Saturday, September 27, 2014

Interview with Jeremy Garner, director and Thevocab Ulariast, writer of All Hell Breaks Loose.




Last week, I was able to sit down with Jeremy Garner and Thevocab Ulariast, the team behind All Hell Breaks Loose, which has its Portland premiere at Cinema 21 on Friday, October 3, at 10 pm.

The Shadow Over Portland:  I’m talking with the creators of the exploitation tribute, at least that’s what I assume it is, All Hell Breaks Loose.  Now, I know this is a Portland premiere, but is this bigger that that?  Or have you shown it elsewhere?

Jeremy Garner: The world premiere was in Eugene (Oregon), where the majority of the cast and crew are from.   This is the Portland premiere.

TSOP: Vocab, this is the first movie you worked on.  Where did you find the inspiration for the script?

Thevocab Ulariast: Well, a friend of ours, Joseph (he plays God in the movie), he rides a motorcycle.  And he asked Jeremy if he wanted to make a biker movie.   We had the resources, and had been working on some short films, so Jeremy asked if I wanted to write a biker movie. 

In my style, I wanted to be left alone with it as I wrote it.  And the only thing Jeremy asked is to have a séance in it.  And that drove to me where I went with it.

I didn’t want it to be like Sons of Anarchy, or Dear God, No.  So I came up with an amalgamation of the movies that I love, enjoy and think are funny. 



TSOP:  Jeremy, you produced and worked on special effects on several films shot in Eugene.  Is this your first time directing?

JG: This is the first feature film I’ve directed.  I’ve directed shorts, which no one ever saw, but it’s my first feature film. 

TSOP:  What was the difference between producing, or working on special effects, and directing?

JG:  It was pretty crazy.  We didn’t have much of a budget and everything you’re doing is tenfold.
As far as locations, casting, what I had to prepare to do for effects, it was hard.  Everyone involved in production had to wear many different hats, which was difficult. 

TSOP: Vocab, were you working on the film as well?

TU: Like Jeremy said, everyone was wearing a bunch of hats and I helped out with every aspect of the film, except for editing and sound effects. 

When I was on set, I’d try to work with the actors on their lines and try to make sure they hit them right.  A lot of the jokes in the script are about the timing and the way the lines are delivered.  I think we did a pretty good job with that, and the actors responded to that and that was my most important part on the film, other than being around and doing all sorts of little things on the set to make it work.

TSOP: Jeremy, you said you didn’t have much of a budget, but you have some really nice bikes in the movie.  Did you find people who had them, or did you know of actors with bikes and told them you were making the film?

JG: Like Vocab said, Justin Sullivan, who plays God in the movie, he rides and is in a motorcycle club.  He was able to put us in contact with a large motorcycle club in Oregon that was willing to help us out.
 
TSOP: Where you able to find enough actors in Eugene, or were you able to pull from actors in Portland?

JG: As I said, we’ve been working on short films for a while, so we have a pretty good core group of people we work with on a regular basis.  And for some of the larger roles, like Statch, we did a Portland casting call and were lucky to find the perfect people for it.
 
TSOP: The movie has an obviously intentional warped sense of humor.  Vocab, did you find yourself reigning in the humor?  Did you ever think you were going too far?  Or did you just decide to go as far as you can?

TU: My intention with everything I write is to go as far as I can.  In my dealings with scripts, it limits the people willing to take a chance on it.  Jeremy’s one of the few people I know that says, “I like that, let’s do it.”  And the film is pretty close to what’s on the page.  We didn’t really cut anything out, other than for time, or the end standards not being what we wanted.  Everything that’s in the film is on the page.

There were a couple things the actors added in, which were pretty hilarious, like the scene where the bartender keeps getting slapped on the butt.  It wasn’t planned, I didn’t add it in there, but it adds a nice touch.  The actors put their own flavor into their roles and got into the hilarious meanness of the movie.  I’m pretty happy with it.  And no, I never had to reign myself in on anything.



