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The Horror Realm Experience

10479726_1202973596392769_1111870594712867126_nIt’s that time of year again, the smell of Sharpie, rare action figures and cosplay is in the air, that’s right, it’s convention season. Over this past weekend, I attended my first con of the season, Horror Realm Con in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Guests like Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Camp Dread), Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs, Laid To Rest) and Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet) were on hand to meet fans and swap stories. Below I will break down and rate my experience (out of 10) at Horror Realm.

Entrance: 10

Everyone’s least favorite part of any convention is the line they have to wait in to get in. I got there on Saturday around 12:30 pm and the line was not long at all. There may have been 3 people ahead of my husband and myself. There were no hiccups with getting in. 

Admission Prices: 10

Single day passes were only $15. Compared to most other cons, this is by far one of the most inexpensive to go to.

Staff: 10

Every now and again, you will encounter one or more staff members that are rude and just act like they would rather be doing anything else other than helping you. The staff at Horror Realm was courteous and seemed like they genuinely wanted to be here. 

Layout: 9

I don’t really like holding this against those that hold and organize the cons because you have to work with what you are given. I heard from other people that they had a hard time finding Felissa Rose and Sean Whalen. There were 2 different rooms with guests. I personally didn’t have a problem with they layout other than the fact that it was a bit cramped with everyone walking around, but what convention isn’t? 

Guests: 10

The guest list is what draws people to the convention, and Horror Realm had a fantastic lineup. I cannot say enough good things about the guests at this con, Derek Mears, Felissa Rose and Sean Whalen in particular. They were fantastic, and were all excited to meet their fans. We met Sean first, he is so energetic and could not be any nicer. Next came Derek, he has got to be one of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet. He really is a gentle giant, he listens when you talk and is genuinely invested in each and every conversation he has with his fans. Derek is probably one of if not the funniest person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Felissa was our last stop because she had a bit of a line. She is as sweet as she is beautiful. She was excited to meet every single person in her line, full of energy and one of the best huggers. Each one of them acts as though they’ve known you for years.

Lines: 10

The lines were not that bad inside. The longest we waited was for Felissa, but it was less than 5 minutes. Vendor lines were not bad at all.

Autograph Prices: 10

Autographs tend to be the priciest parts of conventions because guests aren’t paid an appearance fee, so they have to compensate somehow. The most expensive guests were the American Horror Story: Freakshow cast members. Derek was $20, Sean was $20, Tony Todd $20, Felissa $20 for a signed picture, $10 to sign something you brought and free hugs. None of them charged an extra fee for a picture with them at their tables which seems to be the new trend nowadays. 

Vendors: 10

There were a lot of local Pittsburgh vendors. Most of the time, vendors sell just t-shirts and DVDs, but there were a lot of handmade goods available. Prices were pretty fair, none of them charged ridiculous prices.

Final Score: 79 out of 80

Our overall experience at Horror Realm was fantastic. If you have never been to a convention, this would be a great one to start out with. It is smaller and a lot less intimidating than other conventions and they always have a great guest list. We will definitely be attending Horror Realm again.

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Be sure to like Horror Realm’s Facebook page and follow them on twitter, @HorrorRealmCon.

Grab Your Sleeping Bags and Join Adam Green and Guests For a Scary Sleepover

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Adam Green gave the horror genre a much needed boost with the Hatchet films, and he and Joe Lynch have given fans an insight into the film industry with their weekly podcast, The Movie Crypt. Now, Green has created a genius new idea for fans of the genre to learn a new side of their favorite industry professionals with Adam Green’s Scary Sleepover.

During these scary sleepovers, Green and guests will throw on their PJs, roll out their sleeping bags, play games, eat junk food and act like kids again. In each episode, Adam will ask his guests one burning question, “what really scares you?”. Their answers will shock you, everything from rejection to family illness are horror’s biggest names’ boogeymen. Industry topics will also be covered, but don’t worry, it won’t be all serious in this short video form of The Movie Crypt

Kane Hodder will be the first guest of the series. Other guests that have filmed episodes include Derek Mears, Sid Haig, Tony Todd, Darren Lynn Bousman, Bill Moseley and Joe Lynch. There are many more awesome names set to film. An episodic regular that will be joining Adam and his guests will be of course Adam’s adorable companion, Arwen, his Yorkie.

