Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Your weekly update is here, Northwest Horror Fans!

Well, looks like the heat is on this weekend, so that puts a damper on my plans to start working on my October Events page.  As my place lacks air conditioning, I prefer not to slime all over my keyboard as the temperature soars.

Seriously, this is me last summer when temperatures got near 100 degrees F.
I am not subjecting my keyboard to such abuse again.
The clean up SUCKED!

Instead, I'll find a cool spot somewhere and wait for the weather to calm the hell down.  But be sure to check out the Horror Calendar, as I've already started posting details on the events happening in Halloweentown (St. Helens, OR, the rest of the year) and other cool events.  And remember, more is coming as THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR gets closer.

And this seems like a fine time to let people know I'm quite happy to post your genre related event on The Shadow Over Portland, so if you are opening (or know of) a haunted attraction, film festival or special screening happening around the Pacific Northwest, email me at, or message me on my Facebook Page, and I'll be happy to add the event to the calendar.  Remember, I DO NOT charge, or expect any gratuities, for listing an event.  I just want to spread the spooky cheer among fans.

With the sales pitch out of the way, here's all the genre happenings I could find through the end of August.  But be sure to keep checking back, as I'm always find new things happening under The Shadow Over Portland!!


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.


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.


You can still have your Lovecraftian film considered for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon, which happens October 7 to 9 at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  For more details, visit the Official Website.

Oh, and I'll be a guest at this year's event!  Please be sure to say hello if you happen to attend a panel I'm on, or just see me walking about.  You won't miss me, as I'll be the big guy in the Lovecraft tee shirt and black Stumptown Kilt!


Submissions are still open for the Eat Your Heart Out Horror Film Festival (formerly Northwest Horrorfest), a festival that runs every two years in downtown Seattle, WA.  You have until August 31 to submit a film under the Late Deadline rules, but if you want to wait until the last minute, the Extended Deadline is December 31.  The festival has a few rules concerning submissions, so be sure to check the link for all the details, and to submit your film.

No word on a venue for the 2017 festival as of yet, though it will take place on Valentines Day weekend, so keep checking back here for updates!


The Haunted Nightmare 2016 Fall Campout for volunteers happens on September 10 at Haunted Nightmare (6601 24th St SW in Mountlake Terrace, WA).  Orientation starts at 3 pm, but bring a tent, as well as a potluck item, and plan to spend the night, as the after hour festivities include horror movies and other spooky fun!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

The Hunted Nightmare opens to the public on October 7.

Buy it NOW!

Fabio Frizzi, composer for some of Lucio Fulci's horror classics such as ZombieThe Beyond and Gates of Hell, is coming to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) at 8 pm on Monday, October 3, to perform tracks from these classic films LIVE with a seven piece orchestra!  Frizzi 2 Fulci starts at 8 pm, with general admission only $25.  But, for $50, you can be part of a meet and greet event at 6 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre official website.  This event WILL sell out, so buy your tickets as soon as possible!

August, 2016


Look, up in the sky!  It's a bird,.... No it's a flock of them and THEY'RE ATTACKING!!!!  Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds opens tonight, for one week only, at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR).  As with most features, admission is only $5, or save some cash for the snack bar by attending on Monday, when admission is only $1!  Please, do not bring outside food or drinks with you, lest you incur the wrath of a murder of blood thirsty crows!  Instead, spend the money at The Joy's concession stand and help support a local theater bringing great movies to the Northwest at a reasonable price!!  Showtimes are 6:45 pm through Thursday, August 18.  Visit The Joy Cinema official website for more details.

Wednesday, August 17

It's that time of the week!  Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) is serving up a cannibalistic treat for Northwest Horror Fans with a screening of The Undertaker and His Pals tonight at 9 pm.  Taking a page out of the Mrs. Lovett Cookbook, an undertaker and two friends, owners of a restaurant, kill local folks and serve them up as the main course, with the undertaker getting paid to bury the remains.  Capitalism at it's finest!  As always, admission is free, so you better spend a bit at the concession stand to keep the Weird Wednesday tradition alive, or you might end up as the pepperoni on a pizza served at the Joy!  Just kidding (maybe....).  Remember, you must be 21 years of age or older to attend.  Visit The Joy Cinema website or the Facebook page for more details!

