Well, sorry I didn't get this edition of the Weekly Update out yesterday, but I think Cupid's aim was a bit off and I ended up with a head shot instead of one to the heart. Oh well, maybe his aim will be better next year....
Wait a minute,
I'm beginning to think that wasn't Cupid!
Well, that doesn't mean I'm out for the rest of the month, and you shouldn't be either. The rest of February is full of great events happening in the Northwest, so get out your calendar and make your plans now.
And be sure to visit the Horror Calendar for updates on the Emerald City Comic Con, details on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Celebration in Seattle, Evil Dead: The Musical coming to Renton, WA, the Northwest Comic Con in Tillamook, OR, the Frankenstein Comic Swap and Comix Thing in Portland, OR, and a lot of great movies screening across the region.
Remember, it's quick and easy to get an event listed on The Shadow Over Portland. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post the details on the site. Oh, and don't forget, listing your event is FREE!
And, as always, should you attend any of the events listed on the site, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!
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.
Capcom and iam8bit is bringing the Resident Evil Escape Experience to Portland through Sunday, March 5. The location is secret at this time, but tickets are on sale and going fast! Visit the link for more details.
Open Film Submission
Please visit the Open Film Submission page for details on several local film festival accepting submissions at this time.
During February, Women in Horror Month, the Portland Horror Film Festival is waving submission fees for women directors. Check out the Portland Horror Film Festival Facebook Page for more details.
During February, Women in Horror Month, PDXtreme Film Festival will offer 25% off submission fees for all films directed or written by women. Visit the PDXtreme Fest Facebook Page for the required code and a link for submitting your film.
Wednesday, February 15
Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) goes south of the border for the Luchador match of the week: Santo vs. the Vampire Women! Oh, we can't forget the cape-wearing henchmen and the werewolves!! The show starts at 9:15 pm and, as always, admission is FREE! But you must be 21 or older to attend. Any outside food or drink will really tick off El Santo, so avoid a potential body slam and visit the concession stand before the movie. You'll be doing your part to help The Joy keep Wednesdays WEIRD! For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.
UPDATE: The film might be changed to Santo contra la hija de Frankenstein (Santo verses Frankenstein's Daughter, according to Wikipedia). The movie will still have monsters and wrestlers in any case!
Friday, February 17
WizardWorld returns to the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr, Blvd) in Portland, OR this weekend. Not much on guests at this time, but you know that will change soon. For more details, check back here later, or visit the link.
Friday Night Frights presents the Brian DePalma classic, Carrie, tonight at 10 pm at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA). Based on the Stephen King novel, the film stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, P. J. Soles, Nancy Allen and John Travolta. But you probably knew that. Tickets are just $6 for this Women in Horror Month celebration. Oh, and dress in your finest high school prom clothing for a chance to win some killer horror loot! For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
PIFF After Dark continues at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR) with a screening of The Eyes of My Mother at 10:30 pm. The story of a solitary woman, the witness to a violent act perpetrated upon her mother, spends her days caring for the family's farm and a mysterious figure in the barn. Please note, this film is in black and white, but don't let that keep you away. The A.V. Club says, "If Ingmar Bergman had helmed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, it might look something like this exquisite nightmare." That should be enough of a recommendation for most horror fans. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit this link.
Saturday, February 18
Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee, presented by Rocket Donuts, will show George Pal's classic War of the Worlds today at noon at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA). This 1953 film still looks great, even judged by today's effects, so don't miss this chance to see it on the big screen! 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.
PIFF After Dark continues at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR) with a screening of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's French ghost story Daguerrotype at 10:30 pm. Please note, the movie is in French with English subtitles. For more details on the film, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit this link.
The Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA) presents a screening of The Love Witch in GLORIOUS 35mm! Showtime is 9 pm. For more details, visit the Grand Illusion Cinema website.
Sunday, February 19
The McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St in Portland, OR) presents Paranormal Pub: The Ernest Harps Mystery tonight at 7 pm. St Johns resident and ghost historian Tanya Lyn March will speak on the events occurring in a home on Marshall St in October, 1909, as witnesses observed objects within the house move about for four hours. 11 year old Ernest Harps was believed to the the epicenter of the event, and the discussion will include the events that transpired after that day, when he was kidnapped by local physicians and an alienist intent on debunking the boy's abilities, or harness them. Gather round for a real ghost story tonight, kiddies! For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Monday, February 20
Gnawed, Filth and CBN will headline at Le Voyeur (404 4th Ave E in Olympia, WA). Doors open at 9 pm, the performances start at 10 pm. Admission is free, but donations to the artists are strongly recommended. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page. I suspect you must be 21 or older to attend. Check with the venue before you head out!
