Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It's time for your weekly Horror Update, and I have some great offerings to share with you!

Yep, it's time for Northwest Horror Fans to break out their calendars and start marking the events happening under The Shadow Over Portland.  I've got chainsaw slashers in Seattle, werewolves in Portland, Bee Girls, Sharknados, some alien encounters and SO MUCH MORE!  Oh, and Buffy Trivia as well!  Get ready, Northwest Genre Fans, here's your weekly update!!

Ongoing

Submissions are being accepted for the PDXtreme Fest, 3 days of horror, crime, gore and more at the the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark) in Portland, OR, December 2 through 4 this year.  You can find more details on how to enter your film at the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, February 10



Okay, if you missed Saturday's showing, Seattle Horror Fans, head to the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St) in Seattle, WA tonight at 7 pm for a repeat showing of Pieces in GLORIOUS 35mm!  You will not regret it.  Scroll down the link for more details.

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Buffy Trivia Night comes to the Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave) in Seattle, WA, tonight at 7 pm.  Visit the link for more details and ticket sales.

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Weird Wednesday presents another Paul Naschy werewolf classic, Curse of the Devil, at the Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR, tonight at 9 pm.  As always, admission is free (so spend a bit more at the concession stand, damn it!), but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Find more details at the Joy Cinema website.  

Friday, February 12



The truth about demons will be reveled tonight at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St) in Seattle, WA, as VHS Uber Alles presents a Valentine's Day Special, The Demon Lover, in glorious VHS.  Hippies looking for fun join an occult study group, but back out when things get too heavy.  The leader uses his dark powers for revenge, leading to rituals, freak-outs, karate battles, kung-fun weapon wielding demons and....  whipped cream fights!?!?!  Oh, I would SO LOVE TO BE THERE.  Admission is only $2, a steal for so much CHEESY AWESOMENESS!  So be sure to spend a bit extra at the snack bar,   You can find more details at the link.

Saturday, February 13



Okay, it might not be everyone's Valentine Day film, but The Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St) in Portland, OR, is screening The Silence of the Lambs through Sunday, February 14 at 7 pm.  Spend this most romantic evening of the year with Clarice Starling, a top FBI studnet, as she matches wits with Dr. Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill in a top notch HORROR film.  Yes, I'm record saying this isn't a thriller, but one of the best horror films of the 90s.  Visit The Clinton Street Theater website for more details.

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The Seattle Gothic Book Club is hosting a literary celebration of Whitley Streiber's horror novel, The Hunger, today at 1 pm at The Dreaming Comics and Games (5226 University Way NE) in Seattle, WA.  This all ages event features a discussion of the novel, as well as games, activities and light refreshments (feel free to bring some non-messy snacks to share).  You can find more about the event at the Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday, February 16



Repressed Cinema and The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, presents a screening in GLORIOUS 35mm of Invasion of the Bee Girls.  Government agent Neil Agar (William Smith) is sent out to investigate the death of men by excessive sex.  Yeah, that's NOT a typo.  And, of course, he discovers the nefarious plot of the Bee Girls.  I don't remember the specifics for the Bee Girls death by sex behavior, but I do remember the cheesy dialog, the gratuitous nudity and a few decent stunts.  The show starts at 7:30 pm, and you'll find more details, and advance ticket sales, at the link.  See you there!

Wednesday, February 17



Buffy Trivia Night returns to the Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave) in Seattle, WA, tonight at 7 pm.  Visit the link for more details and ticket sales.

Thursday, February 18



Okay, if there is one film worthy of Hecklevision, it's Sharknado.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this film (and my mother found it better than Sharknado 2 because of the character development in the first one; I won't say any more) as a joyful celebration of such cheesy classics like The Giant Claw.  Sure, it's manufactured cheese, but it's going to shine compared to the current plans for the Universal Monster Universe.  Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave) in Seattle, WA, is screening amazingly awful (and totally AWESOME) film at 8 pm, and you can text your snarky remarks onto the screen!  More details, and advance ticket sale information, are available at the Facebook Event Page.

