Established in 2009, Horror Realm organizes horror-themed events throughout Pittsburgh, including film screenings, author signings, art shows, and benefits for charities like Scares That Care, Fix The Chapel, The Bradley Center, Animal Rescue League, and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). Their focus, however, is a weekend-long convention run by fans for fans of zombies and the horror genre. Held in both the spring and fall, this season’s convention promises to deliver plenty of exclusive premieres, guest panels, and entertainment.
The 2012 fall convention will run from Sept. 21st – 23rd at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South hotel in Bethel Park, PA. In addition to a large dealer room, the show features the Room of the Dead, where fans can meet cast and crew members from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. There’s also a VHS viewing room where horror films that never made it to DVD are screened on VHS.
Some highlights of the convention include talks with cult movie actor Sid Haig, John Waters diva Mink Stole, and Hellraiser star Doug Bradley. Horror Realm’s film and panel schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 21st:
4-5:45 p.m. – Fetish Dolls Die Laughing
6:00-7:30 p.m. – U.S. premiere of Razor Days
7:30-8:00 p.m. – Razor Days panel with Mike Watt, Amy Lynn Best and Michael Varrati
8-8:30 p.m. – Tablet of Tales
8:45-9:15 p.m. – Velvet Road
9:30-11:30 p.m. – Tromeo and Juliet
11:45-1:45 a.m. – Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
5-5:45 p.m. – Rochelle Davis panel
6-6:45 p.m. – Doug Bradley panel
7-8 p.m. – Tiffany Shepis panel
10:30-Midnight – Horror Cabaret
6:15-7:15 p.m. – Author Panel –Eric Lowther and William Todd Rose
7:30-8:15 p.m. – Mr. Hush panel with Clerks star Brian O’Halloran and director David Madison
8:30-9:30 p.m. – Poster Panel with Ed Demko
Saturday, Sept. 22nd
8-9:30 a.m. – U.S. premiere of The 5th Dimension
9:30-10:45 a.m. – Bleeding Through
11-12:30 p.m. – Hack Job
12:45-1 p.m. – Klagger
1-1:30 p.m. – Undead Holocaust
2:45-4:30 p.m. – The Drive-In Horrorshow
4:30-5:15 p.m. – Independent film making panel with Joe Lemieux of Grim Films
5:30-7:30 p.m. – Everyone Must Die
7:45-9:15 p.m. – Spider Baby
9:30-11:55 p.m. – Antfarm Dickhole
Midnight-2 a.m. – U.S. premiere of Blood and Bone China hosted by Gravely MacCabre of Castle Blood
11:45-1:15 p.m. – Ken Foree panel
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Camden Toy panel
4-5 p.m. – Dead Panel featuring cast/crew from Night, Dawn and Day
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Mink Stole panel
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Vampires – Lore, Legend & Literature with Denise Verrico
1:30-2:45 p.m. – Lawrence C. Connolly performance – Songs of the Horror Writer
5-6 p.m. – Make up demonstration by Benzidream FX Studio
9:30-10 p.m. – Costume Contest
Sunday, Sept. 23rd
10-11:30 a.m. – Flesh of the Living
Noon-1 p.m. – Bill Hinzman Tribute
2:30-4:3 p.m. – The Drive-In Horrorshow
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Sid Haig panel
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Gary Streiner – Fix The Chapel
TBD: Make-up artist/special effects artist/animator Valerie Sofranko (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins, The Fly)
In addition, guests can attend the Horror Cabaret, which will take place on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. The event features Electro Belly Dance & Music, singer songwriter Tiffany Apan, and Dalton Lee Magic & Illusion. Admission for the cabaret is free.
On Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., the band The Devilz in the Detailz will play outdoors at PJ’s Back Porch Tropical Bar as a warm up for the costume contest at 9:30 p.m. The Horror High Monster Prom follows at 10 p.m. with tunes by The Muzik Machine DJ Service, a cash bar, and prom photos by Sigler Photography. Party goers can have their hair and makeup done by Shear Metal Beauty mobile salon before the party. Admission is free for the band, contest, and party, but there is a nominal $10 fee for prom photos and hair/makeup, respectively. The events are open to individuals age 18 and older with a valid ID.
Tickets for Horror Realm are available for purchase at Showclix in the following packages:
– $15 single day (Friday or Saturday). Includes admission to after hour events on the day of the ticket purchase. Excludes VIP event.
– $35 weekend pass. Includes admission all three days of the convention and after hour events. Excludes VIP event.
– $10 Sunday Super Steeltown Admission – $5 off the regular single day price.
– $75 VIP ticket (pre-sale only – limited to 50 tickets). Includes: Admission to all three days of the show plus all after hours events; exclusive VIP cocktail party with Sid Haig and Doug Bradley; entry to dealer room a half hour prior to opening on Friday and Saturday; special gift bag full of horror goodies; an exclusive Horror Realm convention T-shirt.