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Arwen. Picture from Ariescope.com

Adam’s goal with his scary sleepover,

Is to bring fans even more up close and personal with some of their favorite artists in a much more candid and inherently humorous short format video show.

Adam Green’s Scary Sleepover will be a weekly horror, childlike slumber party talk show style short that will be available via the Ariescope YouTube channel. Longer, uncensored versions will be available at Ariescope.com. The series premiers tomorrow March, 6th.

Sid Haig joining the sleepover fun. Picture from Ariescope.com
Sid Haig joining the sleepover fun. Picture from Ariescope.com

For more information on Adam Green’s Scary Sleepover, be sure to like Adam’s Facebook page, follow him on twitter, @Adam_Fn_Green and visit Ariescope.com. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Ariescope YouTube channel so you don’t miss a single episode.

Join Horror Realm’s Spring Break Massacre 2015

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Convention season is quickly approaching, and the first one on my list is in the Zombie Capital of the world, Pittsburgh, PA, and that is Horror Realm. Spring Break will not be the same after this, join thousands of other horror fans at Horror Realm’s Spring Break Massacre 2015 Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8 at the Crowne Plaza, Pittsburgh West Greentree.

derekmWhat would a Spring Break Massacre be without a pretty awesome list of horror guests? On the roster for this year’s show is talent such as Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Tony Todd (Candyman), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story Freak Show), Erika Ervin (American Horror Story Freak Show), Tiffany Shepis (The Prometheus Project) and Sean Whalen (Laid To Rest). Thinking of a name that is missing from this list? Don’t worry, Horror Realm is not done announcing tonytguests just yet.

Horror Realm is a convention for horror fans by horror fans, so you can rest assured that this won’t be your run of the mill, corporate convention. If you have questions, comments or concerns, I’m sure they’d be more than happy to help you out. You can join their mailing list and/or submit your questions to them at Info@horrorrealmcon.com.

To keep up with Horror Realm and they’re newest announcements, visit HorrorRealmCon.com. You can also “like” the official Facebook Page, join the Spring Break Massacre 2015 Event Page and follow them on twitter (@HorrorRealmCon).

I hope to see you all there! The massacre begins Friday, March 6th at 5pm. 

Review: The Movie Crypt

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Fans of the popular FEARNET show Holliston starring Adam Green and Joe Lynch are familiar with their local cable show (on the show), The Movie Crypt. Adam and Joe have since made The Movie Crypt a reality.

url-51What is The Movie Crypt? It is a weekly podcast hosted by Adam Green, Joe Lynch and usually a special guest, and they discuss all manner of topics including, but not limited to, movies, film making and working in Hollywood. Past guests include Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, Oderus Urungus, Colton Dunn, Dee Snider, Corri English, Danielle Harris and many other great names.

Being a horror nerd and fan of Adam Green and Holliston, I was super excited to see The Movie Crypt become an actual podcast. I knew that there would obviously be film and industry talk as well JoeLynchHollisteras a bit of hilarity, but it is way better than I thought possible. Adam and Joe are not only comical in discussing whatever topic is on that day’s agenda, but the level of comedy that is thrown in makes The Movie Crypt quite possibly the best podcast ever.

The chemistry that Adam and Joe have together make this podcast even better. They compliment each other so well, they really are a more awesome version of Abbott and Costello. Don’t let all of the comedy fool you though, there has been a serious episode. Following the death of GWAR front man and good friend to Adam and Joe, Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, they did a tribute episode to him. It will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time.

There has yet to be a bad episode of The Movie Crypt. I highly recommend it to any fan of Adam, Joe, Holliston and just horror fans in general. Not only is it awesome, but it’s FREE.

