Friday, June 14, 2019

WYRD WAR SUMMER BUMMER 2019 IS COMING...


Wyrd War invites you on a white-knuckle joyride through the bizarre world of exploitation cinema with director Greydon Clark in attendance to discuss 30 years of independent filmmaking! 

WITHOUT WARNING (1980): A malevolent extraterrestrial hunts humans through a remote US town in this innovative sci-fi gem. Featuring a spectacularly unhinged Martin Landau, grimacing Jack Palance and towering Kevin Peter Hall, who went on to hunt Schwarzenegger in a remarkably similar film in 1987. 

SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS (1977): A sketchy high school janitor prowls campus for a virgin to be sacrificed by the local coven (as one does), but the tables turn in this outrageous occult sex romp. Gratuitous bouncing up and down ensues and appearances are made by Yvonne De Carlo, John Carradine and John Ireland. Clark’s horny classic arrived in theaters on the crest of “satanic panic” quickies, and makes its infernal return just in time to beat the summer heat!


Saturday July 20
7:30pm

Monday, June 03, 2019

DJ DENNIS DREAD AT MAD HANNA JUNE 7, 2019


Come on down to the coziest bar in northeast Portland this Friday and baptize yourself in the neon slime with a potent black magic brüe of deep horror devotionals, biker dirges, devilish gospel, headbanging anthems and an unhealthy dose of Roky Erickson. All vinyl. Never a cover. Friendliest bartenders. No attitudes. Break your chains.

Friday, May 03, 2019

THE DRILLER KILLER IS COMING!


We're celebrating my birthday in style on June 1 with a rare 35mm screening of Abel Ferrara's gritty black comedy THE DRILLER KILLER (1979) at Hollywood Theatre! A frustrated artist becomes unhinged while struggling to pay his bills (sound like anyone you know?) and hold things together for his roommate and her strung-out girlfriend. When an annoying new wave band called The Roosters moves in next door...he finally snaps! What happens next landed this sleazy slice of guerrilla New York City filmmaking on the UK's infamous "video nasties" list along with 39 other films that were successfully prosecuted for violence under the Obscene Publications Act. You will laugh, cry and/or scream in terror. Just don’t say you haven’t been warned. The Driller Killer is coming. Tickets on sale NOW.

Saturday June 1, 2019
7:30pm

Thursday, May 02, 2019

TOWARD AN OTHERWORLDLY BIRTHRIGHT


THRONES


Kiss the goat! Err..eat the goat.


But don't eat the painted goats! 






THANK YOU to everyone who joined Wyrd War for our Fourth Annual Walpurgisnacht Celebration on April 30, 2019 at the historic Hollywood Theatre, especially our brother in arms Joe Preston for fortifying the ritual. HAGAZUSSA was perfectly unsettling on the very big screen with surround sound speakers, a capacity audience and Meadow's delicious rosemary shortbread goat cookies for everyone! Many of you have written to us asking for the recipe, so I've included that below. We were also informed this morning that our Tuesday night event exceeded nationwide ticket sales, including theaters that screened HAGAZUSSA for a full week. Such is Portland's passion for fantastic cinema, including the dark and occasionally challenging programming that Wyrd War has come to be known for locally. Special thanks to all of our friends at the Hollywood Theatre for everything they do. Lastly, a very warm salute to emerging director Lukas Feigelfield, brilliant cinematographer Mariel Baqueiro, all at Raven Banner Entertainment, Music Box Films, and the entire HAGAZUSSA team for their bold and beautiful accomplishment.

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter 
  • 2/3 cup white sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preparation:
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 2/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour salt and rosemary until well blended. The dough will be somewhat soft. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4" thickness. Cut into the shape of your infernal master (alternately, if you're a "no gods, no masters" sorta baker, cut into any shape you like) about 3" x 3" inches in size. Place cookies 1" apart on the lined cookie sheets. Shortbread dough can be a bit crumbly so don’t be discouraged.
  • Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden at the edges. Do not over bake! Cool on wire racks, and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Shortbread ages well so your cookies will be most tasty two days after preparation. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

COME, COME, COME TO THE SABBAT!


