It’s that time of year again, when the snow begins to melt and Pittsburgh horror fans come out of hibernation for Horror Realm‘s Spring Break Massacre. Plenty of screenings, events, and contests await at the three-day convention, which takes place March 15th – 17th at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South. See the complete updated schedule below:
Friday, March 15th:
4:30 p.m. – No Clowning Around – a film by Rob Dimension
5:15 p.m. – 2 Hours – a film by Michael Ballif
6:15 p.m. – The Taint – presented by Troma FIlms
7:45 p.m. – Sella Turcica – presented by TOETAG
10 p.m. – Macon County Line and Nightmare in Wax on 16mm film – hosted by 42nd Street Pete and Ken Kish from Cinema Wasteland
7 p.m. – Night of the Living Dead Panel – Kyra Schon and George Kosana
8 p.m. – Author Panel – Gary Lee Vincent, Rich Bottles Jr. and Mike Watt
10 p.m. – Video Vault Dance Party with Monroeville Zombies – Come dance or just watch the horror music video mash-ups as Kevin Kriess opens the vault for the Pittsburgh premier of the world’s first Horror Movie/Alternative Rock Video Mash-ups. That’s right, these babies were mashed before digital editing!
Saturday, March 16:
10 a.m. – Leprechaun
11:45 a.m. – Tablet of Tales and other short films – by Brian Cottington
1:20 p.m. – Short Film Block: Refuge 115 and “8” films by Ivan Villamel Sanchez and Arme/Lust, a film by Kaje Vogt
2 p.m. – Exclusive sneak preview screening of The Cemetery from Adversary Films – includes guest appearances by director Adam Ahlbrandt, actress Natalie Jean, and head of SPFX Doug Sakmann
3:45 p.m. – Cross Bearer – Adversary Films
5:30 p.m. – Leprechaun 2
7:15 p.m. – Sneak preview screening of Mortal Remains from Cryptic Pictures– Christian Stavrakis and Mark Ricche
9:30 p.m. – Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3
11:15 p.m. – Fathers Day – presented by Troma Films
11 a.m. – Author Panel – Nelson W. Pyles, Christine Soltis and Matt Demas
12 p.m. – Dawn / Day of the Dead Panel – Jeanie Jeffries, Bob Michelucci, Jeff Monahan, Barbara Russell, John Amplas and Eileen Sieff, moderated by Mike Watt of Happy Cloud Pictures
1:30 p.m. – Movie poster Panel with Ed Demko of Bloodtype Online and Pittsburgh Paper Company – a presentation all about original movie posters. From collecting, trading, framing, selling, buying, how to spot fakes, he will cover it all. Attendees are encouraged to bring posters they’d like to show off, sell, trade or have the value determined.
2:30 p.m. – George the Animal Steele panel – moderated by Ed Demko
4 p.m. – Announcement of Horror Realm’s September guests
4:10 p.m. – Return of the Horror Match Game, hosted by Mr. Schlock. Sign up at the Admission table until 3:30 p.m.
5 p.m. – John Dugan panel – moderated by Art Ettinger of Ultra Violent Magazine
6 p.m. – Jason Mask Contest winner announced. Masks can be submitted until 5 p.m. at the Admission table.
Late night event is an Irish Wake Party at PJ’s Grille & Bar at the Crowne Plaza. Admission is free. The Muzik Machine DJ Service will provide the tunes, there will be a cash bar, and leprechaun photo ops by Angela Rocco Photography.
Sunday, March 17:
10 a.m. – Hatchet
11:45 a.m. – Hatchet 2
1:30 p.m. – Friday the 13th Part VII
3:15 p.m. – Halloween 4
1 p.m. – Hatchet Panel – Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, and R.A. Mihailoff, moderated by Michael Exler of East Coast Horror Group
Local model builder/artist Nino Balistrieri is working with Horror Realm to raise funds to begin creating an ominous miniature display that will be debuted at Horror Realm in September. The display will begin with a 1:96 scale cemetery and an abandoned church on a base measuring roughly 24 x 36″. Funds will be raised by selling miniature plots in the display itself! Guests will have a few options to help fund the project by purchasing a plot for $10 or “Toe Tag Raffle” tickets for $2. Another option will be to purchase a “Grave-in-a-box”, a tiny little diorama featuring a graveyard-like scene. Only 20 of these will be available and each one is unique. Fundraising will begin at Spring Break Massacre; the display will then be fabricated and revealed at the fall convention.
Admission prices are $25 for a weekend pass; $15 for single day (Friday or Saturday) and $10 for Sunday. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Showclix or at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Some content may not be suitable for children.