TSOP: Jeremy, where did you find the locations?  There’s a scene in a bar.  What did you do to get that location?

JG: Goggle Earth was my friend.  I scoured the state looking for the perfect locations for the riding sequences, which, if you watch old biker films, always have an Arizona/New Mexico look to them.  And the great thing about Oregon is you’ve got deserts, you have mountains, you have the ocean.  You have every thing you could possible need in this state.

The exterior of the bar we found in this logging town called Noti.  I called up the owner and they were awesome.  They let us come out and take over the place for an entire weekend.  We shot all of our exteriors there.  For the interior, we used a motorcycle club’s clubhouse. 

TSOP: I called this an exploitation film homage, and it looks it.  You put a grainy texture into the film.  Was that purposeful, or were you just having fun?  And what did you do to make this look like a movie you’d see in a grindhouse theater?

JG: Well, I didn’t want to take the Rodriguez/Tarantino approach and overdo it.  I wanted to give it the look of being period dated, but not really.  I added the things I enjoy about watching old films, like the 35mm grain and dust on old prints.  But I purposely stayed away from doing film burns, scratches and hair, because I don’t want to have people comparing my movie to Planet Terror.  And I didn’t want it to come across as gimmicky. 

But, at the same time, I’m a fanboy.  I wanted the film to have to have that look, without being in your face. 



TSOP: Vocab, do you plan to write another script in the near future?

TU: I have scripts out there, but they’re all like All Hell Breaks Loose, weird and quirky.  I had one reviewer call the film “uncategorizable,” which is how all my scripts are, weird, funny violent and unique.  All Hell Breaks Loose is an exploitation biker film, but I don’t think you’ll find someone to write it like I did, with the weirdness, humor and oddball jokes here and there.

I try to sell my scripts, but people don’t get them.  The one time I had someone try to buy one from me, they had me rewrite it, and it took all the heart out of the script.  That really killed me and made me done with Hollywood.  I only want to work with Jeremy, or any other director that might understand what the hell I’m trying to do.  That one experience of cannibalizing my own work really pissed me off and I’m not into it. 

TSOP: It looked like the film poked fun at some other movies.  For example, the holy water in the condoms sequence seemed a little joke at the moment in From Dusk Till Dawn. 

JG: There’s only so much you can do with holy water.  Just the fact that the priest is an alcoholic pervert made the condoms come across as the perfect vessel for his holy water. 

TSOP:  I just loved the fact that the condoms wouldn’t break on impact with the bikers, which makes sense.  I was watching the scene and thinking, “Oh, that’s good.”

TU: I was playing with that, like it could be a weapon.  But in reality, you have to fill a condom with a lot of water to make it break on impact.  And I think that’s funnier, that it’s realistic.  We have so much silly stuff going on, when that dose of realism hits, it become hilarious. 

JG: The first time I read that, it was Vocab’s personality coming through.  His humor is to add insult to injury.  That describes it perfectly. 

TSOP: Jeremy, the film uses both practical and CG effects.  Did you try to stay with practical as much as possible, or was it based on the film’s budget?

JG: It was a little bit of both.  Everything was planned out for us to do the effects practically, but on set, we were all wearing different hats.  I planned on doing all the effects, but we had a three-week shooting schedule on this feature film.  And a lot of the effects ended up looking like garbage.  We had to go to digital to add to the practical effects that didn’t quite come across the way I wanted them to.  Every effect in the film is practical, but with digital overlaid to complement it, except for a few shots that weren’t obtainable with our budget.

It was a lesson learned, you can’t do everything yourself.  Directing is a big enough job.  I can’t wait for the next film.  There will be a crew, effects and makeup artists. 

I’m not totally against digital effects.  I think they can be nice, and add to practical effects, if you can get them mixed properly. 

TSOP: Vocab, you take some pretty humorous potshots at religion in this film, especially with the end.  And let’s not spoil it!  Where did that part of the film come from?