WYRD WAR summons all witches to our fourth annual Walpurgisnacht celebration of the dark feminine in film! Powerful, possessed and persecuted, the cinematic representation of witchy women is always a kaleidoscopic journey through the looking glass of gender politics and psychosexual fantasy. This year Dennis Dread proudly presents emerging German filmmaker Lukas Feigelfeld’s HAGAZUSSA: A HEATHEN’S CURSE (2017), a slow-burning "gothic folktale" in the phantasmagoric neo-mythic tradition of Lars von Trier’s ANTICHRIST and Robert Eggers’ THE WITCH, seething with meditative ritual and glacial dread. High on the snow swept Alps of 15th century Austria, a mother dies of a mysterious illness, leaving her daughter Albrun to be raised as an outcast orphan by nearby superstitious villagers. Coming of age as an isolated single mother herself, Albrun hears the dark woods of the heath call her name as she slides inexorably toward her terrible and terrifying destiny. Beautifully imagined and crafted, HAGAZUSSA will be hauntingly transcendent on the very big screen at The Hollywood Theatre! This is one of very few select theatrical screenings taking place nationwide in April.

APRIL 30, 2019
7:30PM
HOLLYWOOD THEATRE

Saturday, April 06, 2019

CONTAMINATION...IS COMING!


Easter is around the corner and WYRD WAR invites you to roll away the stone with Luigi Cozzi’s sci-fi gore fest CONTAMINATION (1980). This maniacal micro-budget “homage” to Ridley Scott’s ALIEN weaves the far-out tale of a freight ship intercepted in New York Bay containing a mysteriously eviscerated crew and dozens of pulsating green space eggs that are eventually traced to a coffee plantation in Brazil (huh?) where we meet a Cthulhuian cyclops with a prehensile mouth and taste for human flesh! Financed in part by Colombian coke dealers and staring Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS, DR. BUTCHER M.D.), CONTAMINATION boasts a muscular prog-funk score by Goblin and lives on in the hearts of “video nasty” fans as Cozzi’s unlikely serenade to the history of fantastic cinema. There will be chest explosions. Come early for the Wyrd War alien egg hunt at 7pm with lots of appropriately gruesome prizes!!!! Flick starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets on sale NOW!
Wednesday April 17, 2019
Portland, Oregon

Friday, March 22, 2019

MARCH FORWARD!!!!


Hail to my heavy metal brother Vincent Lindsay who quietly ended his battle with cancer one year ago today. It was an honor to travel with Vinnie on both coasts during our brief four year friendship, delivering the music of Black Death and Black Death Resurrected to the masses. I miss your daily texts and Paul Stanley impersonations, Vinnie. As you would say...MARCH FORWARD!!!! 

VINCENT LINDSAY
MAY 11, 1964 - MARCH 22, 2018

Sunday, February 24, 2019

THE OCCULT BARRIER BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL


WYRD WAR invites YOU to experience EQUINOX (1970)...on the vernal equinox! Long before The Evil Dead and The Cabin in the Woods turned the genre on its head, there was nine time Oscar Award winning special FX wizard Dennis Muren’s mind-melting mother of all “cabin in the woods” monsterpieces! Four cute teenagers go to a cabin in the woods for some wholesome recreation and, surprisingly, things do not go well. They meet Asmodeus, find a mysterious castle on a hill and open an occult tome that summons some very pissed off and very ingeniously imagined creatures from another dimension. Cobbled together from Muren’s experimental 1967 Super 8mm student film and starring a very young Frank Bonner (Herb from WKRP in Cincinnati fame), EQUINOX is an incredibly fun tour de force of Ray Harryhausen inspired stop-motion effects and a beautiful reminder of the uncomplicated cinema magic that can be invoked with a little ingenuity and a lot of imagination. Wednesday March 20 (seriously, it’s the equinox, man!) at the The Hollywood Theatre! Dare you penetrate the barrier between good and evil?

Wednesday March 20, 2019
Hollywood Theatre
7:30pm

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! R.I.P.


