Here in the Pacific Northwest, Horror Fans have a lot to be thankful for. The jolly old elf in the red suit has stuffed our stockings with some great events for the Horror-days!
Yes, Virginia, Santa is real.
And he's brought you the hatchet you "axed" for!
In this edition of the Weekly Update, you'll find holiday gremlins and slashers, a holiday horror festival, photo-ops with Krampus, holiday haunted attractions, geek gift faires and MUCH MORE! That chill you feel isn't from the cold, but from all the delightful, frightful events happening under The Shadow Over Portland!
But the holiday season isn't over yet, which means I'm still posting creepy events as fast as I can find them. And it's never to late to start planning out 2017, as the Horror Calendar is starting to fill with lots of horror, sci fi and fantasy events to make the next year scary and bright! Just email me at email@example.com and I'll be happy to add your event (or one you know of) to the site.
And remember, should you attend any of the events listed here, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!
The House of Shadows (1776 NW Fairview Dr in Gresham, OR) presents The Nightmare After Halloween Christmas Haunted House starting tonight. The attraction is open Fridays and Saturdays through December 17 from 7 to 10 pm. This interactive production is suitable for those 6 or older. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available at this link. For additional details, keep checking back or visit The House of Shadows Facebook Page later in November.
Open Film Submission
The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) bimonthly program Queer Horror is looking for short horror films for the Queer Horror for the Holidays program on Thursday, December 22. Submit your short film to TheCarlaRossi@gmail.com by December 12 and you might see it up on the big screen! For more details, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Wednesday, December 7
Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) presents a Monster Lottery tonight at 9:15 pm. Now, before you go searching IMDB, this is not the title of the film being shown tonight. Instead, an audience member will draw the title to be shown from a fishbowl. It could be ANYTHING, though I suspect the film will have a monster in it! As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend. And please, DO NOT bring outside food or drink into the theater. Just stop by the concession stand and support the Joy Cinema's efforts to keep Wednesdays WEIRD!! For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.
Friday, December 9
The Portland Epic Winter Formal, hosted by the Portland Geek Council, takes place tonight from 7 pm to 2 am, at the Star Theater (13 NE 6th Ave in Portland, OR). Dress in your favorite formal attire, costume or holiday sweater and enjoy the entertainment, music and dancing at Portland's best holiday gathering for geeks. And be sure to bring a gift for the gift exchange table. Ticket links are not available yet, but will be soon at the Facebook Event Page.
Saturday, December 10
Find the perfect gift for the geek in you life at the Geekcraft Expo Seattle 2016. The expo is at the Seattle Center Pavilion (305 Harrison St in Seattle, WA) today from 11 am to 6 pm, and tomorrow, December 11 from 11 am to 5 pm. And admission is free to the public, allowing you a bit more cash to spend on gifts for your loved ones (or yourself; I'm not judging!) For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
The Seventh Annual Portland Krampus Lauf starts today at 4 pm. The event starts at Sewallcrest Park (1900 SE 31st Ave in Portland, OR) before heading down Hawthorne Blvd. More details will be available soon at the Facebook Event Page.
Up until the 50s, Walt Disney Studios had no problem scaring the LIVING HELL out of kids. Unlike today's animated films, Disney would fuel nightmares, even if everything turned out okay by the final frame. As an example, Sleeping Beauty might have nice fairies and a happy ending, but Maleficent is a wonderful, EVIL being, and her final battle with the prince is damn scary. The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) is showing this classic in GLORIOUS 70mm today and tomorrow (Sunday, December 11) at 1:30 and 4 pm. If you can, don't miss the chance to see this on the big screen in 70mm! For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
The Master would approve of the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA) this weekend, as the theater screens the restored version of Manos: The Hands of Fate tonight at 10 pm. Oh, and it's a double feature! You can also catch Rocky Horror Picture Show for just $8!! And Jackey Neyman Jones (Little Debbie in Manos) will be at the theater. For additional details, visit the Manos Returns Facebook Page, the Blue Mouse Facebook Page, or the Blue Mouse website.
