Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January is ending with some great stuff for Northwest genre fans!

The snow is gone and life has returned to normal in the Pacific Northwest.  Which means now is the time to get out of the house occurring during the rest of January under The Shadow Over Portland.

YES!  No more footprints to give my location away!!
Now is the time to get outside!

While this month is ending on a high note, February is looking pretty good as well.  But, as this edition of the Weekly Update is only through the end of the month, you'll have to check out the Horror Calendar for all the details on the films and cons happening in the Pacific Northwest for next month and beyond.

A special note to Seattle grindhouse fans, I've started receiving information from Grindtopia, a monthly screening of classic genre films.  Be sure to check out this month's screening at the end of the update, and keep your eyes posted for more details on February's First Annual Black History Month Spectacular!

Also of note in February is the Hoquiam High School Drama Club's production of Little Shop of Horrors in Hoquiam, WA, multiple screenings of the anime feature Ghost in the Shell, The Undead Masquerade in Mountlake Terrance, WA, and the First Friday art showing at Wells and Verne in Portland, OR featuring the work of local artist John Donald Carlucci.

But I know everyone's excited for this month's events, so let's get on with the update.  Just remember, if you have an event, or know of one, you wish to promote, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll add it to the site.

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

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman plays at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) through January 26.  Allison Hayes is turned into a giant by a spaceman, and tears through the town on the trail of her unfaithful husband.  It's just too bad the poster's depiction of her highway rampage isn't on the screen, but the film is still a blast and will be in GLORIOUS 35mm!!  Showtimes are 2:25 and 9:30 pm daily.  For more details, visit The Academy Theater website.


Mental Trap Escape Room Games (3855 SW Murray Blvd in Beaverton, OR) has opened the Dead End Alley Ghost Trap, an Escape Room Game encompassing a real City Alley!  Your team of 4 to 10 players are a group of Ghost Hunters working to gain access into several buildings to capture escaped ghosts from an Entity Containment Unit breach.  This Escape Room contains lifelike gore and decay, loud noises and realistic collapsing buildings, as well as potential dense fog and strobe lights!  The game is open for a limited time, so be sure to check out the Mental Trap Escape Room Game Facebook Page or Website for all the details.

Open Film Submission

The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR, is accepting film submissions for this October's festival in Portland, OR.  Films submitted will also be considered for any satellite festivals, including the biennial festival in Providence, RI.  For more details on submitting your Lovecraftian film, visit the FilmFreeway link.  Submissions are accepted through August 20.


PDXtreme is now accepting genre film submissions for this year's festival.  The festival takes place December 1 to 3 at The Laurelhurst Theater (2735 E. Burnside St in Portland, OR).  For details on how to submit your film, visit the FilmFreeway link.  Submissions are open through October 31.


The 4th Annual Idaho Horror Film Festival is accepting film submissions now.  The IHFF takes place on October 12 to 14, 2017, in Boise.  For additional details on submitting your film, visit this link.  Submission deadline is July 30.

Open Auditions

Audition space for The Night Attacks has filled up for this month, but don't worry.  More auditions will be scheduled in February.  take place today and tomorrow (January 21).  Most of the film will be set in Portland, though some scenes have already been filmed in Transylvania!  If you want to be part of a local independent horror film, visit the Facebook Event Page for details on where to send you head shots, resumes and reels to take part in next month's round of auditions.

January 2017

Tuesday, January 24
The Northwest Horror Pub Quiz returns to Home, A Bar (719 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR) tonight at 7:30 pm.  Bring some friends and test your knowledge of horror trivia and win prizes!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Wednesday, January 25

Hotel Broslin presents a screening of TerrorVision tonight at 9 pm at Obsidian (414 4th Ave E in Olympia, WA).  Admission is free, but canned food donations for the Thurston County Food Back will enter you in an awesome Hotel Broslin giveaway.  Also, VHS/DVD/Record/Bizarre-Relic swapping is encouraged and will commence before and after the film.  Please note, Obsidian is a bar, so you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.


Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) is going prehistoric with a screening of The Neanderthal Man tonight at 9:15 pm.  A scientist discovers a formula that causes regression in animals to their more primitive form, so OF COURSE he tries it on himself, and mayhem ensues!  Keep an eye out for B-movie star Beverly Garland as a waitress in this one!  As always, admission is FREE, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Stop by the concession stand and pick up some snacks and beverages for the show, and do your part to help The Joy keep Wednesdays WEIRD!  Do not bring any outside food or drinks with you to the show, or the Neanderthal Man might track you down after the movie!  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

Friday, January 27

The first big bug movie, and the first radioactive monster film, Them! plays at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) through February 2.  Nuclear tests have mutated ants into giant monsters, threatening to take over the world!  Only James Arness and James Whitmore can save humanity from THEM!  Showtimes are 5:10 and 9:40 pm daily.  Visit The Academy Theater website for more details.

Saturday, January 28

Well, we've made it through New Years and have had just enough time to fail at our resolutions.  But don't start mopping, have a little fun instead.  Get to Urban Grace, The Downtown Church (902 Market St in Tacoma, WA) for Horrific 2: A Night of Horror Themed Belly Dancing.  That should cheer you up right away.  The show starts at 8 pm and advance ticket sales are advised.  For more details, including a list of performers, as well as a link for advance tickets, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, January 29

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival Encore, hosted by the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the EMP Museum) plays today at SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave N in Seattle, WA) at 1 pm.  Tickets are $15.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.


The Zymoglyphic Museum (6225 SE Alder in Portland, OR) is open to the public today from 11 am to 5 pm.  The museum is "the world's only institution devoted to the study and display of art, artifacts and natural history of the Zymoglyphic region."  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Monday, January 30

Grindtopia 2: Dressed to Assault the GUYS! starts tonight at around 6 pm at Hattie's Hat Backroom (5231 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle, WA).  First up is Brian DePalma's Dressed to Kill, followed by  John Carpenter's classic Assault on Precinct 13 at around 8 pm.  The evening ends with a screening of the 80s teen comedy Just One of the Guys at about 9:45 pm.  Admission to this event, hosted by Grindtopia, is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend.  Be spend some cash on the tasty pub grub (featuring $2 off burgers) and libations concocted in honor of the evening's cinematic offerings.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page