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Well, I should direct deposit my paycheck to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, this month, as the theater keeps up the awesome horror offerings with a 35mm screening of the original Fright Night tonight at 9:30 pm.  Part of the Queer Horror program, hosted by Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi, this CLASSIC 80s horror films features one of the sexiest vampire ever (oh, Chris Sarandon, you SO NAILED this one), as well as gay actors Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys, and suspected gay actor Roddy McDowall.  But their sexuality doesn't matter, as this film DELIVERS THE SCARES with some truly creepy scenes and a tour-de-force, practical effects filled final act that will make you rethink to CGI mayhem peddled by most modern films.  It's funny, it's scary and it's a film you don't want to miss on the big screen.  For more details, and advance ticket sales, click on the link.

Friday, February 19



Wizard World Comic Con returns to the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) in Portland, OR, this weekend.  The big news for horror fans at this time is Elvira, The Hostess with the Mostess herself, Cassandra Peterson, will be at the show, as well as Scott Wilson (Hershel from The Walking Dead) and Tobin Bell from the Saw franchise (Bell is scheduled to appear Friday evening and Saturday only).  Whovians can meet a bunch of Doctor Who actors, and Star Trek fans won't want to miss William Shatner (appearing Friday night and Saturday only)  You'll also find a variety of comic artist, tattoo artists,  writers, animators, wrestlers and more.  Visit the Wizard World Comic Con website for more details and the latest updates.

UPDATE: James Marsters (Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel) is scheduled to attend the con at this time.  Keep checking back for updates and more information.

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Okay, if you haven't seen Sugar Hill, I can understand.  This CLASSIC Blacksplotation/zombie film is a bit under the radar, given the WB archive release with a cover that makes the film look like a Lifetime Channel film rather that the AWESOME zombie movie it is.  And, as a commentary on race relations back in the 70's, this movie packs a punch.  So don't miss your chance to catch this film on the big screen, as Friday Night Frights screens it at the Blue Mouse Theater (2611 N. Proctor St) in Tacoma, WA.

Okay, the "N-Word" is dropped several times, but hey, that's how it was back then, so don't try getting all PC on me.  I spent a good part of my youth in Florida, back when my parents lectured me that such language was wrong.  Sugar Hill takes it all in stride, with a black woman taking revenge against the white mob that killed her man, thanks to the help of Baron Samedi and the undead horde she invokes.  Sure, it's politically incorrect (in our more "enlightened times"), but is a snapshot of its time, and as an evisceration of the our previous (and current) societal norms, this film has a lot to say.
The show starts at 10 pm, and admission is only $6.  And, as expected, there will be prizes, trivia and GORE!  And dancing chicken feet!!!  You don't want to miss it!  Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.  And you can read my review of the film at the link.

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Gail Simone, writer of several great comic series (including one of the creepiest current Vertigo titles, Clean Room), will be an EPIC signing event at Things From Another World (2916 NE Broadway) in Portland, OR, tonight at 6 pm.  Also at the screening will be Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County) and Sam Humphries (Jonesy, the story of a teenaged Cupid).  Find out more details at the Things From Another World Facebook Page.  

Saturday, February 20



Klaatu Barada Nikto!  No, not necktie or neon noodle, but the original lines, from 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still, will be spoken at the Pickford Film Center (!318 Bay St) in Bellingham, WA, today at noon.  Yes, you can watch this Sci Fi Classic on the big screen for just $2!  More information, and advance ticket sales, are available at the link.

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Well, that's all I have for now, but you can find details on future events at the Horror Calendar, with information about conventions, film festivals and screenings through the end of the year.  Just remember, I'm always adding to the events, so keep checking back for updates.

Remember, should you be hosting an event that might interest readers of The Shadow Over Portland, all you have to do is send me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include it to the calendar and weekly updates.  Oh, and I should mention posting your event my site is FREE!

And, should you attend any of the events I mention on the site, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Well, it seems my normal schedule isn't working this year, so....

Well, Thursday updates aren't working in 2016, so I'm going to try posting on Tuesdays now, with updates later in the week if needed.  Have to see how this works, but for now, here's your Horror Update for the next week and a half...

