New Visions of The Old Ones Descend on Portland’s H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival

The 28th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival of Cosmic Horror is set to chill and thrill viewers with U.S. and regional premieres of Lovecraftian cinematic works aplenty. The fest runs from October 6–8, 2023, in Portland, Oregon. Following is the official press announcement. For more information, visit https://hplfilmfestival.com/.

The 28th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival of Cosmic Horror returns to all 3 screens of Portland, Oregon’s Hollywood Theatre October 6th-8th with Author Guest of Honor CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN (What Kind of Mother) and Filmmaker Guest of Honor REBEKAH MCKENDRY (Glorious 2022).

Dennis Paoli, screenwriter and longtime collaborator with Stuart Gordon, will introduce the highly anticipated Pacific Northwest Premiere of SUITABLE FLESH, and do Q&A afterward. The new Lovecraftian erotic body-swapping horror feature directed by Joe Lynch, stars Barbara Crampton, Heather Graham, and Judah Lewis. 

Suitable Flesh

The genre bending cosmic horror feature THE VEIL makes its World Premiere on Saturday with Director Cameron Beyl and lead actor Sean O’Bryan in attendance. The horror continues throughout the weekend! Don’t miss a special screening of GLORIOUS with director Rebekah McKendry, the US Premiere of mythos feature MINORE by Konstantinos Koutsoliotas from Greece (The Winter), the West Coast Premieres of Cosmic Queer Horror feature SAINT DROGO by Michael J. Ahern (Death Drop Gorgeous) and Cryptid meets Folk Horror Found Footage film FROGMAN by Anthony Cousins (winner 2016 Best Short award), and GODS OF THE DEEP by Charlie Steeds (winner 2022 Best Feature award).

Gods of the Deep

Robert Lloyd Parry, Andrew Leman, and Chris Bozzone will perform live dramatic readings with musical accompaniment of Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows”, and stories by H. P. Lovecraft, plus Author Readings, Panel Discussions, and vendors in the Mall of Cthulhu!

This year’s short films are an expansive lineup of literary adaptations of stories by Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, and Edgar Allan Poe, PLUS original Weird tales and Cosmic Horror from all over the world including Kenya, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Australia, Uruguay, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Canada, and the US.

Each day features different short and feature films. Single Day and Full Festival passes are available at the Hollywood Theatre (website and box office). Early bird ticket prices through 9/30.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.