Convention season has started rolling for 2020, and Horror Realm will be returning to Pittsburgh, PA this year. It will be a three day event running from Friday, March 6th through Sunday, March 8th at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South.
This year’s guest list is impressive; it features talent from Night of the Living Dead (1990), Night of the Comet and more. Top billed guests include Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo and Juliet), Tony Moran (Halloween), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Tom Savini (special effects master), David Howard Thornton (Terrifier) and more.
Ticket prices for Horror Realm are lower in comparison to other conventions, especially when you take into consideration the fantastic guest list.
Weekend Pass (all 3 days)- $40
Friday – $20
Children under 16 are FREE with paid adult admission
One FREE single day admission available for active duty armed service members and veterans with valid ID
Genre sales specialist Devilworks has acquired International rights to Eric Horde’s adventure fantasy, Trolls World. The film is a German production shot in English produced by Fantomfilm GmbH with Eva Habermann and Alexander König leading the production.
Trolls World follows an evil troll who is accidentally brought back to life and is out for revenge for his 700 years of suffering. He possesses the body of a young woman and sets his sights on unleashing an army of trolls to take over the world.
Samantha Richardson, President at Devilworks, said:
This is entertainment all the way; creatures, trolls, witches, legends….Trolls World is brimming with fun and adventure.
Trolls World will be launched at EFM in Berlin.
Devilworks will be exhibiting at Marriott Hotel, Suite 248 (Feb 20th – 25th).
One of America’s most popular cryptids, Mothman, is getting a bookend to a trilogy with The Mothman Legacy. A trailer and a new one-sheet have been dropped to promote the film’s crowdfunding campaign. The film is the latest work of cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove and the one-sheet artwork is from artist Christopher Shy (Godzilla: King of Monsters).
For anyone that may not be familiar with the Mothman legend, many believe the Mothman to be a 1960’s phenomenon, an omen only appearing before tragedy, and disappearing after a flap of sightings and the subsequent Silver Bridge collapse in 1967. But what if there’s more? What if the origins of this omen trace back much further and go much deeper than anyone realized? And what if…the sightings never ended?
The Mothman Legacy provides a glimpse into the dark, haunting landscapes of West Virginia and includes sound clips from witnesses that were interviewed for the film.
As mentioned above, a crowdfunding campaign will be launched today, February 6, 2020, via Kickstarter. Rewards for contributing to the campaign include copies of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, posters, t-shirts and more.
Small Town Monsters made waves in 2017 with their documentary The Mothman of Point Pleasant, followed by 2019’s Terror in the Skies. The Mothman trilogy will conclude with the release of The Mothman Legacy, set to premiere in Fall 2020.
Who doesn’t remember the 1996 sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!? Fans of the film now have a new reason to rejoice; a Mars Attacks Uprising card series is on the way.
The series is fully licensed by Topps and will be produced by SidKick Trading Card Publishing. The pack will include 5 retro style cards featuring new artwork from Ed Repka, Carlos Valenzuela, William Skaar and Paolo Parente. The set will start with 72 base cards with 18 all-new story cards featuring the work of the artists listed above.
SideKick Lab has launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning to help fund this awesome project. Below are some of the perks you will receive for backing.
If you would like to see more of the cards available and or pledge to the campaign, click HERE.
The folks at SidKick Lab were nice enough to send me a preview pack to share and review with all of you. Although I was given the cards for free, all of the following thoughts and opinions are 100% my honest thoughts.
I will start with the obvious, the wax pack. The colors are vibrant and attention grabbing and go with the Mars Attacks! theme for sure. The artwork on the pack (by Doug P’Gosh) is insanely awesome.
The cards inside are equally as awesome. The artwork is clear and vividly colored; no blurriness like others. They are very reminiscent of the old Fright Flicks cards.
Whether you are looking at these cards to trade or simply collect, they are sturdy enough to withstand quite a bit. The cards are printed on a very high-quality, thick card stock. I recommend checking out these cards for sure.
If you can’t donate, please help spread the word by sharing the campaign. For more information on SideKick Lab and the Mars Attacks Uprising cards, follow @sidekicklab on Instagram, like Mars Attacks Uprising on Facebook and check out the Kickstarter.
Writer/director Adam Green is known for films like Chillerama, Frozen, Grace and of course, the Hatchet series, but some of his most personal work comes in the form of his shorts and original series. One of his more intimate original series was called Scary Sleepover.
Adam would invite guests to have a sleepover and they would get up to silly antics that made the audience laugh, but they would also have serious discussions about careers and real fears. Some of his past guests include Slash, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, the late Sid Haig and many more.