February, 2016

Ongoing



Submissions are being accepted for the PDXtreme Fest, 3 days of horror, crime, gore and more at the the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark) in Portland, OR, December 2 through 4 this year.  You can find more details on how to enter your film at the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday. February 3



Okay, Northwest Paul Naschy fans, head to the Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR tonight at 9:30 pm, as Weird Wednesday presents a screening of Fury of the Wolfman.  As always, the screening is free (freeing your wallet to purchase more goodies from the snack bar!), and you must be 21 or older to attend.  You'll find more details at the link.

Thursday, February 4



The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, is kicking off this month with the screening of a digital restoration of the erotic horror classic, The Hunger, tonight at 7:30 pm.  Also a tribute to David Bowie, this steamy vampire tale features Bowie losing his expected immortality as the lover of Miriam (the stunning Catherine Deneuve), who seeks a replacement in a lovely young scientist (played by Susan Sarandon).  I think it has a similar feel to Jean Rollin's 1971 Daughters of Darkness (though that might be clouded by the fact that I haven't seen this film since the 80s) and is one I plan to revisit this month on the big screen.  It's an exceptional vampire tale and worth checking out.  Tickets are $8, and you can find more details, as well as advance ticket sales, at the link.

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And a big THANK YOU to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) for hosting your tribute to Alan Rickman at 9:40 pm tonight.  Because it's a screening of Die Hard, and if you've read my posts, you know I LOVE this movie.  Rickman plays Hans Gruber, who takes a building hostage during a Christmas party, and only John McClane (Bruce Willis) can save all the hostages, as well as his wife, Holly.  This is THE action film of the 80s, with amazing practical stunts (Rickman actually fell 35 feet for the film's climax) and Yippie Kay Yay, Mother......  Oh, you know the rest.  Plan to see me there!  More details, and advance ticket sales, are available at the link.

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If you're in Seattle, the Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave) in Seattle, WA, will screen The Hunger tonight at 8 and 10:30 pm.  Visit the link for more details.  

Friday, February 5



Hey, Vancouver BC Horror Fans, Toxic Avenger The Musical is coming to the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St) tonight at 7 pm, as well as tomorrow, February 6, at 6 and 9:30 pm.  Get behind the hero willing to wipe up corruption, at least in Tromaville, and wish he'd pay a visit to your city.  Visit the Toxic Avenger The Musical website for more details.

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The Olympic Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead tonight at 9 pm.  This is an important film in the development of the zombie as a cinematic icon. stripping away the idea of the zombie as a mindless minion of an overlord (as in White Zombie) and turning the creatures into the flesh devouring beings we all know and love.  The film starts at 9 pm at The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capital Theater website.

Saturday, February 6



Oh, one of the greatest cheesy gore films of the 80s, Juan Piquer Simon's Pieces, will screen tonight in GLORIOUS 35mm at 9:30 pm at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St) in Seattle, WA.  I can NOT implore Seattle Horror Fans enough to see this one on the big screen with a group of like-minded horror fans!  It's an almost transcending event, as the awful dialog, out-of-the-blue kung-fu attack and chainsaw massacres will be an event to remember.  For more details, scroll down on the link.

Wednesday, February 10



Okay, if you missed Saturday's showing, Seattle Horror Fans, head to the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St) in Seattle, WA tonight at 7 pm for a repeat showing of Pieces in GLORIOUS 35mm!  You will not regret it.  Scroll down the link for more details.

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Buffy Trivia Night comes to the Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave) in Seattle, WA, tonight at 7 pm.  Visit the link for more details and ticket sales.  

Friday, February 12



The truth about demons will be reveled tonight at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St) in Seattle, WA, as VHS Uber Alles presents a Valentine's Day Special, The Demon Lover, in glorious VHS.  Hippies looking for fun join an occult study group, but back out when things get too heavy.  The leader uses his dark powers for revenge, leading to rituals, freak-outs, karate battles, kung-fun weapon wielding demons and....  whipped cream fights!?!?!  Oh, I would SO LOVE TO BE THERE.  Admission is only $2, a steal for so much CHEESY AWESOMENESS!  So be sure to spend a bit extra at the snack bar,   You can find more details at the link.

