Horror Realm, Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention, returns with its annual Spring Break Massacre. From March 7th through March 9th, the show will feature a weekend full of activities, including celebrity guests, a dealer room, a film program, a VHS viewing room, discussion panels, contests, and a Zombie Gras party. The convention will take place at Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South. See schedule and event details below (events are subject to change):
Friday, March 7th
4 p.m. – 2 a.m. – VHS movies (viewers’ choice)
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Popcorn (1991)
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Project: Metalbeast (1995)
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Neon Maniacs (1986)
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Indie Director (dir. Bill Zebub)
11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Truck Stop Women (1974)
11 p.m. – 12 a.m. – East Coast Horror Group live radio broadcast
Saturday, March 8th
10 a.m. – 2 a.m. – VHS movies (viewers’ choice)
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Blood Diner (1987)
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – The Wasteland Trials (dir. Charles Simpson)
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – At All Cost (dir. Jean-Sebastien Marsolais)
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Psychotic State (dir. Derek Young)
8:15 p.m.– 9:45 p.m. – I Am No One (dir. Jason Hoover)
9:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Lust (dir. Keith Voigt, Jr.)
10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. – ToeTag presents Murder Collection Vol. 1
11:45 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. – Video Dead (1987)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. – Author Panel – Nelson W. Pyles and Jessica McHugh, Moderated by Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Actor Panel – Tom Towles (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Night of the Living Dead remake) and Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses, Weeds), Moderated by Michael Exler of East Coast Horror Group
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Panel – Wrestler Shane “The Franchise” Douglas, Moderated by Ed Demko of Bloodtype Online
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Actor Panel – The Hills Have Eyes star Michael Berryman, Moderated by Michael Exler of East Coast Horror Group
6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – The Horror Match Game, Hosted by Mr. Schlock
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Horror Trivia Contest, Hosted by Post Mortem Press
PJ’s Bar & Grille
10 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Zombie Gras Party – Free admission to 18 and up with ID
10:30 p.m. – Costume Contest
Sunday, March 9th
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – VHS movies (viewers’ choice)
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Cellar Dweller (1988)
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Crimson Cult (1968)
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – The Kindred (1987)
Additional guests include Eugene Clark (Land of the Dead, Dolan’s Cadillac, TekWars), Dawn of the Dead cast members Sharon Ceccatti, David Crawford, Leonard Lies, Joe Shelby, Nick Tallo, and Bob Michelucci (appearing Friday only), Day of the Dead cast member Jeff Monahan (appearing Friday and Saturday only), and Amy Lynn Best and Mike Watt of Happy Cloud Pictures
Contestants may sign up for the The Horror Match Game (presented by former Pittsburgh cable TV host Mr. Schlock) at the admissions table until 5 p.m.
Independent publisher Post Mortem Press of Cincinnati will present the Horror Trivia Contest. Contestants can test their knowledge of horror movies from the obscure to the obvious. Post Mortem provides an outlet for new and established writers of speculative fiction. Founded in 2010, the press has published more than 80 books.
Benzidream FX Studios will hold auditions for actors and crew for various films, series shows, and music videos along with other entertainment projects. Benzidream is a seven-time award winning Pittsburgh-based production house with experience in many aspects of film. Auditions will be held all weekend during convention hours.
The Zombie Gras party will celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with Duquesne Beer specials, music (provided by The Musik Machine DJ Service) and dancing. A costume contest includes a $50 cash prize for best New Orleans inspired costume. Contestants should think voodoo priests and priestesses, zombies, AHS Coven, and Anne Rice’s vampires & witches, or get creative with a Mardi Gras themed costume.
New to the convention is the Flash Film Project, which encourages filmmakers to produce an original horror short (10 minutes or less, including credits) in under 30 hours. All submissions will be screened in a special block on March 8th beginning at 5 p.m., with awards announced immediately following the last film. Registration information is available on the Horror Realm website.
Horror Realm has also teamed up with Zombie Squad Pittsburgh to host a food drive at the convention. The goal is to fill the Zombie Response Vehicle with nonperishable items to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Everyone who donates an item will be entered in prize drawings. The drive will take place all weekend during convention hours. Zombie Squad educates the public about disaster preparedness using a zombie apocalypse theme. The group hosts disaster relief charity fundraisers, disaster preparation seminars and volunteers its time towards emergency response agencies.
Convention hours are March 7th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., March 8th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and March 9th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the weekend, $15 single day (Friday or Saturday) and $10 for Sunday. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Showclix or in person at any one of Horror Realm’s local ticketing partners.