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Submissions are being accepted for the 2020 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR, and the third biennial H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Providence, RI.  And the stars have aligned for you, as you only need to click this FilmFreeway link for all the details on submitting your Lovecraftian short or feature film to BOTH festivals.  Final submission date is July 28, 2020.

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From the people who created the HUMP film festival comes SLAY, a chance for you to make a short horror film (up to 8 minutes in length) and possibly win some cash!  Your film can be terrifying or funny, gory or campy, animated, or whatever your twisted mind can think of.  Prizes will be awarded for the Goriest, Funniest and Scariest film, along with a Best in Show award.  The submission date is Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5 pm PST, and the films will be screened in Portland and Seattle on October 17, 2020.  For more details, visit the SLAY Film Fest website.

February, 2020

Tuesday, February 25

The Grindhouse Film Festival series at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents the ultimate kaiju smackdown, King Kong vs. Godzilla, at 7:30 pm tonight in GLORIOUS 35mm!  For more details and advance ticket sales (strongly recommended), visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

Saturday, February 29

Dante's (350 W Burnside St in Portland, OR) brings rocker/body builder/actor Thor, featuring Stovokor and Pegasister, to the stage tonight at 9 pm.  This is a 21 and older show. For more details, including a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Frankenstein's Comicbook Swap returns to the East Portland Eagle Lodge (4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR) from noon to 6 pm.  Admission is just $1, with kids and elders admitted free.  Early Bird admission is $5 and gets you in at 11 am.  The event also accepts cans of food for donation to the Oregon Food Bank.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) will show 1931's Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, today at 3 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave in Tacoma, WA) ends its celebration of Black History Month with the anthology film Tales from the Hood tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

March, 2020

Friday, March 6

King Ghidora, The Latter Day Skanks and Wallcrawler will be performing at Erebus (409 Pacific Ave S in Kelso, WA) tonight.  The show starts at 8 pm, and admission is just $7 and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page

Thursday, March 12

The Emerald City Comic Con takes place through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center (800 Convention Pl in Seattle, WA).  Guests include Mark Ruffalo (the MCU Hulk), Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) and MANY MORE!  For all the details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the ECCC website.

Friday, March 13

Rocko Zevenbergen and The Bad Taste Video Team presents the local premiere of their first feature film, I NEED YOU DEAD, at 9:30 pm tonight at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  The film follows DOOD (Estevan Munoz), a young punk living in Shmucksville, USA, who births a strage fleshy creature after a moment of total teen angst.  Now DOOD must find a way to kill the creature, the embodiment of his most self-deprecative thoughts, before he's convinced to get rid of himself.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

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Wyrd War presents exploitation filmmaker Stephanie Rothman's reimagining of the vampire mythos, The Velvet Vampire, at 7 pm tonight at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  The film stars Cleste Yarnall (Beast of Blood) and Michael Blodgett (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls).  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

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The Friday the 13th Haunted Taft Tour takes place this evening at 7 pm, starting at the Sapphire Center (4840 SE Highway 101 in Lincoln City, OR).  Learn about the Ghost Schooner of Siletz Pay, Lincoln City's Haunted Fire Truck, and the apparition showing up on the beaches since Prohibition.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, March 14

Portland Sinful Walking Tour: Shanghaiers, Saloons, Skullduggery starts at 1 pm today at Floyd's Coffee Shop (932 SW 3rd Ave in Portland, OR).  Walk through Old town and hear the history of "Portland's naughty bits!"  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, March 15

Fathom Events is bringing the Eighth Wonder of the World back to theaters nationwide!  The 1933 classic King Kong will play at 1 and 4 pm today only.  And if you haven't seen this film on the big screen, DO NOT MISS IT!!!  I'm not kidding, DO NOT MISS IT!  For more details, including advance ticket sales and a list of locations near you, visit the Fathom Event Page.