Tuesday, February 21
The Northwest Horror Pub Quiz takes place tonight at 7:30 pm at Home, A Bar (719 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR). Get your team together to compete for gift certificates to Home, A Bar, and for individual prizes during the Lightning Rounds! For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Wednesday, February 22
"Wanna date?" Well, mark this date down as Hotel Broslin screens the cult classic Frankenhooker tonight at Obsidian (414 4th Ave E in Olympia, WA). The event starts at 9 pm with VHS/DVD/records/oddball memorabilia to buy, sell or trade. Admission is free, but you can enter into a raffle by bringing a can of food for the Thurston County Food Bank. Also, you must be 21 or older to attend. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Thursday, February 23
PIFF After Dark selection Daguerrotype, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's French ghost story, screens tonight at 5:45 pm at the Valley Cinema Pub (9360 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton, OR). Please note, the movie is in French with English subtitles. For more details on the film, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit this link.
Friday, February 24
PIFF After Dark continues at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR) with the eco-horror film Without Name at 10:30 pm. For more details on the film, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit this link.
The Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA) presents a new 4K transfer of 1971's The Zodiac Killer. Produced and directed by Tom Hanson (who previously owned a chain of pizza restaurants), the film was made with the goal of capturing the real Zodiac Killer. During theatrical screenings in San Francisco, Hanson and actors from the film constructed traps in the theater in an attempt to lure the killer into the open and apprehend him! The film constructs a back story for the killer, including the idea that pet rabbits told him to kill, creating one of the strangest films dedicated to the murderer. Joe Ziemba and Sebastian Del Castillo, from the American Genre Film Archive, and Lisa Petrucci from Something Weird video will be in attendance. The film starts at 9 pm. For more details on the screening, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Grand Illusion Cinema website.
Saturday, February 25
The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents a tribute to writer/director John Fasano with a screening of Zombie Nightmare tonight at 9:15 pm. The film, which stars Adam West, Jon Miki-Thor and Frank Dietz (who will be in attendance), deals with a young man killed by a gang, only to be resurrected by a voodoo priestess to avenge his death. And the soundtrack includes music from Motorhead, Girlschool, Thor and Deathmask. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
It's a good day to spend the evening at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) as Kong: Long Live the King! screens tonight at 7 pm. This documentary explores the enduring appeal of this classic monster, from the 1933 classic to modern times. Director Frank Dietz and producer Trish Geiger will be in attendance. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
PIFF After Dark continues at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR) with Andre Ovredal's (Troll Hunter) latest, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, tonight at 10:30 pm. For more details on the film, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the link.
VHS Uber Alles presents a screening of Death Warmed Up (AKA Death Warmed Over), a New Zealand sci fi/horror film, tonight at 9 pm at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA). The story revolves around Michael, the victim of a mad scientist's experiments, who spends seven years in a mental institution for murdering his parents. After his release, Michael sets out on a mission of revenge against the doctor who programmed him for murder. Presented in GLORIOUS VHS (or maybe Beta, based on the FB page illustration), this film is pretty hard to find on the home video market, so this might be your best chance to see it. And tickets are just $2! For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Sunday, February 26
The Vancouver Badass Film Festival presents Badass III starting at 2 pm today at The Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway in Vancouver, BC). The festival will present the only Vancouver screening of the 35mm exploitation epic, Frankenstein Created Bikers, and is expected to sell out fast. Visit the Facebook Event Page or the VBAFF website for more details and advance ticket sales.
The Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA) presents Trailer Apocalypse Redux from Grindhouse Releasing tonight at 7 pm in GLORIOUS 35mm. Prepare for 90 minutes of rare vintage trailers, featuring blaxploitation, sexploitation, horror, mondo, martial arts and other genres "not seen since the flea-ridden heydays of 42nd St." For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Grand Illusion Cinema website.
The Zymoglyphic Museum (6225 SE Alder in Portland, OR) will be open to the public today from 11 am to 5 pm. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Monday, February 27
Grindtopia presents Grindtopia 3: The First Annual Black History Month Spectacular tonight starting around 6 pm at Hattie's Hat Backroom (5231 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle, WA). You must be 21 or older to attend. The spectacular starts around 6 pm with Ganja and Hess, followed by Coffy around 8 pm and That Man Bolt around 9:45 pm. Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.