TU: I’m not quite sure where it came from, other than the fact that I’m not really religious and the idea of superhuman beings deciding the fate of our lives is pretty humorous to me.  Because I’m a non-believer, I find humor in religion.  And twisting religious ideals to mess with an audience makes me laugh on the inside. 

I know the people who watch our movies won’t be the most religious people, so I felt I was safe.  I’m not trying to offend anyone, it’s just my personal humor and I think horror fans will get it. 



TSOP: So, what’s next for you guys?

JG: Our next big project is Desecration. 

TSOP: Is that one you wrote, Vocab?

TU: No, and I want to give the writer credit, but I can’t remember his name.

JG: It was Michael Shelton.  We purchased the script and, with his approval, rewrote it to fit our style.

TU: I took what was a really nasty, brutal script and injected humor into it.  It’s irreverent, weird and, once again,  “uncategorizable,” which is a weird word to say.  But that’s what I like.  I’ve done movie reviews before, I’ve done a lot of studying into what makes a cult movie, and I have a certain philosophy I write by, because my idea is to make everything a cult movie.  Make it so weird, so bizarre, yet so accessible that people will enjoy it, even if they didn’t think they would. 

With All Hell Breaks Loose, you say it’s a biker exploitation movie and people will say, “It’s not really my thing.”  Than they watch it and enjoy it because it has elements that are funny and enjoyable.  So with Desecration, I feel I took that script and did the same thing.  It remains to be seen how we shoot it. 

TSOP: When does shooting start?

JG: It’s all about money at this point.  We have to recoup some of our funds from All Hell Breaks Loose, and as soon as we can do that, we’ll get started.

TSOP: What was your biggest difficulty in getting All Hell Breaks Loose filmed?

JG: The biggest difficulty I had was having such a large cast that was unpaid, or underpaid, and getting all these people together at the same time.  Everyone has day jobs, everyone has families.  I needed three weeks out of their life and that was difficult. 

TSOP: So this was shot in three weeks, not over a series of weekends?

JG: No.  I’ve worked on plenty of feature films that have stretched out over a year, shooting on weekends, because the filmmakers are working with low budgets.  I didn’t want to fall into the pitfalls involved with that, so I decided whoever was cast would have to guarantee me three weeks time, so we could get the film shot and done. 

TSOP: All Hell Breaks Loose screens at Cinema 21 at 10 pm on October 3.  How do you think the screening will go?

TU:  I think we’re gonna pack the place.  There will be lots of beer around, lots of laughs.  I think it will be great. 

One thing I want to point out is, this isn’t a movie where you sit and watch quietly.  This is rough and rowdy.  Go to the movie drunk, laugh and scream and have fun.  That’s what we want to see. 

TSOP: I assume you both will be at the screening.  Will any members of the cast be there as well?

TU: I think the majority of the cast will be there.  Definitely Ehren “Danger” McGhehey will be there.  Nick Forrest, who plays the hero, and Joseph Sullivan, who plays God, will be there.  April Mai, who is our wonderful kidnapped stripper will be there.  So, if you want to meet everyone, be there.  October 3, 10 pm at Cinema 21. 

TSOP: Will you be selling DVDs at the screening?

TU: Probably not.  Right now, we are looking into different genre distribution companies that might be interesting in the film, so we’re holding off on selling any physical copies at this time. 

TSOP: Where can people find you on the web?

TU: I run a website called moviecynics.com, and my information is on the website.  I have a Facebook page called Thevocab Ularious and on Twitter I have @vocabularious. 

JG: I’m on Facebook.  You can find search All Hell Breaks Loose film and look us up under Frenetic Films Production on Facebook. 

TSOP:  Well, thank you both for your time and I hope the screening of All Hell Breaks Loose is a success.

TU: Thank you.

JG: Thanks.


The Portland premiere of All Hell Breaks Loose takes place at Cinema 21 on October 3 at 10 pm.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Evil aliens, Lovecraftian monsters and All Hell Breaks Loose at Cinema 21! Oh, and did I mention Universal Monsters, Halloween films, Hitchcock, The Wicker Man and Mad Monster Con? Oh it's a busy two weeks for horror fans!!!