To the delight of Sleepover fans, Green has decided to resurrect the series. Unlike other creators, he is not rebooting it for selfish reasons. He decided to bring it back after reading an article by a fan describing how Adam and the series helped him through depression. The article is called “Adam Green Saved My Life” and was posted on NightmareNostalgia.com by Landon Evanson (read Landon’s incredible article HERE). Two months after reading the article, Green lost colleague and friend Sid Haig.
Your help is needed to bring back Scary Sleepover. The series was free for fans to watch, and that can get pretty pricey; instead of charging fans per episode, Green has launched an Indiegogo campaign. He has set a budget of $5,000 per episode, so every $5,000 raised is a new episode.
For more information on Scary Sleepover, to read the campaign in its entirety and/or to donate to a great cause, check out the official Scary Sleepover Indiegogo Campaign.
A group of people went into the woods in Tennessee not knowing that in 1981 they would release one of the horror genre’s biggest films, The Evil Dead. Not only is the film a classic, but the events of production of the film itself has brought some of the most bizarre and interesting stories of any other film. Here are 10 trivial facts about The Evil Dead.
10. Tape Scene Re-shoot
The script called for the characters to be smoking marijuana during the scene where they are listening to the tape; the cast decided to take it a step further and decided to actually smoke. This lead to the scene having to be later re-shot due to uncontrollable behavior.
9. Bruce Campbell and the Broken Shirt
The blood used in the film was made up of a concoction of Karo syrup, non-dairy creamer and red food coloring. During the course of filming, Bruce Campbell was completely drenched in the mixture, and after attempting to dry his shirt, the mixture solidified and when Campbell tried to put the shirt back on, it broke.
8. Missing Teeth
Since filming took place in a wooded area and inside of a small cabin, moving around proved to be complicated at times. While filming, a cameraman tripped and his camera smashed into Bruce Campbell’s face resulting in him losing several teeth.
7. King was a Fan
The film was shown to Stephen King and it was his praise that really sold the public and would later grace the poster. His praise even aided in the funding for Evil Dead II by the same company that worked with him on Maximum Overdrive.
6. Blood Donations
At the premier, blood donor stations were giving out free tickets in exchange for a blood donation. Participants also received pins that read “I bled for The Evil Dead”.
5. Workplace Hazards
Several actors were inadvertently stabbed or thrown into objects during production.
4. Video Nasty
The Evil Dead was one of the first films to be labeled a “video nasty” (a term used in the UK to describe a film that has been released to VHS that was criticized for its violent content by the press, social commentators and religious organisations) and was banned in the UK because of it.
3. Real Boomstick
When Ash shoots a Deadite through the window of he cabin resulting in an explosion of blood, Bruce Campbell was firing a real gun at a dummy for a more realistic shot.
2. Real-Life Cabin Horror Story
Raimi stated that the cabin’s eerie vibe was completely justified. During an interview, he recounted a real-life horror story that unfolded in the cabin years before:
“One night, during a thunderstorm, this little girl woke up and was scared by the lightning happening around the cabin. She ran into her mother’s room and pulling back the covers climbing into bed with her, she found that her mother was dead. She was so frightened she ran into her grandmother’s room and somehow that same evening, she had died also,” Raimi recalled. “The little girl ran into the storm … to this little farmhouse and [the family living there] found her screaming and banging on the doors. They took care of her after that and no one lived in the cabin since. The [little girl], who’s now an old woman, during thunderstorms after that … would often be found wandering around the woods.”
The kicker, however, was that story came to life during the film’s shoot. Raimi continued, “As we were shooting, this fella [from the farmhouse that took in the little girl] was looking for the [now old] woman, saying that because there was a thunderstorm the night before, he was looking for this woman, because it was possible that she had returned to the cabin … As far as we know, they never found [her.]”
1. Homage Tag
The Hills Have Eyes poster seen in The Evil Dead was Raimi’s way of paying tribute to the ripped Jaws poster that can be seen in Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. Craven responded by having Nancy watch The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street to which Raimi responded by hanging a Freddy glove about the tool shed door in Evil Dead II.
CONDWG Films (Daniel Goad and Constance Medrano) and RAD Entertainment (Tony Walters and Rebekah Erb) have teamed up to create a new addition to independent horror with Parallels.
What is Parallels?
Parallels follows two Monster-Hunters, Patrick and Albert, trying to save a woman who is possessed with a wicked entity. These money-for-hire Monster-Hunters are part of a larger collection of people tasked with keeping the world safe from things that go “bump in the night.” This next job is personal as the woman possessed his Patrick’s niece, Amelia, and they have to save her before it’s too late for everyone.
