Category: Film Conventions

Horror Realm Returns With Celebrity-Filled Spring Convention


The Slumber Party Massacre

Horror Realm blows in this March with plenty of movies, events, merchandise and guests appearances to excite area horror fans.

The latest annual spring show takes place from March 3-5 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Green Tree and features a 10,000-square-foot dealer room with vendors selling DVDs, collectible figures, t-shirts, posters, jewelry, and clothing. There’s also a film program, celebrity Q&A sessions, costume and tattoo contests, and parties.

The guest lineup includes Diane Franklin (Better Off Dead, Amityville II: The Possession, TerrorVision), Phantasm franchise star Reggie BannisterTuesday Knight (Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2: The Second One, Tales of Halloween, Nightmare Man) and many more.


Tuesday Knight

The schedule features screenings of local films such as Possessed – The Making of The Redsin Tower by Toe Tag Productions and CarousHELL by Silver Spotlight Films, as well as the 1982 slasher hit The Slumber Party Massacre. There will also be a tribute to the late midnight movie icon Chilly Billy Cardille, a live Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast performance by the JCCP, and a short film showcase.

See a full convention schedule at the Horror Realm website.

Tickets cost $100 for VIP passes, $40 for weekend passes, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday.  Active duty military and veterans receive one free single day admission with valid ID. Children 12 and under are free with an adult admission.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door or in advance at Showclix.

Horror Realm Scares Up More Guests For Spring Break Massacre


From March 4th through March 6th, Horror Realm returns for an especially star-studded Spring Break Massacre. The convention will present its largest guest list ever, including the first Pittsburgh reunion of several cast members from the 1985 horror comedy, The Return of the Living Dead, as well as various cast members from the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, Sleepaway Camp actress Felissa Rose, and many others. See schedule and details below:

March 4th

Grand Ballroom

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Dealer and Guest Room

Salon 3

6 p.m. – Author Panel

7:30 p.m. – Scream Queens Panel – Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2: The Second One), Shelby Vogel, Amy Lynn Best

8:30 p.m. – Filmmakers Panel – Steve Rudzinski, Fred Vogel, Keith Voigt, Jr., Mike Watt, and Clarence Williams IV

Salon 4

4:05 p.m. – Double feature of Toxic Shock Zombies and Holy Sh*t… Zombies

6 p.m. – Demonwarp (1988) – A man (George Kennedy) whose daughter was kidnapped by Bigfoot rescues topless teens from alien sacrifice in the woods


7:30 p.m. – Film Fun Time with director Michael Taylor Pritt

Junior Ballroom

10:30 p.m. – Toxic Dreams Party hosted by ToeTag

March 5th

Grand Ballroom

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Dealer and Guest Room

Salon 3

11 a.m. – Author Panel

12 p.m. – KSWA Wrestling Panel

1 p.m. – Horror Match Game

2 p.m.Nightmare on Elm Street cast panel with Brooke Bundy (NOES 3 & 4), Beatrice Boepple (NOES 5), Erika Anderson (NOES 5), Danny Hassel (NOES 4 & 5), and Ken Sagoes (NOES 3)


3:15 p.m. – Tattoo Contest sponsored by Pittsburgh Tattoo Company

4:30 p.m.Return of the Living Dead cast panel led by Clu Gulager, with Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, John Phibin, Jewel Shephard, Brian Peck and Linnea Quigley

8 p.m. – VIP Party

Salon 4

10 a.m. – Double feature with Spookies (1986) and its unofficial sequel Killer Dead (1992)

1:30 p.m. – The Survivors short film premiere with director Steve Rudzinski

2:45 p.m.B-Documentary (2015) with director Nick Charles

4:30 p.m. – Flesh for the Inferno (2015) – A terrifying vision of horror, faith and rage from Scorpio Film Releasing

Convention Foyer

11 a.m.Return of the Living Dead professional photo ops

12 p.m.Nightmare on Elm Street professional photo ops

Junior Ballroom

9 p.m. – Horror Realm’s Rave to the Grave

March 6th

Grand Ballroom

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Dealer and Guest Room

Salon 3

12 p.m. – Horror Realm Masquerade Costume Contest sponsored by Castle Blood

1 p.m. – Author Panel

Salon 4

11 a.m.Happy Hour Holocaust (2014) – Horror anthology from Blind Sight Production.

12:30 p.m.Rollerblade.

The convention will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Green Tree. Tickets are $100 for VIP, $40 for weekend, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.  Active duty military and veterans receive a free single day admission with valid ID. Children 12 and under are free with an adult admission. Tickets are available for purchase on Showclix.

