Cultists! Rejoice! The 2018 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival rose from the fathomless deep to drive the audiences of Portland, OR to madness this month.
The Portland Horror Film Festival is a 4-day festival of independent and international horror films that takes place in, you guessed it, Portland Oregon from June 13-16. I was lucky enough to take in the weekend with the Portland horror crew and even though I was only able to be there two days, it was definitely worth the journey!
Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) has been taken over by Marvel Superheroes at their newest exhibition.
Scared to Death, a brand new exhibition and horror film experience begins by guests walking through a maze of hanging wrapped cadavers. Children shuddering through the web of corpses made a fun stumble for all, reminiscent of a well produced haunted attraction.
A sold out Seattle crowd perspires in a subterranean brick grotto waiting for Puppeteers for Fears, Ashland Oregon's very own punk rock horror puppet troupe to take the stage.
Ashland is a town known nationwide for its theatre community, but is truly identified with its Shakespearean festivals in the summer that draw aristocrats and the bourgeois legions from around the country each year.
The West Coast Haunter's Convention (WCHC) is an annual event held in the fair city of Portland, OR each Spring to gather haunt owners and enthusiasts from the U.S. and Canada for a weekend of fun, education and networking. As a general rule, conventions do their best to provide a high level of programming to add value to the ticket. WCHC takes this train of thought very seriously, as a large majority of attendees are proprietors or staff at either home or pro haunts, so the level of information provided on topics from marketing to makeup and scenic design is truly impressive. A small sampling of this year's roughly 50 courses include topics covering DIY Animation with prop and scene controllers, creating press releases, managing security for haunted attractions, actor's training and so much more.
When Crypticon Seattle announced they were changing venues to the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport location, I knew we were in for an exciting new year. A new venue brings fresh energy and possibilities to any event, but especially to conventions, which can suffer from venue burnout and fatigue very easily for repeat attendees. The team at Crypticon, led by Troy Bowers, did a wonderful job assembling and programming this year's Crypticon.