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The Future is NOW: Film Noir Hybrids for the Nervous Generation series at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) will screen the grittiest, darkest post-apocalypse film from the 50s, Five, tonight at 7 pm in GLORIOUS 35mm.  As the last five people alive after a nuclear holocaust work to rebuild some sense of civilization, things start to fall apart as each succumb to their desires and prejudices.  The event is hosted by noir expert Elliot Lavine.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

Monday, March 16

As part of the Feminist March 2020 series, the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents Mad Max: Fury Road tonight at 7:30 pm.  If you have yet to see this on the big screen, don't miss your chance to witness it!  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

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Northwest Ghost Tours presents Spirits of Stumptown - Ghosts of the Oregon Coast at 7 pm tonight at The White Eagle (836 N Russell St in Portland, OR).  The event will explore the haunted locations on the Oregon Coast.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Friday, March 20

Friday Night Frights brings the grimiest grindhouse films ever made to the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA) tonight at 10 pm.  You'll need a shower after witnessing William Lustig's 1980 slasher masterpiece Maniac, featuring a terrific performance by Joe Spinell as a man compelled to murder and scalp women, and some of Tom Savini's best work ever committed to film!  As always, you might walk out with some amazing horror goodies given away from the event's sponsors. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) celebrates five years of Queer Horror with the Polish killer mermaid film The Lure, tonight at 9:30 pm.  The film involves two man-eating mermaids working as entertainers in a sleazy cabaret in 1980s Warsaw, and the complications that ensue when one falls in love with a human.  The screening is hosted by Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi, and opens with an all-musical preshow.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.
 

Saturday, March 21

Market Obscura VI: Ostara takes place today at Jupiter NEXT (900 East Burnside St in Portland, OR).  The market, featuring an eclectic mix of vendors from Portland and the Pacific Northwest, runs from 1 to 7 pm and is open to all ages.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, March 22

The ongoing series The Future is NOW: Film Noir Hybrids for the Nervous Generation at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents the classic 1956 sci fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers in GLORIOUS 35mm tonight at 7 pm.  This film still works today, as the threat of threat of dehumanization and mindless conformity continues to be a common fear across social and political lines, and could be seen as a root cause of the divide currently experienced by our country.  The event is hosted by noir expert Elliot Lavine.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website

Wednesday, March 25

The Re-Run Theater series at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) presents The Feminine Mystique, a two part episode from the classic 1970s television show Wonder Woman, starring the amazing Lynda Carter.  This episode features Debra Winger as Diana's younger sister Drusilla, as the two take on Nazis intent on invading Paradise Island.  Vintage 70s ads marketed to women of various ages will play during the breaks.  Showtime is 7:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

Sunday, March 29

As part of The Future is NOW: Film Noir Hybrids for the Nervous Generation, the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) will screen director John Frankenheimer's (The Manchurian Candidate) sci fi thriller Seconds, starring Rock Hudson.  The screening is hosted by noir expert Elliot Lavine.  The show starts at 7 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Hollywood Theatre website.

April, 2020

Sunday, April 5

Monstrous Femme Films presents the Portland premier of Camp Calypso at 6 pm tonight at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St in Portland, OR).  The film, about a 70s summer camp with a vengeful, man-eating siren living in the nearby lake, toys with the tropes from monster movies, slasher flicks and the writings of Australian film scholar Barbara Creed (The Monstrous-Feminine) to subvert and redesign the conventions of exploitation horror.  Admission is FREE, with donations encouraged.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page and the Clinton Street Theater website.

Thursday, April 9

I don't have many details, other than the anime cosplay convention Sakura-Con 2020 will take place through Saturday, April 11 at the Washington State Convention Center (800 Convention Place in Seattle, WA).  Keep up with all the details by visiting the Facebook Event Page.

