Portland Horror Film Festival – Best USA Festivals


Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard

Early June


Did you grow up mesmerized by Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, and the ubiquitous Vincent Price? Did you revel in the blockbuster horror films of the ’70s and ’80s—The Omen, The Exorcist, Halloween? Do you remember the cult classics of the ’80s, such as The Evil Dead, Lifeforce, and Night of the Comet? Do the horror spoofs—Scream, Scary Movie, Shaun of the Dead—tickle your funny bone? Or maybe your nightmares are spawned by the millennial masterpieces, movies such as The Ring, Paranormal Activity, and 30 Days of Night.

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No matter how you like your spooky movies, the Portland Horror Film Festival will enthrall you with an outstanding lineup of under-the-radar independent works representing every subgenre of scary films—funny, gory, nerve-wracking, and flat-out scary, and all cooler and more innovative than anything you can see at the multiplex. Independent filmmakers are the ones creating fresh looks at horror, and you can see the best films from the horror masters of tomorrow at the Portland Horror Film Festival. From satanic guitars to zombie children to sweet, sweet revenge, this enthralling film fest has something for everyone, including films from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the Philippines, Greece, Norway,

France, Australia, Turkey,

Iran, and more.

Beginning Thursday evening and running through Saturday, the event screens all movies at the historic Hollywood Theatre, packing some four dozen films into a three-day fright fest. Each year, the festival selects several full-length features and numerous short films that range from a minute or so to about half an hour in length, providing chills and thrills in masterfully concise movies. In addition to the movies themselves, the Portland Horror Film Festival includes casual meet-and-greet events and post-movie Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, along with a Saturday evening wrap-up party and awards ceremony.

Modestly priced festival tickets deliver a lot more bang for the buck than regular movie tickets, and attendees can choose between single-day tickets or three-day full-festival tickets. Full-event tickets provide access to all films and events throughout the weekend, and all tickets are available for early purchase at the event website.

Portland Horror Film Festival features myriad films along with Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

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