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ScareFest 7 Updates: Guest Announcements, Featured Vendors and More

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ScareFest 7 is roughly only two months away now. Since the last article, there have been some changes, new additions and more announced for this year.  This year’s convention is shaping up to be the best one yet.

To kick off the exciting new announcements, I will start with the new guest additions. Joining the already impressive guest list are: Alex Vincent (Child’s Play 1 & 2), Gary Busey (Silver Bullet & Predator 2), Jake Busey (The Frighteners & Stoned Age), Amy Allan (The Dead Files), Santiago Cirilo (The Walking Dead), Catherine Hicks (Child’s Play 1 & 3), Patrick Burns (Paranormal Investigator/speaker), Wickedbeard (one of the country’s top cosplayers), Circus Envy and The Deadly Sins, and Sebastian Murphy and Kay Kutta (season 2 of Spike TV’s INK MASTERS). Joining the celebrity guest will also be a few impersonators. Derek White (Louis De Pointe Du Lac impersonator) and a full show (which will be FREE) by Michael Jackson impersonator, Bobby Miller. There has also been an addition to the list of fantastic seminars, a seminar by Cold Case Investigator Todd Matthews. For full guest list, CLICK HERE .

One of my favorite parts of a conventions has to be the vendors and the awesome one of a kind finds. Some of this years featured/top vendors are: Wicked Fairytale, The Booth Brothers, The Original Pumpkin Teeth, Nora Custer Designs, Erik Stitt, Michael Kulick, Lunatick Cosmetics, Layla Cherrie and GhostStop.com. For full vendor list, CLICK HERE.

The SacreFest Film Festival is now accepting submissions. If you have a piece that you would like to enter, you can request a submission form from John Thompsett via email at jthompsett@msn.com.

New for this year is the “Bill Me Later” option. If you are using paypal to purchase your tickets, the awesome folks at ScareFest are now allowing you to choose “Bill Me Later”, so now you can reserve your passes and pay later. For more information on this new feature and to purchase passes, CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding guest announcements, new vendors, schedule changes and more, be sure to visit TheScareFest.com, like ScareFest on Facebook and follow them on twitter (you can do so by clicking the links).

Castle Bran aka Dracula’s Castle Up For Sale

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Featured on shows like Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Hunters and more recently Ghost Adventures, Bran Castle in Transylvania is now up for sale.

Built in 1212 and considered the second scariest castle, just behind Ireland’s Leap Castle, Bran Castle boasts one of the darkest pasts of any structure on earth. Tucked into the Romanian countryside, Bran Castle has been home to some very unique personalities from Saxons to Teutonic knights and most famously, Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler.

Bran-Castle-Romania-1964Vlad Tepes gained ownership of Bran Castle in a very deceitful way. He and his men raided the castle and took control of it from his allies, the Transylvanian Saxons who aided him in his war efforts. In 1459, Tepes took his historical reputation of impaling to a new extreme by having several Saxon settlers impaled and displayed at the castle walls as a warning to his approaching enemies. This is sure to leave a dark cloud over this beautiful castle.

Now more famously known as Dracula’s Castle, the castle has been restored and according to reports, under the ownership of descendants of Britain’s Queen Victoria. Bran Castle was offered to the Romanian government for $85 million. More information about the castle’s history and how you could own this slice of history can be found at Bran-Castle.com.

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World’s Most Haunted Island For Sale

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A ghost hunters dream and one of the scariest places on earth will be hitting the auction block next month, Poveglia, a small island in the Venetian Lagoon. This island may look pretty in photographs, but Poveglia’s past is far from picturesque.

poveglia-island2In the 19th century, Poveglia served as a check point for ships heading to Venice. Seems normal right? Well, in 1793 a couple of ships arrived that were carrying plague victims made a stop and the island was sealed off from the rest of the world. Once the island was closed off, victims of the plague and other diseases were shipped to Poveglia to pretty much die. In 1922 the island was converted into a center for the mentally ill. This did not help brighten the islands clouded past. In fact, rumor has it that there were cruel experiments conducted on patients and a doctor that was driven mad by the ghosts of plague victims that he threw himself off of the bell tower.

Many may remember Poveglia from the show Ghost Adventures. They were the first paranormal team to investigate the island. Aaron Goodwin heard some strange noises when he stood where the doctor reportedly took his own life. That was not the scariest thing to happen to GAC on the island. Zak Bagans was attacked and appeared to have been possessed by something. He violently acted out and said that he just waned to hurt Nick and Aaron.

Povelgia has sat abandoned for the past 50 years and is still owned by the Poveglia-island2-550x371Italian government. They are ready to release the island on a 99-year lease. There has yet to be any pricing information released.

So, if you don’t mind a few very angry, unsettled spirits wandering around, and you’ve always wanted to live the film Poltergeist, then this is the piece of land for you.

 

Living Dead Magazine: A New Horror Magazine For A Horror Lifestyle

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Every once in a while a great opportunity presents itself. I have been blessed with the opportunity to contribute to an amazing new horror magazine called Living Dead Magazine.