Friday, April 17

Friday Night Frights celebrates Earth Day with "one of the most terrifyingly realistic pissed-off primate film ever!"  Shakma will screen at 10 pm at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA), and, as always, expect some horror goodies to be given away from the amazing sponsors!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, April 22

The Invincible Czars will perform a live soundtrack to the 1920 German classic horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St in Portland, OR) tonight at 7:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, April 25

The Medford Comic-Con takes place this weekend at the Jackson County Library Services (205 S Central Ave in Medford, OR), with 30 FREE workshops, Pokemon League Play, two costume contests and MORE!  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

May, 2020

Friday, May 1

Crypticon Seattle takes place this weekend at the Doubletree Hotel (18740 International Blvd in Seattle, WA).  The current guest list includes Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, The Devil's Rejects), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Robert Brian Wilson (Silent Night, Deadly Night) and movie critic/host Joe Bob Briggs.  For more details, including guest announcements, follow the Crypticon Seattle Facebook Page.  You can also head over to the official website (as of August 6, 2019, the site was still showing guests for the most recent con) for details concerning room rates, guests, events and MORE.

UPDATE: Billy Zane (Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Dead Calm, The Phantom), Lisa Zane (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare), John Kassir (the voice of the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) Jonah Ray (MST3K) and William Sadler (The Mist, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Die Hard 2: Die Harder) are scheduled to attend.

Saturday, May 9

The Meadowlark Comic Con takes place today at the Ramada Medford Hotel and Convention Center (2250 Biddle Rd in Medford, OR).  Guests include Jackey Neyman Jones (Debbie in Manos: The Hands of Fate and Manos Returns, Beyond the Wall of Fear, Dark Zone Thirteen), Eric Roberts (Sharktopus, The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)) and Eliza Roberts (Schlock, Animal House).  For more details, visit the official website or the Facebook Event Page.

June, 2020

Saturday, June 6

The Salem Comic Con takes place this weekend at the Oregon State Fair (2330 17th St NE in Salem, OR).  No further details at this time, and the official website is being worked on, but you can follow the Facebook Event Page for updates.

Wednesday, June 10

The Portland Horror Film Festival opens tonight at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR).  The four day festival features independent horror films from around the world.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the official website.

Thursday, June 11

Nocturnal Emissions presents a screening of Kathryn Bigelow's vampire classic, Near Dark, at 7:30 pm tonight at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave in Seattle, WA).  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, June 20

The GeekCraft Expo PDX 2020 takes place today and tomorrow at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR).  Browse and buy handmade geek goods by local crafters.  Admission is FREE with pre-registration and is family friendly.  Cosplay is encouraged.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

July, 2020

Saturday, July 25

The Oregon Bigfoot Festival and Beyond takes place from 10 am to 8 pm today at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds Event Center (694 NE 4th Ave in Canby, OR).  The event is a celebration of cryptozoology, paranormal and the supernatural.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page or the festival website.

September, 2020

Rose City Comic Con 2020 takes place this weekend weekend at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR).  Mark your calendars and keep checking back for more details, or just follow the Facebook Event Page.

October, 2020

Saturday, October 3

Torchsong Theater Company brings Villains and Vixens: Revenge of the Parodies to the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge (4834 N Lombard St in Portland, OR) for a sizzling hot cabaret where it's good to be bad.  The show plays on Saturday, October 3 and 10 at 8 pm and Sunday, October 4 and 11 at 6 pm.  The production is considered PG-13.  For more details and advance ticket sales (starting in the summer of 2020), visit the Facebook Event Page.

January, 2021

Saturday, January 2

Fandom PDX 2021 takes place this weekend at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (8235 NE Airport Way in Portland, OR).  To keep up on all the details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Should you be hosting, or know of, an event that would interest my readers, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com and I'll include in on the Horror Calendar and future updates.  Remember, I cast a wide web, including sci fi/ fantasy films, as well as some action films.  And I do not charge for listing your event on the site.

And, as always, should you attend any of these events, mention to the organizers you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!!


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