Saturday, February 13



Okay, it might not be everyone's Valentine Day film, but The Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St) in Portland, OR, is screening The Silence of the Lambs through Sunday, February 14 at 7 pm.  Spend this most romantic evening of the year with Clarice Starling, a top FBI studnet, as she matches wits with Dr. Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill in a top notch HORROR film.  Yes, I'm record saying this isn't a thriller, but one of the best horror films of the 90s.  Visit The Clinton Street Theater website for more details.

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The Seattle Gothic Book Club is hosting a literary celebration of Whitley Streiber's horror novel, The Hunger, today at 1 pm at The Dreaming Comics and Games (5226 University Way NE) in Seattle, WA.  This all ages event features a discussion of the novel, as well as games, activities and light refreshments (feel free to bring some non-messy snacks to share).  You can find more about the event at the Facebook Event Page.

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Well, that's all I have for now, but check out the Horror Calendar for more upcoming events.  And, should you be hosting an event that might interest genre fans, remember posting on The Shadow Over Portland is FREE!  Just sent me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include it on the Horror Calendar and my weekly updates.

Also, should you attend any of the events listed above, let the organizers know you read about the event at The Shadow Over Portland!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sorry I missed last week, but I hope to make it up with all of January's Horror Happenings!

Sorry I missed last week's update, but January kicked me like the Wolfman in the nards, in all aspects of life.  I just hope the rest of 2016 isn't as nasty with the bad bits.  But everything is fine for now, and here's your Horror Update for the rest of January.

January 2016

Ongoing



Submissions are being accepted for the PDXtreme Fest, 3 days of horror, crime, gore and more at the the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark) in Portland, OR, December 2 through 4 this year.  You can find more details on how to enter your film at the Facebook Event Page.


Friday, January 22



The Olympic Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead tonight at 9 pm.  This is an important film in the development of the zombie as a cinematic icon. stripping away the idea of the zombie as a mindless minion of an overlord (as in White Zombie) and turning the creatures into the flesh devouring beings we all know and love.  The film starts at 9 pm at The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capital Theater website.

Saturday, January 23



The Seattle Public Library presents Freaks: Hear the Story, See the Film, today at 1 pm at the Central Library (1000 4th Ave) in Seattle, WA.  The event will feature a screening of Tod Browning's 1932 cult classic, Freaks, and a reading of the story it was based upon, Spurs, by Tod Robbins.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, January 24



Seattle X-Files fans will want to head to Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave) in Seattle, WA, for the series premiere of the X-Files mini series.  Oh, the site has a bar, so you know it will be a great way to spend Sunday night with Scully and Mulder.  The show is schedule to start around 6:30 pm (after Fox stops broadcasting some Football thing), so show up early to get a good seat and watch some classic X-File episodes until the sportsy thing is over.  The event is free, so seating is first come, first choose, and be sure to buy some tasty beverages and snacks while you're there.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Thursday, January 28



Well, to see the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (1945 SE Water Ave) in Portland, OR,  screening Young Frankenstein as part of the Science on Screen series was a bit weird, but to find out that Kenton Gregory, PH.D., Director of OHSU Center for Regenerative Medicine, just peaked my interest to AWESOME.  I hope to make this one, but come on, OMSI.  Get this guy back to tale about James Whale's Frankenstein in October!  You'll find more details at the Facebook Event Page.


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I have more to come in February, so keep check the Horror Calendar for details.  I hope to be caught up by this weekend, but you all know more events come up, so keep checking back.  

Remember, if you have an event that would interest my readers, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll post it on the calendar and feature it in my weekly updates.  I do not charge for posting your event, so feel free to send me any event you might be hosting.

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Well, the New Year is already burying me with lots of cool events to share with Northwest Horror Fans!

