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 Bannister, Tuesday Knight (Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2: The Second One, Tales of Halloween, Nightmare Man) and many more.
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 has announced two new developments for its Horror Fan Flea Market, the yearly event where fans can buy, sell and trade horror movies, books, posters and various other memorabilia. Now in its fifth year, the event – which takes place on August 6th – will move from its usual home at the Hollywood Theater to the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Hall. It has also expanded to include craft vendors and artists for the first time.
The new space will accommodate 60 vendors selling items of interest to fans of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. Besides pre-owned merchandise, the event will also feature handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, home decor, handmade soaps, lotions and essential oils, toys and original artwork, as well as vegan baked goods. The Community Library of Castle Shannon will also provide special activities for the kids.
The Horror Fan Craft Show and Flea Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to all ages. Admission and parking are free.
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:
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Dealer and Guest Room
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
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
10:30 p.m. – Toxic Dreams Party hosted by ToeTag
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Dealer and Guest Room
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
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
11 a.m. –Return of the Living Dead professional photo ops
12 p.m. – Nightmare on Elm Street professional photo ops
9 p.m. – Horror Realm’s Rave to the Grave
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Dealer and Guest Room
12 p.m. – Horror Realm Masquerade Costume Contest sponsored by Castle Blood
1 p.m. – Author Panel
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.
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:
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
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.
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 Grossman, Erika 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.
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.
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.
On Dec. 20th, the Pittsburgh-based independent film studio TOETAG will join forces with Horror Realm and the Hollywood Theater to present the 5-Disc Special Edition DVD of Fred Vogel’s remastered 2006 film The Redsin Tower.
The horror work follows Kim (Bethany Newell) after she ends a six-year relationship with her obsessive boyfriend Mitch (Perry Tiberio). After a little encouragement, she agrees to get her mind off the break-up by hitting the biggest party of the year with her best friend. Mortified and enraged, Mitch sets out to find his beloved in hopes of winning her back. After the party gets busted, Kim and her friends head for the town’s most notorious urban legend, the Redsin Tower. Butchery and carnage will reign as Mitch seeks vengeance on Kim, her best friend, and anyone else that gets in his way.
The The Redsin Tower – Possession Edition DVD release party will take place at the Hollywood Theater at 6 p.m. The event begins with a meet and greet hosted by Vogel, followed by a screening of The Redsin Tower and the documentary Posession: The Making of The Redsin Tower. The event will also include various vendors, raffles, giveaways, and a post-screening Q&A session with the cast. Ticket packages are $10 to $50 and are available for purchase at the TOETAG website.
Over the past few weeks, The Night Gallery, a non-profit art space for emerging artists and musicians, has presented Creature Feature, a series containing horror movie portraits by renowned artist and gallery co-owner Cheryl Holford. On Dec. 13th, the venue will host a one-night only exhibition of Holford’s most troubling and gruesome creations.
Co-presented by Horror Realm, the Creature Feature Showcase will highlight 30 paintings depicting notable characters from such classic films as An American Werewolf in London, Beetlejuice, Ms. 45, and many more. All works will be available for purchase for $60 each and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Creature Feature Showcase begins at 6 p.m. The event will also feature edibles from chef and co-owner Billy Holford’s Bad Ass Breads and music by DJ Samurai. Attendees can enter a 50/50 raffle for a chance to win two weekend passes to Horror Realm’s 2015 Spring Break Massacre show (raffle proceeds benefit the Western PA Humane Society). Admission is free. BYOB welcome.
George Romero is best known for terrorizing Pittsburgh with his undead legions, but in 1982, the director teamed up with author Stephen King to make the varied horror anthology Creepshow. On September 26th, Horror Realm and the Hollywood Theater will present a screening of the film for a ghoulish event.
Inspired by the horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow contains five chilling vignettes written by King. “Father’s Day” tells the tale of a family patriarch rising from the grave to exact revenge on the daughter who murdered him. “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” follows a dim hayseed (played by King) whose body begins sprouting a plant-like organism after a meteorite lands on his property. A scorned husband sends his unfaithful wife and her lover to a watery grave in “Something to Tide You Over,” and a mysterious box containing a hairy beast wreaks bloody havoc at a university in “The Crate.” Finally, a cruel, wealthy germaphobe battles cockroaches during a blackout in “They’re Creeping Up on You.” The film boasts an ensemble cast that includes Leslie Nielson, Hal Holbrook, and Ted Danson, and features special makeup effects by Pittsburgh’s own Tom Savini.
