Sunday, October 01, 2017


October 1, 1968. Night of the Living Dead makes its world theatrical premiere at the 600 seat Fulton Theater in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This was a highly publicized "invitation only" screening of "Pittsburgh's own first feature film." The following day, October 2, the film opened to the public in twelve neighborhood theaters and drive-ins. The rest is history. R.I.P. George A. Romero. Long live independent cinema! Long live ravenous shambling corpses! Halloween!

Monday, September 25, 2017


WYRD WAR has partnered with directors Bev and Ferd Sebastian to present a very special ONE NIGHT ONLY theatrical screening of their cult 1984 slasher rock spectacle ROCKTOBER BLOOD!!!! 

ROCKTOBER BLOOD tells the very bizarre tale of a rising heavy metal star named Billy "Eye" Harper who inexplicably murders his associates in a recording studio and is swiftly put to death for his crimes (sort of). Two years later...BILLY IS BACK from the grave to exact his revenge (sort of)! Along the way there are enough slit throats, excessively sweaty aerobic workouts, random nude hot-tubbing episodes, badly dubbed rock concerts and asphyxiating plumes of fog machine smoke to plunge audiences into the deepest tracts of 80s independent cinema! Featuring the band Sorcery of STUNT ROCK (1979) fame as the fictitious band Head Mistress and a fun fistbanging soundtrack, ROCKTOBER BLOOD is the ultimate way to ring in the Halloween season! 

We are pleased to present a digital presentation of the film directly provided by the Sebastian Family. There are no known 35mm prints in existence (and let's not talk about the Blu Ray...). The quality is dubious, but this somehow only enhances the sleazy charm of Billy Eye and company. Proceeds from this screening will be donated to Bev and Ferd Sebastian's National Greyhound Foundation to benefit animals recently displaced during Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Wyrd War will also be hosting a jack-o-lantern contest AND raffle before the film! Tickets on sake now, Rainbow Eyes.

Monday October 16, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Wyrd War proudly heralds the return of the pagan fear with the digitally restored official theatrical re-release of George Pavlou's maligned British-Irish monsterpiece RAWHEAD REX (1986). 

Based on an awesome Clive Barker short story of the same name, RAWHEAD REX tells the tale of a grotesque ancient deity’s accidental resurrection and gory rampage through the Irish countryside, while an amateur anthropologist and his hapless family attempt to unravel the meaning of mysterious heathen symbolism and pastoral bloodshed...before it is too late! Witness baptism by urination, sketchy 80s animated lightning effects, children in peril, decapitations, and a rubber monster suit that Clive Barker himself described as a "nine foot tall phallus with teeth." Panned by critics during its brief theatrical US release in 1987 and unceremoniously exiled to murky VHS obscurity, RAWHEAD REX has finally returned to subjugate the masses and assume his rightful throne! Tickets available here or at the Hollywood Theatre box office.

We will also be screening legendary cartoonist Sean Taggart's 3 minute short film FRANKEN FOOT at 9:30pm, immediately before RAWHEAD REX! This hilarious DIY oddity has never before been screened in public. Shot on video in 1994 in New York City and written, directed and starring the man responsible for album covers and flyers for some of the most maligned NYHC pioneers such as Cro Mags, Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law, Carnivore and Whiplash!

One Night Only!
Saturday September 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


I am absolutely delighted to be curating Portland, Oregon’s FIRST EVER major exhibition of original hand-painted horror movie posters from Ghana!

October 20 through October 27, 2017 

The Fierce Ghost Eats Human Region: Horror Movie Paintings From Ghana is a spectacular celebration of original paintings curated by Dennis Dread and Brian Chankin of Chicago’s Deadly Prey Gallery, that focuses on the more grotesque fringes of the much touted Ghanaian movie poster movement. Vampires! Cannibals! Ghosts! Skulls! Demons! Barbarians! Telepathic Snakes! Bodily Dismemberment! Floating Heads! Killer Dolls! Metastatic Musculature! Jason Taking Manhunte (no, not Manhattan...Manhunte)! These are MASSIVE original hand-painted posters from West Africa (NO PRINTS!) and all will be available for immediate sale. Come experience the macabre splendor of Ghanaian horror at its hallucinatory heights!

