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Pittsburgh’s Horror Realm Spring Break Massacre Coming in March

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Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, the plants are blooming and the horror conventions are coming out of hibernation. The next convention we will be venturing off to is Horror Realm in the land of zombies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 4th-6th (we will be there on Saturday the 5th).

Where?

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Horror Realm has moved from the previous location, and has a new home at Double Tree- Green Tree Pittsburgh, PA. There will be more room; which means more awesome guests and more awesome vendors so there will be more horror goodness available to you. 

We know you guys are busy, and looking up the correct location can be a pain, so the address to the new location is:

500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, 15205

If you want to check out the rooms and the rest of the hotel, visit this location’s site, HERE

Guests

Now that the when and where are taken care of, it’s time to get to the who. Horror Realm and many other conventions usually have some kind of reunion going on, this year at the Spring Break Massacre, there will be two! You will be able to meet cast members from The Return of the Living Dead and the A Nightmare on Elm Street films.

Let’s start with The Return of the Living Dead guests. Representing this beloved cult classic are Clu Gulager, Beverly Randolph, Thom Mathews, Linnea Quigley, Jewel Shepard, Brian Peck and John Philbin. Allan Trautman (the tar man) was originally scheduled, but unfortunately had to cancel due to filming obligations.  

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The guests from the A Nightmare on Elm Street films include Brooke Bundy (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3&4), Beatrice Boepple (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Erika Anderson (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child) and Ken Sagoes (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors). Tuesday Knight of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 was originally scheduled to appear, but had to cancel. These guests may not be Robert Englund, but they are pretty awesome and names you don’t see often on a convention marquee making it more awesome to see them at Horror Realm.

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Other incredible guests include the always sweet Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2), Tiffany’s beautiful daughter Mia Shepis (Tales of Halloween), Dan Kamin (Creepshow 2), Len Lies (Dawn of the Dead (machete zombie)) and many more. Check out the full guest list HERE.

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Tickets

Now that you have seen the amazing guest list and started thinking about all the awesome horror goodies you could add to your collection, you’re probably wondering about tickets. Horror Realm is one of the best conventions we have visited in the past couple of years, and to make it even better, it is one of the more affordable cons to go to.

Whether you are planning to make this convention a weekend or a day trip, the ticket prices will not leave your wallet empty. VIP tickets (which includes a weekend pass, access to the VIP party with open bar, tote bag, t-shirt and more) are only $100 a ticket, compared to the $200 + you may see at other shows. Weekend passes are $40, Saturday passes are $20 and Sunday Passes are $10. Planning on bringing the family? No problem, children 12 and under are FREE with adult admission. Have you or are you currently serving your country? Horror Realm has your back with a FREE day pass with a valid ID.

Don’t want to wait in a line to purchase your tickets? Buy in advance HERE (photo op tickets are also available here).

Special Side Note: Do you want to be part of a horror movie?

If you are going to be at Horror Realm on SUNDAY, MARCH 6th, indie horror filmmakers Tristan Clay and Destinie Orndoff will be on hand filming some stuff for their upcoming film Red Eye.

For more information on Red Eye, the film’s Indiegogo campaign and where to find it on social media, check out the previous article HERE. More information on how you can get in on the action is available on the film’s various social media site. 

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Be sure to like Horror Realm on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@HorrorRealmCon) for more details regarding guest and schedule changes. If you have any other questions that we did not answer here for you, visit HorrorRealmCon.com or email the amazing folks behind the con at info@horrorrealmcon.com.  

We hope to see you there!

 

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.

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. 

Interview with Katharine Kellar on Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program

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I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview a few really influential people now.  I have recently been granted the opportunity to interview Katharine Kellar about the Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For those that do not know about this program, it is a 16 month Associate in Specialized Business Degree Program.  Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program offers training in cosmetic make-up, eyes and teeth, animatronics, creature design, sculpting, anatomy, life casting, mold making, character make-up,painting techniques, appliance of prosthetics, air brushing techniques, hair and beard application and pretty much anything you would need to know to become a successful effects artist.

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Katharine Kellar Interview:

LBoH: How long has this program been available?

KK: Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center (DEC) is now in its 13th year. The program began in October 2000 with 13 students.

LBoH: How did this course come about?

KK: Tom Savini had been approached by various individuals in the past regarding the possibility of starting a special make-up effects program, but none ever materialized for one reason or another. When CEO / President, Jeff Imbrescia approached him, Tom was expecting the same kind of response he had gotten in the past. But, because he had been introduced to Jeff by a mutual friend, Tom decided to give him an opportunity. Tom asked to see a business plan. Jeff put together a 3-5 year business plan that was conservative, realistic, and most importantly, possible. He sent it to Tom. Tom laughed and ignored him. After a few weeks of no response, Jeff called Tom up for a business dinner. When they met, Jeff asked Tom why he never responded to Jeff’s business plan. Tom said it wasn’t worth it. “I spend more on cigars than you’re offering me.” Jeff said, what do you mean it’s not worth it? That’s when Jeff pulled out his ledger paper and put in front of Tom. Apparently Tom had misread Jeff’s business plan. What Tom originally thought was a decimal number turned out to be a whole number.

LBoH: Would you recommend this program for beginners or is it more for students that have a bit more previous experience?

KK: Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program begins by teaching a strong foundation in basic special make-up effects and works up. We’ve had students from each side of the spectrum – students who have never sculpted before in their lives to students who are experts. The way that the program is set up our students, regardless of their experience level, are able to flourish. We start by teaching a strong foundation and continually add to their already existing knowledge.

LBoH: How many students are in this program at one time?

KK: Tom Savin’s Special Make-Up Effects Program has anywhere from 150 to 200 students at one time.

LBoH: Have any of your student’s works been featured in a movie or television?

KK: Absolutely! We’ve had quite a few students on Television in recent years. Just to name a few – SyFy Channel’s “Face Off” is a big hit right now. The 5th season just started and we have 4 graduates on the show. Over the course of 5 seasons of “Face Off” we’ve had 10 graduates on the show. We also have a graduate as a cast member on TLC’s Cake Boss. His name is Ralph “Ralphie Boy” Attanasia. We’ve had a graduate on Food Network’s “Sugar Dome.” Her name is Kirsten Cosgrove.  As far as movies are concerned, our graduates have gone one to some of the biggest special make-up effects shops in the industry. KNB Effects Group and Burman Industries to name a few. Brian Hillard, one of our graduates, for example, work don Emmy Award Winning shows, HBO’s The Pacific, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. He also lent his talents to Academy Award Winners for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men and The Departed. He also worked on The Hobbit, Django Unchained, and Oz: The Great and Powerful.

LBoH: What do you see happening with this program in the future?

KK: Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program recently underwent an overhaul. We recently added ZBrush as well as the popular new course “From Page to Screen.” Digital sculpting has become an important part of the industry. Students utilize cutting-edge 3D modeling programs such as ZBrush to bring concepts into reality. At the end of this course, students will have designed a variety of 3D examples that translate in to industries such as: movie/VFX, video games, illustration, figure creation, concept design, scientific illustration, and jewelry design.  In the From Page to Screen course, students learn all aspects of filming as they relate to special make-up effects by transforming written words of a script to moving images on a screen. Students learn the fundamental business practices for artists, as well as the importance of compromising, collaborating, meeting deadlines, and staying within a budget.

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If you are interested in learning more about Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program or any other program at the Douglas Education Center, visit their official site, like the Facebook page, follow them on twitter and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

A special thank you to Katharine Kellar for participating in this interview.

Here is a video from the Douglas Education Center on Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program:

 

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