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» Friday September 19, 2008 - 12:51 am

Cosmic Horror Invades Portland This October

The stars will be right once again for Portland Oregon's own H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon. An annual event founded in 1995, the festival attracts filmmakers, authors, artists, and nearly two thousand movie goers who gather in the historic 1926 Hollywood Theatre to watch feature-length and short films, attend panels, and purchase genre related merchandise.

"As part of Dark Horse's commitment to keep the horror genre alive and twitching in comics and other dark corners of the world, we are proud to sponsor Portland's annual

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. This homegrown annual festival has gained international attention in recent years and draws fans and special guests from all corners of the world," remarks Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore.

"Now that Starbucks are apparently just seeds for flowering bushes of gentrification blooming all over town, thank god we have things like the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival to keep Portland weird, in the eternally funky Hollywood theater," quips Dark Horse editor Scott Allie.

This year's guests include Author Guest of Honor Brian Lumley (Necroscope, TitusCrowe) and Artist Guest of Honor Mike Mignola (Hellboy). Many other notable artists and authors will be attending and participating in panel discussions, including author Robert M. Price, scholar S.T. Joshi, author Laird Barron, Rue Morgue editor Jovanka Vuckovic and many others.

Here are just a few highlights from this year's film offerings:
  • Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, a new documentary featuring interviews with Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and more
  • AM 1200, a delightfully creepy and masterfully crafted thriller from award-winning DVD Producer David Prior (Flight Club, Master & Commander, Zodiac)
  • Eel Girl, a cautionary tale about the dangers of getting too close to your work, featuring spectacular creature makeup from WETA Workshop's Gino Acevedo
  • The Casting Call of Cthulhu, A humorous take on the process of casting a Lovecraftian film, with auditions from actors both comic and cosmic
  • The Dunwich Horror, a new feature treatment of Lovecraft's classic tale starring Jeffrey Combs and Dean Stockwell
  • Hellboy, a special screening of the original 2004 movie followed by a Q&A session with Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola
Another highlight of the festival will be the live dramatic performances of M.R. James' gothic horror tales by award-winning actor Robert Lloyd Parry. Our musical guests this year will be The Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets, who'll be performing at a special after-hours party at Tony Starlight's Supper Club and Lounge. The festival will even be hosting a wedding ceremony (the fifth in the festival's 14-year history).

Sponsors include Dark Horse, Baseline Studio Systems, Film Action Oregon, NightShade Books, Bullseye disc, and Lurker Films. Vendors include Cosmic Monkey, Pagan Publishing, Rainy Day Games, Centipede Press, Sigh Co Graphics, and more.

This October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the three screens of the Hollywood Theatre will be aglow with cosmic horror and the dark seats and hallways of that historic structure will be literally crawling with fans of H.P. Lovecraft and his literary, artistic, and cinematic legacy. Tickets are available through the festival's website and PDX Ticket Network. Day passes are $15 for Friday, $18 for Saturday and $18 for Sunday. Passes for the entire three-day-and-night event start at $46.

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore, celebrates H.P.Lovecraft, the master of Gothic horror. Starting with the goal of encouraging more adaptations for film and television, the festival has exploded into a multi-media, multi-city event hosting such distinguished guests as singer/poet Patti Smith, author Ramsey Campbell, and actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, and Christopher Heyerdahl.A haven for filmmakers and fans, the festival has created its own following: a unique community of iconoclasts, all speaking the international language of cosmic horror.

Lurker Films Inc. produces the Zompire Film Festival every May and the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival every October.

The Hollywood Theatre is at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.


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