Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's begining to look a lot like a SCARY holiday season is coming our way!

Happy Holidays, Northwest Horror Fans!  Sorry I didn't get an update out last week, but I've been keeping myself busy, both at the day job and with a few personal projects.  As a result, I found myself staying awake up FAR TOO LATE at night, which is not a good idea if your alarm clock goes off at 5:30 am.  It all finally caught up to me and I spent most of last week feeling a bit weighed down.

I can't imagine why my arms feel so heavy

Well, I feel a bit more lively now, and I've spent the past few days searching out all the fun and spooky stuff happening around the Pacific Northwest.  We've got some great movie screening and festivals, geek shopping faires, some haunted attraction or a Krampusnacht or two this month.  As always, should I find more events, I'll sure to get the word out.

But the scary fun isn't over at the end of the year.  I've already started working on events in 2017, so swing by the Horror Calendar to start filling in that calendar you're planning to buy around January 1.    

If you're a filmmaker, be sure to check out the Open Film Submission page for upcoming festivals looking to fill their schedules.  Deadlines are coming soon for a couple, so don't wait too long!

And remember, it's never too late to list your event, or one you know of, at this site.  Just email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll take care of the rest. 

As always, please help spread the word.  Should you attend any of the events listed on this site, please let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!

Now, let's get to the Weekly Update!!

November, 2016
Wednesday, November 30

The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) and Re-Run Theater present the six part episode, Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time, tonight at 7:30 pm.  I'm not going into much detail here, as the plot summaries are pretty long, but it features the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and the final appearance of his companion Leela (Louise Jameson).  Vintage Sci Fi Toy ads will be played between each chapter.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.


Hotel Broslin, "a monthly meeting place and haven for cinematic misfits, gorehounds, video freaks and devotees of the cathode ray tube...", presents a free screening of 967-EVIL at Obsidian (414 4th Ave E in Olympia, WA) tonight.  Though admission is free, you are asked to bring a can of food to support the Thurston Co. Food Bank, which will enter you into a raffle for a free giveaway!  You can also bring any VHS, DVD or records with you that you are interested in swapping.  Doors open at 9 pm, with the film starting at 10 pm.  Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details. 


The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) ends November with a great Weird Wednesday presentation, Horror of the Zombies (AKA The Ghost Galleon).  And by great, I mean CHEESY!  Third in the Blind Dead film series, this time the reanimated Knights Templar are on a ghost ship, which is boarded by a party lost at sea and, as expected, mayhem ensues.  As with the previous films, the zombies look amazing.  But be prepared, as the miniature work will have you falling out of your seats and rolling in the aisles with laughter.  The show starts at 9:15 pm and admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Be sure to spend the money you save on admission at the concession stands and for your own safety, DO NOT make the Knights Templar angry by sneaking in outside food and drink.  They can hear you what you're eating!  For more details, visit the Joy Cinema website.

December, 2016

Thursday, December 1

Get ready to shout "Yippee-Ki-Yay, Mother...."  Oh, you know the rest.  The EMP (325 5th Ave N in Seattle, WA ) kicks off the month of December with a Yippee-Ki-Yay Happy Hour, with old school hip-hop holiday vibe tunes, with clips of 80's holiday movies and television, themed cocktails and other surprises.  Then head for Campout Cinema presentation of the GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVER MADE, Die Hard!  Happy Hour starts at 5 pm, with the movie starting at 8 pm.  Your ticket includes admission to the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction museum, which includes artifacts from the Bruce Willis sci-fi film, The Fifth Element!!  Tickets are $12 and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the EMP Website.

Friday, December 2

PDXtreme Fest, a three day film festival full of Horror, Crime, Gore and MORE, opens tonight at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) at 4 pm.  It should be a blood-soaked good time, full of great short and feature films!  For a list of the films showing, visit the Facebook Event Page.  Advance tickets are just $30 for all three days, and are available at this link.

UPDATE:  Jewel Shepard (Trash from Return of the Living Dead) will be at the festival on Saturday, December 3, for the screenings of Nanoblood and Slasher.com.  You can get more details at the Facebook Event Page

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.


Wells and Verne (734 E Burnside in Portland, OR) presents the Art of Chris Bonney at this month's First Friday event.  The opening runs from 6 to 9 pm tonight.  For more details, and a list of other galleries to visit during First Friday, visit the Wells and Verne Facebook Event Page

Saturday, December 3

The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) and Movie Madness Video screening of William Friedkin's masterpiece, The Exorcist, on Saturday, December 3 at 6:30 pm, with actress Linda Blair in attendance has sold out.


After clowns, puppets are DAMN CREEPY!  And Beady Little Eyes Puppet Company is ready to fuel your nightmares with Scary Puppet Film Night tonight at 6 pm.  The screening takes place at The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven (SE 2nd and Hawthorne in Portland, OR) and features films by Jesse Blanchard, a puppet feature trailer by Chris Walas and a Portland premiere of New Mexico's Devon Hawkes Ludlow The Love That Would Not Die, a zombie spectacular!  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  As the venue is a private club, you MUST RSVP or purchase advance tickets to attend.  For all the details, visit the Facebook Event Page


AFK Tavern (1510 41st St in Everett, WA) is hosting Krampusnacht tonight starting at 6 pm.  And, of course, costumes are highly encouraged. For more details as they become available, visit the Facebook Event Page.    

Monday, December 5

Lady Stockholm's Winter Holiday Show takes the stage at the Star Theater (13 NW 6th Ave in Portland, OR) tonight at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm).  The only LIVING heir of her family manor, Lady Stockholm fronts a band of necromanced musical spirits, as holiday characters tell the story of a lewd and unholy, "Krampus-tastic night."  It sounds great, but there is more!  You can get a picture with Krampus at his photo booth, and take part in a raffle to win a personalized prize from Lady Stockholm by bringing a gift to be donated to the homeless and placing it under her tree (one raffle ticket per person).  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, with limited VIP tables for $30 a seat.  This is a show for those 21 or older.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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.


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.


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
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.

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.  

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!  It was looking like the holiday season here in Portland might be McClane-less this year, but the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) will screen the greatest Christmas movie EVER MADE, the original Die Hard through Thursday, December 29.  Showtimes vary, so visit the Mission Theater website for details.