It airs Mondays at 10 am PST. Missed an episode or have yet to listen, don’t worry, all episodes are in a scroll bar at the bottom. You can find new and past episodes here.

To make sure that you stay up to date on The Movie Crypt, be sure to follow Adam, Joe and The Movie Crypt on twitter (if you’re not already, you can do so by clicking the names).

Movie Review: Compound Fracture (2013)

compound-posterWritten by Tyler Mane and his wife, Renae Geerlings, Compound Fracture is everything that the Paranormal Activity movies wish they were and then some. The cast alone was enough to peak my interest before even seeing a trailer. Compound Fracture stars Tyler Mane, Muse Watson, Derek Mears, Renae Geerlings, Leslie Easterbrook and Alex Saxon. There was even a cameo by Jason X writer, Todd Farmer.

Compound Fracture is very intense and fast paced right out of the gate. The opening scene combines a freaky paranormal experience in the woods followed by a wet your pants kind of flashback/dream sequence. Through out the entire film, the lighting is dim and spooky adding to the use of several “jump scares” and creepy paranormal occurrences. If you are easily startled by the surprise style scares, this may not be the film for you, but I for one loved it.

A film like this could very quickly become stale and lose the audience if there aren’t enough plot twists. I usually figure paranormal themed films out quickly and can usually guess the ending, but not this time. Brilliant writing coupled with a great cast made for plot twists I did not see coming. When you think you have this film figured out, it takes a sharp left turn and will leave you guessing. There were a lot of misleading flashback sequences that kept throwing me off, but that added to the experience and overall quality of the film for me. An added bonus, once the family secrets begin to be revealed, you will never think your family is dysfunctional ever again.

Derek Mears was the personification of sinister. His performance as William may be his best yet. He did not have a lot of dialogue, but slight head tilts and cold, menacing stares made him one of the creepiest characters I have seen in a while. Tyler Mane was pretty intense himself. His portrayal of Michael (not the boogie man Michael, a new one) was perfect. It was nice to see him play a role where he spoke and was actually the brooding hero type instead of Mr. McStabby (love him as both though).

The ending was very Twilight Zone. As if the twists and craziness through out the film wasn’t enough, the ending will leave you speechless.

Compound Fracture is now available on DVD and VOD!

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Subscribe to the Mane Entertainment YouTube for more Compound Fracture videos and previews of Tyler’s new film PENANCE LANE.

HOLLISTON Season 2 Now Available On Blu-Ray

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Holliston-Season-2In the wake of the tragic loss of Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus and the sad news that FEARNET will be no more, some good news has come, HOLLISTON season 2 is now available on blu-ray.

If you have yet to see an episode of HOLLISTON, you are really missing out. Season 2 is even better than season 1. For those still living under a rock, here is the recap of season 1:

Adam Green and Joe Lynch star as two aspiring horror filmmakers working for the very androgynous (to say the least) Lance Rocket (played by Dee Snider) who fronts a Van Halen tribute band called Dyver Down. Adam and Joe live in a really shitty apartment and Adam has an imaginary friend that lives in his closet, enter Oderus Urungus. Adam is still in love with his childhood flame, Corri and Joe is dating the artistic Laura (she’s Colombian not Mexican). There are loads of guest appearances by horror icons such as Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Sid Haig and many more. Adam and Joe are trying to make their soccer zombie film Shinpads (“When they score, you die”). You also learn that tits are good and balls are bad. Hilarity and mayhem ensue, and you get the best damn show around. Get out from under the rock and check it out. You can buy season 1 HERE.

The HOLLISTON season 2 blu-ray includes eleven episodes, including an uncut version of the hour long Christmas special, cast commentary tracks, and over 70 minutes of bonus features. That totals a shit load of awesomeness. Not only are the episodes funny, but many of them include some pretty awesome guest stars like Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Seth Green, Sid Haig, David Naughton and Derek Mears just to name a few

One more bonus, when you purchase the blu-ray via the ArieScope website, not only do you get the awesomeness of the season, but you also get it autographed. To purchase via ArieScope, CLICK HERE.