Ongoing



The Broadway version of Mel Brook’s classic horror spoof, Young Frankenstein, makes a stop under The Shadow Over Portland.  The Lakewood Center for the Arts (located at 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego, OR) will feature the production through October 19. Check out the LCFTA website for more information.


Friday, September 26



Over on the theater's Facebook pageThe Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, has announced a screening of Alien.  No other details are available, but you can check The Joy Cinema website for more information later in the week.



"Get your azz to the KIGGINS!"  Yep, Arnold and a bunch of badasses come upon one real nasty alien in the sci fi classic, Predator, at The Kiggens Theatre.  You might think there isn't much for horror fans at first glance, but skinned corpses, decapitation, deboning of victims and other nasty bits will make this a nice little treat before the real spooky stuff hits next month.  The film screens at various times throughout the week, so visit The Kiggins Theatre website for more information.

October Events

Wednesday, October 1



The Hollywood Theatre starts October with a screening of Halloween III: Season of the Witch in glorious 35mm!!  And composer Alan Howarth (Halloween 3Big Trouble in Little ChinaThey Live) will be in attendance!!  The show starts at 7:30 pm.  You can find more information about the screening, and a link to buy advance tickets, at The Hollywood Theatre website.



The only thing better than Halloween III on October 1 is the original Halloween, and the Vashon Theatre in Vashon, WA, will be the first theater in the Pacific Northwest to screen the digitally remastered version of John Carpenter's classic.  If you miss it tonight, you can still catch it on Halloween Night at The Vashon!  The film starts at 8:30 pm, and you'll find more information at The Vashon Theatre website.

Friday, October 3



October starts out with a big bang, as The Hollywood Theatre presents three great Universal Monster flicks as part of their Cinema Classics series.  First up is a 35mm presentation of James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein.  I don’t need to mention why you need to see this amazing film on the big screen.  Plays through October 5.  Show times to be announced, so check back here, or at The Hollywood Theatre website for more information.  



If you want a feature with a bit more bite, The Hollywood Theatre will also screen Dracula’s Daughter in 35mm through October 5.  A moody piece filled with lesbian overtones, it’s another can’t miss screening that makes me want to dump my paycheck into the cash registers at The Hollywood.  Show times to be announce, so check back later or at The Hollywood Theatre website



And now, The Hollywood Theatre has added a 35mm presentation of The Wolf Man.  Okay, forward all my calls to The Hollywood through October 5.  I'll be there.  No show times are announced, so check back later or visit The Hollywood Theatre website.



Don't feel left out, Seattle horror fans.  Through October 4, grab your boomsticks and get to the Renton Civic Theatre and catch Evil Dead: The Musical.  And, as expected, you can purchase splatter zone tickets.  Oh, you know you want to be in one of those seats!  Shows start at 7 and 10:15 pm.  Be sure to wear something you don't mind getting sticky and icky!!!  Get more information at the link.



A new horror convention, Mad Monster: Shadow over Seattle (wait, that sounds familiar….) will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue through October 5th.  It looks like a Rocky Horror reunion, as Little Nell, Patricia Quinn and Barry Bostwick are scheduled to appear.  Also, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys from the original Fright Night are on the guest list.  Visit the Facebook Event Page or the website for more information.



Frenetic Films Production presents the Portland premiere All Hell Breaks Loose tonight at 10 pm at Cinema 21.  Discribed as a "genre-defying exploitation horror/comedy." the film follows a man on a quest to rescue his fiancee from a satanic motorcycle gang, "even if that means dying over and over again."  Adding him in his quest is a "shit-kicking sheriff, a perverted priest and a cowboy who just might be God."  Sounds like he's going to need the help.  Shot in Eugene, OR, the filmmakers promise, "language, nudity, crushed heads, exploding heads, and melting heads."  Oh, my sort of film!  The production stars Ehren "Danger" McGhehey (Jackass and Jackass 2), Nick Forrest (A Whore Named Bitch) and Todd A. Robinson (Grimm and Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling).  Keep checking back at The Shadow Over Portland for more information on this locally produced film!