Women And The Silent Screen Conference Convenes In Pittsburgh


Women and the Silent Screen is an international biennial conference of film scholars, historians, and archivists dedicated to documenting the central and determining roles that women played in the formation of the most significant institution of visual culture in the twentieth century. Now in its eighth year, the conference – the first to be held in North America in over a decade – will take place at the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art from September 17th through September 19th to address issues of women and labor.

September 17th

Program 1: Local, Itinerant, and Nontheatrical

The Movie Queen (Lincoln, Maine) (1935/33 minutes/16mm) Print courtesy of Northeast Historic Film

Laconia Trip (1923/11 minutes/16mm) Source: Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina

– Rediscovering the films of Aloha Wanderwell Baker: The World’s Most Widely Travelled Girl (Digital) Courtesy of Academy Film Archive

The Little Swiss Wood-Carver (1928/18 minutes/16mm) Madeline Brandeis Productions, Madeline Brandeis, Print courtesy of Orgone Archive

Unidentified home movie (1939/3 minutes/Color 16mm) Source: Orgone Archive

September 18th 

Program 2: Women’s Hands

– World premiere of the 2015 restoration of Telephone Girl (1912/9 minutes/Digital) Vitagraph Company, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

– US premiere of the 2014 restoration of Der neuste Stern vom Variété (The Latest Variety Sensation) (Germany/1917/32 minutes/Digital) Treumann-Larsen-Film GmbH, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

Herstellung von Granatzündern (Grenade Manufacture) (Germany/1918/8 minutes/Digital) Deutsche Lichtbild-Gesellschaft, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

– US premiere of the 2014 restoration of Una Notta a Calcutta (A Night in Calcutta) (Italy/1918/9 minutes/Digital) Società Italiana Cines, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

Soir de Noël dans un salon de mode (Christmas Eve at the Millinery Shop) (France/1911/11 minutes/Digital) Gaumont, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

Fabricatie van kanten waaiers (Manufacturing Folding Fans) (France/1911/5 minutes/Digital) Pathé, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

September 19th

Program 3: Lois Weber

Shoes (1916/60 minutes/Digital) Universal Bluebird Photoplays, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum

Fine Feathers (1912/12 minutes/16mm) Rex Motion Picture Company, Source: Shelley Stamp

All screenings will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Limited tickets are available to the public.  Tickets cost $12 per program, $8 for CMP members, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.


Horror Realm Gets Freaky For Spring Break Massacre


Horror Realm will host its annual Spring Break Massacre show at a new home, the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West in Green Tree. From March 6th through March 8th, guests can enjoy a weekend full of panels, vendors, contests and more. The schedule will include appearances by cast members from the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show, an acting workshop with notable character actor Sean Whalen, a Freak Show-themed party, and Gross Movie Reviews Presents: The Out of Print Room, a lineup of rarely seen horror films from around the world. See schedule and details below:

March 6th

Greenery Room

7 p.m.Martin star John Amplas

8 p.m. – UFO Researcher and Author John Ventre

9 p.m. – Author Panel with Matt Demas and Steven Till

12 a.m. Rocky Horror Picture Show screening featuring shadow cast by the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players

Embassy Room

5 p.m.Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991) – A fez-wearing killer wreaks havoc in Pittsburgh. Features make-up effects by Tom Savini.


7 p.m.The Resurrected (1992) – A low-budget, H.P Lovecraft-inspired tale from Return of the Living Dead director Dan O’Bannon.

9:05 p.m. Red Christmas (2014) – Holiday torture porn about a serial killer named Tara. Directed by Steve Rudzinski of Silver Spotlight Films.

11 p.m.Hard to Die (1990) – Directed by Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall), the story follows three women forced to fight something sinister in a lingerie store. Originally titled Sorority House Massacre 3.

12:35 a.m. The Tomb (1986) – An evil vampiress (Michelle Bauer) exacts revenge on the grave robbers who stole artifacts from her tomb.

March 7th

Greenery Room

10:30 a.m.KSWA /PGH Pro Wrestling Discussion

11 a.m.Post Mortem Press author panel with Eric Beebe, C. Bryan Brown, Jessica McHugh, Nelson W. Pyles and Jon Towers

12 p.m.Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo & Juliet, Sharknado 2)

12:50 p.m.Derek Mears (Dead Snow 2, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)

1:45 p.m. –  The Demon of Brownsville Road Author Panel with Bob and Bobby Cranmer

2:30 p.m.Tony Todd (Candyman)

3:30 p.m.American Horror Story Cast Panel with Naomi GrossmanErika Ervin and Rose Siggins


4:30 p.m.Post Mortem Press Trivia Contest

5:30 p.m. – Author Panel with Mord McGhee (Murder Red Ink), Paul Nielsen and Cheryl Williams

6:30 p.m.Match Game with host Mr. Schlock

10 p.m. Freak Show Party (open to convention pass holders or $10 at the door)

10:30 p.m. Costume Contest (included in party admission)

10 a.m. The Quest (1986) – Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) plays an American boy who investigates strange events in an Australian national park.