Well, it's time for The Shadow Over Portland weekly update and I already feel like the New Year is getting the best of me.  I'm finding so much stuff to share with Northwest Horror Fans, sometimes on VERY short notice (see the listing for Rustycon 33 in Seattle, WA, next weekend).  And I've already posted a special update just days into 2016, trying to keep everyone up to date.

Okay, it's not as busy as October, but I wouldn't have expected all this stuff to happen in January.  Seriously, look at next weekend!  And the rest of the year is starting to fill up as well, so be sure to check out the Horror Calendar so you can plan out the first quarter of the year!!

But, for now, here's all the news I've found for the coming week under The Shadow Over Portland!

Ongoing



Submissions are being accepted for the PDXtreme Fest, 3 days of horror, crime, gore and more at the the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark) in Portland, OR, December 2 through 4 this year.  You can find more details on how to enter your film at the Facebook Event Page.

Friday, January 8



The Olympic Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead tonight at 9 pm.  This is an important film in the development of the zombie as a cinematic icon. stripping away the idea of the zombie as a mindless minion of an overlord (as in White Zombie) and turning the creatures into the flesh devouring beings we all know and love.  The film starts at 9 pm at The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capital Theater website.

Wednesday, January 13



Weird Wednesday continues to pile on the cheesiness at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR, as War of the Robots screens tonight at 9 pm.  Robots, genetic scientists and an alien race battle it out for the fate of the world, or something like that.  Admission is free, so you'll have some extra money to spend on beer and snacks at the concession stand, which should help you enjoy this film even more!  Remember, you must be over 21 years old to attend.  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website later in the week.

Friday, January 15



Friday Night Frights presents Stephen King's Misery at the Blue Mouse Theater (2611 N. Proctor St) in Tacoma, WA, tonight at 10 pm.  Admission is only $6, and there will be PRIZES and more.  And seriously, this is one great film that should be experienced on the big screen.  You can find more details at the Facebook Event Page.

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"Death by stereo!"  Okay, I have issues with the final 10 minutes of The Lost Boys, but up until that point, it's a damn good vampire movie.  Still, the gore at the end is delightful, over the top fun and the script is pretty good.  But I still think it dropped the ball at the end.  Part of the Olympia Film Society Friday Night Frights series, the film screens at the The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA tonight at 9 pm.  Visit the Capitol Theater website for more details.

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Sorry for the late notice, folks, but I just found out about Rustycon 33, Seattle's first Sci-Fi/Fantasy con of this year, runs through Sunday at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center (17620 International Blvd) in Seattle, WA.  Games, panels, kid's activities and a full costume contest masquerade are just part of the geeky fun to be had up in Seattle this weekend!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the official website.  Again, sorry for the late notice, I'll try not to miss the next one!

Saturday, January 16



The Clark County Antique and Collectable Show runs through Sunday, January 17, at the Clark County Event Center (17402 NE Delfel Rd) in Ridgefield, WA.  You'll find Pez dispensers, toys from the 1880s to the 1970s, get your own treasures evaluated by an ISA appraiser for just $7 an item, and much more.  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details.

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Oh man, if I was able to be in Bellingham, WA, today.  The Thing from Another World is playing at playing at The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St) and I would DIE to see this one on the big screen.  No, it's not the John Carpenter version, but the Howard Hawks production about a giant "carrot" monster attacking the scientists living in an Arctic research station.  Okay, let's not get into the debate as to whether Hawks or Christian Nyby was the director, the film has classic Hawks troupes throughout, including sharp dialog, strong female characters and, if this is the version I didn't see on commercial TV when I was young, a light bondage scene with Kenneth Toby and Margaret Sheridan.  Oh, how AWESOME will that be on the big screen!  The show starts at noon, and you'll find more details at the official website.

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The 4th Annual Northwest Magic Conference will hold a gathering of "witches, priest-esses, faeries, magicians, mystics, wizards, and more," this weekend at the World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Rd) in Portland, OR.  Featuring classes on divination, tarot, queer mythology, faerie magic and much more, you can find more details, as well as advance ticket sales, at the Facebook Event Page.  Sorry, but Early Bird Prices end tonight (January 4).  Still, check out the site and perhaps find the magic within you!

