Tuesday, September 07, 2021


Sharpen your number two pencils and head back to school with CLASS OF 1999 (1990), Mark L. Lester's riotously entertaining sequel (of sorts) to his juvenile delinquent exploitation classic CLASS OF 1984! In the not-too-distant future, economic collapse has caused such an escalation in gang violence and drug abuse that lawless “free fire zones” require weaponized military androids to be secretly deployed as high school teachers. What could possibly go wrong? Spoiler: everything! Shot entirely in Seattle, CLASS OF 1999 boasts outrageous practical effects, high-octane car chases, insane explosions and a stellar cast of genre stalwarts including Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Leach, John P. Ryan, that creepy kid from RIVER’S EDGE (Joshua John Miller) and hordes of dour punk rocker extras who inexplicably wear a lot of purple. Written by Mark Lester and C. Courtney Joyner, with input from splatterpunk author John Skipp, CLASS OF 1999 sadly foretold many societal issues from metal detectors in schools and opioid addiction to massive homelessness and the rattail hairstyle. Get your ticket and join us this Saturday September 11, 2021 at 7:30pm sharp!

Class of 1999 (1990)

Class of 1999 (redux)!

Wyrd War field trip to the primary filming location! 

The ultimate teaching machine...eating a banana!

The ultimate teaching machine...out of control!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

DUDES: The Punk Western Night

Dennis Dread, Randall Jahnson & Miguel Tejada-Flores

Randall & Tiffany!

DUDES (1987)

Jodi of Burlynomicon delivering the goods
under the watchful...umm...eyes of Tempest Storm. 


Another WYRD WAR WEDNESDAY at Portland's Star Theater for the history books! This week we presented Penelope Spheeris' DUDES (1987) with guest screenwriters Miguel Tejada-Flores (REVENGE OF THE NERDS, FRIGHT NIGHT 2) and Randall Jahnson (THE DOORS, TALES FROM THE CRYPT) in attendance. Our panel discussion after the film was a master course in genre filmmaking...with booze! Next up at Star Theater is CLASS OF 1984 on September 22. JOIN US!

Monday, August 16, 2021


Tiffany Kenaley, Dennis Dread and Steve De Jarnatt at Wyrd War headquarters.  

Alison Braun's new photo book In The Pit: Punk Rock Photos 1981-1991 and Steve De Jarnatt's new short story collection on display at the gallery.

Hollywood Theatre staffer Sean Barry creates the best chalk drawings for our events!

Dread and De Jarnatt take the stage.

Wendi the Wonderful shines her light, as she does. 

Steve told us to make funny faces, and we were happy to oblige.
He is the director, after all.

That's a wrap!

THANK YOU to everyone who showed up this weekend to celebrate WYRD WAR's glorious return to the Hollywood Theatre for the first time since March 2020! Our annual "Summer Bummer" double features have become something of a tradition, and this year's presentation of MIRACLE MILE (1988) and CHERRY 2000 (1987) with director Steve De Jarnatt in attendance was truly something special. We started the day with a book signing at Wyrd War headquarters before heading down the street for the films. Thank you to the staff at Hollywood Theatre who support Wyrd War's mission to celebrate strange and wonderful films, music and art. Thank you to Shaun Astor for capturing the magic with these amazing photos. Most importantly, thank you to Steve De Jarnatt for being such a kind, generous, funny and brilliant cat enthusiast. The man is a national treasure. Next up is Penelope Spheeris' DUDES (1987) at Star Theater with writer Randall Jahnson and producer Miguel Tejada-Flores in attendance. See you at the movies... 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

IN THE PIT: Opening Reception!

Dennis Dread, Alison Braun and her husband Benjamin Malay who framed every piece in the show himself!
Wyrd War chief Dennis Dread, Alison Braun and her talented husband Benjamin Malay, who framed every print in the show himself.

Alison Braun doing her thing!

Spit Stix of FEAR made an appearance.

Punks not dead.

Alison explaining the fine are of film vs digital to a young fan. Many of the photos in our current exhibit were shot on 28mm, which means that Alison was often only two feet from her subject (no zoom). In the case of her portraits of Cal Morris of DISCHARGE and Glenn Danzig of the MISFITS, she was standing on stage right beside the band. 

It was great to see so many new faces at the gallery, and so many people who were at the concerts featured in Alison's photography circa 1981-1991.

Blaine Cook of THE ACCUSED kicked out the jams in our parking lot with his lovely wife Rahel. 

Our sponsor BLOODxSWEATxTEARS kept everyone appropriately spirited.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the opening reception of IN THE PIT: The Photography of Alison Braun (1981-1991)! It was our most successful evening yet, and a perfect way to celebrate our second year as a brick and mortar space. The exhibit is on display through August 28, so feel free to email wyrdwar@gmail.com to schedule a visit. The books have flown off the shelves (twice!) already, but we will have more soon. Punks not dead.