Parallels will star Ember Burns (Kill Dolly Kill), Jason Crowe (Don’t Fuck in the Woods 2), Christian Mahon (Black Bear) and will introduce James Bailey– a 20 year US Army Veteran, Tank Commander with 3 tours in Iraq (Documentary Fallout: Coming Home from the Iraq War).
The film is planned to start filming in July and August of 2020.
The Indiegogo Campaign will launch on January 31, 2020.
For more information and up-to-date news on Parallels, be sure to like the CONDWG Films Facebook page and follow @condwgfilms on Instagram and twitter.
Legendary horror director John Carpenter known for iconic films such as Halloween, They Live, The Thing, Prince of Darkness and many more turns 72 today. In honor of his birthday, popular horror apparel company, Fright-Rags has teamed with the immensely talented artist Nathan Thomas Milliner to create a brand new design paying homage to the director’s entire filmography called The Master Carpenter.
The Master Carpenter collection is available until Sunday, January 19th and will ship out the week of January 31st. Grab your while they are still available and show your appreciation for the master of the horror genre.
Not only have the folks at Fright-Rags been busy bringing a new John Carpenter design, they have also come out with a new line of merchandise to celebrate Rob Zombie’s directorial debut film, House of 1000 Corpses. The collection pays tribute to the late, great Sid Haig and his iconic character Captain Spaulding with a new t-shirt designs as well as socks. The collection features 3 brand new designs including a Haunted Mansion-style album cover.
Pick up these new designs as well as countless other amazing products at Fright-Rags.com.
Rock front-man Corey Taylor is no stranger to the weird and horrifying having donned many insidious masks throughout his career with Slipknot. Taylor has been in horror films before; he appeared alongside the legendary Robert Englund in 2014’s Fear Clinic and had a cameo in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. This time, he has taken the reins and wrote his own feature length film.
Taylor is also responsible for an 80’s horror retrospective documentary called In Search of Darkness which he spent the entirety of October releasing.
Taylor has enlisted the help of another horror icon to bring his creation to life, Tom Savini and his right-hand man Jason Baker will be providing their expertise in the special effects department. Savini’s name may be familiar to Slipknot fans for more than one reason, he is the creator of the mask that Taylor wore for the We Are Not Your Kind album cycle and tour.
Taylor told Kerrang!:
I wrote a script for a horror movie that I’m really stoked about. And I just broke the skin on book five, so I’m working on that as well. I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I’m also making sure there’s plenty of time for my family, my marriage and home… You never know how much time you’re gonna get there.
He also spoke with Rolling Stone having said:
I’m actually working on a movie right now. I finished a script and I’m aggressively looking for investors and producers. I’ve got all this stuff that I still want to get out of my system.
The film is currently in pre-production and will serve as Taylor’s directorial debut. The name and release date are yet to be announced.
Fans of the Friday the 13th franchise is fully aware that Jason Voorhees doesn’t stay dead for long, but sadly he has been dead and buried since 2009 (unless you count the video game) due to lawsuits and other conflicts. Cody Faulk (Three Bodies One Grave), Chris Plaushin (Three Bodies One Grave) and Wet Paint Pictures have decided to resurrect one of the most notorious cinematic serial killers with their fan film Voorhees.
Voorhees stars Danielle Sandler (Zeke), Jeremy “Ogre” Amos (Bigfoot!), Eileen Sugameli (A Witch in Salem) and more. Unlike every other film to include Mr. Voorhees, the identity of the actor portraying him is being kept a secret this time.
A crime has been committed…
Criminals have stolen a small fortune from a bank. Instead of trying to outrun the police they plan to lay low in a remote location with a notorious past until the heat is off. Their efforts to find sanctuary become complicated when they cross paths with a sinister force that has long been forgotten.
“Voorhees” is an independent horror fan film that brings a dark and sadistic vision to the iconic Friday the 13th franchise. This film stays true to the horror that has thrilled fans for many decades while bringing our own unique story line.
Our talented cast and crew have worked tirelessly to bring this story to life. “Voorhees” promises old school horror, bloody practical effects, and a Grindhouse cinematic look and feel.
From the ‘Voorhees’ Indiegogo
Anybody catch the nod to Freddy vs Jason?
The folks behind Voorhees have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finish funding the film (like other fan films, all money raised will be going to covering the costs of the film). This is where you will get a chance to win a screen used hockey mask signed by Voorhees and Cody Faulk. All you have to do is pledge $10 to be entered into the raffle.
No official release date has been set, but the Indiegogo Blu-ray perk says they are expected to ship in March of this year, but only time will tell.