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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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Horror Realm on Social Media

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 Return of the Living Dead (article co-created by Erica Demoss)

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This article concept was another winner from my Instagram contest.  This one is from Erica Demoss (xswitchbladeromancex).

The Return of the Living Dead was an American black comedy/horror brought to us in 1985 written and directed by Dan O’Bannon.  It starred Clu Gulager as Burt Wilson, James Karen as Frank, Don Calfa as Ernie Kaltenbrunner, and Thom Mathews as Freddy.

The Return of the Living Dead showcases a foreman named Frank at a medical supply warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky trying to impress a new employee named Freddy.  While doing so, Frank knocks over some drums containing a botched military experiment (the experiment was used as the cause of the zombie outbreak in Night of the Living Dead).  Frank and Freddy fail to kill a zombie in the warehouse thus causing a nightmare.

The Return of the Living Dead was based off of a novel by author John Russo by the same name.  This film also introduced the concept of zombies that do not want human flesh, but their brains.

After 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, Russo and Romero went their separate ways and Russo retained the rights to anything containing “Living Dead“.  The Return of the Living Dead was set to be released in 3D and was to be directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s director, Tobe Hooper.  Hooper backed out to do another film, so Dan O’Bannon stepped up and directed.  There was a budget of $4 million to create this film.

There was no CGI used in the film.  Puppets and makeup are responsible for the iconic images we all know and love from The Return of The Living Dead.

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The film was set in Louisville, Kentucky, but it was filmed in California.  The scene at Col. Glover’s house was filmed in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.  There is a lot of confusion about the location of the Resurrection Cemetery.  It was filmed in Sylmar, Los Angeles, California, but is was not actually filmed at Sylmar Cemetery.  All of the tombstones and Spanish moss were props.  The exterior was actually a fake wall constructed in front of railroad tracks and the Olive Grove in Sylmar was used as the  interior.  The Olive Grove is currently not open to the public because of some land contract issues.

The Return of the Living Dead went on to spawn 4 sequels and a cult like following.

 

*Thank you to Erica Demoss for the awesome idea for this article!*