Sunday, December 11
Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class presents their Christmas session with a screening of Bob Clark's holiday slasher classic, Black Christmas. The screening takes place at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA) starting at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). You're invited to wear your worst holiday sweater, or any other festive dress, and prepare to spread tidings of good cheer with a happy hour before the film. General admission tickets are just $10, but remember, you must be 21 or older to attend. Also, DO NOT bring outside food or drink with you. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Michael Gary Photography will host Photos with Krampus today from 4 to 8 pm at World Class Athletics (6332 SE 82nd Ave, Ste B, in Portland, OR). Prints of you and the Christmas Demon are just $10, with additional prints costing $5 each. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Friday, December 16
VHS Uber Alles presents a screening of The Brain in GLORIOUS VHS tonight at 9 pm. Yep, a giant, fanged space brain threatens the world! You know it's going to be a lot of fun, especially with a crowd!! The screening takes place at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA) and admission is only $2! For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Wow! One weekend, one location, one ticket, FIVE FRIGHT-FILLED ATTRACTIONS! The Fear PDXmas (5413 NE Columbia Blvd in Portland, OR) is open tonight and tomorrow (Saturday, December 17) to fill your evening with holiday fear! The attractions include Elf Block 9, The Clowncracker, A Zombie Christmas Story, Rudolph's Revenge and House of Krampus. Tickets for all five attractions are just $25 ($40 if you want to skip the lines). For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Fear PDX website or the Facebook Event Page.
Yippie Ki Yay! The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) is screening Die Hard tonight at 9:30 pm. It's nice to see it playing before the 25th, as this is The Greatest Christmas Movie EVER MADE! For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Friday Night Frights helps Northwest Horror Fans celebrate the holiday season with a screening of Joe Dante's Christmas classic, Gremlins, tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA). Of course, you might walk out with a prize from FNF's sponsors, as well as posters, buttons and more. Admission is $6 (at the door only) and doors open at 9:30 pm. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Saturday, December 17
PDX Browncoats host Geek the Halls 2016 today and tomorrow (Sunday, December 18) from 10 am to 5 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St in Portland, OR). In it's seventh year, this annual craft faire is the perfect place to find the special gift for your geeky family and friends (or yourself!). Admission is free to the public. You can find more details, and a link for an exhibitor application, at the Facebook Event Page.
Strange, cold blooded children hidden in a cave and a pack of bikers lead by Oliver Reed (YES!) makes catching the latest Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee film a MUST! These are the Damned plays at noon today at Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA). Presented by Rocket Donuts, this Hammer production sounds like a must see on the big screen. For more details, visit the Pickford Film Center website.
Tacoma, don't miss your last chance this year to have your picture taken with Krampus at Revisioned - an urban boutique (741 St Helens Ave in Tacoma, WA). The Christmas Demon will be on site from noon to 6 pm for photos and scary fun. The cost is $5 a person, and the photos are available for download in 48 hours. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Tuesday, December 20
Another holiday tradition here in Portland returns to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). Yes, The Grindhouse Film Festival is once again screening Silent Night, Deadly Night in GLORIOUS 35mm tonight at 7:30 pm! I know I don't need to say anymore about this one, except that you should buy your tickets early, as this film always sells out!! For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Thursday, December 22
The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents Queer Horror for the Holidays tonight at 7:30 pm. The bimonthly program Queer Horror is stuffing your cinematic stocking with short horror films (holiday themed or secular) from established filmmakers and amateurs. Yes, you can submit your short film to TheCarlaRossi@gmail.com (submission deadline is December 12) and you might see it up on the big screen! For more details and a link for advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Friday, December 23
I think it's safe to say that many Northwest Horror Fans love How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Tonight at the Crush Bar (1400 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR), de Lioncourt Productions present a slightly, um, burlesque take on the classic holiday tale, entitled How the Grinch Stole My Pasties. Doors open at 8:30 pm, with the performance starting at 9 pm. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. As you might guess, this is a 21 and older venue. For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Up in Seattle, things get a bit more metal as SpikyDyke Productions present Brutalesque Holiday Onslaught: A Seasonal Travesty of Epic Proportions. Shows are at 7 and 10 pm (doors open 30 minutes prior) at The Rendezvous Seattle (2322 2nd Ave in Seattle, WA). Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
If you're looking for something more family-friendly, but still a bit spooky, the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) is screening Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory through December 29. Showtimes have not been listed, so check back, or visit the Academy Theater website, later in the month.
Monday, December 26
Yippie Ki Yay! The Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) is keeping the holiday spirit alive with a screenings of The Greatest Christmas movie EVER MADE, the original Die Hard through Thursday, December 29. Showtimes vary, so visit the Mission Theater website for details.