Thursday, August 18

Queer HorrorThe Hollywood Theatre's (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) bimonthly program hosted by "Portland's premier drag clown" Carla Rossi, presents a screening of the cult classic, The Craft, tonight at 9:30 pm.  And the festivities start with a pre-show starting Portland's fiercest drag coven!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the theater's official website.


Movies in the Park presents the granddaddy of the summer blockbuster (and a DAMN SCARY film to boot), Steven Spielberg's Jaws at Elizabeth Caruthers Park (3508 SW MoodyAve in Portland, OR).  Festivities start at 6:30 pm with the band Jellyroll Society, FREE POPCORN and admission is free as well!  The film starts around dusk.  Remember to bring some warm clothes, as nights in the Northwest can get chilly.  And be sure to follow the park rules: No alcohol at this event, all dogs MUST be leashed and NO smoking or other tobacco products (I'm going to assume that includes vaping, but you can call and find out).  For more details, visit the Portland Parks official website.  Also, please be aware that the event can be cancelled if the weather doesn't cooperate (but I'd say the chances of a rainout in August are slim).


If you are disappointed that the Fathom Events showing of 1968's Planet of the Apes didn't make it to a Portland cinema, The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) has you covered.  Tonight at 6:45 pm, Frak! Theater presents a digital restoration of this classic sci fi film.  Admission is $9.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre official website.


Black Lodge Burlesque presents their final Northwest show of cabaret inspired by the works of David Lynch tonight at 7 and 10 pm at the Star Theater (13 NW 6th Ave in Portland, OR).  Oh, the sights you'll see as performers give their interpretation to everything from Twin Peaks to Dune (oh, yeah, a dancing SANDWORM!)  For more details and advance ticket sales (highly recommended), visit the Facebook event page.


Okay, I'm a bit reluctant to post this one, but it does fall under The Shadow Over Portland.  And I do understand the geek significance of MST3KCinematic Titanic and the like.  But RiffTrax is taking on a Kiaju classic tonight, with a live riff on Mothra.  I just have to say, really, this is the Kiaju movie you decided to make fun of?  The effects hold up well, the storyline is timely (as in we don't own the world and can't just kidnap two tiny women for our amusement and not expect consequences; just fit in any of the environmentally damaging things we do for the two tiny singers and you might find it's a sign of the times) and the film was meant to be taken seriously, not mocked.  Well, I don't know what the folks involved with RiffTrax have in store, but I don't think I'll be going.  Just my opinion, folks, and it's my blog so I can say what I want.  Visit the Fathom website for locations near you, and for an encore screening on Tuesday, August 23.

Friday, August 19

The Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St in Vancouver, WA) takes its Summer Sizzle series down a dark and gory path with a screening of the 1980 slasher classic Friday the 13th.  Yeah, don't need to say anything else, except it will be showing on the BIG SCREEN!  No showtimes have been announced, so check back later, or visit the theater's official website, closer to the opening date.


Central Cinema (1411 21 Ave in Seattle, WA) is screening one of the filmed-in-the-Northwest classics, The Goonies, through Tuesday, August 23.  For more details and showtimes, visit the theater's official website.


Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema: The Fierce Awakens presents a free screening of Barbarella at Cal Anderson Park (1711 12th Ave in Seattle, WA) tonight at 8 pm.  You can visit the Three Dollar Bill Facebook Event Page for more information on the screening, and visit the Cal Anderson Park official website for details on the park, as well as park rules.  Be aware, all Seattle parks are smoke-free.