Everyone knows New Year’s Eve was amateur hour, so come celebrate the end of civilization like a proper mutant with 2019: AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK (1983)! Italian auteur Sergio Martino directed this stylish post-apocalyptic banger (under the nom de plume “Martin Dolman”) in the box-office fallout of sci-fi blockbusters Escape from New York, The Ultimate Warrior, Mad Max 2 and Alien. B-movie stud Michael Sopkiw stars as Parsifal, a ruggedly handsome Snake Plissken knock-off who is sent into the wasteland of post-WWIII New York City to rescue the last surviving fertile woman who possesses the…um…proverbial holy grail of humanity’s future (talk about final girls!). Along the way, Parsifal’s band of Arthurian mercenaries encounter cyborgs, radiated mutants, sewer dwellers, rat eaters, jazz trumpets, extremely outdated laser FX, and, most importantly, the towering 6’ 9” George Eastman as “Big Ape.” This is obviously the most fun you will ever have realizing that our awful dystopian future is...NOW! Tickets available here.

Saturday February 23, 2019
7:30pm


Sunday, February 03, 2019

WYRD WAR ON WHEELS


Recorded “live” straight from my dual turntables with proper disk jockey aplomb (read: dubious vinyl quality, erratic volume issues and plenty of spilled beer) and limited to 50 hand numbered cassettes. Only way to get a copy is by attending my WYRD WAR ON WHEELS biker flick triple feature at The Hollywood Theatre on Thursday February 7, 2019. Doors open at 5:30. First movie starts at 6pm. First come, first served. Take the trip, baby.

Friday, February 01, 2019

DJ DREAD AT MAD HANNA THIS SATURDAY!


Join me at Mad Hanna this Saturday February 2 for a potent black magic brüe of greasy biker dirges, bleepity bloop horror themes, hard rock jammers and iron clad heavy metal. Only vinyl is real. Bang your head! Break your chains! 8pm until midnight.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WYRD WAR ON WHEELS!!!!


The One Motorcycle Show is the wildest motorcycle party in town and this year WYRD WAR kicks off the greasy festivities with a full-throttle evening of biker cinema sure to satisfy earnest speed enthusiasts and beer guzzlin’ cinephiles alike. Welcome to WYRD WAR ON WHEELS, baby! This high-octane triple movie marathon juxtaposes authentic contemporary motorcycle culture with the premier North American screening of British director Gareth Maxwell Roberts’ 2019 documentary OIL IN THE BLOOD and hilariously belligerent genre tropes with two feature length grindhouse biker classics! Make the scene for a raucous trifecta of roaring engines and snarling counterculture revolution, mother! OIL IN THE BLOOD starts at 6pm, followed by an onstage Q&A with director Gareth Roberts moderated by your ever faithful host, Dennis Dread. After the documentary, things will get wyrd with two back-to-back repertory biker flick surprises at 8:30 and 10pm! “Hey, we all know how we’re gonna die, baby. We’re gonna crash and burn!”

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

WARNING SHOTS ARE BULLSHIT


At the Oregon coast with Don Doscarelli's new book TRUE INDIE: Life and Death in Filmmaking, one of the funniest and most fast-paced memoirs I read in 2018. Very fun and informative. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

BLACK MEADOW NIGHT


Join us on Wednesday December 19th at The Lovecraft Bar as we celebrate another trip around the sun for WYRD WAR's very own Mother Meadow! I will be joined on the wheel of pain by two very special guest DJs from the north as we lay down our souls to the sweet lil piece o' hillbilly ass that created my designated drivers and (near) future dementia caretakers! Of course, we shall raise the horn of blood to all of our winter-born sons of fire and daughters of the black moon as well. 8pm until late. And, yes, I am just as surprised as you to know there are still local establishments that Meadow is not permanently banned from at this point. Flyer by A.K. Wilson.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

SHADOW OF DEMONS CLOSING PARTY


























The gates have now closed on SHADOW OF DEMONS! Thank you to everyone who came out Friday night to share the grand closing reception with us. I can't honestly imagine a better assembly of incredible people in one room. Thank you to everyone at AFRU Gallery for welcoming WYRD WAR into their space for the month of November, especially Jonas, Ryan and Rustyn. Very special thanks to King Ghidora and LEBENDEN TOTEN for taking command of the sound waves. And last but certainly not least, thank you to my friend Brian Chankin of Deadly Prey for so generously sharing his treasures. Until next time...Hail to Ghana!