the (not so new now) digital restoration of Ghostbusters hits The Hollywood Theatre through October 31.  Yeah, I know that sounded bad, but I'm not dissing the movie.  But Ghostbusters seems to have played EVERYWHERE this summer, it feels more like a prolonged trailer for the possible Ghostbusters 3 movie, rather than a revisitation of a classic horror comedy.  But enough of that.  It's a great Halloween film for the entire family and I'll post showtimes as soon as they are available.  Or you can check The Hollywood Theatre website later in October.



But, if another screening of Ghostbusters doesn't make you want to pull out your wallet, The Hollywood Theatre is screening the Vincent Price classic, House on Haunted Hill.  The film will be introduced by Joe Jordan, author of The Films of William Castle.  No word on if The Hollywood will present the feature in "Emergo," but we can hope.  The show starts at 7 pm, and you'll find more information at The Hollywood Theatre website.



Also at The Hollywood Theatre tonight only is the witchcraft thriller, The Craft, presented in Hecklevision.  Wait, what?  Heckle this film?  I remember it and I don't remember it being heckle-worthy.  But The Hollywood feels this is a movie one can love and laugh at and have invited a few guest hecklers to help get things rolling.  Just use your phone to text your comments and the message will appear onscreen for all to see.  The show starts at 9:45 pm and you'll find more information at The Hollywood Theatre website.



Bleedingham III, an evening of short horror films from Northwest filmmakers, returns to the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA.  The show starts at 9 pm and you'll find more details at the link.  

Sunday, October 26



The Egyptian Theatre gets back to it's roots today with a one time screening of the Boris Karloff classic, The Mummy.  A big screen version of this classic is something NOT TO BE MISSED!  The film starts at 2 pm, so visit The Egyptian Theatre website later in October.



Local comic shop Things From Another World teams up with The Hollywood Theatre to present Alien, tonight only.  While there, you can get information on the inside scoop on Fire and Stone, the new comic from Dark Horse Press that ties together AliensPredators, a new cast of humans, and the crew of the Prometheus.  A Q and A on the series, with creative team Kelly Sue DeConnick, Patric Reynolds, Chris Roberson, Christopher Sebela, Paul Tobin and Joshua Williamson, as well Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, starts at 6:45 pm.  The film will follow.  Copies of the various Fire and Stone titles will be available for purchase.  More information, and advanced ticket sales, are available at The Hollywood Theatre website.  Tickets to the show are $8.

Tuesday, October 28




The horrific goodness keeps coming to The Hollywood Theatre, as the Grindhouse Film Festival presents at 35mm dose of double feature goodness.  First up is Twins of Evil, starring Peter Cushing and the hot twins, Mary and Madeleine Collinson.  Then comes a second dose of Cushing with Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed.  You should need any plot descriptions to get you excited about this double feature, but you'll find all the information at The Hollywood Theatre website.  Twins starts at 7:30 pm, Frankenstein at 9:30 pm, and admission to both films is only $8!

Wednesday, October 29



It appears to BE ON!!! House of Wax in 3D is part of the Monster Month at the Joy Cinema Tigard, OR!!!!!!!!  No, not that crappy remake with what's-her-name, but the original with Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, paddle balls and all sorts of macabre happenings.  Screens at 7 pm through October 30 (at least that's as far as Fandango will let me look into the future).  Check back for potential Halloween screenings, or visit The Joy Cinema website later next week.

And The Joy Cinema has added The Exorcist to the Monster Month celebration.  Screens at 9 pm through October 30 (again, curse you and bless you, Fandango!).  Check back for potential Halloween screenings, or visit The Joy Cinema website later next week. 


Thursday, October 30



If you're in the Seattle, WA, area, and want to see something scary to start off the Halloween weekend, head to the EMP Halloween Campout Cinema (at the EMP Sky Theater) for a screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.  Tickets are $12 ($8 if you are an EMP member).  Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.  Visit the link for more information and a link to buy advance tickets.

Also at the EMP in Seattle, WA, is the Happy Hour KINGO, a celebration of horror writer Stephen King.  Watch clips from classic King movies and fill out your KINGO card to win PRIZES!  The events starts at 5:30 pm and admission is free with a RSVP (but you must be over 21 years of age to attend).  Check out the link for more information.



A digitally restored and remastered version of John Carpenter's classic, Halloween, will make make a few stops in the Northwest on October 30 and 31.  Locations include The Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, OR, the Carmike 12 in Corvallis, OR, the Dallas Motor Vu Drive-In in Dallas, OR and the Carmike 12 in Kennewick, WA.  For more information about the world wide release of the digitally restored Halloween, visit the link.



The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, in conjunction with Washington State University Vancouver, presents the Willamette Radio Workshop's performance of War of the Worlds.  Doors open at 6 pm for this one night only, FREE event, with the performance starting at 7 pm.  Visit The Kiggins Theatre website for more information.

Halloween!!!!!!
Friday, October 31



What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the ultimate dress up movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show!  The SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, WA, presents this midnight showing of the cult classic.  Check the link for more details.  




The Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA, celebrates the scariest night of the year with a screening of the digitally remastered classic Halloween.  The film follows the Spokane Laugh Off, so let the previous winners of Stand Up to Bigger Things open mic comedy at The Bing put a grin on your face before John Carpenter's film has you shrieking in fright.  The show starts at 7:30 pm, and you'll find more information, and advanced ticket sales, at The Bing Crosby Theater website.  And for more information about the world wide release of the digitally restored Halloween, visit the link.

And The Vashon Theatre in Vashon, WA, ends the most wonderful time of the year with a screening of the diggitally remastered classic Halloween .  Showtimes are unavailable at this time, so check back here, or at The Vashon Theatre website, later in October.





The Wheel-In Motor Movie Drive-In in Port Townsend, WA, ends it's season with a bang on October 31 and November 1.  Catch the Halloween Triple Creature Feature, including Bride of FrankensteinAttack of the 50 Foot Woman and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Prizes, drawings, concessions specials and a costume contest are included in the festivities.  Check the Wheel-In Motor Movie website for more details and directions.



The Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, invites you to do the Time Warp Again with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Admission is $10, and be sure to dress up for the costume contest.  Doors open at 11 pm.  For more information, visit The Kiggins Theatre website.

November, 2014
Saturday, November 1



The SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle, WA, isn't done with the horror goodies.  At midnight tonight, the theater will present the classic Zombie, AKA Zombi 2 or Zombie Flesh Eaters.  The name doesn't matter, I just dare you not to wince at the eyeball skewering scene.  Damn, I still can't watch it without an "Eeeugh" moment.  Yeah, it's that awesome, and so much better on the big screen.  Trust me, I saw it in the theater when it came out and it still haunts me in the best possible ways.  The show starts at midnight and you can find more information at the link.



The Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA, presents an encore showing of Bleedingham III, an evening of short horror films from Northwest filmmakers.  The show starts at 9 pm and you'll find more details at the link.  

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Well, the list keeps getting longer, so be sure to check back in case I find something that slipped between the cracks.  And keep checking the Horror Calendar, as November is starting to fill up.

Remember, if you're hosting a horror themed event, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll post it on the calendar and future updates.  Hey, if you haven't noticed, I can veer into sci-fi and fantasy, so send those in as well.

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