During the mid 1980s, as affordable videocassette technology became available in larger cities across West Africa, resourceful entrepreneurs launched mobile “pop-up” cinemas throughout the rural and coastal villages of Ghana where reliable electricity was still a somewhat sparse commodity. Armed with little more than portable gas-powered generators and a stack of VHS tapes, traveling new jack “barkers” delivered Western genre films to remote outposts along the Gulf of Guinea to the delight of cheering audiences who had yet to experience the chiseled machismo of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone or the massive Aqua Netted coifs of 80s femininity. These immensely popular short run open-air screenings required commanding and titillating advertising and, in lieu of neon, an incredible new art movement of wildly expressive one-sheet marquee posters soon exploded onto the cultural landscape. Hand-painted on sewn together flour sack canvases, these posters were utilitarian and disposable by design, but soon caught the attention of fine art collectors such as Ernie Wolfe III, author of the definitive “golden age” collections Extreme Canvas and Extreme Canvas 2, who recognized their visionary potency and sheer awe-inspiring surreality. By the late 90s, as digital print technology and advances in the nation’s infrastructure emerged, these traveling DIY cinema clubs were rendered obsolete. But it was too late! Younger Ghanaian artists who had come of age during the writhing chromatic glory of first wave movie poster masters such as Mr. Brew, Leonardo, Kofi “Death As Wonder” Kuwornu, D.A. "Bright" Obens, and E.A. “Heavy” Jeaurs had already become possessed and began creating their own massive paintings in earnest devotion and winking homage. And so the incendiary movement of beautiful Ghanaian movie paintings marches on…

Join us on October 20 for the Opening Reception at Portland's Cobra Lounge from 7pm-10pm, featuring a live performance by Ensorcelling the Minotaur (Roger Forbish of Deathcharge conjuring the ghost of Robert Moog) and yours truly weaving a wyrd sonic spell of horror movie soundtracks, fuzzed-out pan-African psych and heavy acid rock, man! You won’t want to miss this. Trust me.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Wyrd War and Rose City Strip join forces to deliver Portland's heaviest heavy metal event of 2017! And it's FREE! Canadian heavy metal legend Jon Mikl THOR returns to the City of Roses on the wings of his latest odd opus Beyond the Pain Barrier with special support from Lucifer's full throttle female-fronted Louisville execution squad SAVAGE MASTER and Portland's very own bastard sons of Phil Lynott and Kate De Lombaert ACID WASH! Some heads are gonna roll, Portland.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Photo by Casey Alva.

The most flawlessly beautiful 35mm print I've ever seen.

Maria Karlin of Federale performing the main Wizards theme Time Will Tell.

If you know me even casually, you can probably imagine what watching Wizards on 35mm with soundtrack composer Andrew Belling meant to me. 

The Wyrd War merch crew!
An amazing stranger gifted me this 1979 Wizards fanzine and this beautiful woman let me touch her. LOL.
Casey Alva & Andrew Belling.
Belling on Belling.
Photo by Casey Alva.

We SOLD OUT the Hollywood Theatre for our record release party and 40th anniversary screening of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards! Thank you for making us proud yet again, Portland! Andrew Belling finally received his long overdue "underground Oscar" for Best Soundtrack of 1977 (it only took 40 years!), and we kept him blushing for hours. These photos by Shaun Astor and Tiffany "Meadow" Kenaley reflect the atmosphere of a perfect evening. Thank you to Andy and Casey Alva for spending the evening with us, our friends at Fox Studios for providing an absolutely pristine 35mm print, everyone at Hollywood Theatre for the hospitality (as always), Shaun Astor for the terrific photos, Kallisti and Henry for keeping people happy at the Wyrd War merch table, the random stranger who gifted me his 1979 Wizards fanzine, and EVERYONE who came out and supported this event. I apologize to those who were unable to get in. It's impossible to predict the response and we really had no idea this would sell out. Perhaps we will do it again some day. Next up? RAWHEAD REX on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 9:30pm. Tickets on sale very soon.

Sunday, July 09, 2017


"...loud and righteous..."

Photo by Ami Lawless.

Photo by Jay Martin.

The negative ion cult is alive!

We did it, Portland! Hail to Destructor, Antichrist, Danava, the entire crew at Mississippi Studios and EVERYONE who came out on Friday July 7, 2017 for this historic moment in heavy metal. It was an intimate and diehard crowd in one of Portland's finest venues. Incredible sound! This is how you do a concert and this is how lasting metal alliances are forged. Let's do it again soon, eh? All photos by Meadow Mother Wolf, except where noted. Youtube clips courtesy of Jeff Gfroerer. Keep the Faith!