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Convention Update: HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati 2015

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Convention season is upon us, and one of the biggest horror cons is only a couple weeks away, HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati has had some new guest announcements, schedules are being made, ticket prices are changing and so on and so forth. So, who will be joining the ranks along with the already announced Re-Animator reunion?

Some of the new names that have been announced include Jason Mewes (Mallrats), Norman Reedus (Friday and Saturday ONLY)(The Walking Dead), Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps), Madison Lintz (The Walking Dead), Jason Patric (The Lost Boys), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), Alanna Masterson (The Walking Dead), Lawrence Gilliard (The Walking Dead), Terrance Zdunich (The Devil’s Carnival) and Jesse Hutch (Freddy vs. Jason). You can find the full guest list >>HERE<<.

Unfortunately, every convention is subject to having guests cancel due to work or scheduling conflicts. There have been only two cancellations as of now for this year’s Cincinnati show, Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys).

One of my personal favorite parts of conventions, especially HorrorHound, is the awesome list of films that will be screened. This years list includes some pretty promising looking films. I have only seen one of them, The Other Side, which I reviewed. You can read that review >>HERE<<. The one that I am most excited to see is Old 37 starring Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley. I’ve heard so many great things about the film, and it is finally getting a showing and will be released on DVD later in March. See the full list of films being screened along with a bit of information on them >>HERE<<.

Panels are another reason many go to conventions. HorrorHound has an impressive guest list, so of course the list of panels is going to be just as awesome. Some of them include an Old 37 panel, American Mary panel, Guardians of the Galaxy panel, Re-Animator panel and more to be scheduled. For the full list of panels and times, visit the events section.

What fun would a horror convention be without a great list of vendors to buy some cool sh!t from? HorrorHound always has one of the largest vendor lists around, and their vendor room is a horror nerd’s Wonderland. Some of the vendors on tap for this year include Dark Sky Films, Dead Ink, Living Dead Dolls, Samhain Horror, Scarebears, Super Pumpkins, Troma and so many more. For the full list, visit the vendor section of HorrorHoundWeekend.com.

As usual, the closer you wait to the date of the convention, the higher the ticket prices will be. There are still pre-sale tickets available. Single day passes are $20, Weekend passes are $40, VIP passes are $175 and weekend passes with early entry are SOLD OUT.  Pick up your tickets now at HorrorHoundWeekend.com to avoid higher prices, sell outs and longer lines at the door.

Planning on staying a couple of days of the entire weekend? Hotels near the Sharonville Convention Center are filling up fast. You may want to get your reservations made quickly to avoid longer travel times. Here is the full list of the closest hotels.

Be sure to join the HorrorHound Weekend group on Facebook for minute to minute updates.

Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013

I have already done a Top 10 Film list, so I think there should be a character list to accompany it.  Here is my list of Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013.

e9e7db10f6ee85e914c05f3ee0895edc-would-you-rather10) Iris (Would You Rather)

Played by the beautiful Brittany Snow, Iris is a girl trying to earn money to pay for her dying brother’s hospital bills.  While doing so, she gets thrown into the craziest game of “Would you rather” at the worst dinner party ever.  She is a great heroine.  She began the film weak and scared, but ended the lone survivor and the hero.

conjuring-Vera-Farmiga9) Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring)

Lorraine Warren is obviously a real person and an iconic member of the paranormal world.  Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine beautifully in ‘The Conjuring’.  Playing the role of such an iconic figure is no doubt stressful, but Vera was just as strong on screen as Lorraine is in real life.

PHfSdQV22cQZjg_2_m8) Frank (Maniac 2013)

Elijah Wood is one of the last actors I would have pegged for praise as a serial killer, but in his role as Frank in the remake of the classic, Maniac, he was fantastic.  Frank wasn’t an unstoppable mad man killing campers, but a person with a real mental problem and some mommy issues.  He prayed on the vulnerable girls much like a real life serial killer.

curse-of-chucky-0037) Nica (Curse of Chucky)

The Child’s Play series has brought us a list of memorable characters.  The new installment brought a new list of characters for Chucky to prey on.  Nica is a wheelchair bound young woman that turns out to be one of the strongest characters in the film. Played by Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif, she was by far the big star of Curse of Chucky.

carrie046) Carrie White (Carrie 2013)

Carrie White is another familiar name on this list, but with the year of remakes, a lot of horror’s classic characters have gotten face-lifts.  Chloë Grace Moretz played a more extreme version of the iconic character we all know and love.  Chloë’s version of Carrie was phenomenal.  Timid and lost in the sea that is high school, but when it came to destroying her entire school and town, the 2013 Carrie was intense.

Curse_Of_Chucky_2013_UNRATED_BRRIP_480_P_cap_25) Chucky (Curse of Chucky)

Chucky had become a lot more camp than usual in Bride and Seed of Chucky, but the camp was toned down a bit for Curse of Chucky.  Brad Dourif returned as the voice of the beloved plastic psycho.  His kills were back to the off the wall kills he is famous for.

HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell4) Marybeth Dunston (Hatchet III)

Danielle Harris is a name that tops horror lists of all kinds.  This year she returned in Hatchet III as the badass horror heroine, Marybeth Dunston.  She is a character that can be vulnerable one minute then the in your face southern girl the next.  I mean come on, she’s only 4’11 and she’s taking on an unstoppable ghost, and it would appear that she wins.

Jane Levy3) Mia (Evil Dead)

Mia is to Evil Dead as Ash was to The Evil Dead.  She was the first attacked and the last one standing.  For being her first horror film, Jane Levy was a natural.  She was up and down.  Starting the film as a recovering junkie and making a complete 180 becoming the hero at the end.  A character arch like that deserves some recognition.

exclusive-american-mary-clip-introduced-by-the-soska-sisters-124369-470-752) Mary Mason (American Mary)

Not many horror films go the way of a hero/villain wrapped into one character, and when they do, it is typically a male character.  The Soska Sisters changed that with American Mary by bringing us Mary Mason.  Played by Katharine Isabelle, Mary Mason created a new horror character type.  She was a girl pushed too far and went to extraordinary lengths to give herself a new, better life.  Another character that could a real life person.

Kane-Hodder-in-Hatchet-2-2010-Movie-Image-600x9011) Victor Crowley (Hatchet III)

The Hatchet Series, Adam Green and Kane Hodder can be found at the top of pretty much any list I can come up with.  My favorite horror character of 2013 was Victor Crowley of Hatchet III.  Victor, since his introduction in the first Hatchet film, has quickly become my favorite villain of the horror genre.  He is the ultimate killer.  He’s fast, strong, seems to be everywhere at once and brutal, but most of all, he is sympathetic.  He was accidentally killed by his own father when he was trying to save him from their burning house.  The Victor Crowley of Hatchet III was by far more brutal than the previous films.  Kane Hodder gave the performance of a lifetime in this role.