Sunday, January 17





Okay, I wasn't aware of this earlier, but Ctrl-Alt-Tease: Happy Nerd Year!/ The Nerdening, has been postponed due to the winter weather until tonight at 7:30 pm at the Crush Bar (1400 SE Morrison) in Portland, OR.  After all, is it really worth risking life and limb for a show featuring burlesque performers channeling their inner nerd and presenting acts based on sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, movies and video games?

Okay, dumb question.  At least, thanks to the postponement, you don't have to risk icy roads to bask in all the geeky burlesquing.

You'll find a complete list of the performers, as well as a link for advance ticket sales, at the Facebook Event Page.  Co-hosted by Critical Hit Burlesque, this sounds like it will be a monthly event.  Stay tuned for more details on next month's performance!

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The Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St) in Portland, OR, is hosting a screening, in conjunction with the Portland Geek Council, of the 1970's sci fi film, Logan's Run, with author of the novel, William F. Nolan, in attendance.  The screening starts at 2 pm, and you can find more details at the Facebook Event Page.

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Be sure to check the Horror Calendar for more upcoming screenings, details on the postponed Scream and Ink con in Salem, OR, next month and updates on guests to Crypticon (May in Seattle, WA) and Wizard World Comic Con (February in Portland, OR).

If you are hosting an event that think will interest the readers of The Shadow Over Portland, send me an email at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll post it on the Horror Calendar and in my weekly updates.  Remember, I do not charge, or ask for any compensation, in order to list your event on this site.  It is absolutely free.

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

Monday, January 4, 2016

It's a New Year, and a NEW UPDATE to The Shadow Over Portland!

Oh, I've found such sites to share with you, Northwest Horror Fans.  Sorry I didn't get to this earlier, but the weekend found me fighting off a nasty bug (or evil entity, whatever.  I required a lot of sleep).

But here's an update on all of January's events, with lots of new stuff.  Hope you enjoy....

Happy New Year!

January 2016

Ongoing

Submissions are being accepted for the PDXtreme Fest, 3 days of horror, crime, gore and more at the the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark) in Portland, OR, December 2 through 4 this year.  You can find more details on how to enter your film at the Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday, January 5

Sorry, Seattle Horror Fans, but I found out about this after my weekly update, and don't ask about my weekend, which involved countless hours of sleeping in an attempt to keep a bug at bay.  But you can still make it to Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE) in Seattle, WA, as Shriek: A Women of Horror Film and Discussion Class presents a screening of Hellbound: Hellraiser 2.  This screening kicks off a monthly education series examining women's roles in horror films, with film buff Evan J. Paterson leading a discussion after the film.  This event is open to "community members" over the age of 17.  Admission is $10, with seniors (65 or older), veterans, teachers or students admitted for $5 with ID.  Homeless and reduced Housing Recipients are admitted free.  You'll find more details, as well as registration information, at the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, January 7

THE MASTER APPROVES!  Manos: The Hands of Fate, screens without Joel and the 'bots at the Joy Cinema and Pub tonight at 9 pm.  Well, this is a great film to open up the 2016 Weird Wednesday series, as it's considered one of the worst movies ever made.  But, should you watch it in the right state of mind (say, after a pint or two from the snack bar), the film has potential.  It just doesn't strive to be anything more than the results of a bet by director/writer/star Harold P. Warren.  If you can see past the endless driving sequences, negligee clad wrestling and other mindless scenes, you might concoct the film Warren could have made had he not written the script on a couple of bar napkins.  And your sanity might depend upon it.  The film starts at 9 pm, and admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Be sure to spend a bit a the snack bar, and believe me, you might need a good pint or glass of wine to survive this one.

Friday, January 8

The Olympic Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead tonight at 9 pm.  This is an important film in the development of the zombie as a cinematic icon. stripping away the idea of the zombie as a mindless minion of an overlord (as in White Zombie) and turning the creatures into the flesh devouring beings we all know and love.  The film starts at 9 pm at The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capital Theater website.

