Oh, I know!
The Australian Clock Spider DARES you
to touch that dial!
Too bad I can't find enough giant spiders to hide behind all the clocks in the Pacific Northwest, so I guess we just have to make the best of it. Perhaps this edition of the Weekly Update will take your mind off the loss of an hour of sleep. Let's start things off with Sci Fi Month at The Laurelhurst Theater in Portland, OR, which presents Big Trouble in Little China this Friday. And we have four different stage productions open throughout the region, three horrific musicals and a spooky drama. Tillamook, OR, hosts the First Annual Con at the Coast next weekend. And, as always, you'll find plenty of great films play across the Pacific Northwest.
And that's just in the next two weeks. Be sure to check out the Horror Calendar for events like the return of Queer Horror to The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, a burlesque show based on the works of Stephen King (REALLY!) at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver, BC, and details on The Overlook Film Festival on Mt. Hood in April! Should you scroll down to the end, you'll find the first listing for an event in 2018!!
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Sci Fi Month at The Laurelhurst Theater (2735 East Burnside Street in Portland, OR) kicks off with a big bug hunt with Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers. This satirical take on patriotism seems quite relevant today, and the action will look amazing on the big screen. The film plays through Thursday, March 9. Showtime is 9:25 pm. Visit The Laurelhurst Theater website, later.
Feathers and Teeth, a mix of "dark comedy, family drama and fantastical horror," runs through April 2 on the Morrison Stage of the Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison St in Portland, OR). A young girl, grieving over her mom's recent death, deals with her father's new girlfriend (her mother's ex-nurse), the boy next door and a few freaky little creatures. This mix of monster tale and revenge tragedy, set in 1978, is "a meaty exploration of grief and obsession." For additional details, including showtimes and advance ticket sales, visit the Artist Repertory Theatre website.
Please visit the Haunted Attractions page for details on the trap rooms and ghost tours in the Pacific Northwest.
Open Film Submission
NEW LISTING: The third annual Ax Wound Film Festival is accepting submissions. The festival will be held on Saturday, November 19, at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre and Gallery in Brattleboro, VT. All selected filmmakers have the option to be interviewed in the 'zine-style program handed out to all attendees. Submissions will be accepted in any horror sub-genre and must be written and/or directed by women-identified filmmakers. Submissions are accepted through September 1. For more details, including rules, a timeline of registration dates and a link for submitting your film, visit this link.
Please visit the Open Film Submission page for details on other film festival accepting submissions at this time.
Horrific 3: A Night of Horror-Themed Belly Dance, hosted by Tacoma Bellydance, is looking for performers. Acts must be based on horror movies and can not be a themed costume with regular dancing. Strong dance background and well rounded, specific ideas with a story are a must. For more details and an application, visit the Horrific website. The performance takes place on Saturday, January 27 of 2018, in Tacoma, WA (location to be announced). Registration is open until April 25.
Wednesday, March 8
Carrie: The Musical opens tonight at Bellevue College's Carlson Theater (3000 Landerholm Cir SE in Bellevue, WA). The show runs through Saturday, March 11, with showtime at 7:30 pm for all performances. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for students. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) presents Jive Turkey (AKA Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes), a blaxploitation film about a mobster moving in on a local numbers racket. The film starts at 9:15 pm and admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend. It's a bit out of the territory covered here at The Shadow Over Portland, but I'm including it to help keep Wednesdays WEIRD out in Tigard. You can do your part by visiting the concession stand before the film and purchasing some tasty treats and beverages. DO NOT be a turkey (jive or otherwise) and bring in outside food and beverages! For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.
Here's your chance to get warmed up for Skull Island as King Kong vs. Godzilla screens tonight at the Landmark Cinemas 10 New Westminster (390-800 Carnarvon St in New Westminster, BC) at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for this epic Kaiju smackdown. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Thursday, March 9
Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) presents a Pause and Draw screening of The Craft tonight at 8 pm. During the run of this 90s classic about four teenage witches, the movie will pause and you'll have 5 minutes to draw what's on the screen. Art supplies will be available, but feel free to bring your own stuff. And be sure to stick around after the film to admire everyone's work and even trade! For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Friday, March 10
The Northwest Film Center presents a screening of Charles Laughton's only directorial effort, The Night of the Hunter, today at 5:30 pm in GLORIOUS 35mm. Starring Robert Mitchum as a homicidal preacher on the hunt for a stash of stolen cash, this film is a haunting, dark fairy tale that shouldn't be missed on the big screen. The presentation, including a post film discussion with Portland Art Museum docents and NW Film Center staff, takes place at the Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park Ave in Portland, OR). Tickets are just $5. For more details, visit the NW Film Center website.
The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents a remastered version of Abel Ferrara's classic revenge thriller, Ms. 45 (AKA Angel of Vengeance), tonight as part of their Friday Late Night Movie series. Zoë Lund plays a mute garment-district worker who, after being the victim of multiple assaults, straps a gun to her garter belt and starts blasting any man who messes with her. The film starts at 11:55 pm (doors open at 11:30 pm), and tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Minors are allowed in the balcony, but the film is rated 18A. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Serenity, Joss Wedon's cinematic conclusion to the cult television series Firefly, plays tonight through Tuesday, March 14 at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA). For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales (Wednesday's screening is just $1.99), visit the Central Cinema website.