Okay, it's my blog and I'm including Summer Nights in the North Plaza at CenturyLink Field (800 Occidental Ave S in Seattle, WA) screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark because it's one of the best action movies ever made and the ending is PRETTY CREEPY!  I can't think of many horror fans objecting to a film where, in less than a minute, we get a head being desiccated, another melting and a third blown to bloody bits!  No word on ticket prices or when the festivities start, so check back here, or visit the CenturyLink Field official website for more details as August approaches.


Sorry I'm late with this one, Tacoma Horror Fans, but I dropped the ball.  But it's not to late to catch Friday Night Frights first double feature tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (26114 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA).  First up is the Alaskan horror comedy Moose (AKA Moose The Movie).  Yep, it's a killer moose... um, moosataur... Oh hell, IT'S ABOUT A HALF HUMAN, HALF MOOSE MONSTER KILLING PEOPLE!!!  You know you HAVE TO SEE IT!!!!  Then kick back and take a trip back to Crystal Lake with the UNCUT version of 1980's Friday the 13th!  The show starts at 9:30 pm and admission is just $9!  You can get more details at the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, August 20

The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA), presents a screening of Quatermass II: Enemy from Space today at noon.  Part of the Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee series, admission is only $3 and features an introduction by Series Curator and PFC's Resident Film Academic, Steve Meyers.  And it's a classic Hammer Sci-Fi/Horror film, so DO NOT MISS IT.  For more details, and advance ticket sales, visit The Pickford Film Center official website.


OH! MY! ZEUS!!!!  The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) is screening Ray Harryhausen's final film, Clash of the Titans in GLORIOUS 35mm!  YESSSSSSSSS!!!!  Presented as part of the the Family Pictures series, the film will play today and tomorrow.  Admission is only $6, $3 for children 12 and younger.  Showtimes have yet to be announced, so check back here, or at The Hollywood Theatre official website (where you'll also find a link for advance ticket purchases) later in the month.

Thursday, August 25

Pemco Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle, WA) presents a screening of the Pacific Northwest favorite, The Goonies, presented by Seattle Children's.  Admission is $5 per person at the door, with kids 5 and under admitted into the event for free.  Festivities start at 6:30 pm with entertainment and food carts, the movie starts at dusk.  For more details, visit the event's official website or the Facebook Event Page (where any cancellation information will be posted).  Remember, Seattle parks are smoke-free.


The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular returns this year to The Portland Expo Center (2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland, OR) with a screening tonight of Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Psycho!  The giant screen on the center's 53 acre campus is intended to replicate the bygone era of the classic drive-in theater.  Only now, in place of the speaker boxes, sound will be accessible via your car's radio, thanks to a special FM frequency.

But if you don't have a car, NO WORRIES!  Outdoor speakers are set up for bicyclists and pedestrians, so no one will miss out.  The show starts with music from Big Yellow Taxi, an Americana band from Oregon City (visit their Facebook Page for more details), followed by the feature after the sun has set.  Tickets are $13 for a carload or groups of three to six individuals, or 5$ for individuals walking or biking to the screening.  For more details, and a list of the other non-genre offerings (screenings start on August 24), visit the Official Website.

Friday, August 26

Central Cinema (1411 21 Ave in Seattle, WA) is screening Jim Henson's dark classic, The Dark Crystal, through Tuesday, August 30.  For more details and showtimes, visit the theater's official website.


Another Jim Henson dark fairy tale, Labyrinth, plays tonight at Occidental Park (117 S Washington St in Seattle, WA) as part of the Movies in the Park series.  The movie starts at dusk and admission is free.  If you want more details, you'll be facing an internet labyrinth from websites like the Occidental Park Calendar, the Official Seattle Parks and Rec website or the Occidental Park Facebook Page.

Sunday, August 28

Considered the start of the Psycho-biddy subgenre, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane screens tonight, in GLORIOUS 35mm, at the Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park Ave) in Portland, OR.  Oh, you know you don't want to miss the rage between personal and profession rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis channeled into a shocking (for the time) movie directed by Robert Aldrich.  Toss in a boiled bird and it's ON!  The show starts at 7 pm, and you'll find more details, and advance ticket sales, at the official website.


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