Friday, January 15

Friday Night Frights presents Stephen King's Misery at the Blue Mouse Theater (2611 N. Proctor St) in Tacoma, WA, tonight at 10 pm.  Admission is only $6, and there will be PRIZES and more.  And seriously, this is one great film that should be experienced on the big screen.  You can find more details at the Facebook Event Page.

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"Death by stereo!"  Okay, I have issues with the final 10 minutes of The Lost Boys, but up until that point, it's a damn good vampire movie.  And part of my problem is, though they do not sparkle, they sure are pretty.  But I know it's just me, and the film is great (up until the end, in my opinion).  Still, the death by stereo is enough to jar you out of any post New Years Eve mishap and the gore at the end is really fun.  Part of the Olympia Film Society Friday Night Frights series, the film screens at the The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA tonight at 9 pm.  Visit the Capitol Theater website for more details.

Saturday, January 16

The Clark County Antique and Collectable Show runs through Sunday, January 17, at the Clark County Event Center (17402 NE Delfel Rd) in Ridgefield, WA.  You'll find Pez dispensers, toys from the 1880s to the 1970s, get your own treasures evaluated by an ISA appraiser for just $7 an item, and much more.  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details.

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Oh man, if I was able to be in Bellingham, WA, today.  The Thing from Another World is playing at playing at The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St) and I would DIE to see this one on the big screen.  No, it's not the John Carpenter version, but the Howard Hawks production about a giant "carrot" monster attacking the scientists living in an Arctic research station.  Okay, let's not get into the debate as to whether Hawks or Christian Nyby was the director, the film has classic Hawks troupes throughout, including sharp dialog, strong female characters and, if this is the version I didn't see on commercial TV when I was young, a light bondage scene with Kenneth Toby and Margaret Sheridan.  Oh, how AWESOME will that be on the big screen!  The show starts at noon, and you'll find more details at the official website.

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The 4th Annual Northwest Magic Conference will hold a gathering of "witches, priest-esses, faeries, magicians, mystics, wizards, and more," this weekend at the World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Rd) in Portland, OR.  Featuring classes on divination, tarot, queer mythology, faerie magic and much more, you can find more details, as well as advance ticket sales, at the Facebook Event Page.  Sorry, but Early Bird Prices end tonight (January 4).  Still, check out the site and perhaps find the magic within you!

Sunday, January 17

Okay, I wasn't aware of this earlier, but Ctrl-Alt-Tease: Happy Nerd Year!/ The Nerdening, has been postponed due to the winter weather until tonight at 7:30 pm at the Crush Bar (1400 SE Morrison) in Portland, OR.  After all, is it really worth risking life and limb for a show featuring burlesque performers channeling their inner nerd and presenting acts based on sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, movies and video games?

Okay, dumb question.  At least, thanks to the postponement, you don't have to risk icy roads to bask in all the geeking burlesquing.

You'll find a complete list of the performers, as well as a link for advance ticket sales, at the Facebook Event Page.  Co-hosted by Critical Hit Burlesque, this sounds like it will be a monthly event.  Stay tuned for more details on next month's performance!

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The Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St) in Portland, OR, is hosting a screening, in conjunction with the Portland Geek Council, of the 1970's sci fi film, Logan's Run, with author of the novel, William F. Nolan, in attendance.  The screening starts at 2 pm, and you can find more details at the Facebook Event Page.  

Friday, January 22

The Olympic Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead tonight at 9 pm.  This is an important film in the development of the zombie as a cinematic icon. stripping away the idea of the zombie as a mindless minion of an overlord (as in White Zombie) and turning the creatures into the flesh devouring beings we all know and love.  The film starts at 9 pm at The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capital Theater website.

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Remember, if you're hosting an event that might interest readers of this blog, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include your event on the Horror Calendar and my weekly updates.  And, best of all, there is NO CHARGE.  The Shadow Over Portland exists to spread the word on genre events and, should you be a new reader, I cast a rather wide shadow over the events I promote.  If it's local and involves horror, sci fi or fantasy, it will be posted.