The evening will include a silent auction and an appearance by local actor John Amplas (Martin), who had a small role in “Father’s Day.” Amplas will meet and greet fans before the screening, and will sign autographs for a fee.
The Creepshow event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater. A Q&A with Amplas will follow. General admission is $10. Poster tickets are $30 and include a limited-edition, collectible poster designed by artist Dave Slebodnick. Amplas will autograph the posters at no additional charge. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door. Sponsored by Zombies of the Corn and South Hills Financial Group.
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:
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)
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 Luau – The 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
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.
On June 17th and 18th, local horror fans will enjoy an exclusive event when Horror Realm and the Hollywood Theater present the Pennsylvania premiere of Animal, the third theatrical film release from Chiller Films and the latest production from actress Drew Barrymore‘s company, Flower Films.
Presented as part of Horror Realm’s Summer of Scares program, the film will showcase the talents of director Brett Simmons (The Monkey’s Paw) and writer Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), who appeared at Horror Realm’s 2013 fall convention. When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival. The cast includes Eve, Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye, and Jeremy Sumpter.
Animal will screen at the Hollywood Theater at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors 65 and over, children under 12, and students with a valid student ID, and are available for advance purchase or at the box office.
The Horror Realm Film Festival, an extension of the long running Horror Realm Convention, was created to provide an affordable opportunity for horror filmmakers have their work viewed by fans, compete for awards, increase their film’s visibility, and possibly find distribution. From May 22nd to May 25th, the Hollywood Theater will host this special independent film event.
The festival will feature selections in both the short film (45 minutes or less) and feature film (46 minutes or longer) categories. A panel of judges, comprised of carefully selected filmmakers and writers from the horror community, will evaluate the films and determine the recipients for a number of non-monetary awards. Finalists will consist of the top three films in each award category. Unlike many film competitions, all entrants’ films will screen the weekend of the festival.
Schedule for the Horror Realm Film Festival is as follows:
8 p.m. – Opening Reception (Open to VIP ticket holders. Tickets for the reception only may be purchased for $15.)
10 a.m. – Doors Open
11 a.m. – Missing
11:20 a.m. – Killer Kart
11:40 a.m. – Dystopia St.
11:55 a.m. – Possessed Forklift of Death
12:05 p.m. – The Birthday Present
12:20 p.m. – Night Life
12:35 p.m. – Home Sweet Home
1:20 p.m. – In The Devils Courthouse
3 p.m. – The Complex
5 p.m. – Salvation
6:30 p.m. – Blood Fare
8:15 p.m. – House on the Wrong Side of the Tracks
9:45 p.m. – Possessed Forklift of Death
10 p.m. – Dystopia St.
10:15 p.m. – Killer Kart
10:30 p.m. – Missing
9:30 a.m. – Doors Open
9:45 a.m. – Salvation
11:20 a.m. – Blood Fare
1 p.m. – The Rest is Very Boring
2:30 p.m. – Missing
2:45 p.m. – Killer Kart
3 p.m. – Dystopia St.
3:15 p.m. – Possessed Forklift of Death
3:30 p.m. – House on the Wrong Side of the Tracks
4:50 p.m. – Denizen
6:30 p.m. – The Birthday Present
6:45 p.m. – Night Life
6:55 p.m. – Home Sweet Home
7:30 p.m. – House of Oddities: The Story of the Atrocity Exhibition
9:05 p.m. – 13 Score
10 p.m. – Closing Night Party (Open to VIP ticket holders. Tickets for the party only may be purchased for $15.)
10:30 a.m. – Doors Open
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Fan Selected Screenings
2:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Single day tickets for screenings and awards are available for $10, $25 for weekend screening and awards. VIP passes are $40, and includes admission to all screenings, awards program, and parties. Single day and weekend tickets may be purchased at the door. VIP passes are advanced purchase only. All tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.