Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I'm BAAAACKKKKK! And I have so many horrific delights to share with Northwest Horror Fans!!

Sorry to miss last week's post, but life and the day job got in the way.  Sick coworkers, extra shifts, crashing computers and all that stuff takes it's toll and makes one not what to sit down and write, but crawl into a ball and watch some cheesy horror films.

Yeah, having your brain sucked out of your head by brain monsters 
pretty much sums up last week.

I hope the next few weeks are easier, but no one can tell.  But, for now, here's your weekly horror update.  Rest assure, more is to come, as long as the real life brain suckers are kept at bay.


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.


Mental Trap Escape Room Game invites you, and four to ten members, to escape a locked room in one hour.  And yes, it is timed.  Created by the devious minds behind 13th Door Haunted HouseGlowing Greens Miniature Golf and Haunted Productions, this offers you the challenge to find the clues keeping you locked in the room and escape within an hour.  But, as the website suggests, it's not as easy as it sounds.  Located at 3855 SW Murray Blvd in Portland, OR, you can challenge your wits (and those of your team mates) to solve the puzzle before time expires.  I don't know what happens if you don't succeed, but that's part of the fun.  For more details, visit the link.


The Horror Darling of the Sundance Film FestivalThe Witch, continues at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR.  I've heard mixed about it, but I plan to see it and suggest Portland Horror Fans take a look.  More details, and advance ticket sales, are available at the link.


Well, one can debate if Heathers is a horror tale or not, but a musical version of the 1988 pitch black comedy seems to be worth mentioning.  This Portland premiere of this stage production will take place at triangle productions! (1785 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, through April 2.  Showtimes and advance ticket sales are available at the link.


Bleedingham, a Northwest Horror Short Film Festival, is now excepting submissions.  The chosen films will screen at the Pickford Film Cinema (1318 Bay St) in Bellingham, WA later this year.  More details can be found at the official website

April, 2016

Friday, April 1

The Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St) in Seattle, WA, is screening, in GLORIOUS 35mm, Jean Cocteau's wonderful version of Beauty and the Beast!  This is a new print of one of the most stunning adaptations of a fairy tale ever committed to film, and is a must for Cinema Lovers and Horror Fans alike!!  No showtimes have been announced, so check back here later, or visit the link later, for more details.


The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St) in Portland, OR, is screening Guillermo del Toro's masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth, through April 7.  This very dark fantasy, taking place five years after the Spanish Civil War, finds a young girl taking refuse in a mythical world to escape the cruelty of her step-father, hunting those that fought against the Francoist regime.  It's dark, deep and full of amazing sights and NEEDS to be seen on the big screen.  Times have yet to be announced, so keep checking back or visit the link later.

Monday, April 4

Portland film archivist Greg Hamilton presents a screening of Trailermania, a selection of trailers and television spots from his personal collection, presented in GLORIOUS 16mm, at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, tonight at 7:30 pm.  Expect some truly bizarre offerings in this presentation, with a movie trailer quiz afterwards, allowing you to win special prizes.  Get more details, and advance ticket sales, at the link.

Friday, April 8

A brilliant, and brutal, attack on the conventions of modern horror films, Cabin in the Woods screens through April 14 at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St) in Portland, OR.  Sure, writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (in his directorial debut) eviscerate modern horror troupes with this film, but it's with a loving wink and plenty of homages to previous horror classics.  It's clear they both love horror movies, but are just frustrated with the same old stuff showing up over and over again, and rightfully so.  I wish more horror films could be so critical of the genre, yet so much damn fun.  Showtimes have yet to be announced, so keep checking back or visit the link later.

Thursday, April 14

Queer Horror returns to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, with a screening of Alexandre Aja's High Tension at 9:30 pm.  I know, if you've seen the film, the plot twist is rather unbelievable, but still, it's a high octane gorefest, and the plot twist is pretty nice (if you forgive the timeline issues).  And the film did herald the French Splatter Genre to follow, so it is the leader of the pack.  Given the subject matter, it's the perfect film to screen at Queer Horror, so check out the link for more details and advance ticket sales.

Saturday, April 16

Is The Man from Planet X a peaceful celestial visitor, or something more sinister?  Head to The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St) in Bellingham, WA, today at noon and find out!  This Sci Fi classic starts at noon, and you'll find more details, and advance ticket sales, at the link.


Holy crap.  Holy Crap!  HOLY CRAP!!!!

Okay,  breath deep,  Calm myself.  

The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd) in Portland, OR, will be screening at GLORIOUS 35mm print of David Cronenberg's The Fly tonight at 7:30 pm.  AND...

Special effects artist Chris Walas, the man behind the creature effects, will be in attendance!  Oh, my ticket is PURCHASED!

You'll find more details, and advance ticket sales, at the link.


Well, that's what I have for now, but you know more will be coming, so keep checking the Horror Calendar for updates!

Remember, listing your genre event at The Shadow Over Portland is FREE!  Just email me at and I'll add it to the Horror Calendar and my weekly updates.

And, should you attend any of the events I've listed, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!!