Well, as I wrote earlier, I've been out of The Shadow Over Portland office recently, but I'll be back soon with an updated Horror Calendar and back on track keeping Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy fans up to date with all the events summer has to offer.
Wednesday, May 17
Weird Wednesday invites you to once again play Monster Roulette at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) tonight at 9:15 pm. An audience member will pick the movie to be screen tonight, but the only promise The Joy makes it that the film will contain a Monster. Whether it is a good movie, or a really bad one, is anyone's guess! Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend. Be sure to support The Joy in its attempt to keep Wednesdays WEIRD by purchasing some tasty snacks and beverages at the concession stand before the film. And remember, the movie will have a Monster that might be upset if you try to sneak in outside food and drinks! For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.
Thursday, May 18
McMenamins 18th Annual UFO Festival takes place through Sunday, May 21, at Hotel Oregon (310 NE Evans St in McMinnville, OR). The festival includes speakers, a parade, live music, a 5K run, a pet costume contest and much more. This year, the festival is selling select tickets for the speaking events. For all the details, and a link to ticket sales, visit the official UFO Festival website or the Facebook Event Page.
UPDATE: Willamette Radio Workshop will present their collection of otherworldly radio stories, City of Weird (from the book of the same name published by Forest Avenue Press) on Saturday, May 20, at 3 pm in Maddie's Room. Admission is free.
Gothic Horror 101 is in session. Rhias Hall presents a film and discussion gathering at Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle, WA) tonight at 7 pm. Admission is free. Tonight's film is the Billy Wilder classic, Sunset Boulevard. The film is proceeded by an introduction and information on what makes the film fit into the Gothic genre, and a discussion takes place after the screening.
Alien: Covenant opens tonight at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). Facebook posts from the theater indicates the 11 pm showing tonight will be the only screening in the downstairs theater, though the film is scheduled to play through Thursday, May 25. Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website.
Friday, May 19
"They're HERE!" Friday Night Frights presents the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic Poltergeist tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA). The show starts at 10 pm and tickets are just $6. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Alien: Covenant will open at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) this week. I'm sure it will open at the major multiplex theaters as well, but here's a chance to support you local theaters with a major movie opening. No showtimes have been announced yet, so check back here, or at the Cinema 21 website, later in the month.
Alien: Covenant also opens at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website.
Saturday, May 20
Another H. G. Wells comes to the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) today at noon, as Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee shows 1977's Island of Dr. Moreau. Presented by Rocket Donuts, this film features amazing make up work designed by Tom Burman and stars Burt Lancaster and Michael York. 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 Olympia Film Society presents a Science on Screen screening of the 1973 sci fi classic Westworld. The event, presented by the OFS and Vectorform, will include discussion and live demonstrations after the film. Doors open at 6 pm (the film starts at 6:30 pm) at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA. For more details, including a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Olympia Film Society website.
Sunday, May 21
The folks behind Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class present the start of their two week Slash: A Queer Horror Series and Class with, what else, Sleepaway Camp. Oh, DO NOT spoil this ending for those who haven't seen it!! I know most every horror fan has at least heard about the final act, but don't take the chance of ruining it for someone who has managed to stay blissfully ignorant. It's a rare thing in this day and age, and the look on their face as the film reaches it's conclusion will be PRICELESS! The event starts at 6:30 pm at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA). You must be 21 or older to attend. For additional details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Tuesday, May 23
John Carpenter's sci fi classic, Escape from New York, plays at McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) at 5:30 pm. The film also plays on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:30 pm, on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, May 27 at 8:30 pm. No need to for any further details, just get to the show! For more details, and link to advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.
The Grindhouse Film Festival presents a screening of the horror/biker film Psychomania at 7:30 pm at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) tonight at 7:30 pm in GLORIOUS 35mm! Also known as The Death Wheelers, the film follows a British biker gang called The Living Dead as the members commit suicide to come back from the grave and raise hell! The film will be preceded by 70's biker trailers in 35mm. For more details and a link to advance ticket sales (highly recommended), visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Wednesday, May 24
The fantasy film Ladyhawke plays tonight at McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) at 5:30 pm. The film also plays on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 pm and Saturday, May 27 at 5:30 pm. The film stars Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer as lovers trying to break a curse placed upon them by a corrupt Bishop. Oh, and Matthew Broderick is in it as well. For more details, and link to advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.
Thursday, May 25
Sign of the Beast Burlesque presents Metalesque tonight at the Tonic Lounge (3100 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). This troupe takes burlesque to the ninth circle of Hell, with titillating dance routines performed to heavy metal classics and local Portland metal tunes. This is a fundraiser for Metalesque Fest, the only festival dedicated to heavy metal burlesque. Tickets are $10 in advance, cash only at the door on show night. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales (when it becomes available) visit the Facebook Event Page.