A little about Living Dead Magazine:

Here at Living Dead Magazine we believe horror is a way of life, not just a movie genre.We have taken our years of experience writing, reading, working and living horror, and put it into a 60 page full color photo quality nationwide magazine that is available quarterly in digital and print. Covering everything from horror decor, monster makers, films from the past to present, fashion, products, art, comic books, paranormal activity, horror entertainment, exclusive photoshoots with alt horror models, and interviews with the best horror celebs, Living Dead Magazine is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings beauty, gore, monsters, businesses, and actors together in one beautiful package that LLOYD KAUFMAN called “Stunning!” and ROBERT ENGLUND called “Fantastic!” before he asked to keep the magazine for his collection.

One of the best things about Living Dead Magazine is that it really is for the entire horror lifestyle including the best places to 1477516_10202780093076910_9057217532916664470_nfind the most unique horror decor and clothing. If you are an Elvira fan, Living Dead is the magazine for you. The writing style is fun and sexy with a pinch of camp.

If you are a fan of gorgeous horror pinups, Living Dead Magazine also has something for you. The Living Dead Girls are beautiful, tattooed and love horror.

There are currently 2 issues available for immediate purchase and the May Supernatural issue is currently available for pre-order. The Supernatural issue will include interviews with cast members from the hit show as well as other supernatural/paranormal topics. I will have a debut article in this issue about this year’s ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention. To pick up the back issues of Living Dead Magazine, pre-order the May issue or pick up a subscription to ensure you never miss an issue, CLICK HERE.

Be sure to like Living Dead Magazine on Facebook for more updates and to show your support.

~Melissa

 

Guest Are Being Announced For ScareFest 7

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Convention season is now in full swing, and ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention has begun to release their impressive guest list announcements for ScareFest 7. Last year’s Scarefest 6 was phenomenal, and this year’s show is shaping up to be even better.

ScareFest 7 will be held September 12-14 at the Lexington Convention Center. The convention will begin Friday, September 12 from 5pm-10pm (4pm for platinum and gold ticket holders). Saturday’s hour will be 11am-9pm and Sunday’s hours will be 11am-4pm. Platinum and gold ticket holders will be allowed in an hour early each day of the convention. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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As of right now, the impressive list of guests include names like Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th pt 7-Jason X, Hatchet 1, 2 &3), Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies, Stand By Me, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys, The Blob), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs, Hatchet III) and many more to be announced.

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One of my personal favorite things about ScareFest is that not only is it a horror convention, but also a paranormal convention. There are a lot of familiar names on the paranormal guest list. Appearing will be Patti Starr (paranormal investigator and lecturer),  Grant Wilson (Ghost Hunters), Dave Tango (Ghost Hunters), Steve Gonzalves (Ghost Hunters), Chip Coffey (Paranormal State, Psychic Kids), John Zaffis (Haunted Collector) and Jonathan Hodges and Benny Reed (Deep South Paranormal). 

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There will be many more names announced in both the horror and paranormal categories. There will also be bands and plenty of vendors.

To help with any of your convention concerns, check out the “Before You Go” and FAQs sections. If those do not answer your questions, send an email to info@thescarefest.com. The staff is always friendly and very helpful, and responses are always prompt.

If you are interested in going and do not want to get stuck in a hotel far away from the convention center, check out the “hotels” section for a list of the closest hotels (many of which honor a discount for going to the convention).

ScareFest is also doing their own version of the March Madness brackets called “Tournament of Terror”. Head on over and cast your votes.

As I mentioned before, I attended last year’s convention and absolutely loved it. Everyone was polite and helpful. The event was very well organized. My overall experience was positive. It was like hanging out with a huge group of friends that I’ve known forever. I hope to see you all there this year for ScareFest 7!

Be sure to like ScareFest on Facebook and follow them on twitter for more updates. I will be posting update articles here a well as I see changes.

 

 

Movie Review: The Conjuring

the-conjuring-posterFrom the director of Saw and Insidious, James Wan, comes the film The Conjuring based on the cases of paranormal icons Ed and Lorraine Warren.

I have not really cared for any of the recent possession/paranormal films because I felt most of them were trying to compete with The Exorcist and have failed miserably.  The Conjuring however, comes pretty close to it.  Everything about this film was fantastic and contained everything a paranormal film should.

There were surprises around every turn and did not leave me at all disappointed.  The only thing I wished they would have kept the same from the original case was the doll, Annabelle.  In the original case, Annabelle was a Raggedy Ann doll, but in The Conjuring, they made her/it a creepy, old porcelain doll.  While the change they made added a bigger creep factor, I would have liked the authenticity of the doll from the original case.

There was even a cameo from the paranormal icon herself, Lorraine Warren, during one of the lecture scenes.  It is a brief glimpse, but she is there.

Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine Warren beautifully.  She was sincere and gave one of the most emotional performances I have seen in a film from any genre in a very long time.

Any film that contains possessions needs a lot of makeup and special effect.  The Conjuring nailed it.  The makeup done on the possessed individual was immaculate.  The effects that were used during the exorcism scenes were fantastic.

I would highly recommend The Conjuring to anyone looking for a film that will provide some great scares and that will shock and amaze you. I am giving this film 5 stars.