And, should you attend any of these events, help spread the word and let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Well, you might think it's a slow time of the year for Horror Fans, but I have some surprises for you!

Well, New Years Eve might be a little slim, but January starts off with a big bang, featuring zombies, vampires and much more.

December, 2015

Thursday, December 31



The Decadent 80's and The Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Ave) in Portland, OR, present a Very Zombie New Year starting a 9 pm.  Dance to 80's Underground, B Sides and New Wave alongside ZOMBIES!  Of course, there will be a costume contest, with prizes, before midnight.  And Screamvina and The Unchained Girls will be attending as well.  This event is presented with no cover charge, but you must be 21 or older to attend (and be sure to bring ID!).  For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Happy New Year!

January 2016

Friday, January 1



"Death by stereo!"  Okay, I have issues with the final 10 minutes of The Lost Boys, but up until that point, it's a damn good vampire movie.  And part of my problem is, though they do not sparkle, they sure are pretty.  But I know it's just me, and the film is great (up until the end, in my opinion).  Still, the death by stereo is enough to jar you out of any post New Years Eve mishap and the gore at the end is really fun.  Part of the Olympia Film Society Friday Night Frights series, the film screens at the The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA tonight at 9 pm.  Visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capitol Theater website for more details.

Saturday, January 2



Okay, Portland Horror Fans, the holiday hangovers are over and time to start the New Year out right.  So head to the Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 NE Alberta St) for Toxic Avenger The Musical tonight at 6 and 9:30 pm.  After all, what better way to celebrate the start of a new year that watching a bullied nerd mutate into a tutu wearing, mop swinging, rather ugly superhero for the oppressed of Tromaville?  Maybe we can convince him to mop out the affordable housing problem here (oh, maybe that was too political!).  Regardless, check the Toxic Avenger The Musical website for more details.

Friday, January 8



The Olympic Film Society Fright Club presents a screening of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead tonight at 9 pm.  This is an important film in the development of the zombie as a cinematic icon. stripping away the idea of the zombie as a mindless minion of an overlord (as in White Zombie) and turning the creatures into the flesh devouring beings we all know and love.  The film starts at 9 pm at The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the Capital Theater website.

Friday, January 15



Friday Night Frights presents Stephen King's Misery at the Blue Mouse Theater (2611 N. Proctor St) in Tacoma, WA, tonight at 10 pm.  Admission is only $6, and there will be PRIZES and more.  And seriously, this is one great film that should be experienced on the big screen.  You can find more details at the Facebook Event Page.

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"Death by stereo!"  Okay, I have issues with the final 10 minutes of The Lost Boys, but up until that point, it's a damn good vampire movie.  And part of my problem is, though they do not sparkle, they sure are pretty.  But I know it's just me, and the film is great (up until the end, in my opinion).  Still, the death by stereo is enough to jar you out of any post New Years Eve mishap and the gore at the end is really fun.  Part of the Olympia Film Society Friday Night Frights series, the film screens at the The Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE) in Olympia, WA tonight at 9 pm.  Visit the Capitol Theater website for more details.


Saturday, January 16



The Clark County Antique and Collectable Show runs through Sunday, January 17, at the Clark County Event Center (17402 NE Delfel Rd) in Ridgefield, WA.  You'll find Pez dispensers, toys from the 1880s to the 1970s, get your own treasures evaluated by an ISA appraiser for just $7 an item, and much more.  Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details.

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Oh man, if I was able to be in Bellingham, WA, today.  The Thing from Another World is playing at playing at The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St) and I would DIE to see this one on the big screen.  No, it's not the John Carpenter version, but the Howard Hawks production about a giant "carrot" monster attacking the scientists living in an Arctic research station.  Okay, let's not get into the debate as to whether Hawks or Christian Nyby was the director, the film has classic Hawks troupes throughout, including sharp dialog, strong female characters and, if this is the version I didn't see on commercial TV when I was young, a light bondage scene with Kenneth Toby and Margaret Sheridan.  Oh, how AWESOME will that be on the big screen!  The show starts at noon, and you'll find more details at the official website.