The 99W Drive-In Theatre in Newberg, OR, is screening The Wicker Man: The Final Cut through October 5 at 9:45 pm.  Playing after the new Laika Studio's latest stop-motion release, The Boxtrolls (which starts at 7:45 pm), this double feature will be an interesting family outing.  Visit the official website for directions and more details as they become available.



The Academy Theater in Portland, OR, kicks of the most wonderful time of the year with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, through October 9.  Check back here later in the month, or at The Academy Theater website, for more details.

Saturday, October 4



Celebrate the start of the countdown to the 20th Anniversary of The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhuthon in 2015 by attending The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival at The Hollywood Theatre.  This one night event will feature shorts from the Festival’s past 19 years, as well as a sneak peak at next October’s event, and one very special feature film.  The insanity, I mean fun, starts at 7 pm.  Little else has been announced, but you know I’ll post information as soon as it becomes available, or you can join the Facebook event page and get updates right away.

Mark Your Calendars!

A digitally remastered version of John Carpenter's Halloween is screening world wide this October.  For information on local showings, and a link to view the screenings around the world, visit the Horror Calendar.  

Oh, The Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, OR, has such sights to show you.  The Blob, The Mummy, Ghostbusters and Halloween.  What a great collection of horror films.  Visit the Horror Calendar for more details.

The Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, has some awesome feature lined up for you.  Well, a few are not confirmed yet, but if the October 29 one comes through, it will take the sting out of The Shining beating out Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Check out the details at the Horror Calendar.  

The EMP in Seattle, WA, has released some Halloween offerings, from Buffy and Are You Afraid of the Dark? trivia events to screenings of SusperiaThe Shining and Jaws.  The SIFF Theater has a series of Midnight Movies sure to draw horror fans, and the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA, is screening Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead and They Live! in October.  And The Portland Museum of Art has posted a screening of the 1945 horror anthology, Dead of Night, on October 16 and 17.  The horror events keep piling in, so visit the Horror Calendar for links and more information!!  And you'll find information on events into 2015!


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Remember, if you have a horror event you'd like to promote, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include it in both the Horror Calendar and my Weekly Horror Update.  

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




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SIGH! The Gillman loses to Jack and I'm a bit upset.



Yep, Creature from the Black Lagoon (in 3-FREAKING-D) lost out to the Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, at the Tell Us What You Want To See vote from The Hollywood Theatre.  Really, didn't the theater screen that movie a few months ago?

Okay, breathe deep and let it out.....

However, just because The Shining won the popular vote doesn't mean the film will be screened.  As of Wednesday, September 24, 98 tickets need to be pre-ordered before the film will be shown.  So go to The Hollywood Theatre website, click on the Tell Us What You Want To See link, than click on The Shining to buy your tickets.  You have until October 16 to put your money down.

And, on a final note...

THE GILLMAN RULES!!  JACK TORRANCE DROOLS!!!

(breathe, breathe, breathe....)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Babadook looks freaking AWESOME!

Okay, I'm basing my opinion only on a trailer, and trailers have been know to lie as to how good the movie being promoted.  Still, the trailer for The Babadook looks scary as hell.




Yes, it's a simple concept.  A supernatural creature is stalking a widow and her young son.  Easy enough for most, but the trailer is a textbook example of how to make an enticing promotion for a horror movie.

FIrst, the trailer never revels the creature.  Sure, we see a picture of it in a book, and a few shadowy glimpses, but never the entire being.  The trailer never lets us see the creature (or the ending, as countless other trailers have).  it gives just enough to whet our appetites and nothing more.