12 p.m.  Body Count (1987) – An Indian shaman terrorizes teens in director Ruggero Deodato‘s slasher flick.

2 p.m. Spookies (1986) –  People party at an abandoned mansion haunted by a sorcerer and his army of weird creatures. Originally titled Twisted Souls.

Embassy Room

4 p.m. 13 Score (2014) – In 1753 along a lake shore in western Pennsylvania, a group of inhabitants became stark raving lunatics and murdered one another for no apparent reason – 260 years later, it’s happening again.

6 p.m. The Axeman of Henderson County (2014) – A  low-budget comedy thriller about an axe-wielding serial killer. Features former pro wrestling star “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.

8 p.m. Split Second (1992) – A cop hunts a strange, murderous creature in flooded, futuristic London. Stars Rutger Hauer and Kim Cattrall.

10 p.m. Curse of the Blue Lights (1988) – Teenagers battle a horde of zombies and evil creatures that live underneath a graveyard.

12 a.m. – Wild Beasts (1984) – Zoo animals go on a PCP-fueled killing spree in Italy.


March 8th

12 p.m. – Sean Whalen (People Under the Stairs)

1 p.m. – Zombie Squad Preparedness Panel

2 p.m. – Sean Whalen Actors Workshop (separate fee required)

Guest and dealer room hours are March 6th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., March 7th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 8th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Freak Show party and Costume Contest will feature a freak show/carnival/circus theme. Costume Contest participants must preregister by 7 p.m. at convention admissions.

Ticket prices are $35 for a weekend pass, $15 for Friday or Saturday single day and $10 for Sunday single day and may be purchased in advance at Showclix.

Schedule For Horror Realm Summer 2014 Convention


Horror Realm is back with another weekend full of movie screenings, celebrity guests appearances, panel discussions, and contests. The event will take place from August 15th through August 17th at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South. See schedule below:

August 15th


6 p.m. – We’re Going to Eat Your Trailer by Trash Palace

6 p.m. – Encosto (Director: Joel Caetano)

6 p.m. – Killer Kart (Director: James Feeney) Winner: Horror Realm Film Festival Best Short Film


7:30 p.m. – Day of the Dead Photo Op – prepaid or purchase tickets at admissions


8 p.m. – 13 Score (Director: D. Max Walters), Winner: Horror Realm Film Festival Best Feature Film & Audience Choice

10 p.m. – House of Oddities: The Story of the Atrocity Exhibition (Director: Brian Cottington), Winner: Horror Realm Film Festival Best Director



10:45 p.m. – Horror Cabaret – Dark acoustic music by Will Bozarth and burlesque by Steel City Cabaret (Adults only)


12 a.m. – Scienceless Fiction (Director: Bill Zebub)

August 16th


11 a.m. – Survival Knife (Director: Mike McKown)


12 p.m. – Authors Panel with Nelson Pyles, Jessica McHugh, Paul Anderson, Andrew Neinaber – Moderated by Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press


1 p.m. – Captain Z and the Terror of Leviathan (Director: Steve Rudzinski)



1:30 p.m. – Day of the Dead Cast Panel


3 p.m. –  Pig Girl (Director: Eamon Hardiman)


3:30 PM – The Devil’s Rejects Cast Panel


4:30 PM – Day of the Dead Photo Op – prepaid or purchase tickets at admissions


5 p.m. – Infliction (Director: Jack Thomas Smith)



5 p.m. – The Addams Family Cast Panel with Lisa Loring and Felix Silla


7 p.m. – Service (Director: Jerry Pyle)


7 p.m. – Post Mortem Press Horror Trivia Contest

PJ’s Pool Bar

8 p.m. – Hula Hoop Contest

8:30 p.m. – Zombie Luau – Live music by The Ubangis


9 p.m. – Cross Bearer (Director: Adam Ahlbrandt)


PJ’s Pool Bar

9:30 p.m. – Costume Contest

10 p.m. – Zombie LuauThe Muzik Machine DJ Service


10:30 p.m. – Time to Kill (Director: Brian Williams)


