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Review: Contamination- A Convention Story

424283_165263613592014_696506072_nConventions of all genres are filling our nation giving horror, sci-fi and pop culture fans alike a platform to mingle with one another and meet their favorite genre celebrities. Most of us only get to see what goes on in front of us, but thanks to State Of Mind Productions and the Contamination convention in St. Louis, fans now have the opportunity to see behind the scenes and fell the true essence of a convention. 

I was recently granted the opportunity to watch and review Contamination- A Convention Story. What is Contamination? Contamination is a convention held in St. Louis that blends together horror, sci-fi, pop culture and stars from the adult entertainment world into one event. I am normally not a huge fan of documentaries, but this one is worth the watch.

I have personally been to a few conventions and have had the opportunity to meet some of my horror heroes, and they have been some of the best experiences of my adult life. The only problem with meeting some of these celebrity guests? You’re not really sure if they are really that into it, but Contamination- A Convention Story gives an in-depth look into not only the conventions, but the guests, and they are all genuinely fantastic human beings.

You get to hear from some of the biggest names on the convention circuit such as Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Tony Todd (Candyman), Bill Johnson (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and many more. It is great to hear how they truly feel about conventions and the fans they encounter.  

If you are looking for an informative, genuinely amazing documentary on a convention and the feel of what it is like to attend one, I would highly recommend picking up Contamination– A Convention Story. It is not ridiculously long like many other documentaries, but it is packed with interviews, fan insights and much more.  

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For more information on this fantastic documentary, visit the official site, ContaminationTheMovie.com and like the Contamination- A Convention Story Facebook page.

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If you are interested in learning more about the actual Contamination convention where horror, sci-fi, pop culture and adult entertainment collide, visit the official site, con-tamination.com and like the Contamination convention Facebook page. Don’t forget your gas mask!

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. 

Epic-Con Ohio: Geek Fest Comes To Dayton October 24-26

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Geek/comic cons have been a very big part of the convention circuit for a while now, and Friday, October 24th through Sunday, October 26th Epic-Con Ohio: Geek Fest storms into Dayton, Ohio at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Epic-Con will feature not only the best in geek fandom, but also horror, sci-fi, art and much more. The growing guest list and number of awesome events are getting better everyday. This year is the first time that I have heard of this convention, and I really think it deserves much more recognition. Below are some samples of the guest lists for the genres that will be showcased this year.

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  • Tony Todd
  • A. Michael Baldwin
  • Michael Berryman
  • R.A. Mihailoff
  • Nick Principe
  • Doug Tait
  • Linnea Quigley
  • and much more (new additions almost every day!)

*Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley have canceled*


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  • Walter Koenig
  • David Warner
  • Daniel Kash
  • Ricco Ross
  • and many more

Autograph sessions with the guests will be from noon-10pm. Autograph prices vary from person to person just like every other convention. For list of prices, CLICK HERE. Prices are subject to change.

10540539_258600177668502_2820500720547101269_nTo add to the amazing guest list, there will also be some pretty awesome film screenings. The biggest one to note is the EXCLUSIVE pre-release screening of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Director’s Cut. Not only will the film be screened, but there will also be some of the members of the cast there to enjoy the film with you. A couple that have already been confirmed include Simon Bamford (Ohnaka) and Chris McCorkindale (Shuna Sassi) and there are more to be announced. Another film that will be screened is Knights of Badassdom, directed by Joe Lynch (Holliston, Wrong Turn 2 (director)). For full list of film screenings, CLICK HERE.

Film screenings will not be the only extra fans can take in. There will be a Special Effects Contest that will be judged by the Monster Man himself, Cleve Hall and other great names in the business. R.J. Hardy and Roy Wooley of syfy’s FaceOff will be judging cosplay skits on Saturday and Sunday. What would a Geek Fest be without a Nerd Off!? This contest will match contestants against each other in a battle of Geekdom. There will be prizes and the competition will be filmed. There will also be a Custom Vehicle Show for those of you with an awesome car inspired by the vehicles from a movie or 1231192_218524021676118_33148290_ntelevision show. For full list and details of each of these events, CLICK HERE.

Every convention has what is called a conbook. The conbook usually includes the names and pictures of the guest and the schedules

of the events and panels. Epic-Con is holding a competition for all of you artists out there to design this year’s cover for the conbook. If you think you have a piece of art that would work great for this year’s cover, you can submit your work to sheri@jackbyte.com. Obviously, the winning piece will be the cover, but the artist of the winning piece will receive a free pass to the convention.

10375081_233117943550059_7765741369646707833_nIf Epic-Con sounds like a convention for you, the show times will be Friday, October 24th from 5-10pm, Saturday, October 25th from 11am-9pm and Sunday, October 26th from 11am-7pm. On Friday and Saturday, the convention will be open to adults only after 9pm. Average ticket prices range from $30 to $50. CLICK HERE for full ticket listing and prices. If you are local, you can purchase and pick up tickets from will call at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds during open hours (except for days there are special events being held). There are military and veteran discounts available, just contact convention heads for the code.

For more information on the convention, ever growing guest list and more, be sure to check the Official Epic-Con site, like the Epic-Con page on Facebook and follow Sheri Yarbrough on twitter.

Hope to see you there!