Second, the trailer plays up the idea that mom might be seeing things.  Sure, other supernatural horror film plays with the idea that the person experiencing the event might be going insane, but I've yet to see it played out so well in a trailer.  Perhaps this is more a testament to writer/director Jennifer Kent, for crafting a tale that blurs the line between insanity and reality.  It doesn't matter, as the trailer really hammers that idea home, as the mother sees the Babadook when she reports a stalker to the local authorities, or hears the creature asking to give her the child.  It leaves one guessing which direction the film will take and makes you want to buy a ticket and discover how the film plays out.

And, finally, I don't remember a creepier moment in a movie where a character was hiding under the covers.  Perhaps it was because this time, an adult character was hiding rather than a child, making more of a connection with me.  Or the display of director Kent's use of lighting and the slow burn approach of the trailer hooked me.  It really doesn't matter, as I plan to be in line on opening weekend for this film.

The Babadook is set to open on Friday, November 28.  It's too bad it's not opening in October, but it might be the jolt you need to kick you out of your Thanksgiving tryptophan coma.

Stay tuned to The Shadow Over Portland for Northwest screenings as I find them.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Do the Time Warp AGAIN at the 99W Drive-In! Or get slimed and feel funky this weekend!!



Ghostbusters makes its way to the 99W Drive-In in Newberg this weekend.  Yeah, this should be a great family evening at the drive-in.  I'll post times when the information is available, or check the 99W Drive-In website for more information.



But you might consider leaving the kids at home next weekend, as The 99W Drive-In in Newberg, OR, presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show from September 19 to 21.  Or bring the kids along, as long as you no problems explaining why Dr. Frank N. Furter is wearing a corset and garters.  Besides, a family Time Warp dance session sounds like fun to me!  No other information is available, so check back at The Shadow Over Portland later in the month, or visit the 99W Drive-In website.

Burlynomicon at The Lovecraft this Wednesday, Young Frankenstein dances into Lake Oswego and MORE! And check out the October preview!


Hey Northwest horror fans.  Sorry for the delay in posting something new, but I've had a few issues in my life that sucked the life out of me faster than a space vampire from London.  

But I've regained my stamina and am back to spreading the horror news for September.  And October is less than a month away and I suspect I will come across more events to add to The Shadow Over Portland Horror Calendar.

Of course, if any readers know of, or are running, a haunted attraction this October, be sure to email me at shadowoverportland@live.com, or message me on Facebook with links and information I can add to the Horror Calendar, and future Weekly Updates.

Well, let's get to all the events that should tide you over till the most wonderful time of the year (Halloween, of course!).  And be sure to check out the first weekend in October preview!!!

Wednesday, September 9



The Year Anniversary of Burlynomicon happens on September 9 at The Lovecraft Bar (421 SE Grand in Portland, OR).  Doors open at 9 pm, with the show starting at 9:30. And you can stick around for the post-show dance party.  Tickets to the show are $10 at the door, and you must be 21 or older to attend  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more information and a list of performers,  And check out The Lovecraft's home page for more events that will test your sanity!


Friday, September 12



The Broadway version of Mel Brook’s classic horror spoof, Young Frankenstein, makes a stop under The Shadow Over Portland.  The Lakewood Center for the Arts (located at 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego, OR) will feature the production through October 19.  I’ll post more information as it becomes available, or you can check out the LCFTA website for more information.




Ghostbusters makes its way to the 99W Drive-In in Newberg this weekend.  Yeah, this should be a great family evening at the drive-in.  I'll post times when the information is available, or check the 99W Drive-In website for more information.  

Saturday, September 13



If you're in the Beaverton, OR area, and have dreamed of working as an actor in a haunted house, head out to 13th Door Haunted House (at 3855 SW Murray Blvd in Beaverton) on September 13.  The attraction is looking for 20 actors and is holding open auditions, starting at noon.  But, before you go, check out the Facebook Event Page and READ the information pertaining to how to prepare for the audition and the stipulations needed to be considered.