Old Jack Burton always says head to The Laurelhurst Theater (2735 East Burnside Street in Portland, OR) as Sci Fi Month brings Big Trouble in Little China to the big screen! Grab your Seven Demon Bag and DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! The film plays through Thursday, March 16. Showtimes are 4:30 and 9:30 pm tonight, Saturday and Sunday (March 10 to 12) and 9:30 pm only starting Monday, March 13. Visit The Laurelhurst Theater website, later.
The new horror film Get Out opens today at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). The film runs through Thursday, March 16. For more details and showtimes, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Saturday, March 11
Own a piece of Portland Horror History as the television show Grimm liquidates its warehouse today through March 13. The address for the sale will be available after 7 pm on Friday, March 10. For additional details, and the address for the sale when available, visit the EstateSales.net link.
Sunday, March 12
Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class will screen and discuss the classic 1973 horror film, The Wicker Man, tonight at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA). The event is sponsored by Scarecrow Video and Crypticon Seattle. Tickets are $10, $5 for those 65 and older, veterans and students with ID. And, if you plan to attend the Heckle Night screening of the remake (starring Nicholas Cage) on March 26, you can buy tickets for both for just $15 (details posted below)! You must be 21 or older to attend. The event, including a discussion of the film, starts at 6:30 pm. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
The Zymoglyphic Museum (6225 Se Alder in Portland, OR) will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm today. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Monday, March 13
Head out to Substation (645 NW 45th St in Seattle, WA) as Depths March Edition presents a screening of Zardoz with live re-scoring by Justin Thomas-Kleine, Andrew Crawshaw and others to be announced. The event is hosted by Broken Press. The show starts at 8 pm. I suspect, due to the venue, you must be 21 or older to attend. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
The Girl with All the Gifts, a new take on the zombie apocalypse genre, plays tonight at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) at 9:15 pm. The story involved a girl named Melanie (played by Sennia Nanua), an infected hybrid zombie who craves human flesh but retains the ability to think and feel. The film also stars Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton. For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Thursday, March 16
The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: The Running Man tonight at 9:30 pm at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC). Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha and Shaun Stewart will provide their unique commentary to this cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, which takes place in an authoritarian USA (hum, sounds a bit familiar). For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
It's a pre-St Patty's Day celebration as Leprechaun in the Hood screens in Hecklevision tonight at 8 pm at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA). Your witty texts will appear on the screen during the film, and though this is an all ages show, be aware the remarks can get a bit risque. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Central Cinema website.
Friday, March 17
Friday Night Frights presents John Carpenter's classic Prince of Darkness tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA). The show starts at 10 pm and tickets are just $6. Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.
Evil Dead: The Musical comes to the Renton Civic Theatre (507 S 3rd St in Renton, WA) tonight at 8 pm, and Saturday March 18 at 6 pm. And OF COURSE, there will be a splatter zone, so dress in your best whites and prepared to get sprayed with blood and gore! For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales (strongly recommended), visit the Evil Dead: The Musical website.
Jekyll in Chains, a grunge musical based on the classic Robert Lewis Stevenson tale, opens tonight at The Headwaters Theatre (955 NE Farragul St, # 9, in Portland, OR). This world premiere musical, produced by Torchsong Entertainment, is set in 1990's Seattle and features music by Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M and others. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The show runs through March 26. For more details, including a link to showtimes and advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) screens James Cameron's classic Aliens tonight through Sunday, March 19. Seems the perfect time for this film, as we lost actor Bill Paxton in February. For more details, including advance ticket sales, visit the Central Cinema website.
You might want to bring a box of tissues with you to The Laurelhurst Theater (2735 East Burnside Street in Portland, OR) as Sci Fi Month presents Tim Burton's modern fable, Edward Scissorhands, to the big screen. Yes, wonders will be seen and tears will flow during this one. The film plays through Thursday, March 23. Showtimes have yet to be announced, so check back, or visit The Laurelhurst Theater website, later.
Saturday, March 18
Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee, presented by Rocket Donuts, brings another George Pal adaptation of a H. G. Wells classic, The Time Machine, to the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) today at noon. Like War of the Worlds, this film won an Oscar for Best Special Effects and still looks amazing today. Tickets are just $3, and you can find a link to advance ticket sales, as well as more details on the screening, at the Pickford Film Center website.
The 2017 Northwest Comic Con, billed as The First Annual Con on the Coast, takes place this weekend at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds (4603 3rd St in Tillamook, OR). Guests include Vincent M. Ward and Lew Temple from The Walking Dead. For additional details and updated information, visit the Facebook Event Page or the official website.
Raw, a French-Belgian horror film about a vegetarian college student who becomes a cannibal, opens tonight at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR). This film caused a stir on the festival circuit, as several viewers passed out during the film! Showtimes have yet to be announced, so check back, or visit the Cinema 21 website, closer to the opening date.
The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents a tribute to the late Bill Paxton with a screening of Near Dark, in GLORIOUS 35mm, tonight at 7:30 pm. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.