12 a.m. – The Rocky Horror Picture Show Featuring Shadow Cast by The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players


August 17th


11 a.m. – Day of the Dead


12:30 p.m. – Day of the Dead Photo Op – prepaid or purchase tickets at admissions


1 p.m. – J. LaRose Panel


1 p.m. – Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never by Carrick Branch Carnegie Library Teen Think Program, Winner: Teen Media Awards Production Award

1:30 p.m. – The House on the Wrong Side of the Tracks (Director: Arthur Leo Collins)

3:00 p.m. – We’re Going to Eat Your Trailer by Trash Palace

Tickets are $35 for the weekend, $15 for Friday or Saturday, $20 for a two-day pass (Saturday and Sunday), $10 for Sunday only. Photo ops must be purchased in advance. Tickets and photo ops are available for purchase at Showclix.

Horror Realm Reconvenes For Annual Spring Break Massacre


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

Baldwin Room

4 p.m. – 2 a.m. – VHS movies (viewers’ choice)

Washington Room

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)


Carnegie Room

11 p.m. – 12 a.m.  – East Coast Horror Group live radio broadcast

Saturday, March 8th

Baldwin Room

10 a.m. – 2 a.m.  – VHS movies (viewers’ choice)

Washington Room

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)

Carnegie Room

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

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Film Panel – ToeTag Pictures and Jabb Pictures

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

Baldwin Room

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – VHS movies (viewers’ choice)

Washington Room

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.


2013 Fall Horror Realm Schedule And Highlights


In Pittsburgh, the autumn months bring falling leaves, pumpkin spice flavored everything, and, of course, the fall Horror Realm convention. From Sept. 20th through the 22nd, the bi-annual event will once again take over the Pittsburgh South Crowne Plaza to offer an array of movies and activities, not to mention a guest list that includes PJ Soles (Carrie, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare on Elm Street), Nicholas Brendon (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and many more. See the fall Horror Realm schedule below:

Friday, Sept. 20th

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Super Task Force One
5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Movie & Panel Sella Turcica
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Author Panel Mike Watt and Will Bozarth
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – Panel Josh Stewart
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – The Toxic Avenger (Japanese Cut)
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Author Panel Nelson Pyles and Eric Lowther
9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.42nd Street Pete presents The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Car on 16mm film
12 a.m. – 1 a.m. – World Premiere of Jagoff Massacre

Saturday, Sept. 21st

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Sneak peek of documentary More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Sneak peek of documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. -Panel PJ Soles
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Panel Ogre
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Panel Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, and Thommy Hutson
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Panel Nicholas Brendon
5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Panel Camille Keaton
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Panel Marc Sheffler
7:20 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. – Jagoff Massacre
8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Musician Will Bozarth
9 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. – Costume Contest
9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Jimmy Coffin Sideshow
10 p.m. – 1 a.m. – ’70s themed I Spit on Your Party at PJ’s Bar & Grille (Free admission to 18 and up with ID)
10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Scream Park
12:15 a.m. – 1:45 a.m. – Corpsing

Sunday, Sept. 22nd

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Adjust Your Tracking (documentary)
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Panel JJ Dillon
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. -Panel Self Publishing with Chris Rickert (Eljay’s Books)
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Corpsing

Admission rates are $35 for a weekend pass, $15 for single day (Friday or Saturday),$20 for two days (Saturday and Sunday)$10 for Super Steeltown Sunday admission. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

Schedule For Horror Realm’s Spring Break Massacre


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:

Washington Room

4:30 p.m. – No Clowning Arounda 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

Carnegie Room

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:

Washington Room

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 BearerAdversary Films

5:30 p.m. – Leprechaun 2

7:15 p.m. – Sneak preview screening of Mortal Remains from Cryptic PicturesChristian Stavrakis and Mark Ricche

9:30 p.m. – Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

11:15 p.m. – Fathers Day – presented by Troma Films

Carnegie Room

11 a.m. – Author Panel – Nelson W. Pyles, Christine Soltis and Matt Demas

12 p.m. – Dawn / Day of the Dead PanelJeanie Jeffries, Bob Michelucci, Jeff MonahanBarbara 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:

Washington Room

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

Carnegie Room

1 p.m. –   Hatchet PanelDanielle 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.

Schedule and Details For Fall Horror Realm Convention

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:

Washington Room

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

Carnegie Room

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

Harrisburg Room

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

Washington Room

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

Carnegie Room

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

Harrisburg Room

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

Washington Room

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

Carnegie Room

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Sid Haig panel

Harrisburg Room

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.

Events are subject to change. Please visit Horror Realm on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.