Friday, September 19



The Cowlitz Retro Film Series screening of Paul Verhoeven's classic sci fi classic, Total Recall, has been rescheduled for September 19 and 20.  Yeah, I know it's not a horror film, but Rob Bottin's makeup effects are stunning and worth seeing on the big screen.  And the screening will feature an interview with Dan O'Bannon, conducted by Jason V. Brock in 2009!  So get your azz to Marz, uh, I mean the Kelso Theater Pub (visit the theater's Facebook page here), by 9 pm.  Tickets are $8 at the door, or click on the link to the Kelso Theater Pub website to buy advanced tickets for $7.  And check out the CRFS Facebook Event page for more details on the screening.



Tacoma, WA, will be all revved up when Friday Night Frights opens it's run of monthly horror films with a true classic, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, for one night only.  Tickets are only $5 at the door.  The screening will be held at The Blue Mouse Theatre (follow this link to the theatre's official website, or here for the theatre's Facebook page) at 10 pm.  You can get more information about the screening at the Facebook event page.  I wonder if the Blue Mouse serves chili...




But you might consider leaving the kids at home next weekend, as The 99W Drive-In in Newberg, OR, presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show from September 19 to 21.  Bring the kids along, as long as you no problems explaining why Dr. Frank N. Furter is wearing a corset and garters.  Besides, a family Time Warp dance session sounds like fun to me!  Seriously, my life would be complete if I got my dad to dance to the Time Warp.  No other information is available, so check back at The Shadow Over Portland later in the month, or visit the 99W Drive-In website.  


Saturday, September 20



The Rose City Comic Con comes to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on through September 21.  Scheduled guests include Buffy’s Big Bad, The Glorificus herself, Clare Kramer, and Wes Studi, the badass Hanover from Deep Rising, will be there as well as other guests.  Check out the link for more information on guests, events, panels and more.


And don't forget to vote for The Hollywood Theatre to screen Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D this October!  Sure, you have four other films to choose from, but how can you not vote to see The Gillman in 3D?  Just click on The Hollywood Theatre website, scroll down to the Tell Us What You Want To See box with the picture of Carol Ann in front of the television, click the picture and follow the instructions.

And VOTE FOR THE GILLMAN!  That would get us FOUR Classic Universal Monster Movies at The Hollywood Theatre this October.  Just check below for the other three...


Mark Your Calendar!

Oh, the first week in October will be BUSY!  The Hollywood Theatre starts October with a screening of Halloween III: Season of the Witch in glorious 35mm!!  And composer Alan Howarth (Halloween 3, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live) will be in attendance!!  The show starts at 7:30 pm.  You can find more information about the screening, and a link to buy advance tickets, at The Hollywood Theatre website.

Then, from October 3 to 5  The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, is screening three Classic Universal Monster Movies, Dracula's Daughter, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man!  And, to top it off, the theatre will host The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival on Saturday night, October 4!!

Up in Seattle, horror fans can spend some time at the Mad Monster: Shadow Over Seattle horror convention from October 3 to 5, before heading out to watch some dancing Deadites at Evil Dead: The Musical on October 3 and 4.

And that's just the first weekend of October!  It's going to be a busy month for us horror fans!  You can check The Shadow Over Portland Horror Calendar for links and information on events between now and 2015!!

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Remember, if you have a horror event you'd like to promote, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include it in both the Horror Calendar and my Weekly Horror Update.  

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Hollywood Theatre wants YOU to vote for their October This is Your Theater feature! And the choices include the Gillman!!!



Okay, Gillman fans, we have a shot at this, so let's not blow it!

The Hollywood Theatre is asking for your vote for the October This Is Your Theatre feature.  Films in the running include:

Clue
The Shining
Wait Until Dark
Poltergeist
and.....

Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D!!!!

Okay, a bit of personal bias there, but still, it's the Gillman in FREAKING 3D!

You will have to set up an account for Crowded Theater!  But if you've voted for This is Your Theater features before, you'll already be active on the site.

So get online and vote, especially if you're a Gillman fan!  Just click on the link, scroll down to Tell Us What You Want to See (with a picture of Carol Ann in front of the TV) and vote!!!