Season 2 trailer via FEARNET

In honor of Dave, here are his outtakes from HOLLISTON season 1 via FEARNET and a special tribute via the ArieScope YouTube channel

 

 

13th Installment of the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise Set for March 2015

friday_the_13th-6Paramount is looking to launch the 13th installment of the ‘Friday the 13th’ franchise, but will it live up to the previous 12 films?

There has been a lot of talk about the new film being a ‘Blair Witch’ style found footage film.  Most of the films I have seen in this format have been complete train wrecks. I would hate to see one of my favorite franchises be disgraced by a found footage film and from what I have seen on social media outlets, I am not alone.

This will be the 4th film in the ‘Friday the 13th’ since the turn of the century being proceeded by ‘Jason X’, ‘Freddy vs Jason’ and the 2009 ‘Friday the 13th’ reboot.  All of which were great additions to the franchise. I am all for a new addition, but I’m not sure what Paramount is offering is going to be good enough to stand with the previous 12 films.

The biggest question from fans, who will be behind the mask?  Has yet to be determined.  There have been no casting announcements made for the film.  I personally would love to see the return of the most intimidating Jason in franchise history, Kane Hodder, make his return as the machete wielding slasher.  Kane has not dawned the mask since ‘Jason X’ and has since moved on to play a new villain, Victor Crowley, in Adam Green’s ‘Hatchet’ series.  If not Kane, I would not mind seeing Derek Mears from the 2009 reboot come back.  Unfortunately, if changes aren’t made with the direction they are planning to take the film, a big name in horror will not be enough to save the film.

Nothing has been slated in stone for the 13th installment just yet.  The only thing I have been hearing consistently is the March 13th, 2015 release date.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the proper changes are made and fans get a film they can be proud of and this amazing franchise will live on with the dignity it has had since 1980.

Hatchet III Review

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As a fan of the previous two Hatchet movies, I was more than excited with the announcement of Hatchet III.  Much like Hatchet II picked up where the first movie left off, Hatchet III does the same.  It picks up with Marybeth alone in the swamp with Victor Crowley.

Writer Adam Green did an amazing job with the script and basic concept for the movie.  I think the script for Hatchet III is by far better than the two previous films.

Hatchet III dives more into why and how Crowley returns every night.  It also explores an idea of how to rid Honey Island Swamp of Victor Crowley for good.  Not to spoil it for everyone, it does involve Marybeth, a distant relative of Victor and an urn.

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The casting was fantastic.  Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley) and Danielle Harris (Marybeth) both return to reprise their roles.  There were a few new additions to the cast like Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009),  Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2),  Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects) has a small yet entertaining role.  The most surprising addition to the cast is none other than Zach Galligan (Gremlins and Gremlins 2).  Zach has a pretty major role as a sheriff that does not want to believe in the legend of Victor Crowley.

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The gore level of this film far surpasses that of the first two films.  I do not want to give too much away, but there is a scene with Derek Mears‘ character and Victor Crowley that is nothing short of complete horror brutality.  If you are into the intense gore scenes, you will be very pleased.  There are a few comedic moments mixed in with the blood and gore.

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The makeup that transforms Kane Hodder into Victor Crowley has changed a bit for Hatchet III.  He looks more grotesquely disfigured in this film than the previous two.  The makeup department was very busy with blood and guts.  I must say that I like the makeup in this film more than the others.  There were a couple of scenes that paid homage to the old school slasher films  by using prop dummies instead of CGI.  Yes it looked a bit corny, but it was nice to see a nod to a time when actors actually had to learn stunts and dare I say it, act.

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The ending is very open and most certainly leaves the door open for a fourth installment to the Hatchet franchise.  I highly recommend Hatchet III to anyone that is a fan of the previous two films or anyone that wants to see a gritty gorefest.  I would not at all be opposed to seeing a Hatchet IIII.