Maybe you're too old to go door-to-door begging for candy this Halloween, but you can still celebrate! We've rounded up Portland's scariest cinematic events—from creepy classics to scary short films—to get you pumped for the holiday season.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE EVENTS
• Two Nights of Lovecraft
Praise the dark Cthulhu! This event is packed full of Lovecraftian masterpieces. On Friday, you’ll see a selection of award-winning short films (both classic and modern) inspired by Lovecraft’s works; on Saturday, watch a rare, 35mm version of Stuart Gordon’s classic The Re-Animator. October 18-19 at 9:40 at the Hollywood Theatre, $8 single day, $14 two-day pass.
• Red Flag presents Guignolfest 2013
This DIY horror movie contest, now in its fifth year, challenges teams of filmmakers to make a horror film in just three days. The contest is open until the 18th; for more info, check out the Guignolfest website. For those who prefer to just watch the horror, come to a screening of the resulting films. October 27 at 9:30pm at the Clinton Street Theater, $5.
• Repressed Horrors of Halloween
If the rest of the films on this list are a little too mainstream for you, you might appreciate the Hollywood Theatre’s “Repressed Horrors of Halloween.” There you will see three little-known indie horror flicks: What’s In the Barn, Dawn of an Evil Millenium, and Bloody Maw of the Man Wolf. October 29th at 7:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre, $8.
• Nosferatu with a Live Score
For those who truly want a classic, the Mission Theater presents Nosferatu, the 1922 German Expressionist adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula starring Max Schreck. This eerie silent film will be brought to life with live music by Mood Area 52. October 30 at 8pm (doors at 7pm) at the Mission Theater, $6 advance, $8 day-of.
• The Golem with a Live Score
Or, if vampires aren't really your thing, you can watch 1920's The Golem with a live soundtrack performed by pianist Beth Karp. Additional entertainment in the form of Halloween-themed vaudeville will be provided by Professor Ringo Zeitgeist and Alyson Osborn. October 30 at 7pm (doors at 6pm) at the Alberta Rose Theatre, $13.
OTHER SPOOKY SCREENINGS
• October 11–17: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) in classic 3D at the Academy Theater
← October 15-17: Scream (1996) at the Laurelhurst Theater
• October 18–24: Dracula (1931) at the Academy Theater
• October 18-24: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) at the Laurelhurst Theater
• October 19-29: Bride of Frankenstein (1935) at the Hollywood Theatre
• October 25–31: The Exorcist (1973) at the Academy Theater
• October 25-27: The Return of the Living Dead (1985) at 5th Avenue Cinema
• October 25-26: Night of the Living Dead (1968) and October 25-30: Birth of the Living Dead (2013), a documentary about Night of the Living Dead, at the Clinton Street Theater
• October 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) at the Clinton Street Theater